By Zainab Ismail

It’s hard to believe how different my life was just 3 years ago. Alhamdulilah Allah (SWT) blessed me by guiding me to the straight path. My story was written by Allah (SWT) and happened solely by His will.

In early 2009, I attended a wedding at a Catholic church, subhanAllah, I don’t know what it was about the wedding ceremony, but I walked out of that church that day knowing that I no longer wanted to be Christian. I didn’t know what I wanted to be, but I knew I didn’t want to be Jewish because I knew the conversion process was very lengthy and involved.

I had an Egyptian Muslim friend during that period who I spent a lot of time with. I witnessed the unity of their family during Ramadan and it was something that really stood out and appealed to me. I sat at my computer one day and I googled “what does it take to become Muslim,” and to my surprise, all it took was saying a few words!

I told my Muslim friend and family that I wanted to be Muslim and they were very excited. I was given a Quran, but truth be told I didn’t really read it much. I did know, however, that I wanted to take my shahada before Ramadan of 2009.

It all happened one June day. I was on my way home from a trip to Los Angeles and I was walking to my car, and at that moment I was overwhelmed with a feeling of absolute, one hundred percent certainty, that I was ready to take my shahada. I really didn’t know much about Islam at that point, but it was implanted into my heart at that moment that I was ready to become Muslim. The next Friday I took my shahada. I didn’t know how to pray until my first day of Ramadan 2009. Fortunately, after that Ramadan, at the end of October, I found the M.E.C.C.A. Center and the New Muslims Program. It has been an amazing journey since, and the rest is history! Alhamdulilah.