Johannah Segarich was a college Music professor when the attacks of September 11, 2001 happened. She was so horrified by the destruction and loss of life that she asked herself: "What kind of religion is this that could inspire people to do this?"
Johannah did not know much about Islam even though she had learned quite a bit about other religions. All she heard about Islam is that it was a male dominated and violent religion, so she bought a copy of the Quran to find out for herself.
She read the first chapter Al Fatihah, "In the name of God, The Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. All Praise is due to God, The Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. You alone We worship, You alone we ask for help, Show us the straight path, the path of those who have earned your favor". She finished all chapters in a few weeks, then started reading from the beginning again. She said that about half way through, she "came to the realization, that she had a decision to make."
She began studying Islam more intensely, and within a few months, she took the shahadah (Muslim declaration of faith) at the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge.
"It seemed kind of crazy to do. I was a middle-aged professional woman, very independent, very contemporary, and here I was turning to this religion, which at that point was so reviled," Johannah recalls.
Source: Huffington Post