Becoming Muslim: Five Words That Changed My Life

Mustafa and Khadim

Mustafa and Khadim

This beautiful story is reprinted from brother Mustafa Davis‘ Facebook page, with his permission. Mustafa is a photographer and filmmaker who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Along with Usama Canon, he is one of the co-founders of the Ta’leef Collective.

Becoming Muslim in America

by Mustafa Davis

Today, while out with my family at the Ashby Flea Market in Berkeley California, I ran into a man who changed the entire course of my life fifteen years ago. And he did it with a smile and one simple question. I have no doubt in my mind that had I not met this man on that cold day in February, that I would either be dead or in prison.

Fifteen years ago while on my way to a college class, I ran into a familiar looking guy who pointed at my shirt and said “good looking out” and stood up and shook my hand. I was sporting dread locks, wearing a Haile Selassie shirt, baggy jeans, suede Pumas, sunglasses and a Sessions snowboarder jacket. I was the quintessential hard to label California Bay Area pseudo hip hop hippie skater. Happy because of my rasta shirt he guy said to me “Hey I think I know you dude, we met at such and such a place. My name is Whitney Canon (who we now know as USAMA CANON).” I answered in the affirmative and we struck up a conversation and realized we had several mutual friends. This “chance” meeting would prove to be “one of two” of the most important random occurrences in my life.

Strangely it ended up that we had the same Spanish class together and ended up sitting next to one another. Over the course of a few days we learned that we were both musicians / artists. Usama had the code to the piano room in the music hall so we’d sneak into the room and sit and play music for hours and talk about spirituality. We did this just about every day for an entire semester.

One day while eating sushi at a popular Japanese restaurant near campus I confided in Usama and told him I was burnt out and tired of my life and that I had decided to get things back on track. I was living by myself in downtown San Jose, working nights waiting tables and going to school during the day. There were many things about my lifestyle (that I won’t go into detail about here) that were preventing me from success. I also had the burden of past demons that would sneak up to torment me from time to time. So, the only real solution I knew of to deal with problems of this magnitude was to get religious and go back to church.

I told Usama that I was considering going back to the Catholicism to get my life in order. He asked me if I’d ever thought about Islam. I told him that I hadn’t thought of it for myself because I felt it was either an Arab religion or a separatist black movement (which I couldn’t join because my mother is white) and that I felt the only Muslims I had ever met were hypocrites and that I’d never seen a good practicing Muslim.

He told me about his older brother (ANAS CANON) converting to orthodox Islam after a short time in the Nation Of Islam and that it wasn’t just for Arabs but that from what he knew it was a pretty universal religion. (NOTE: Usama wasn’t Muslim yet when he was telling me this). He asked me if I knew about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) and I told him that I just knew of Elijah Muhammad but that even Malcolm X said he wasn’t a real prophet. He then explained to me that there was a different man named Muhammad that was a real Prophet from Arabia and that I should look into him. At this point I started to get turned off as I usually did whenever anybody spoke to me overtly about religion. Plus once he said “Arab Prophet” I knew that Islam wasn’t for me. We ended the conversation and I headed to work. This was a Wednesday.

That night after work I went to the bookstore to buy a Bible and I walked past the “Eastern Philosophy” section and looked up and saw a green book that had the name ‘MUHAMMAD’ written down the entire spine in gold letters. I stopped and thought for a moment and then reached up and grabbed the book. The cover said ‘MUHAMMAD – His Life Based On The Earliest Sources” by Martin Lings. This phrase “earliest sources” intrigued me because although I was there to purchase a bible, I was aware of the theological debate about the number of mistakes found in the bible and it was something that troubled me greatly. So, I opened up the book and tried to read it but the Arabic names were really difficult for me to pronounce and so I was struggling to get through even a couple sentences. The four or five sentences I did read mentioned the “QUR’AN” several times. The Arabic names solidified the reality that this was an Arab religion and not something I would want to be a part of so I put the book back up on the shelf.

As I began to walk away the gold letters “MUHAMMAD” caught my eye again and looked back up at the book. This time, I noticed another book titled “THE QU’RAN.” I was going to keep walking but I remembered that I saw that word a few times in the Martin Lings book so I reached up and pulled it off the shelf. I opened it to a random page which just happened to be the very first page of Chapter Maryam. I read it from beginning to end and remember getting chills in my body as it explained in great detail the miraculous birth of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon Him). I had no idea that Muslims also believed in the miraculous birth of Jesus nor that they did not believe He was God’s son. As a Christian it never made sense to me that God would have a son.

Without understanding why, I found myself weeping in the bookstore holding onto a copy of a translation of the Qu’ran. I decided to buy it so I could read more about what Muslims believed. In my emotional state I completely forgot to buy a bible and left the bookstore.

Mustafa Davis, Khadim, and Usama Canon

Khadim (striped cap) & Usama (on the right): the two people who put Islam in my heart. May Allah bless and protect them both.

The next morning (Thursday) I went to school and on my way to class I passed by a stall where a Senegalese man was selling some crafts, wallets, and african dolls. He was busy with a customer when I walked up so I just picked up a wallet and was looking at it. The customer left and the man turned to me and smiled. His smile was something I had never experienced before. The only way I describe it is that it was filled with light and love. I remember exactly the words he spoke to me. I remember them because these words would change my life. He said. “Hello brother, how are you?” I said, “I’m fine thanks.” Then he looked at me very closely while smiling at me and asked. “Brother, are you a Muslim? … you look like a Muslim.” I was shocked at his question and assumption because nobody had every made that assumption before ever and I had just bought a Qu’ran and read some it the previous night. Before that I didn’t know anything about orthodox Islam at all. I told him I wasn’t a Muslim but that I bought a Qu’ran last night and read some of it. Then, the man smiled very big, came from around his stall and gave me a hug and kept saying over and over “Oh my brother, this is so beautiful. This is so great brother. I’m so happy for you my brother. This is a good sign from Allah brother. You have made me very happy brother.” I had never met anybody so genuine and was so shocked that he was calling me brother, smiling at me, hugging me and saying he was so happy for me. His name was Khadim.

Khadim walked back around his stall and then asked me if I could do him a big favor. I told him I could. He told me that as a Muslim he has to pray five times a day at specific times and that one of the times had come and so he needed to go wash for prayer. He asked me if I could stay with his stall and watch his things as he went to pray. I told him I would and he showed me the cash box and asked if I could sell the items while he was away so he wouldn’t miss a sale. He gave me the prices and walked off.

I sat there for 30 minutes waiting for this man. You cannot imagine the thoughts that ran through my mind. I was thinking “who is this guy?” He left me with this cash. I could just take it and leave and he’d never catch me. Then I started thinking about why he wasn’t worried about his money. What is it that was so important that he left his money to a stranger? I thought about the prayer he mentioned and how important it must be if he left his worldly possessions behind. I remember thinking at that moment that I wanted something that was that important to me that it would make me forget my problems.

He came back 30 minutes later and his face was full of light. He hugged me again and kept saying “thank you brother, thank you so much.” I was blown away. I missed two classes just so I could stay with this man. I was afraid if I left him, that I would never find the peace and happiness that he carried with him.

A Pakistani student walked up and greeted him with Salams and then turned to me and asked “are you a Muslim?” I said, “No, I’m not, you are the second person to ask me that today. What made you ask me that?” He said, “I don’t know, you look like a Muslim.” I was blown away again. I told him I was reading a Quran and he was also very happy and asked me if I had ever been to a mosque before. I told him that I hadn’t and he asked me if I would like to go see one tomorrow. I told him yes (as I was now far too curious to let this go) and we exchanged numbers.

The next afternoon (Friday) he came and picked me up and we went to his house. His mother had prepared lunch for us and we sat on the floor and ate. I had never sat on the floor to eat in a house before but it didn’t feel strange to me at all. After the meal we drove to the mosque (Muslim Community Association -MCA) in Santa Clara, California.

When we walked into the mosque there were about 40 men standing in a row waiting to greet me… all of them smiling at me and shaking my hand I walked down the line. They motioned for me to sit and they gathered around me kept asking me how I was doing. One man asked me if I knew anything about Islam so I proceeded to tell him how I bought the Quran and had read some of it, etc. Then he asked me if I believed in the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) and without hesitation I said YES. He asked if I believed that Jesus was God or son of God and I told him NO, that I believed he was a prophet. He then explained to me about angels, the different scriptures, sent down, the day of judgment, the divine decree, etc. After he explained all this to me he asked if I believed in all that he said and I told him YES. He said, “this is what a Muslim believes so you believe the same thing. Would you then like to become a Muslim?” I remember that I answered YES without hesitation. He helped me struggle through pronouncing the Shahada and I became a Muslim on that 17th day (Battle of Badr) of Ramadan in 1416 H / 1996.

Khadim from Senegal

The smile that changed my life.

I first heard about orthodox Islam on a wednesday afternoon, bought a Quran wednesday night, met Khadim (the Senegalese man) on Thursday who “showed me the true essence of Islam” by his actions and character, went to the mosque on Friday and became a Muslim.

Six months after I converted Usama Canon called me and asked me to tell him about Islam. We went to dinner and talked about the religion. The next day I took him to the mosque and he took his Shahada and officially became a Muslim. He was the person who first told me about Islam and then I had the honor of bringing him to the mosque so that he could become Muslim.

It was not theology or religious debate that brought me to Islam. It was music, culture, a friend I trusted, and a stranger who smiled at me. Ironically, it was Arab culture that first prevented me from seeking to know about Islam. Then, after I converted I spent a decade trying to leave behind my own culture (the very culture that led me to Islam) and attempted to adopt Arab culture as my own. It wasn’t until many years later that I was able to return to my roots as an American and reconcile that with being Muslim… in a way that is a natural reflection of my own culture and symbiotic with my faith as a Muslim.

I wrote this story today because I ran into KHADIM (the Senegalese man who smiled at me) while Usama Canon and I were out with our families. It was a chance meeting today. just like my two chance meetings with Usama and Khadim fifteen years ago. I took a picture with him today, the first picture I’ve ever taken with him because I wanted to show people the face of a man who won my heart over with nothing more than a genuine smile and good character.

“All praise be to God for the blessing of Islam… and it is enough of a blessing.”

– Mustafa Davis

Added note by Mustafa:

My wife has heard me tell this story hundreds of times and yesterday was the first time she ever met Khadim. We were out with Usama Canon and his family and the whole morning we were talking about Khadim and the impact he had on both of our lives. We were disappointed when we got to the flea market and he wasn’t there.

Just as we were about to leave Usama pointed in the distance and said “look who just showed up.” Sure enough, it was Khadim coming to drop a few items off to be sold. When we saw each other we embraced for a long time and then he looked at me and gave me that same smile that literally penetrated my heart with light 15 years ago. I turned to my wife and said “that is the smile I’ve always told you about.” She didn’t respond… her tears were confirmation that she understood exactly what I was referring to.

Second note:

(Someone commented that because Allah brought Mustafa to Islam so quickly, it should inspire him to be a living example of Islam. Mustafa replied:)

Allah is generous. I’m inspired to be a good human being, regardless of the countless times I fall short of it. Being a living example of Islam is a task greater than the intellect can fathom. Too often I think we place a burden on Muslims greater than they can bear. And I have witnessed the confusion and depression that occurs when one cannot live up to the high standards set for them by the religious community. So, if by saying “living examples of Islam” we mean simply doing your best and striving to be a better human being, then I agree. If we mean (and we often do) that it means being a Muslim that doesn’t make mistakes and it without flaw, then I don’t think this is a realistic goal.

My goal, is to simply be the best ME that I can. If that represents Islam then I’m grateful to my Lord. If it falls short then I blame only myself.

Although my story (and thousands of stories like it) may be inspiring to others… for the one whose biography it represents, we still have our demons, flaws, and burdens. Guidance often enters the heart instantly but the habits and character traits take a lifetime to change. Conversion is a process, not an event. We seek Allah’s aid in all the we do.

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including Zawaj.com and IslamicAnswers.com, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project, IslamicSunrays.com, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at AbolishTorture.com. He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , , Read 263 articles by
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  1. María M says:

    As salamu alaykum,

    Thank you for finding and sharing this beautiful story.

    María

  2. wael says:

    This story brought tears to my eyes. And by the way, I highly recommend the book that Mustafa picked up then put down: “Muhammad: his life based on the earliest sources” by Martin Lings.

  3. Dylan says:

    All I can say is thank you

    This story literally warmed my heart inside. Reading halfway through I began to feel much more happy than I was ten minutes ago. All my life I’ve been at times turning to God for guidance and help when I needed it. I have always been interested in religion but never a religious person. I was baptized a catholic but never gone to church unless for christenings, weddings and a funeral but over the last year I have felt like something was missing from my life and I have come to realise that I want peace in my life. Basically I want to become a better person and stop the conflict I have with certain people. Over the last few months I have been trying to find a religion, one that’s right for me and I’ve been researching Islam. When I first began looking for my new faith I had not the slightest thought in my mind that I could become a Muslim. But as I searched only one religion has grabbed my attention and that is Islam. I am 16 years old and living in Australia and I have no friends that are Muslim or know of anyone that is a Muslim to speak to and to learn from and answer my questions so it’s been difficult for me. I also do not know of any Mosques near by, although there is one kind of close to where I live but it’s in a bad area.

    You did mention orthodox Islam a few times. But what is the difference between Islam and orthodox Islam?
    I too have been thinking about buying the Quran from a bookstore in english of course but I have no idea which is best english translated Quran or which one is recommended by most Muslims. I really want to feel the warmth and happiness you made me feel through reading  your story to be with me at all times. 

    At this stage with every time I see something that makes me want to be Muslim I instantly wish I was, to have the happiness and acceptance that you received from other Muslims. But some times after I see things like this or read something on Islam I later see or read something that makes me feel uncertain and unsure. I don’t want to take my Shahaadah because I don’t believe in my self that I would be able to live as a Muslim yet. What I mean is I still have a lot more to learn and understand about Islam I want learn and grow more so that when I take my Shahaadah I will take it with love in my heart for god and certainty that Islam is the truth. I understand that this is a decision that will effect almost every aspect of my life and I only hope that my friends and family will treat my conversion to Islam with respect but it will be so difficult for me with being the only one in my who family that would be a Muslim and possibly the only one at school. For example during school times I would need to pray at the times of prayer but how will people react to seeing me in prayer? and will people would try and interrupt me during prayer? And how will i find the direction to mecca? I’ve had an idea come to mind whenever I thought of me praying at school or me being with my friends. Is that when people see that Islam has changed me into a better being and also be more kind and help others, they will then maybe see that Islam is not about hate and have new respect for the religion and they will think differently when seeing Muslim related issues.

    but at home I think my mum will respect me when I pray and she will tell my brothers to do the same. But how can I tell my family? I think it will hurt my grandparents more as my grandparents are religious but Catholics and my grandfather hates Muslims because of what he see on tv. I told them that’s how the media portrays Islam and the extremists are not good muslims or people and they are the ones who distort the image of Islam. On tv in English speaking countries when they show Muslims on the news or other things like that, there showing the extremists and the ones rioting and causing no good. They show Islam as a religion of hate, racism and a religion that beats woman and mistreats them etc. But I know this is not the case.  I just want to be a better person to my family and to everyone around me, find peace, become closer to God and embrace a new faith.

    If anyone would be able to help me with advice of anykind on my matters I’ve discussed I’ll be very thankful.

    I thank you very much for your time to write this story for people to see. I feel this could be a step closer for me making my decision on Islam

    Kind Regards,
    Dylan

    • María M says:

      As salamu alaykum Dylan,

      Congratulations for the steps you are taking. I am a recently revert muslim. Would you mind if I tell you a few things, you are very mature for your age, and that talks to me about your father and mother, it would be very good for all of you, that you trust them with your inner process, you are preparing yourself for very important decisions in your life, and it is going to make a difference if you alloud them to share it with you, of course, everything under all the respect it deserves the situation.

      You seem closer to your mother, talk to her, I am sure she will want to know about everything you are learning, and she may be a help when you begin to pray and tell all the family when the decision is taken.

      Don´t be in a hurry, take your time to study and ask questions, you said you don´t have a muslim community there, but you have your family to share the knowledge you will get. Careful about internet, I know you are 16, and you are lucky you found Wael, but not everybody is Wael, please when someone get close to you, take it with a pinch of salt, me included.

      Someway you are in an vulnerable situation, I really hope Wael talks to you. But please talk to your parents, they are the one that are going to be there for you always, this internet world it is fine, but specially at your age you need real support.

      I´ve learnt to pray through internet, and you can find the time for prayers in your local place through internet too, …the one I chose was Islamicfinder.org. I began with this, may help you. I recognize I am still an ignorant.

      My unconditional Love and Respect,

      María

      • Dylan says:

        Maria, thank you so much for your advice.

        You are right that my family should be there to support me afterall my family are who has made who I am today and my parents raised me and I love them for it but I fear if I tell them they wil be upset or disappointed with me. Sorry I can’t really explain it, it’s just what I feel will happen when I tell them or try to explain it to them. 

        Two nights ago I was at a friends place with another friend, and I told them that I was considering becoming a Muslim. I didn’t want to tell them at 1st because I was worried about how they would take it. To my surprise they took it well. They were both supportive and said that they would respect me for my decision. One of my friends said I would be the only Muslim in our school and I should be prepared for people that want to say stuff to me because I’m Muslim. I said to them that I want to find peace in my life and become a better person, they told me I was being too hard on myself and that I am a good person and they will support me on my decision. These two are good people and I have a high level of respect for what they say to me and hearing this made feel a lot more positive about being able to tell my friends and family but I know I have a lot to learn still and I am hoping to buy a copy of the Quran and visit a Mosque to learn more and see and meet other Muslims that can help me and answer questions that I have.
        I have considered once I become a Muslim is to try to learn Arabic so that one day I will be able to read the Quran in its purest form and in the language it was revealed in to Muhammed (Peace be upon him) 

        Maria I am very glad that you replied, I was very happy to know that a Muslim was willing to help me with my issues. I thank you very much for your support and kind words.

        Dylan

        • María M says:

          As salamu alaykum,

          Take your time Dylan, you are well grounded and quite mature, one step at the time, that is a wise behaviour, Alhamdulillah.

          I am glad Wael, is going to reply to you, insha´Allah. Thank you for sharing and for your nice words.

          María

        • Ameenah says:

          Assalamu aalaykum (peace) Dylan,

          If you wish to be in contact with Muslims and live in NSW (or anywhere else,) you can contact my husband via e-mail on r_dannawi@hotmail.com. His name is Radwan.

          All the best, God willing.

    • María M says:

      As salamu alaykum Dylan,

      Wael, please forgive me if it is wrong what I am doing, but this articles has been extremely important to me.

      I read something that had given me a deep understanding of salat I would love to recommended to you to read, and as always with a pinch of salt.

      Look for the Salah series from Jinan Bastaki.

      http://www.suhaibwebb.com/category/islam-studies/prophet-muhammad/page/2/

      My unconditional Love and Respect,

      María

    • wael says:

      Thanks so much for your comments bro, and I’ll try to write a more detailed reply tonight Insha’Allah.

      • Dylan says:

        Thankyou Wael 🙂
        I know that u would be terribly busy with your websites but whenever you get the chance to reply, you reply will be welcomed and your advice accepted with open arms.

        Thanks
        Dylan

    • N. says:

      Dear Dylan,

      if you want to learn about the real Islam, you can add me on MSN. I have been researching Islam for a long time now and I am confident that I can lead you to your ultimate goal. I can show you Islam in a way you have never met before. Like the story above, I have embraced Islam because of the kindness Muslims showed to me when I was 18 and on vacation on a muslim country. I have so many websites which you can read to see what real Islam is.

      I’ll even fly to Australia if you would like to meet a muslim brother and if you want to talk face to face. And know that you do not need a mosque, nor need a muslim to become a muslim, but you need your own intelligence, for that is what stands between you and your Lord.

      Kind regards,
      N.

    • Azian says:

      Dylan, i am deeply moved by your interest in Islam as it stemmed from your desire to be a better person, an aspiration every human being should strive for. I am quite certain there are Islamic centres that propagate Islam in Australia. Since you surf the internet, why don’t you look up to see if you can locate one that is within your reach. The mosque is always the best place to start and look for an imam who could help you learn about Islam through the Al Quran. May Allah Taala bless you with Islam really soon and I truly hope that you will soon find someone who will help you find the truth.

      • Dylan says:

        Azian thankyou for your comment.
        And yes I have done some research and there is a town i live closenby that is mostly Muslim but its in a bad area and would he hard for me to get also the Mosque there is in Turkish so I wouldn’t understand what they were saying?

        • azian says:

          Dylan, many muftis and imams – mosque officials attend international conferences, so, they may speak some English. The Turkish, if like you say are residing in some parts of Australia may be familiar with the English that Australians use. I am in Malaysia, and not familiar with Australia. Since you mentioned that the neighbourhood may not be a friendly one, why dont you ask some of the friends whom you trust to accompany you, even if they are not interested in Islam, the friends whom you’ve shared your feelings about Islam. I believe Allah will keep you safe, insya Allah. Looking for the truth is a monumental task, have complete trust in Allah. I’ll remember you in my prayers. All the best.

        • Mohammad Nabiul Karim says:

          Dylan,

          Firstly I would like to say Assalamualimum Wa rahmatullah!

          Would you mind if I tell you a few things? I am totally agreed with Maria about your maturity of thinking…Alhamdulillah! As also I like to say that Maria should be your proper guide.

          If you have any problem to go your nearby masque, then you may visit this site http://www.islamonline.net/en/Page/Home

          This site is very authentic indeed….you can find lot of your answer ( fatwa bank) there…..very important point is, you would be able to participate live discussion with a scholar.
          May Almighty Allah protect us…..Jazakallah khair.

    • Muslimah says:

      Assalamualaikum Dylan…I’ve read through your comment and its kinda make me feels like “god how can i help him to get through this” “he’s struggling so hard to find the happiness” like oh my god i feel sorry for you. I know it’s hard for you to live with people who have bad perceptions towards muslim. Like you said it’s all about media that make us muslim to suffer this miserable torment and this stereotype labelling-being terrorist. I’m a muslim too from Malaysia but currently living in New Zealand. When I was in Malaysia, I feel so safe to live in a country where Islam is the largest religion here. However, somehow I can feel like most of us here take Islam for granted as we’ve already born as a muslim. But when i came to NZ I feel so strange. I feel like I’ve started to appreciate Islam more…Perhaps mb because of the environment…In NZ i no longer hear the sweet melody of azan (I miss it so much), I no longer hear any soothing melody of Quran’s words…which always comfort me whenver i’m in distress…I feel like I’ve suffered a great lost…then, bcoz of tht I’ve started to gather all my muslim friends here…we talk to each other, we help each other and the most important thing is we CARE about each other and at the end i feel like we’re brothers and sisters…Besides, now i found myself feel so close to god…I feel so calm and there’s nothing to be afraid of as long as we remember HIM all the time…I feel like I’ve found the beauty of islam in a non-muslim country. It’s so amazing…I never felt like this before and deep inside i hope you will find your happiness soon…Insyaallah…Dylan what you have to do is to pray a lot to him, put all your faiths in him and do not give up coz i believe one day he will grant you a bundle of happiness for you to cherish…trust me…And i think all the trials and tribulations that you’ve encountered so far are just to draw you closer to him…to have faith in him…

      • Dylan says:

        Thankyou so much… it really means alot. I feel bad because i havnt visited this website in a really long time and there are heaps of people who have been very kind on here towards me. Ive been recieving the email notifications but I very rarly use this email adress so… sorry to everyone who have written kind things and I havnt replied. I must say over the last several months I have been speaking with Najib, who offered to get into touch with me via facebook and MSN from this website and i have come to learn so much… he is an amazing person and I am truly thankful that God has allowed me to come into contact with him and many other good people particulary on this site :). Unfortuanly I have not yet said Shahadah 🙁 but i feel i am very close in doing so and I will be saying it online with Najib, who is looking forward to sharing the special moment with me. At this point… I feel like I dont know the next step… cause the next part is actually saying shahadah, and telling my family but i want to tell my mum and dad before I do it. Its just i dont know when and how? But inshAllah that time will some very soon I hope.

        So thankyou again 🙂 and I promise when I become Muslim, I will share the news with all these wonderfull people on the site who have helped me.

        • Melissa Diaz says:

          May Allah make everything easy and smooth for you Dylan. Keep that faith in Allah in your heart, say it with your mouth and tongue, move your body to worship Him… than you will find the real faith… You will taste the pleasure of worship, insha Allah…

        • Dilfiza Ali says:

          Salaam Dylan

          May Allah SWT give you Hidayat and bless you with Imaan… Ameen

    • seema says:

      Salam, Dylan
      I just ran into this webpage by accident and read your posting. The best translation/interpretation (as no on can really “translate” languages without losing nuances etc is Muhammad Assda’s interpretation, which I love and has been recommended also by CAIR (Council for American Islamic Relations) – I have the Amazon link for you:
      http://www.amazon.com/Message-Quran-Muhammad-Asad/dp/1904510000

      May Allah guide you and protect you.
      Seema

    • Darul Aqsha says:

      Dear Dylan,

      As far as I know, there are three best classic translations and commentaries of al- Quran written by:

      1. Marmaduke Pickhtall, “The Meaning of the Glorious Koran”.
      2. Muhammad Asad (Leopold Weiss), “The Message of the Qur’an”.
      3. Abdullah Yusuf Ali, “The Holy Qur’an – Text, Translation and Commentary”.

      Salam,

      Darul Aqsha

  4. sahil says:

    Subhanallah brother, your story moved me… I ask Allah (swt) to continue guiding you on the right path and I make dua for you and your family, and also to Khadim

  5. Shireen says:

    Subhan’Allah!! Very beautiful story!! May Allah swt Guide us all to His Pleasure..Ameen

  6. rahma says:

    assalamualaikum,
    thanks to share this beautiful story,
    I know it’s hard to be a good muslim and practise the way of live based on islamic rules , even though in the biggest muslim country..
    I am a muslim in indonesia,
    i go to non government school, and sometimes there are school’s programmes until afternoon, so when my friends have their meal, i go to the mosque near school and shalat dzuhur and ashar there..
    I am lucky, coz my close friends -they are budhist and christiant- respect me..
    You know, my school is a plural place, you can see hindush, christian, muslim, and budhist there..
    But i can not ignore about the existent of islamphobia in my school..
    Some people in my school have called me ‘terrorist’ just because i am muslim and they saw me pray in the mosque..
    May Allah make our heart peace in islam..
    Ameen

  7. Omar says:

    This brought tears to my eyes.

  8. Azian says:

    Assalamualaikum wbt. I am a Muslim by birth, Alhamdulillah and i always welcome people who wish to find out about my religion as i believe it will make them understand that Islam is not what those who despise this religion have portrayed it to be. There are many genuine practising Muslims out there who try to follow the Quran and sunnah of the Prophet sallahu alaihi wasallam. Khadim’s conduct is inspirational. He trusts Allah Taala completely and does not prioritize anything or anyone before Him. Also, what he did was tawakkal, as propagated by the Prophet sallahu alaihi wasallam. However, I am quite confused when you wrote that your friend had lunch before going to the mosque, it was also the day you became a Muslim since you noted that it was the 17th day of Ramadhan. Please clarify this.

  9. Mohammad Nabiul Karim says:

    I am always proud to be a Muslim. After reading this wonderful story, my Emaan growing up…
    Alhamdulillah!

  10. shameem says:

    allhamdulillah

  11. Meleekah360 says:

    ASA,
    So when is the movie about this coming out?

  12. ahmed says:

    ASA
    How wonderful it is to hear this conversion testimony. Brother Mustapha, you are truly blessed, as are all the believers, to have had the prescence of mind to connect the dots at the right time and follow The Light of Reality. May you continue to walk in the way of Al-Haqq.
    Ahmed S

  13. Shakur says:

    Assalam alaikum
    For my dear brother living in australia these are some link that might be of benefit to you and other as well may allah make your journey one of ease.
    http://www.daaraisha.org/
    http://www.ibnabbas.org.au/
    http://alghazzali.org/display/default
    http://www.habibtour.com.au/

  14. Tairek tha maori says:

    JazaAllah khir brothas a very inspiring time and really makes me smile ALLAHU AKBAR!!!! so bless to be MUSLIM!

  15. Zaynab says:

    Masha’Allah walhamdulillah! All praise be to Allah. Truly He has decreed mercy for you dear brother that He brought these amazing people into your life. The nur (light) of Brother Khadim shines through even on this blog. Please turn this story into a book or documentary if you haven’t already.

  16. UmmYusuf says:

    “Conversion is a process, not an event. We seek Allah’s aid in all the we do.”

    I couldn’t have said this better. I converted to Islam 8 years ago and I completely agree that the community has unrealistic expectations of its’ members. I get very frustrated and almost offended when Muslims ask me how much Qur’an I’ve memorized. Or when I’m instantly judged when I don’t know a Qur’anic story or hadith because I didn’t grow up with my parents reading these things to me or learning them at school. It’s extremely difficult sometimes to separate culture from religion. Many Arabs don’t even seem to know the difference (I married a Syrian and witness it all the time). I wish converts had more guidance, more people like brother Khadim.

    JazakAllahu khayr for sharing your story. Tears were streaming down my face as I read it. It reminded me that I need to strengthen my relationship with God so inshaAllah I can rekindle the light I once had inside me. And inshaAllah I will try my best not to let the community of Muslims that I’m a part of get the best of me.

    • Shakur says:

      Theres one thing i heared that might be relevant here,someone once told me a story before he became muslim and said Am happy that a got the chance to meet a” MUSLIM” before meeting Muslims

    • SisterZ says:

      Dear Umm Yusuf,

      The Muslim community can be very judgemental due to culture, I know.

      Remember though, that you have a special role to play as a revert sister inshaAllah. You and all other reverts and all open minded raised Muslims are the light and breath of fresh air in the Muslim community.

      Maybe you can write a story about how you reverted too. Everytime you read it, it’ll remind you of that moment of inspiration you had and will inshaAllah make you smile again. No doubt it’ll will also inspire others.

      I was raised as Muslim from birth, so I find revert experiences so inspiring alhumdulillah. As a raised Muslim, I have had some: ‘Wow, the penny juste dropped’ moments too :). Allah helps us all that way.

      Anyhow, keep striving Sis, the revert’s and free/deep thinker’s part in todays Muslim world is revolutionary! : )

      SisterZ
      IslamicAnswers.com

  17. ENGR says:

    ALLAHU AKBAR,CONGRATULATIONS MY BROTHER.MAY ALLAH S.W.A GUIDE US ALL,AND OTHERS.AND HELP US DIE WITH EEMAN..AMEEN

  18. ENGR says:

    YOUR BROTHER ENGR SADIQ FROM ZAMFARA NIGERIA

  19. subhan’Allah, took me a while to read this beautiful story, it left me very emotional.

    I read this minutes after ordering Martin Lings Muhammad audio CD.

    Allahu Akbar – God is great!

    • SisterZ says:

      Martin,

      You read this story just after you had bought the Martin Lings CD – amazing! That must have truly been an inspirational moment for you.

      Yes, AllahuAkbar!

      SisterZ

  20. Waqar says:

    Dyaln, You are very luck to have seen/observed the correct path to provide all kind od success/satifaction in your life. our prayers are with you and may Allah keep you in His custody and bless you with the right path of Islam.

  21. lana says:

    ALHAMDULLILAH. Your story brings me tears. I love to hear stories of other reverts, to feel and understand that same blessed feeling that we feel. Thanks for sharing your story. Salaam Alaikum.

  22. Neldy Jolo says:

    Assalamu Aalikum Brother Mustafa,

    You have such a great wonderful story – I love it. It adds my strength to love Islam more. Insha Allah your story would be one of the stories that could enlighten and inspire Non-Muslim and Muslim alike.

    Thank you very much

  23. Neldy Jolo says:

    I am from Sulu Archipelago, whom the world known as the Islands pirates and kidnappers through MEDIA Reports in which this archipelago is beautiful.

    Thank you brother Mustafa.

  24. Nafia says:

    Salam,
    This story nearly brought tears to my eyes. The power of love and understanding are, after all, only from Allah (swt).
    Beautiful.

  25. Lailah says:

    As Salamu Alaikum,
    This story was amazing MashaAllah! As I was reading it all i could think was how much of a blessing this Ummah is seriously, our brothers and sisters are so kind and loving even to strangers, and that is what makes people want to join our community. I know first hand because its been 2 years since i took my Shahada Alhamdulillah and there is no better feeling then being accepted and loved from a group of people that do not know you but are willing to love you for the sake Allah (swt) and embrace you with Islam. Alhumdulillah, may Allah continue to bless all the brothers in this story and keep thier Iman strong InshaAllah.

    JazakAllah for sharing this story.

  26. omar says:

    Asa Lam alea kum ,
    The above stories and comments
    Have brightened up my day so much.

    I am from Melbourne Australia and
    Would like to ask Dylan to visit
    The IISNA website its for
    Australian Muslims and a very good
    Network of Brothers and sisters that
    Can help, Lakemba and Auburn mosques in
    Sydney are a great place to visit to learn
    More I hope we can help you on your journey
    The month of Ramadan fasting is here and peace and blessings to all keep up the good work

  27. Nawaz says:

    Assalamalikum Brother,

    You made me cry like a little child while I was at work.

    And Then I laughed because I didn’t have an excuse for the tears when asked by my co-workers.

    Allah guides who He pleases, and it pleases Allah that you be on the straight path. What a blessing Mustafa, what a blessing.

  28. Curtis (Shareef) says:

    This brought tears to my eyes and a smile on my face…AlHamdoulillah!

  29. Faith says:

    Beautiful story mashallah. Jazakallah khair for sharing.

    Brother Dylan, I pray that Allah swt guides you towards his light soon and you experience the inner peace, Ameen.

  30. ayesha jan says:

    ASSALAM-O-LAKIUM thank u brother for sharing this beautiful story….it touched all our hearts..so it is true a smile can change ones life ..so heres a big smile^___________________________________^

  31. ayesha jan says:

    SUBHANALLAH …allah(s.w) works his magic in many ways^^

  32. Ridhwan says:

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar Wa Lillahil Hamd. Mashaallah Mustafa you see how your brothers n sisters in Islam felt about your story, it’s a great honor when one sees the true religion. As the saying goes those who convert to Islam have more rewards than those born muslims. As for Dylan you are welcome to Islam, well as you can see everyone is eagerly waiting for you to join the true religion.

  33. adlan shukor says:

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Allah the Almighty, the Creator, the Nourisher, gives hidayah to whoever He wants. I want to share the joy and happiness of accepting a new brother in Islaam. Let us pray for more brothers and sisters into the fold of Islaam. Insha Allah.

  34. Dylan says:

    Salaam Alaykum 🙂

    This is Brother Dylan who posted in this website over a year ago when inquiring about Islam, I just saw in the comment I promised I would let everyone know when I said Shahadah but I must of forgotten 😛

    Anyway, yes alhamdulillah by the Grace of my Creator I am now a Muslim. I said Shahadah on the 20th of Ramadan 2011 so I’m only a yea old 😉 not only me but one good friend of mine from School has also converted after I introduced him to Islam and brought him to the Masjid.

    I want to thank all the kind Brothers and Sisters who were so kind and supportive of me in that time of my life when I first commented here. You guys have no idea how much of a positive impact that made on my life. That was my first actual contact with Muslims and I was simply blown away with the kindness i received. May Allah reward you all.

    Take care,
    Ali Musa

  35. Anon says:

    Alsalamu Alaykum Wa rahmatullahi Dylan…may God keep you on the straight path…ameen. Please make dua for me and all the people on this board and all muslims, because as a recent revert I think you are relatively beloved to God, in sha Allah, and all of your past sins are gone so your prayers to God are more likely to be accepted in sha Allah…
    some very good Quran recitors ma sha Allah which you can listen to:
    Mishary Rashid Al Afasy
    Muhammad Al Luhaidan
    Nassir/Nasser Al Qatami
    peace be upon you and God is the greatest…
    Al Luhaidan: http://youtu.be/xm-pLy6b20M
    Al Afasy: http://youtu.be/ZNs3CfMwKwk
    Al Qatami: http://youtu.be/EujkDYVGqsI

    Peace be with you brother. Please pray to Allah that He will guide my family members to islam as right now only some of my family are Muslim… jazaak Allah khayr al jazaa’- May God reward you with the best reward… :]

    • Dylan says:

      Wa Alaykum salaam

      Aw, thank you for that very kind reply and those YouTube Links, insha’Allah ill get into them soon.

      Insha’Allah the rest of your family are guided 🙂 most importantly, be strong as I mentioned before one dua from myself and one of my best friends accepted Islam. Also my younger Brother soon too insha’Allah. He is only 15 but he already accepts and believes the Qur’an is from Allah, subhanAllah. We were reading Qur’an together and he was blown away by how Allah mentions the two seas but between them is a barrier. He turned to me and said: “We learnt that in science (class).”

      You don’t need to be a genius to see the truth, you just have to have an open and sincere heart and mind.

      I love Minshary, he is probs my fav however I also love this Brother:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PENAUTBwUYI

      Here is the recitation with translation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObhTDUaWqRo

      Is Surah Rahman & it was this Surah that my brother and I were reading that I mentioned earlier.

      Thanks again for those links 🙂 when I first became a Muslim I was trying to learn the smallest Surahs but Alhamdulilah now I have progressed and with the grace of Allah I plan to memorise Juz ‘Amma before the start of my first year at Uni next year insha’Allah. Just recently finished memorising Surah an-Naba. Please pray for my success, and of course may Allah bless you and your family

      Wassalaam

      • Anon says:

        wa alaykum alsalam
        Amin…thanks alot. I will inshallah keep making dua for Allah to guide me and my family to the right path. Praise be to Allah. May Allah guide your family to islam also.
        I know Fatih Seferagic, he’s been blessed by Allah mashallah.
        salaam

  36. jithin says:

    i heard about maryam and jesus in the quran from a muslim man but now he believe in christianity. And i started reading articles about the relation between islam and christianity. Later found that abrahim(ibrahim) got 2 sons. 1 ismail born in a servant go away and 2 isaac born in sarah… So and so….. Botht religion has same history . Now and before , i believe in God. The one and only.

  37. eman says:

    Salams,
    I just wanted to say salams to you and your family. I have met all of you and Khadim. It has been my blessing and privilege but re reading this and being reminded of the wonder Allah has blessed us with in the souls of our fellow travelers was a wonderful gift you have given me on this Jummah in Ramadan 2013.
    Jazzak Allah

  38. Amaan Hameed says:

    Salaam Walaikum,

    Your story sent goosebumps along my body, Subhan’Allah! May Allah (swt) continue to bless you and your family my brother and insha’Allah. This made my day! Jzks!

  39. Abu Amman says:

    My dear Brother Mustafa David.

    I thank you for sharing your story and I pray to Allah the almighty lord one day we can meet in-sha-Allah.

    I and my family are live in Silver Spring-Maryland, so let me know when you coming to D.C. area.

    Salaam,

    Abu Amman.

    • Wael says:

      This is not actually brother Mustafa’s website. I got his permission to reprint his story here. If you check the story again you’ll see a link to his website at the top.

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