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British Atheist woman with grandmother being Shia, embraces Islam in Hong Kong

Late last month, Muslim Council of Hong Kong were at their usual location in Tsim Sha Tsui doing Street Dawah (telling people of Hong Kong the true message of Islam).

Then came a woman to have a chat with them. She said she just arrived in Hong Kong from Britain just the day before. She was of Iranian descent with her grandmother being a Shia. She herself was an atheist. After 3 hours of chat, she was in tears and bearing witness her faith in Islam.

Afterwards, MCHK asked her to share her experience.

1) What was your way of life before Islam?

I guess you could say I was an atheist that believed in energy and struggled to believe in a God.

I always felt lost. Sometimes highly depressed. Didn’t like the world or myself at times. Extreme highs and extreme lows. Indulging in things that I knew were bad for me for a temporary fix to feel something in a world that had made me so numb.

I was drawn to materialistic things and all the other soul draining things we get brainwashed to think are important but I hated it because I knew in my heart that they were wrong and unfulfilling to my soul.

I had so much love in my heart and always had an urge to help others and attempt to bring some peace to the world but I just didn’t know how… I have finally found the way and that brings me so much peace.

2) What made you feel Islam is the truth?

I’m not sure if I can put it into the words the way I would like to. This is all so new to me. It’s more of a feeling in my heart.

My life goals and morals, who I am as a person, it’s all in Islam.

I have always been drawn to Islam but certain major changes such as wearing a hijab or even minor changes like not smoking, drinking and listening to music would put me off.

But I’ve realised that these things are nothing in comparison to the peace and joy that Islam will bring me.

I know the hijab will be one big hurdle for me but I won’t allow my fears to put me off. I will take little steps. Right now I’m happy and that’s all that matters.

From the first time I ever heard a recitation from the Quran, I cried. It was so beautiful to me. I had no idea why I was crying. It was speaking to my heart. When things speak to my heart, I cry.

I have cried so much after I met brother Adeel Malik when he and his group were doing Street Dawah. Fate, destiny, I don’t know what you call it but it brought me to him. I am so grateful for his guidance and his kind words.

I feel reborn. I feel alive. I no longer feel lost. I truly feel like I have been found and it’s the greatest feeling I have ever felt in my heart.

I’m crying again haha happy tears. The feeling of being lost my whole life, not belonging, feeling like an outsider and having so much pain has all gone and words do not suffice to describe how happy that makes me and the weight it has lifted off my shoulders.

3) Being British, what’s your opinion about the Islamophobia?

I hate it. It comes from a place of ignorance. I have always felt protective of Muslims. I guess it’s been in my heart all along…

I wish these people would stop allowing the media to tell them what to think, what to do, who to hate.

Islam is so peaceful. They have to make the people seem evil, and we’re not, (it feels good to say we…) in order to justify the wrong doings in the world against Muslims. That truly hurts my heart.

Innocent lives being lost because of what? Ignorance. Greed. Money. Human lives are worth so much more. It doesn’t have to be this way and I hope that together we can change that. Even if it’s one person at a time.

I wish they would research, read and gain some knowledge on the beautiful peaceful religion that is the complete opposite of what they think it is.

4) What’s your plan for the future now as a Muslim?

My plan in life in general, as cheesy as this may sound, is to try to create world peace.

Since a young age, the suffering of others hurt me sincerely. I recognised that changes could easily be made as long as enough people were willing to take some action.

Small actions from us can make the biggest differences to the lives of our brothers and sisters, our neighbours living on this planet together. There is enough for us all. No one needs to suffer. Definitely not because of lack of food or clean water, because we have so much that we waste tons daily. And certainly not because of money, land, power, oil or whatever else that is causing lives to be lost.

Today is my first day as a Muslim and the two Muslims that I have spoken to today are like minded people and have done SO much already to help make the world a better place. It is so inspiring.

I am certain that there are many more Muslims like these two beautiful souls and I cannot wait for us to unite and bring awareness and love and peace to this beautiful world that has been created for us.

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