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As-salaamu-alaikum

I come from a Jewish family in New York. My mother was from S. A.  but  also  Jewish.  She  never  was  comfortable  with  anyone knowing  that.  When  my  father  died,  she  remarried  a Catholic  and became one herself. And that is how she brought us up. From the age  of  5  I  was  told  that  Jesus  was  also  God...?  I  never  felt comfortable with it.

We moved to the Philippines - that is where my step father was from. And life there was unbearable. My stepfather, to put it mildly, was abusive to me and my 2 brothers. The effect of that hard life: my spelling is poor, one of my brothers is now a drinker, and the other has a low self worth.

When I grew up and we returned to the USA, I left home. I took care of myself by working hard. I never had time for God, whoever He  was.  I  did  not  feel  that  God  helped  me  in  any  way,  so  why bother? I did try to get back to my roots but Judaism made no sense, so I let that go. I did come across Muslims from time to time but the effect  was  how  do  they  dress  that  way,  and  why  do  they  seem different? Over time, the idea of Islam kept coming back to me, so I tried  to  find  out  more.  I  read  the  history  and  life of  Mohammed (saas). That is what got to me: such kindness and sabr (patience) in the face of hardships.

It seemed to me that my life had no direction, so I went to learn more. After reading surah Al-Fatihah, I knew I had come home - this is where I wanted to be! I became a Muslim and have never regretted it. I always knew there was only ONE God - ALLAH - and things have not been always easy for me. My mother died ofcancer soon after I became a Muslim. But the faith I have helped me make it. Just being able to go to ALLAH with all my pain was such a relief. It is the only true lifestyle known to man, and it is the truth and the last chance  for  us.  I  wish  all  mankind  could  come  to  know the  truth (haqq) of Islam, and its peace and beauty!


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