I converted to Islam when I was 12

Revert: Gia Nassif
Revert Date: When I was 12 years old

I converted to Islam when I was 12. I was born and raised Catholic, but my community turned its back on me and my mother whose husband left her with two kids. The only person that showed they loved and cared for us was our babysitter Sahar.

She was a Muslim hijabi from Egypt who took on a motherly role for my mother. She didn’t say she was teaching me about Islam but that’s how she got my attention, by me learning about Islam indirectly through her small actions.

Whether it was praying, wearing Hijab, reciting hadiths, and over all, having mercy for people. I took my shahadah alone while I was crying in my room in 2013 due to depression and an eating disorder.

My eating disorder didn’t get bad until early last year. In 2017, Alhamdulillah, Allah SWT saved me by giving me a second chance at life this Ramadan. I was in recovery from an eating disorder and I decided to go to the masjid.

I went to the masjid and took my shahada in front of a sister in the imam’s office. For once in my life, I’m proud to say I’m a Muslim convert Lebanese Syrian Costa Rican Hijabi.

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