Aminah Assilmi

This American lady, a former radical feminist and Southern Baptist from Oklahoma, studied the Quran, Sahih Muslim and fifteen other books on Islam in an attempt to convert the Arabs in her college class to Christianity and “save those poor ignorant heathens from the fires of hell.” Guess what happened?!

The Introduction and Decision

I was completing a degree in Recreation, when I met my first Muslims. It was the first year that we had been able to pre-register by computer. I pre-registered and went to Oklahoma to take care of some family business. The business took longer than expected, so I returned to school two weeks into the semester (too late to drop a course).

I wasn’t worried about catching up my missed work. I was sitting at the top of my class, in my field. Even as a student, I was winning awards, in competition with professionals.

Now, you need to understand that while I was attending college and excelling, ran my own business, and had many close friends, I was extremely shy. My transcripts actually had me listed as severely reticent. I was very slow to get to know people and rarely spoke to anyone unless was forced to, or already knew them. The classes I was taking has to do administration and city planning, plus programming for children. Children were the only people I ever felt comfortable with.

Well, back to the story. The computer printout held one enormous surprise for me. I was registered for a Theatre class…a class were I would be required to perform in front of real live people. I was horrified! I could not even ask a question in class, how was I going to get on a stage in front of people? My husband was his usual very calm and sensible self. He suggested that I talk to the teacher, explain the problem, and arrange to paint scenery or sew costumes. The teacher agreed to try and find a way to help me out. So I went to class the following Tuesday.

When I entered the classroom, I received my second shock. The class was full of ‘Arabs’ and ‘camel jockeys’. Well, I had never seen one but I had heard of them.

There was no way I was going to sit in a room full of dirty heathens! After all, you could catch some dreadful disease from those people. Everyone knew they were dirty, not to be trusted either. I shut the door and went home. (Now, there is one little thing you should know. I had on a pair of leather hot pants, a halter top, and a glass of wine in my hands…but they were the bad ones in my mind.)

When I told my husband about the Arabs in the class and that there was no way I was going back, he responded in his usual calm way. He reminded that I was always claiming that God had a reason for everything and maybe I should spend some time thinking about it before I made my final decision. He also reminded me that I had a scholars award that was paying my tuition and if I wanted to keep it, I would have to maintain my G.P.A.. Three credit hours or ‘F’ would have destroyed my chances. For the next two days, I prayed for guidance. On Thursday I went back to the class convinced that God had put me there to save those poor ignorant heathens from the fires of hell.

I proceeded to explain to them how they would burn in the fires of hell for all eternity, if they did not accept Jesus as their personal savior. They were very polite, but did not convert. Then, I explained how Jesus loved them and had died on the cross to save them from their sins. All they had to do was accept him into their hearts. They were very polite, but still did not convert. So, I decided to read their own book to show them that Islam was a false religion and Mohammed was a false God.

One of the students gave me a copy of the Qur’an and another book about Islam, and I proceeded with my research. I was sure I would find the evidence I needed very quickly. Well, I read the Qur’an and the other book. Then I read another 15 books, Sahih Muslim and returned to the Qur’an. I was determined I would convert them! My studies continued for the next one and half years.

During that time, I started having a few problems with my husband. I was changing, just in little ways but enough to bother him. We used to go to the bar every Friday and Saturday, or to a party, and I no longer wanted to go. I was quieter and more distant. He was sure I was having an affair, so he kicked me out. I moved into an apartment with my children and continued my determined efforts to convert the Muslims to Christianity.

The, one day, there was a knock on my door. I opened the door and saw a man in a long white night gown with a red and white checkered table cloth on his head. He was accompanied by three men in pajamas. (It was the first time I had ever seen their cultural dress.) Well, I was more than a little offended by men showing up at my door in night clothes. What kind of a woman did they think I was? Had they no pride or dignity? Imagine my shock when the one wearing the table cloth said he understood I wanted to be a Muslim! I quickly informed him I did not want to be a Muslim. I was Christian. However, I did have a few questions. If he had the time….

His name was Abdul-Aziz Al-Shiek and he made the time. He was very patient and discussed every question with me. He never made me feel silly or that a question was stupid. He asked me if I believed there was only one God and I said yes. Then he asked if I believed Mohammed was His Messenger. Again I said yes. He told me that I was already a Muslim!.

I argued that I was Christian, I was just trying to understand Islam. (Inside I was thinking: I couldn’t be a Muslim! I was American and white! What would my husband say? If I am Muslim, I will have to divorce my husband. My family would die!)

We continued talking. Later, he explained that attaining knowledge and understanding of spirituality was a little like climbing a ladder. If you climb a ladder and try to skip a few rungs, there was danger of falling. The Shahadah was just the first step on the ladder. Still we had to talk some more.

Later that afternoon, May 21, 1977 at Asr’, I took Shahadah. However, there were still some things I could not accept and it was my nature to be completely truthful so i added a disclaimer. I said: “I bear witness that there is no god but God and Mohammed is His Messenger” ‘but, I will never cover my hair and if my husband takes another wife, I will castrate him.’

I heard gasps from the other men in the room, but Abdul Aziz silenced them. Later I learned that he told the brothers never to discuss those two subjects with me. He was sure I would come to the correct understanding.

The Shahadah was indeed a solid footing on the ladder to spiritual knowledge and closeness to God. but it has been a slow climb. Abdul Aziz continued to visit me and answer my questions. May Allah reward him for his patience and tolerance. He never admonished me or acted like a question was stupid or silly. He treated each question with dignity and told me that the only stupid question was the one never asked. Hmmm…my grandmother used to say that.

He explained that Allah ahd told us to seek knowledge and questions were one of the ways to accomplish that. When he explained something, it was like watching a rose open – petal by petal, until it reached its full glory. When I told him that I did not agree with something and why, he always said I was correct up to a point. The he would show me how to look deeper and from different directions to reach a fuller understanding. Alhamdulillah!

Over the years, I had many teachers. Each one special, each one different. I am thankful for each one of them and the knowledge they gave. Each teacher helped me to grow and to love Islam more. As my knowledge increased, the changes in me became more apparent. Within the first year, I was wearing hijab. I have no idea when I started. It came naturally, with increased knowledge and understanding. In time I even came to to a proponent of polygamy. I knew that if Allah had allowed it, there had to be something good in it.

“Glorify the name of thy Guardian – Lord Most High, Who hath created, and further, given order and proportion; Who hath measured, and granted guidance; and Who bringeth out the (green and lush) pasture, and doth make it (but) swarthy stubble, By degrees shall We teach thee (The Message), so thou shalt not forget, except as Allah wills: for He knoweth what is manifest and what is hidden. And We will make it easy for thee (to follow) the simple (path).” (Al-A’la 87:1-8)

When I first started to study Islam, I did not expect to find anything that I needed or wanted in my personal life. Little did I know that Islam would change my life. No human could have ever convinced me that I would finally be at peace and overflowing with love and joy because of Islam.

This book spoke of THE ONE GOD, THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE. It described the beautiful way in which He had organised the world. This wondrous Qur’an had all the answers. Allah is The Loving! Allah is the Source of Peace! Allah is the Protector! Allah is the Forgiver! Allah is the Provider! Allah is the maintainer! Allah is the Generous One! Allah is the Responsive! Allah is the Protecting Friend! Allah is the Expander!

“Have we not expanded thee thy breast? And removed from thee thy burden the which did gall thy back? And raised high the esteem (in which) thou (art held)? So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief: Verily, with every difficulty there is relief!” (Al-Ishirah, 94: 1-6)

The Qur’an addressed all the issues of existence and showed a clear path to success. It was like a map forgiving, an owner manual for life!

How Islam changed my Life?

“How much more we love the light…If once we lived in Darkness.”

When I first embraced Islam, I really did not think it was going to affect my life very much. Islam did not just affect my life. It totally changed it.

Family life

My husband and I loved each other very deeply. That love for each other still exists. Still, when I started studying Islam, we started having some difficulties. He saw me changing and did not understand what was happening. Neither did I. But then, I did not even realise I was changing. He decided that the only thing that could make me change was another man. There was no way to make him understand what was changing me because I did not know.

After I realised that I was a Muslim, it did not help matters. After all…the only reason a woman changes something as fundamental as her religion is another man. He could not find evidence of this other man…but he had to exist. We ended up in a very ugly divorce. The courts determined that the unorthodox religion would be detrimental to the development of my children. So they were removed from my custody.

During the divorce, there was a time when I was told I could make a choice. I could renounce this religion and leave with my children, or renounce my children and leave with my religion. I was in shock. To me this was not a possible choice. If I renounce my Islam….I would be teaching my children how to be deceptive. For there was no way to deny what was in my heart. I could not deny Allah, not then, not ever. I prayed like I had never prayed before. After the thirty minutes was up, I knew that there was no safer place for my children to be than in the hands of Allah. If I denied him, there would be no way in the future to show my children the wonders of being with Allah. The courts were told that I would leave my children in the hands of Allah. This was not a rejection of my children!

I left the courts knowing that life without my babies would be very difficult. My heart bled, even though I knew, inside, I had done the right thing. I found solace in Ayat-Ul-Khursi.

“Allah! There is no god but He – the Living, the Self-subsisting, Supporter of all. No slumber can seize him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures as) Before or After or Behind them. Nor shall they compass aught of His knowledge except as He willeth. His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth, and he feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them for He is Most High, The Supreme (in Glory).” (Al-Baqarah, 2:255)

This also got me started looking at all the attributes of Allah and discovering the beauty of each one.

Child custody and divorce were not the only problems I was to face. The rest of my family was not very accepting of my choice either. Most of the family refused to have anything to do with me. My mother was of the belief that it was just a phase and I would grow out of it. My sister, the ‘mental health expert’ was sure I had simply lost my mind and should be institutionalised. My father believed I should be killed before placed myself deeper in Hell. Suddenly I found myself with no husband and no family. What would be next?


Most of my friends drifted away during that first year. I was no fun anymore. I did not want to go to parties or bars. I was not interested in finding a boyfriend. All I ever did was read that ‘stupid’ book (the Qur’an) and talk about Islam. What a bore. I still did not have enough knowledge to help them understand why Islam was so beautiful.


My job was next to go. While I had won just about every award there was in my field and was recognised as a serious trend setter and money maker, the day I put on hijab, was the end of my job. Now I was without a family, without friends and without a job.

In all this, the first light was my grandmother. She approved of my choice and joined me. What a surprise! I always knew she had alot of wisdom, but this! She died soon after that. When I stop to think about it, I almost get jealous. The day she pronounced Shahadah, all her misdeeds had been erased, while her good deeds were preserved. She died so soon after accepting Islam that I knew her ‘BOOK’ was bound to be heavy on the good side. It fills me with such joy!

As my knowledge grew and I was better able to answer questions, many things changed. But, it was the changes made in me as a person that had the greatest impact. A few years after I went public with my Islam, my mother called me and said she did not know what this ‘Islam thing’ was, but she hoped I would stay with it. She liked what it was doing for me. A couple of years after that she called again and asked what a person had to do to be a Muslim. I told her that all person had to do was know that there was only ONE God and Mohammed was His Messenger. Her response was: “Any fool knows that. But what do you have to do?” I repeated the same information and she said: “Well…OK. But let’s not tell your father just yet.”

Little did she know that he had gone through the same conversation a few weeks before that. My real father (the one who thought I should be killed) had done it almost two months earlier. Then, my sister, the mental health person, she told me that I was the most ‘liberated’ person she knew. Coming from her that was the greatest compliment I could have received.

Rather than try to tell you about how each person came to accept Islam, let me simply say that more members of my family continue to find Islam every year. I was especially happy when a dear friends, Brother Qaiser Imam, told me that my ex-husband took Shahdah. When Brother Qaiser asked him why, he said it was because he had been watching me for 16 years and he wanted his daughter to have what I had. He came and asked me to forgive him for all he had done. I had forgiven him long before that.

Now my oldest son, Whittney, has called, as I am writing this book, and announced that he also wants to become Muslim. He plans on taking the Shahadah as the ISNA Convention in a couple of weeks. For now, he is learning as much as he can. Allah is The Most Merciful.

Over the years, I have come to be known for my talks on Islam, and many listeners have chosen to be Muslim. My inner peace has continued to increase with my knowledge and confidence in the Wisdom of Allah. I know that Allah is not only my Creator but, my dearest friend. I know that Allah will always be there and will never reject me. For every step I take toward Allah, He takes 10 toward me. What a wonderful knowledge.

True, Allah has tested me, as was promised, and rewarded me far beyond what I could ever have hoped for. A few years ago, the doctors told me I had cancer and it was terminal. They explained that there was no cure, it was too far advanced, and proceeded to help prepare me for my death by explaining how the disease would progress. I had maybe one year left to live. I was concerned about my children, especially my youngest. Who would take care of him? Still I was not depressed. We must all die. I was confident that the pain I was experiencing contained Blessings.

I remembered a good friend, Kareem Al-Misawi, who died of cancer when he was still in his 20′s. Shortly before he died, he told me that Allah was truly Merciful. This man was in unbelievable anguish and radiating with Allah’s love. He said: “Allah intends that I should enter heaven with a clean book.” His death experience gave me something to think about. He taught me of Allah’s love and mercy. This was something no one else had ever really discussed. Allah’s love!

I did not take me long to start being aware of His blessings. Friends who loved me came out of nowhere. I was given the gift of making Hag. Even more importantly, I learned how very important it was for me to share the Truth of Islam with everyone. It did not matter if people, Muslim or not, agreed with me or even liked me. The only approval I needed was from Allah. The only love I needed was from Allah. Yet, I discovered more and more people, who for no apparent reason, loved me. I rejoiced, for I remembered reading that if Allah loves you, He causes others to love you. I am not worthy of all the love. That means it must be another gift from Allah. Allah is the Greatest!

There is no way to fully explain how my life changed. Alhamdulillah! I am so very glad that I am a Muslim. Islam is my life. Islam is the beat of my heart. Islam is the blood that courses through my veins. Islam is my strength. Islam is my life so wonderful and beautiful. Without Islam, I am nothing and should Allah ever turn His magnificent face from me I could not survive.

“O Allah! let my heart have light, and my sight have light, and my hearing (senses) have light, and let me have light on my right, and let me have light on my left, and let me have light above me, and have light under me, and have light in front of me, and have light behind me; and let me have light.” (Bukhari, vol. 8. pp. 221, #329)

“Oh my Lord! Forgive my sins and my ignorance and my exceeding the limits (boundaries of righteousness) in all my deeds and what you know better than I. O Allah! Forgive my mistakes, those done intentionally or out of my ignorance or (without) or with seriousness, and I confess that all such mistakes are done by me. Oh Allah! Forgive my sins of the past and of the future which I did openly or secretly. You are the One who makes the things go before, and You are the One who delays them, and You are the Omnipotent.” (Bukhari, vol. , pp. 271, #407)


  1. Margo says:

    The only white females who would join this religion are ones who failed in their personal life and want to find someone who won’t divorce them. Muslim men have made this statement themselves so I know you think this also..

    • qamariah says:

      Margo, why dont you re-read Amina’s story again.. she excelled in everything she used to do. She had a wonderful family, a loving husband and kids who eventually become Muslims. Does going to pubs, drinking and partying are indication that a woman is happy and contented? No wonder the churches are getting emptier everyday and your missionaries have to go to the 3rd world country like Africa to convert them (muslims especially) to christianity. Sorry, no offence meant.

      • Perseveranze says:

        Peace Margo,

        That’s alot of women Margo, why not try and read more revert stories before making baseless judgements?

        I’m 100% sure that of all the religions, if anyone was to ever convert to one based on true rational beliefs, then it’s got to be Islam.

    • raisa says:

      The only females who would join this religion are the ones that truly has succeded in their personal life, because they saw beyond boundaries, they saw that which gives them life and light, they saw what is really important in the life and what really matters. So they use every minute of this life working hard and being a good example for their family and society enjoining the good and forbiding the evil.

    • RDC says:

      Dear Margo,

      why the bitterness? Do you really know better what sister Aminah has been going through? God Almighty knows best. Try to look at the positives you can get from having read this story. Doesn’t it feel good when we can extract good wisdom and tranquility of heart out of things foreign or difficult? Isn’t it a shame to not be able to when others do?

      There will always be examples denying whatever your statement is. For instance, Aminah’s story, speech and life here denies that women in Islam are oppressed. Her testimony can’t be everything for everyone but it’s already a lot. Find the ones that will deny your own prejudices, if you’re truthful.

      John Stuart Mill taught me this:

      « In the case of any person whose judgment is really deserving of confidence, how has it become so? Because he has kept his mind open to criticism of his opinions and conduct. Because it has been his practice to listen to all that could be said against him; to profit by as much of it as was just, and expound to himself, and upon occasion to others, the fallacy of what was fallacious. Because he has felt, that the only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject, is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion, and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever acquired his wisdom in any mode but this; nor is it in the nature of human intellect to become wise in any other manner. »

      Clarity of mind also leads to purity of heart

      « And say, “Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to perish.” » [Qur'an 17:81]

    • Hanaa says:

      I am a white female, now a Muslim. Why? Because Islam is the truth. The truth that there is only one God and Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is the final messenger of God.
      I was raised as a Catholic, but never understood it and when I asked questions, never got a clear answer. Of course, I memorized the main prayers, but now I know they are untrue. Do you know the Hail Mary? “Holy Mary, Mother of God”? What, God has a mother? Oh, you think Jesus, peace upon him, is God.

      Or, the Apostle’s Creed: I believe in one God….ok, so far so good…..then it says I believe in one lord, Jesus Christ……God from God? What?
      Read the bible….Jesus never EVER said he was God! NEVER said it! Why? Because he was a messenger of God.

  2. Elana says:

    Aminah i have to say this but you were never a “christian” to begin with because you judged others who were different from you based on stereotypical beliefs that made you feel superior to anyone who was different from you! god is not about judging others on race appearances or beliefs he loves all people for who and what they are no matter what and if you were truly a christian you wouldn’t have called the arabs camel jockeys and heathens you were in all respects an atheist! but even some atheists know how to treat people with respect, you obviously didn’t!
    so i hope islam gives you a different view of people in that we are all humans no matter what we look like or where we come from you needed god period in your life cuz he was missing in your heart and if islam has brought you close to knowing god then i say it’s a good thing because it wasn’t your clothes that made you dirty or unclean it was your way of thinking and that needed to change!!! i hope it did for your sake!

    • RDC says:

      Dear Elana,

      you’re making a very good point. Her mind was probably not the purest at the time. But accusing her of never being a Christian is a classic retort and let God be the Judge of that, on Judgement Day. It doesn’t matter now, as at least by Aminah’s own standards, she performed much better when she accepted Islam. Most people around her, the most important ones to her (sorry that you’ve not been), finally agreed with her in the end. Do you want to go after them as well and point out their failure at Christianity?

      It doesn’t matter also because we muslims are the true followers of Jesus The Messiah, son of Mary, peace be upon them both. Aminah (may Allah be pleased with her deeds in her life), followed every teaching of Jesus, peace be with him, taught in the Bible, except those that were contradicting the Bible itself. No mention of “Trinity” the Bible, you’ll find that word in the Qur’an.

      Why not become a student of textual criticism like this person? Maybe that will help.
      Sorry if you are a master at it already.


  3. qamariah says:

    Elana, just because because Aminah used to refered to the araba as such did it not made her a christian? are you saying christians are spotless? I think you are the one who practised double standard and maybe just maybe (hope I am wrong) that you are jealous of the peace and the positive change in Aminah open the eyes of her loved ones to eventually accepted Islam. I would recommend you Elana, to get a good translation of the Quran (by Yusuf Ali is about the best thus far) to be fair to yourself.

  4. ahmed says:

    Mash-Allah sister Amina. Your story is superb. Don’t be discouraged by the negative comments from people who are sour graping. Amina clearly says that she was a staunch christian and then someone has the audacity to say she was not. What gives you the right to know who is and not a christian. I am even surprised that you say she wanted a man who will not divorce her. That means Muslim men are compassionate. Instead of finding fault with Amina please appreciate her sincerity and her new found peace and embrace Islam. It does not help to sour grape. Allah Knows Best.

  5. Nada says:

    Amina, thankyou for sharing your story. It sounds that you learned alot about yourself and others around you , your family, your Muslim brothers and sisters. I think we forget about love. I have been questioning my own religious beliefs lately. My mom said to follow my heart. I guess you have to live your life for yourself and not what others mights say or judge you about. From my own experiences, Muslims have always been positive,hard workers and givers and strong in faith. But thats just my experience.Im so glad you shared.

  6. Nada says:

    Sorry, I did not realize she had passed.

    • RDC says:

      Dear Nada,

      God Almighty is there all the time with you, specially if you already believe in Him. Then profit from His presence and closeness to ask guidance, directly and intimately. He knows what you’re going through.

      The muslims consider that anything can be a sign from Him, but His verbatim Word is in the Qur’an, made of “ayah”, which means “signs”, not “verses”. Try to get one of the copies, many are given away. I pray that no matter what, you are guided to the truth and find peace.

  7. Jon Hankins says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. Your and Robert Salaam’s stories have inspired me and given me the courage to take my Shahadah. I had fear because my parents are strict Christians and they think I converted to Judaism (which I did until I read the Qur’an, then Allah and His teachings made so much perfect sense to me) and were disappointed then and would be outraged if they found out I’m a Muslim. You have given me the peace and courage I needed. You showed me the obvious, that no persons’ opinion should matter, only the word of Allah. Thank you, may Allah bless you!

  8. Zamir Qureshi says:

    Narration of Late sister Amina is marvelous. We hope and pray for her to be in Aala Illein and bestowed with best of jannah and all to follow her example.

  9. Alma says:

    Dear Aminah,

    I am very touched by your story. Being born and raised as Moslim, I do like all people regardless of their religion. I always say ” God is only one, anyway” and let him be a judge.
    I am in Canada and would realy love to have the opportunity to meet you-Inshaallah!!!
    Allah be with you and help you in your mission. You Are Truly Blessed.ELHAMDULILAH!!!

  10. Vaqar Ameen says:

    Assalamualaikum ,I am in tears ,AllahuAkbar! I am student of mechanical engineering, age 21,studying in bangalore India.Very inspiring .Each and every word of yours .Alhamdulilah !Thank you so much for writing everything with so much detail.I have learned so much .Do pray for me that I also succeed in following the right path and become an example of a true muslim. JazakAllahkhair

  11. Hasen says:

    Aminah, i can’t say something. But i would like to say that you are a model of the others.

  12. Nisar Dean says:

    Respected sister Aminah,Allah chose you and put you through all these impossible tests,to reward you in this world by bringing the light of truth in your family and now HE will open the dooors for you to enter the highest catogry of paradise,(Ameen)

  13. Dawud Jallow says:

    May Allah continue to bless, love and guide you.
    May the whole world get guided too in the truth
    of Islam.

  14. Maria Saleem says:

    mashaallah. you have been through so much in the name of Allah, I truly admire you. I wish my faith was as strong as yours. I am a white girl, and I became muslim when I was 12. but my faith sort of went up and down, especially, cuz I was growing up with my mom and stepdad, who did not know alot about islam, but were on the extreme side and hypocrites. I know now islam is a religion of beauty and love, and if you understand it properly, you will have an Eden waiting for you.

  15. Maria Saleem says:

    mashaallah. you have been through so much in the name of Allah, I truly admire you. I wish my faith was as strong as yours. I am a white girl, and I became muslim when I was 12. but my faith sort of went up and down, especially, cuz I was growing up with my mom and stepdad, who did not know alot about islam, but were on the extreme side and hypocrites. I know now islam is a religion of beauty and love, and if you understand it properly, you will have an Eden waiting for you.

  16. Masha'Allah, May Allah reward a large reward you, you family, and the entire Ummah el Islamya that came before, the living, and the one to come insha Allah and grant us all Paradise with his Rahama.

    Allahu Akabar!

  17. May Allah shawer your soul with mercy and put you the closest to the wives of prophet Mohammad.

  18. Fathia AlJahmi says:

    May Allah bless her and guide all our dears to the right way :)

  19. Irfan M Mehr says:


  20. Amine Assad says:

    This is the story of Amina in Arabic

  21. May Allah reward you what he promised to the believers

  22. Thanks for the story it's very inspirational to me and many others I'm sure

  23. Brandon Gordon says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I too grew up in a Southern Baptist Church. I have recently started studying Islam. I attended my first Mosque this past Sunday. :) I hope to continue to learn more about Allah and the Islamic faith.

  24. Shay Arif says:

    If you have any questions, let us know inshallah or ask any Muslim, we are always keen to answer :)

  25. the time when every where islam is been treated as an enemy, sister aminah your story is like a light ,…when heart is sinking ,when you are alone,when hopes are leaving ,people like you give strength to people like me.We who are born muslim but the faith you have ,your believe,your practice ,it really gives energy to us…..thanks for sharing your story with us ,may Allah give me emaan with such strength that youhad ……ALLAH O AKBAR

  26. Walid Wolf says:

    i dont know what to say …….but i'm so happy to u and for ur father u must be good with him any way keep trying by doaa to allah to open his haert insha allah .greeting from egypt

  27. I reverted to islam 4 years ago and it's the best decision I have ever made. im happy that you are openminded and that islam found you. islam found me. step by step God willing you will learn about and feel the beauty of islam.

  28. Jubaid Choudhury says:

    Brandon, I hope and pray you will take your Shahada soon!

  29. Janine Atienza says:

    I thought it was stupid how she said "Mohammed is a false God" because muslims don't even worship him as a God. Allah is God.

  30. Kelly Kc says:

    I like several verses here: "He asked me if I believed there was only one God and I said yes. Then he asked if I believed Mohammed was His Messenger. Again I said yes. He told me that I was already a Muslim!"

    "I did not want to go to parties or bars. I was not interested in finding a boyfriend."
    This part sounds a little like me although I still attend some parties (less than 4 times a year including Christmas party if any).

    May be God brought me to all who are reading this. Aminah has cancer but I believe it is HIS message that you should choose between man-made pills and His natural anti-cancer foods.

    I have a question for Aminah, why was Jesus or Moses not more emphasized in the Quran?

  31. Kelly Kc says:

    Shayma'a Arif, why are tongues cut for lies hands chopped for theft in some Muslim countries and in others, the punishment is different? Why is stoning to death not supported in Malaysia but seems to be supported in some countries?

  32. they are emphasized in islam five prophets are on the highest rank they are 1 Noah 2 Ibrahim 3 Jesus 4 Moses and prophet muhammad may peace and blessing of Allah upon all of them

  33. Kelly Kc says:

    Zahidullah Muhammadi Safi , thank you for caring to reply. :)

  34. Liz Wiley says:

    I reverted 3 years ago and put hijab on a year later, Allahu Akbar. Inshallah best decision a person can make is say shahada :)

  35. Little Roze says:

    Shayma'a Arif It's so true. We're always willing to clear up any misconceptions.. May Allah continue to guide us all to the straight path, ameen.

  36. Sister Kelly… Quran speaks about Moses (Peace be Upon Him) than any other Prophet, see chapter 2 for instance. There are also several verses about Jesus (Peace be Upon Him), and a chapter named after his mother Mary (Chapter 19), which speaks about his miraculous birth. Also another chapter in the Quran (chapter 2) is named after the family of Mary's father, Al'Imran. Check any index of Quran translation and you find great deal of verses about these Great Prophets.

  37. That was her assumption before she accepted Islam.

  38. Ux Siddiqui says:

    Tears, tears and tears is what I got through this reading. Tears of shame, tears of repentance and tears of happiness. As I also went through all the comments after the story and found my new brothers and sisters in faith radiating with Iman, I have started to believe that Allah's promise is in the process of fulfilment that if we would not adhere to His book, He would replace us with people who are better and more abiding. I feel that centuries of shameless lethargy of the 'Muslims by Chance (by birth I mean)' have (God forbid) labelled us as the 'rejected ones', as once was done to bani-israel (Jews) and now a new breed of 'Muslims by Choice (the reverts) is coming up to take the message of Islam to every nook and corner. A warning for those who feel that being Muslims by birth grants them 'birth right' to paradise….time is running out make a choice. Allah doesn't need us or anyone else to propagate His word, it would take over in any case, lets put our share to receive our share.

  39. Riyad Shamma says:

    Actually Kelly, both Jesus and Moses are mentioned by name more than Muhammad in the Quran (peace and blessings upon all of them). But the message of every prophet was the same at its core – worship God and do good works. However, since Muhammad (pbuh) was the last of the prophets, the law that he brought is what everyone is ultimately bound to follow. {As a side note, sadly, Sr. Aminah passed away in March of 2010 in a car accident. May Allah grant her the continued rewards of all those who benefit from her life and work and raise her ranks in paradise. }

  40. Are you sure about Islam? ARe you guaranteed salvation?

  41. Syed Shah says:


  42. Ameera Davis says:

    Shayma'a Arif you cant just take information from any muslim, I find that born muslims dont even have basic knowledge of islam some dont even know how to pray.

  43. know that Jesus and his mum marry are more emphasized in the Quran then any other, there is full chapter in the Qur'an which talk about his family (SURAT MARIAM) and that Jesus name is mentioned not less than 25 times than the name of the last Prophet Mohammad peace be upon him about 5 times only, and Moses is more emphasized in the Quran too,May Allah blessing and mercy be upon Aminah for her great work and devotion love of our creator Allah and may Allah guide the others ameen yaa Rabbi

  44. Riyad Shamma Innaalillahi wa inna illayihi rajioon May Allah grant her jannatulfirdaws and raise her ranks in paradise ameen

  45. Sayyad Arsalan Saleem says:

    ALLAH U AKBAR …ALLAH is creator of everything and his guide is amazing just ask from your self and free your soul ..ALLAH know his work i saw his guidance how he guide the human if human ask from his self with sincerely …what is human its a amazing creature and our body our heart is directly connected with ALLAH ..just need the free our heart from bad things ..World indeed the deception if we going to enjoy it ,,its fake and reality indeed ALLAH indeed Death, life have reason and i am amazed to know about others religions by Islamic Research Foundation / Dr.Zakir Naik / IRF ALLAH saying in Quran sure Al- Meada Chapter no.5 verse no 54 saying " O you who believe, if anyone from you turns back from his Faith, then Allah will bring a people whom He loves and who love Him, humble toward the believers, hard on the disbelievers, who fight in the way of Allah and are not afraid of the reproach of any critic. That is a grace of Allah. He confers it on whom He wills. Allah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing" that is true ALLAH U AKBAR ..ALLAH dont need to us for guide his obedient .. :)

  46. Sayyad Arsalan Saleem says:

    exactly this is what you have relation with your lord ..born muslims its not meaning that we will get heaven ALLAH have justice fro all and every child when born its born muslims …we need to practice of islam ..that will give us peace and more strong emaan this is way of ALLAH guide other humans :)

  47. Anonymous says:

    thank u so much for sharing this amazing, beautiful and inspiring story! i was crying all through this reading! I'm Muslim too and sometimes i'm struggling in my life but i always remember ALLAH and that helps me to get better!

  48. very inspirational story, may Allah Almighty give you more Strength & Purity in beliefs.
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  52. Susan Skorc says:

    Going from a Baptist to a Muslim is not a big stretch, they are both ridiculous. I guess some people find the need to believe that some god has power over them and must be obeyed. I wouldn't mind if they would stop trying to force their beliefs on the rest of us, such as abortion rights and gay marriage. Live how you want, leave the rest of us alone.

  53. I'm presently doing research on Aminah Assilmi for a larger Project in honor of women who have made a difference in this world, Aminah Assilmi is a true inspiration all around;I appreciate her efforts and contribution to society in being a speaker and advocate for women's rights, and in establishing the American branch of the International Union of Muslim women. I admire the fact that she leaned in and initiated the involvement on the National Organization of women (NOW) in a successful effort to get the Bosnian TAsk force USA to designate rape a war crime, the Un commission on Human rights passed a resolution on December 20, 1993. I appreciate all her efforts and her great contributions to this world.

  54. Adil Farooq says:

    may ALLAH also give us HADAYAH

  55. OMG! This person wasn't even a Christian. They claimed Christ but he wasn't their Lord or Savior. She mentions that she read the Quran and read other Islamic books but she fails to compare Christianity to it. If she read pro-Islamic books she should've also read anti-Islamic books. Their are many people that claim Jesus but haven't read the Bible. They only listen to their pastors sermons and have talks about general life stuff.

    There are many people that misinterpret verses in the Bible. For example does any Muslim know that Mormons believe that Isaiah 29:11 points towards the Book of Mormon while Islam teaches that Isaiah 29:12 points towards Muhammad? No both religions can't be correct. Either one has to be correct or both completely wrong. We can clearly see there's a conflict. Maybe just maybe the verses don't mean anything what each religion is saying but they are an explanation of Isaiah 29:1-10.

    Please just please don't ignore studying both the affirmative and negative perspectives of a religion while you're learning about a specific religion.

  56. Jesus is truly the only way for your eternal salvation. How can anyone ever truly believe that the All Mighty God would ever permit someone into heaven by any merit of their own? Has anyone ever read Hebrews 11? The book of Romans? Or even the book of Galatians? The law of God exposes man of his sinfulness. It doesn't make him righteous. Please read Galatians 2:20-21. Without remission of sins there's no salvation. Please take the time to research. Stop misinterpreting biblical text. Think don't just read a verse read in context.

  57. Zingki Zang says:

    How about people before Jesus born?, Adam, Eve, Abraham, Noah, Soloman, David, Moses etc. and all his followers. Whether they will survive.???????????

  58. Zingki Zang says:

    Joel Franklin : How about people before Jesus born?, Adam, Eve, Abraham, Noah, Soloman, David, Moses etc. and all his followers. Whether they will survive.???????????

  59. Ina Jaal says:

    ZZ… They will survive insyaALLAH, for Allah is merciful, Allah has sent messengers(Prophets) and the earlier scriptures for different civilizations. Allah's teachings are the same for all mankind. Indeed HE did promised that those people who follows his teachings will end up in Jannah. For Allah is the Most Knowing, Loving and Merciful.

  60. Reform India's Muslim Personal Law, Breach the Stagnation in Muslim Religious Thought, Use the Opportunity to Work out A New Islamic Theology of Peace, Pluralism and Gender Equality

    By Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam (
    15 August 2015

    According to media reports a new study indicates that 92.1 percent of Muslim women in India want a total ban on instant oral divorce. The report was released by Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), an organization led by Muslim women fighting for the rights of Indian Muslims.

    The report gives the following details: "Women are being informed of their divorce via telephone, text message, and even social media with reasons ranging from poor cooking skills to wardrobe and accessories choices under the current system. As female Muslims don't have the same right under religious law, women are left vulnerable and insecure. With the widespread support of Muslim women, organizations like BMMA are pushing for the so-called 'triple talaq rule' to be banned in India."

    However, the issue is not justof triple or instant divorce, but that of reform of Muslim Personal law itself. Consequently the demand should not be made only to ban the widespread practice of 'triple talaq'. This is one of the evils emanating from the Personal laws instituted for Muslims by the British. Hardly any Muslim in India follows the Quran-based practice of divorce in three stages encompassing three menstrual cycles…….
    Read full article at this link:

  61. In what way could you call yourself a Christian, Your life as you describe it before you converted does not display that of a Christain rather a person who believes they are because they are born to it. Christian means to surrender your life to God through the one and only Savior Jesus Christ. It is not a party sceen as you describe. Your so called friends that also were partiers also were not living the life of a Christian. John 14:6 specifically but also the Whole book of John. Jesus more than certainly claims to be the one and only Son of God and that He and His Father are one. He also claims to have you in His hand in John 10: 22-28 22 At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; 23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon. 24 The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are [c]the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. 26 But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” Notice two very important things here Jesus did not call them Gods sheep rather My sheep making himself like God also He compared His own hand to God's .. He is not claiming to be God the Father here but rather God the Son. The God head is ONE God yet represented by three different manifestations. Thus His closing statement of that passage " I and the Father are One. He never claims to be God the Father Yet He most cretainly claims to be God the Son. John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. It is very important to understand that Muslims do believe in one God and as much as they revere Jesus they do not give Him the status that He Himself claimed. If you truly read that claims of Jesus without bias there is no way possible you can not say He did not claim to be just as God and actually God Himself not God the Father but God the one true Son the creator. Please remember He claims to be the creator. "Through Him and by Him we were created and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. John 1:3

  62. Dear Marcus, what if the Quran was really God's words, while the Gospels records from people who never met Jesus (peace be upon him)?
    What if God has really sent yet another messenger to let the humanity get the real knowledge, the Truth?
    May God give you the courage to face the Truth.

  63. Dear Joel, do you have lear evidence that the Bible is a more accurate record of God's word than the Quran?

  64. Joel, please just please, jsut find a copy of the Quran.

  65. Dear Susan, I believe nobody is forcing to either religion but your own conscience.

  66. People of the Book! Do not go to extremes in your religion. Say nothing but the truth about God. The Christ Jesus, son of Mary, was only a messenger of God and His word, conveyed to Mary, a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers and do not say: "There are three [gods]." Desist, it will be better for you. Indeed, God is the one and only God. His Holiness is far above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And God is sufficient as a guardian. (4:171)

    And [beware the Day] when Allah will say, "O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, 'Take me and my mother as deities besides Allah?'" He will say, "Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen. I said not to them except what You commanded me – to worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. And I was a witness over them as long as I was among them; but when You took me up, You were the Observer over them, and You are, over all things, Witness. If You should punish them – indeed they are Your servants; but if You forgive them – indeed it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. (5:116-118)

  67. And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant, then produce a Sura like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers (If there are any) besides Allah, if your (doubts) are true.
    But if ye cannot- and of a surety ye cannot- then fear the Fire whose fuel is men and stones,- which is prepared for those who reject Faith. (2:23 – 24)

  68. Juni Punga says:

    Are these prayers enough to have our sins forgiven? I've been reading very basic books on Islam and it sounds like we are still responsible for our wrongs, and will all experience some of the burning in Hell — can someone please explain that this may not be so, that Allah is kind and forgiving or will we all suffer after death?

    Aminah Assilmi quotes: – O Allah! let my heart have light, and my sight have light, and my hearing (senses) have light, and let me have light on my right, and let me have light on my left, and let me have light above me, and have light under me, and have light in front of me, and have light behind me; and let me have light.” (Bukhari, vol. 8. pp. 221, #329)

    “Oh my Lord! Forgive my sins and my ignorance and my exceeding the limits (boundaries of righteousness) in all my deeds and what you know better than I. O Allah! Forgive my mistakes, those done intentionally or out of my ignorance or (without) or with seriousness, and I confess that all such mistakes are done by me. Oh Allah! Forgive my sins of the past and of the future which I did openly or secretly. You are the One who makes the things go before, and You are the One who delays them, and You are the Omnipotent.” (Bukhari, vol. , pp. 271, #407)

  69. Sajid Faizi says:

    May Allah make it easier for you.You already have been learning about Islam,you have come to know that Allah is the most merciful and forgiving.Yes Allah does have protocols and laws to give human beings a structure and guidelines in life to help them understand how to spend their lives in the best possible way.One of the major areas in Islam is trusting your creator,Allah,the most merciful.It is mentioned in Quran that people should enter Islam completely,means that muslims are supposed to follow Islamic rules and regulations and laws to the best of their capability,and completely submit and surrender in front of the creator.The basic five pillars of Islam are,1-Entering the gates of Islam by saying shahada,means saying and believing in heart that there is no God(worthy of worship) but Allah,and Prophet Mohammmad(peace be upon him) is His Prophet( last and final prophet),2-offering five times prayers,3-fasting in the month of Ramadan(fasting month),4-giving charity(Zakaat) to needy people annually,5-going to Hajj at least once in life time if can afford to go to Mecca.
    These are the basics of Islam,and if someone does that sincerely,tries best to stay away from major sins and if ends up committing a sin,is repentful and asks for forgiveness and does not persist in doing sins habbitually,can sincerely hope that he/she will be saved from hell fire.Once someone asked Prophet (peace be upon him)that if he only fulfills the basics and does not do any further,can he hope to enter Janna?Prophet replied yes.I hope that,s helpful.

  70. Juni Punga says:

    Sajid Faizi Thank you for your encouraging reply. I am a convert now and find it very difficult to learn the prayers, and to do them 5 times a day — will Allah see my intention and sincerity and forgive my lazy nature? I've lived all these long years without this and it will take discipline; but I pray and think of Allah all day long and feel reborn since taking my shahada.

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