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.
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.
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.
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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