After living in Morocco, I moved to Florida to pursue my dream of becoming a photographer. While in photography school, I met at a Muslim woman named Nadine (now my business partner) while feeding the homeless at an Orlando mosque. Shortly after our initial meeting, I was assigned a documentary project of my choice for a videography class. Because of my experience wearing the hijab in Morocco, I decided to interview Nadine about the meaning behind the head scarf. I was deeply moved by the way Nadine perceived the hijab and how she expressed her faith. When she started speaking to me, she really opened my eyes.
The Bible had always left me with many questions, so the interview with Nadine inspired me to dig deeper into Islam. I couldn’t get my hands off learning about Islam. I met with scholars, watched YouTube videos, and read more into the Qur’an. Many of the teachings resonated with me and I finally found all the answers that I was looking for about this life and the hereafter. Soon enough, Islam captured my heart and approximately nine months after that extraordinary conversation about the hijab, I took my Shahada (testimony of faith) the Friday before Ramadan on July 29, 2011.
My decision to convert, which I have kept a secret from my elderly grandmother because it would break her heart to know that I have left Christianity, has been life changing. I am beyond grateful that Allah guided me to Islam.