I subsequently, reverted at the Bombay Airport! I had gone to receive Mom and I wanted her to witness my Shahadah. She later confided that she had prayed to Allah SWT to give me Hidayah, so that where she had no other help, she would have the support of her eldest daughter. And Allah had granted her wish. Allahu Akbar.
My brother and sister were very young and they sort of followed in my footsteps and accepted Islam. We had to make Hijrah to Bombay, since we had fears that people would try and separate us—the three kids from Mummy. We knew that in Kerala we would never be able to practice our deen. Bombay was the only option we had and we took it and MashaAllah, the blessings that Allah SWT showered on us! The Muslims here accepted us with open arms. We learnt Arabic, we completed our studies, and we now have our own wonderful home, Alhamdullillah. Daddy came back to us, though he is sadly still a Roman Catholic. But we love him a lot and he is part of all our decisions. He is learning Islam and has tremendous respect for our deen, our ways and Islamic life. He is our support pole and even though he is out of Islam but has brought us up without interfering in our faith, always protecting us and being there for us, a lot like the Holy Prophet’s (peace be upon him) uncle Abu Talib. The rest of my extended family is still staunchly opposed to Islam, though they have come to terms with the fact that we shall always be Muslim, InshaAllah. We do at times get mails that would like to re-convert us to Christianity, though these mails are getting fewer as the days pass.
Recently we went to Kerala to visit my grandparents for a short holiday and it felt rather great to visit a place we had earlier fled as children. We were strong with the strength of our imaan—the imaan given to us by Allah SWT and thanked Him for letting us return victorious. Perhaps someday we will establish a Masjid and Islamic study centre there, InshaAllah.
Today, it has been more than 10 years since we have been Muslims but it feels like we were always been Muslims. We have come in a full circle when I say that we have helped establish a madrassa [madrassa means school] where the holy Qur’an is taught. We have even found our Spiritual Guide—our Murshid—Baba Moinuddin. He is 104 years old but so strong and straight that he gives people half his age a complex. He taught us and continues to help us increase our knowledge and better our practice, SubhanAllah. May Allah SWT bless him and all the people right from Mr. Ibrahim Khan to so many many Muslims who have taught us so many things about Islam and who have helped us in our search and our striving to come to the true, in fact the ONLY way of life—AL-ISLAM!
Well, that’s about it.
I’m proud to be a Muslim.
By Sariyah Islam
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