Muslim revert stories

From my dark past towards a bright future

  • Revert: Ameerah Nahal
  • Age: 24
  • Revert Date: 3/21/2014
  • Nationality: Latin American (Salvadorian/ Ecuadorian)
  • Current Residence: Chicago, IL. USA

My name is Ameerah, I go by Ameerah Nahal to everybody. Prior to Islam, I grew up a very devout religious young woman until the community betrayed me, twice. Saying goes: fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. After the betrayal, I spiraled into depression and suffered from PTSD from dangerous circumstances.
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I was in a place at this point in time where there was no higher person who could give guidance and set examples to follow. I felt no love from a community, I devoted my time and energy to.

It all changed when I met my two girl friends. I met them as I was taking remedial classes for graduation and our convos went from makeup and the Kardashians to talks about women’s rights in Islam.
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It all began after telling one of them how much I admired her for dressing the way she did at that time and the spark began there. Ultimately, the most empowering piece of advice I received from them was, to do the research yourself and read the Quran for yourself!

Through them, I learned the truth of what religion is about, being, and to continue growing to be a good person through the words of our creator. Their kindness and patience, pushed me to be better and grow kinder at heart.
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After one year of reading and research, I took my shahada. After taking it, I felt liberated from my dark and uncertain past towards a bright future and a better way of being after carrying resentment in my heart from betrayal and gang life. Islam gave me a second chance to grow and be better.

Alhamdulilah, I’m alive and only focusing on living my life as intended for us through Islam. After 3 years I started wearing hijab and I’ve never been happier in my faith as a Muslim. I wouldn’t change it for anything”.

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