Hello brothers and sisters in Islam. My name is Natalia and was born in Colombia into Christian family.
Growing up I always had a lot of struggles. I moved to the USA at the age of 16, but even when I was living in my home country I was always looking for God. I explored Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, and the beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but I still felt so empty. I came to a point in my life where I was about to give up on the idea of God, and I started going with the flow. I used to party and care a lot about materialistic things, leaving behind what really mattered. I gave birth to a daughter that I loved so much but still my life was not on the right path. I felt into a deep depression that lead me to think about taking my own life. I felt like life had no meaning and that I wasn’t important to anybody, and so I did not care about living any more.
However, one night I made a tearful prayer asking God where he was, where was the real happiness, and I kept asking him to guide me to the real truth. I never believed that Jesus (AS) was God and I thought that this idea was wrong. One night after crying and praying so much that I fell asleep, I heard a voice that I did not recognize. I don’t know if it was in my dreams or in my imagination, but the voice told me that I was not lost and that the truth is in Islam. Nobody had ever spoke to me about Islam, I had never had Muslim friends. The only things I knew were what I had seen on the Television – the wrong ideas about Muslims and Islam. Therefore, it was almost impossible that I could have been influenced by any one.
The next morning, I woke up and I felt happier. I stopped crying and started doing some research to find out what Islam was. Little by little I started making changes in my life but I was still not ready to fully embrace Islam because I felt I needed to know more. One day I met my friend at work who happened to be Muslim who wears hijab. She became an inspiration for me, and I started asking her a lot of questions about Islam, in particular about woman in the faith. Everyday I asked her something and finally in 2017, after 2 years, I told her that I was ready for her to take me to a mosque to say the Shahada. That day was the happiest moment of my life.
Afterwards my life changed 100% and a lot of blessings came into my way. I had better job opportunities, a lot of doors opened for me and and 3 months after I reverted God blessed me with a great man who became my husband. I can’t be happier. My relationship with my Mom and my sisters has changed for the better and they are so happy with all the positive changes in me. We are so close now. I feel like a better person and haven’t experienced depression since.
I am now enrolled in a center in NYC for new reverts to learn more about Islam and the Holy Qur’an. Allah had this plan for me, and I will tell my story to everyone who is looking for the truth and wants blessings in their lives. Without Allah the greatest we are nobody. I will not get tired of saying SubhanAllah, Glory to Allah.
I will never regret taking the step to accept that Allah is the one god and that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is his messenger. I fell in love with how beautiful Islam is and I hope you will fall in love with the teachings of the Holy Qur’an too. I won’t give up till at least one of my family members joins me in this beautiful way of life.
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