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Published on March 19th, 2013 | by Zainab Ismail

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My Conversion Story

It’s hard to believe how different my life was just three 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, and subhan’Allah, I don’t know what it was about the wedding ceremony, but I walked out of that church 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 the 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 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 their New Muslims Program. It has been an amazing journey ever since.

I have been blessed to be able to use my professional expertise to help Muslims. I am a movement therapist and nutrition coach and have been in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years. I operate a training and nutrition business in Manhattan and my students have nicknamed me “the hijabi drill sergeant.” In addition, I run Fit For Allah, a group strength-training class held weekly at the MECCA center in Manhattan, and work as director for the non-profit, health and fitness organization, Nadoona.

Through this organization and their Nadoona Body Makeover, I am able to create and design individualized programs for weight loss. It is very fulfilling to bring an entirely new perspective to the fitness industry, utilizing the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah. I begin each class with a du’a, striving for the pure intention to spread health and fitness for the sake of Allah SWT.

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  • Usman

    Masha’Allah. May Allah guide us all to deliver the message of Islam to every living soul on this earth in a manner our prophet SAW did.

  • Annie

    SubhanAllah! So proud of you Zainab for doing such great work. May Allah (swt) reward you with the best of rewards for your work!

  • http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk IftikharA

    Why are so many Women converting to
    Islam?
    According to “The Almanac Book of Facts”, the
    population increased 137% within the past decade; Christianity increased 46%, while Islam increased
    235%.

    In a recent poll in the
    (US), 100,000 people per year in America alone, are converting to Islam. For
    every 1 male convert to Islam, 4 females convert to Islam, Why?

    It is Clear why Christians are
    converting.

    1.
    Christian Scientists are declaring
    the Quran is from God. Visit Here for Christian and atheist Scientists who
    convert to Islam and why: http://wings.buffalo.edu/sa/muslim/library/jesus-say/ch13.htm

    2. The
    Christian Bishops and Priests are admitting the Bible has tensions. http://wings.buffalo.edu/sa/muslim/library/jesus-say/ch2.1.html

    3. Jesus
    is a Muslim: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Agora/4229/jam.html

    The question still remains, why are more women converting than men
    to Islam? Perhaps they realize their Soul is worth the Factual
    Research.

    1.
    The Bible Convicts Women as the
    original Sinners, (i.e. Eve picking from the forbidden tree){Genesis 2:4-3:24}.
    The Quran Clarifies it was Adam Not Eve {Quran 7:19-25}

    2.
    The Bible says, “The Birth of a
    Daughter is a loss” {Ecclesiasticus 22:3}. The Quran says both are an Equal
    Blessing {Quran 42:49}

    3.
    The Bible Forbids Women from
    Speaking in church {I Corinthians 14:34-35}. The Quran says Women Can argue with
    the Prophet {58:1}

    4.
    In the Bible, divorced Women are
    Labelled as an Adulteress, while men are not {Matthew 5:31-32}. The Quran does
    Not have Biblical double standards {Quran 30:21}

    5.
    In The Bible, Widows and Sisters
    do Not Inherit Any Property or Wealth, Only men do {Numbers 27:1-11} The Quran
    Abolished this male greediness {Quran 4:22} and God Protects
    All.

    6.
    The Bible Allows Multiple Wives {I
    Kings 11:3} In The Quran, God limits the number to 4 only under certain
    situations (no need to get permission from Wife’s) but Prefers you Marry Only
    One Wife {Quran 4:3} The Quran gives the Woman the Right to Choose who to
    Marry.

    7.
    “If a man happens to meet a virgin
    who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall
    pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he
    has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives” {Deuteronomy
    22:28-30}

    One must ask a simple question here, who is really punished, the
    man who raped the woman or the woman who was raped? According to the Bible, you
    have to spend the Rest of Your Life with the man who Raped
    You.

    The Prophet Muhammad Says {Volume 9, Book 86, Number 101} Narrated
    by Aisha:” It is essential to have the consent of a virgin (for the
    marriage)”.

    Would the Christian men Reading this prefer the Women they know to
    Be Christian or Muslim?

    8.
    The Bible also asks Women to wear
    veils as in Islam {I Corinthians 11:3-10}, this lowers the chance of rape, (God
    Forbid).

    9.
    Women were given rights to Vote
    less than a 100 years ago in the (US), while the Quran (42:38) gave Women Voting
    rights almost 1,400 years ago.

    10.
    Although Islam has unconfined Women and has given them the human right to reach
    for the sky without becoming ruler. But because of the misconception there have
    been Muslim Women Presidents through out the centuries, but to this date, the
    oppressive mentality of the men in the Western U.S.A. has stopped any Women from
    becoming Presidents in predominately Christian countries, while the Muslim
    countries have voted for and elected Female Presidents. How ever Quran clearly
    says that Men are protector and maintainer of women, which also leads us that
    only men can be ruler of a country (Al_Quran_004:034). Also, it was narrated
    that Abu Bakrah said: When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of
    Allaah be upon him) heard that the people of Persia had appointed the daughter
    of Chosroes as their queen, he said, “No people will ever prosper who appoint a
    woman in charge of them.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4163.

    Here is a list of previous Female Muslim
    leaders:

    Khadija bint
    Khuwaylid

    Aishah bint Abu
    Bakr

    Fatimah bint
    Muhammad

    Barakah

    Ramlah bint Abu
    Sufyan

    Rumaysa bint
    Milhan

    Umm
    Salamah

    Asma bint Abu
    Bakr

    Zaynab
    al-Ghazali

    Maryum
    Jameelah

    The comparison goes on
    and on, to hear from some of these Converts, including Nuns, and Many Famous
    People, visit here;

    http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/newmuslims/

    For more information and
    Statistics, visit here;

    http://www.jannah.org/sisters/

    This is Dedicated to
    Past, Present, and Future Muslim Sisters, Family and Friends, to the Devil who
    prefers slander and hype over facts. Peace and Blessings upon
    All.

    http://www.turntoislam.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22

    http://www.turntoislam.com

    http://thedeenshow.com/videoConverts.htm
    IA
    http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

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