I Joined Islam [Stories of our New Muslim
Conversion Story by Aasim Izzatul Islam [The
American Roman Catholic Christian-turned-Sunni
Muslim brother (29-year-old male) who became a
Lahore Ahmadi Muslim on 12th November
Joining Our Movement Section > Why I Joined Islam [Stories of our New Muslim Brothers/Sisters] > Conversion Story by Aasim Izzatul Islam [The American Roman Catholic Christian-turned-Sunni Muslim brother (29-year-old male) who became a Lahore Ahmadi Muslim on 12th November 2001]
I was born and raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. My family was devoted to the pre-Vatican II liturgy, and refused to attend Mass. Consequently, my religious education was more of tradition rather than true catechism.
I had always held in my heart a boyish wonder and awe for God. I knew God was important, and with the eyes of a child, I sought Him wherever I went. I usually found Him in quiet old men, or in the voice of a gentle mother.
When I turned eighteen, I chose to complete my religious education and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Because of my zealous studies, I was usually the "teacher" when I went to class. This made me flush with pride.
After I was confirmed, I continued to teach catechism. When I turned twenty, I entered the Society of Jesus, popularly known as the Jesuit Order. As a novice in the Order, my views of religion and Christianity would change forever.
I studied comparative religion and chose Islam. As I compared the two, Christianity made less sense, and the message of the Prophet (pbuh) was bright and clear. This, of course, frightened me! I feared that an atom of doubt would cast me into the fire. I stopped reading about Islam, and continued on.
I left the Order after two brief years. I returned home. I did not attend Mass. I did not pray! I was completely disillusioned with my faith and devastated by what I had conceived as a failure. I no longer believed in the dogma and the many teachings of the Church. In my heart I knew many of the teachings were false and were an obstacle to my relationship with God.
I covered myself in the secular world and lived as a secular man. No prayer. No faith. I hid my pain and my doubts and my fears. Finally, after eight years, I broke down. I needed God. I had always needed Him. So I began to search.
I remember the amazement I felt when reading the Quran. This time, I was not afraid. I started reading about Islam. I discovered so many new and beautiful truths. Truths that Allah (swt) had known all along. Truths He was trying to tell me. Finally, I was listening.
I met a Muslim a little more than a year ago. We never spoke of religion. Yet I watched him with fascination. He was devoted to salat [prayer] and had a kind and gentle personality. He was an excellent example for me.
I listened to my mind, and it said "yes". I listened to my heart, and it said "yes". So I made Shahada and became a Muslim. Now, I wish everyone could experience the life of a Muslim. Islam is Allah's (swt) greatest gift. It is a gift of peace, love, tolerance and unity. From these wonders you will find community, charity, support, equality and justice.
For those of you who are relatively new to Islam, like myself, or are contemplating becoming a Muslim, fear nothing. Allah (swt) will allow no spiritual harm or disbelief to come to you. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not only the last Messenger of Allah (swt), but was the most noble and just among men. Yet, he was humble before his people and loving to his family. This is the kind of person I aspire to be. Insha-Allah [Allah willing], I will serve Allah (swt) to my fullest, and will serve his cause, the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement to the greatest of my abilities.
Remember, there is nothing to fear. We are with Allah (swt) Almighty.
Your brother in Islam,
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