and Allah said "And proclaim the pilgramage among men; they will come to thee on foot and on every kind of camel. Lean on account of Journeys through deep and distant mountain highways" Surah 22 ~ Al Hajj Part 27

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam

Asalaamwalaikum ( Peace be upon you )

Bismillaharakmanniraheem ( I begin in the name of Allah subhanatallah )

The website people from www.deen-al-Islam.org got in touch with my husband to ask me to write in my own words my story as to why and how I adopted Islam. This is my journey in to Islam…

I was born in Lumbini , Nepal , in a strict Brahmin household. Spiritually I had always felt emptiness, even though I had read the Geeta and was practicing Hinduism. I started to look in to other religions to see which one; I could feel was the truth? I started to read holy books of the various religions like Christianity (Bible), Sikhism (Guru Granth Sahib), Judaism (Torah – difficult to comprehend even the translated version), and even Buddhism.

During my quest, I embarked in to looking in to Islam. This was difficult because most places in Nepal shies away from this religion. At that time I had no knowledge of Islam but really wanted to know as my heart was telling me this religion could be the answer that would fulfil the void inside me. It was during this time surprisingly some one came to our house to ask for my hand in marriage. With my parents consent on that day, I started talking to Mr Dildar Madani and we had a very intensive talk that lasted almost three hours. It was during this conversation incredibly I found out that Dildar had embraced Islam and converted four years earlier! Can you imagine my shock? I accepted to marry Dildar without hesitation right there and then. Dildar than went ahead and told my parents that he had converted to Islam, for his Ehmaan would not allow him to deceive anyone or hide the truth. This led to very big problems. On my insistence, I forced my parent to allow the wedding to go ahead and against all their beliefs, after a long battle they finally agreed; I think they secretly hopped that Dildar would come back to Hinduism after the wedding.

Unbeknown to them, I was looking at Islam more intensely than ever and the whole faith made complete sense to me. What could idol worshipping give me personally? As far as I was concerned, it could do nothing. Islam not only totally rejects worshipping Idols in any way or form but it is the only religion that accepts all the previous Prophets and messengers, showing me that it is a faith that has strength / faith with in itself. That year during the month of Ramadan in 2003 I took shahadah and accepted Islam. I changed my name to Salma. To say life from that point became unbearable in Nepal would be an understatement and we sought ways to get away from it all so that we could be left in peace to practice our fulfilling faiths. My entire knowledge came from my husband and the more he taught me the more I wanted to know and all these years later I know that Islam has changed my life in a very fulfilling way Alhamdhulillah.

After good research I found out other then Islam; scientifically and spiritually there is no proof of truth in any other religion but Islam. In my mind there is no doubt at all that it is the true religion of God (Allah), The Creator of The Worlds; Alhamdhulillah. May Allah (God) guide me on the true and straight path, ameen. Although I still have much to learn in the practices of Islam I am so delighted to have found my faith. Luckily I live in Cambridge at the moment and there is a significant community of Muslims who are so helpful and kind to me and my family. I know that I can ask anything about Islam to my husband and he mashaallah is very kind of good character, trustworthy, honest and very God fearing. He is still teaching me everything I am very happy that I found Islam from my husband and he helps me with prayers, and anything I don't understand. I thank Allah who gives me hidaya, Alhamdhulillah.

Allah The Creator of the Worlds bless me and give me my religion of Islam which is more dear to me than my own life Never in my whole life have I ever felt so welcomed, wanted and loved by Allah and his people. The great hole in my heart and the sheer desolation of my spirit has been filled with purpose, responsibility, and Love of Allah. I have always suffered terrible spells of loneliness. But now I know that they are gone for good and if they ever come back it's because I've forgotten to remember Allah. I haven't come to Islam for the sake of any reason other then it is the Truth and fills me with internal happiness. When I have came in to Islam, it was for spiritual reasons only. Despite the fact some people tried to say that I had been influenced by my husband… The question was who influenced my husband, when he too was born a Brahmin in Nepal and felt exactly the same way I had. The simple answer is in fact one spiritual reason which is ...Allah, Allah and Allah again. I know that learning the ways of Islam will be a life time's task for me, especially as I am a slow learner and my life before was full of selfishness and sin. But with the help of Allah and His Will, and the support of other good Muslims in my life I believe it is possible for me to walk the straight path In Islam. May Allah the Almighty guide to those people around the world who are non Muslim who doesn't know Islam at all they would feel the same happiness internally ameen.

Allah said in the Quran “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, and completed My Favour upon you, and I have chosen for you Islam as your religion” [al-Maa'idah 5:3 – interpretation of the meaning]

Allah did not choose to give this favour, just to one race but to the whole of humanity. Therefore any one can become a Muslim no matter what race or colour he/she is. No matter whether they are single, married, divorced or a child. Anyone reading this most likely has the same void I had, my advice is look in to Islam with an open mind and a open heart and you will be so surprised, that Islam just takes your breath away!