Shahada Story by D. Fuentes

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

“La ilaha ila Allah; Muhammadur-rasul Allah.” “There is no God but Allah; Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” By pronouncing these words and finding out the meaning of them, I took one of the most important steps towards Islam, the testimony of faith. This wasn’t the first or the last step on the road to learn Islam, but it was one of the most important. Becoming Muslim is a spiritual and personal commitment one must be willing to make, along with feeding the soul and letting it grow continuously. It is a process that takes time, effort and dedication, especially when one wants to implement this way of life in order to enrich one’s blessings and please Allah alone.

My interest in Islam started two years ago, after meeting someone who was full of faith, honesty, respect, and spirituality. It greatly impacting me, and little by little I began to become interested in knowing how I could acquire these characteristics. I was introduced to new terminology and methodology that at first was hard to understand. I learned a lot from books, documentaries, and the internet. I met amazing people that helped me and taught me many things, things I didn’t even know I was looking for.

For a long time I was interested in finding a class where I could fortify the knowledge I had acquired by my efforts, and receive guidance. I had a difficult time finding one.  Then one day, after looking over and over again everywhere, I found something that interested me, “Muslim Education and Converts Center of America.” I quickly went to M.E.C.C.A.’s website and was surprised by the variety and number of programs. I immediately enrolled in the “New Muslims Program.” Although I was a few weeks behind, I was quickly able to catch up with the help of the amazing teacher and all the wonderful sister converts I met. A lot of my doubts were resolved and I learned a lot.  I then signed up for a second class called “Perfecting Prayer,” which reinforced and refined my prayer.  After completing both of these classes, I am pleased with my developing connection with Allah now.

This was a beautiful experience, and it is one that will last for the rest of my life and afterlife. I’ve learned that it’s important to feed oneself every chance you get, ask questions, and be unstoppable on your quest for knowledge.  At the end of it all is the most magnificent miracle, closeness to Allah.