Ms. Jewellee

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I am a new Muslim. I am writing to tell you 'why' I converted to Islam, but it's going to be more like 'how.'  Last year, at the age of 23, I was trying to open an import/export company to sell children's books overseas. Much thought went into my  decision  to  work  with  Saudi  Arabia  above  any  other  country. After  contacting  the  Saudi  Arabia  Commercial  Office at  the  Royal Embassy  in  Washington  DC,  I  learned  that  all  contracts  with  my sponsor must be in Arabic to be binding. That prompted me to study Arabic  so  I  would  know  what  I  was  signing.  I  went  to a  local language  school  where  I  took  classes  with  a  private tutor  named Suad. She was one of the nicest people I ever met as well as one of the  most  religious.  All  the  books,  tapes,  and  videos that  I  studied from centered on Islam (Ifta Ya Sim Sim, etc.), so without realizing it I was learning about Islam all along! I was not brought up with any religious indoctrination. I knew the basics, but I had never gone to church.  

The same time this was going on, I was having the hardest time in my life. I was on the east coast and my family was on the west coast,  the  friends  I  had  were  not  acting  like  the  'quality'  kind  of people  I  knew  I  needed  to  hang  around  with,  and  I  had  really difficult  money  problems  (who  doesn't).  I  was  crying almost every day. I never felt more alone in my life. It was affecting my job and my Arabic classes. Suad noticed, and she was always there to listen. She gave the best advice (Islamic), and she was always right. She told me that if I just submitted myself to God completely, he would take away  all  the  pain  and  loneliness  I  was  feeling.  That  was  on  a Thursday. That night, I asked God to help me, when I woke up the next day I felt completely relieved of all my pain. I could say "God will  take  care  of  it"  out  loud  and  mean  it.  I  spent  that  weekend talking to Suad about Islam and I learned that I knew more about Islam  than  I  thought!  On  Sunday  I  did  my Shahada at  an  Islamic Women's  Group  meeting.  The  next Friday, January 20, 1995, after the noon prayer, I did my open Shahada at the Masjid Dal Hijrah in Falls  Church,  Virginia. Ramadhan started  shortly  after  that,  and  I went to Mecca for Umrah at the end of Ramadhan(last 10 days). It has been the best thing I ever did in my life and I never looked back.  

My  experiences  with  Islam  have  shown  me  that  if  you follow God's direction (awkward to call it law because it's much more than that)  you  will  have  everything  you  need  and often what you want, enshallah. Faith in Allah is the best advantage anyone could ever give themselves! 


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