I became Muslim a couple months ago Alhamdulillah! I am from a very small rural town in the mountains of East Tennessee and I never knew anything about Islam until last summer when I met a Muslim family from Egypt and they started teaching me about their religion.
I was very interested but only because I didn’t know anything about Islam except for what the media portrayed. I thought It had to be some kind of crazy religion that would make no sense to me. But I had no idea what Muslims actually believed. And I defiantly never thought I would be one of them.
But my curiosity about Islam lead to me questioning everything. And I began studying and researching it on my own and praying for the truth. And I started reading the Quran and believing it! Then I got scared because I didn’t want to be a Muslim at the time because I knew my family wouldn’t accept me.
So I decided to stop learning about Islam but for two days after that; the prayer was stuck in my head. I just kept hearing it over and over and I couldn’t make it stop. So I prayed like the Muslims pray. For the first time by myself. And I didn’t know what I was doing really I just tried my best.
As I was standing in Salah I said to Allah(swt) “I don’t want to be Muslim, please don’t let Islam be true. I’m afraid. I don’t know what I’m doing. This is stupid. Please help me stop believing this. I don’t want it to be real.. But if Islam is the truth then let me know for sure right now so that I will not question it anymore”. And then I cried in sujood for hours and I knew I was a Muslim then and this was the religion of truth. I’ve believed whole heartedly since then. And I am very thankful Allah(swt) has lead me to the truth.