I Found Peace in a Religion Where Many Only See Hate

April Fuller grew up in a devout Christian family in a small town in rural Mississippi. Her uncle was a pastor in the Southern Baptist church of the town of Raleigh.

"I always grew up believing in something, so I knew there was a god, I was just trying to figure out what I wanted to be, but I knew Baptist wasn't for me." she said.

After high school, April went to the University of Mississippi to study English Language and Literature. There a mutual friend introduced her to a Muslim student.

Being a practicing muslim he started talking to her about Islam: "I started talking to my friend, and he was telling more about it, and I thought this kinda makes sense. In Islam, you use logic; in Christianity you have to go on blind faith. A lot of times, when I tried to question Christian beliefs, I was shut down. With Islam, they welcome doubts and attempt to dispel them."

April kept asking questions for about six months. Every time she thought she had all the answers she was looking for, more questions would pop up in her mind. She was convinced that Islam was the truth but was afraid of how people around her would react if she became Muslim. "Finally, I knew what was being said to me was true, and I could no longer care what people said about me. So on April 30, 2012, I converted." she said.

"I finally have a peace I didn't have in Christianity, I know what I believe, who I am, and how I want my life to reflect on this. For the first time, I actually feel like I know what I'm doing. It's strange; I found peace in a religion where many only see hate."

April knew her conversion would be received with mixed feelings, but she did not expect the amount of backlash she received after revealing that she had become Muslim.

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