About Me

Welcome to my blog! Here I post on various topics related to my life, including religion, food, art, literary interests, everyday life and more.

I am an American Muslimah who reverted to Islam in August 2010. Much of my discussion here will be about my experience in reverting and attempting to mesh my life with Islam. Insha’Allah my experiences will be a help to others out there and this can be a place where ideas are shared among Muslimahs about being a faithful Muslim in the United States.

More about me: I have my Masters in Social Work. I am married and in my late 20s, with no children yet (in the future insha’Allah!). My husband is Turkish, and I have much enjoyed learning about Turkish culture, history, fashion, and, of course, the food! You will also hear about my experiences with all of this here.

My intention is for this blog to be a place where people of different backgrounds can come together in common interests; to share about true Islam and my experience with it; to share in intercultural dialogue; and to share experiences with other Muslims that we might lift each other up. That being said, while I encourage intellectual discussion and questions, I will not tolerate deragotory, hateful remarks, or anti-Islamic/ anti-religious rants. So please don’t waste your time– I will not approve such comments to be posted!

Do you have questions, comments, or just want to talk? You can post below or email me at meditatingmuslimah@gmail.com

Thank you for reading!

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33 Responses to About Me

  1. Thank you for sharing your story, I’m always inspired by those who come into the fold of Islam, its a reminder of how Allah is the one who controls the affairs of the heart.
    May Allah protect you and us all ameen.
    Mumtaz

  2. TheGirl says:

    Thanks for sharing yourself!!!

  3. It’s always interesting to listen to the experiences from the people because we may not get chance to experience all those things. Being a Hindu, it is interesting to hear the experiences from a reverted Muslim person. Keep up the good work.

  4. Wow! Inspiring. I was born a Muslim, wear the hijab only on occasions (though I gre up wearing it full-time). You’re such an inspiration!

  5. nhayati065 says:

    Alhamdullilah, Allah always bless you

  6. Chrysant says:

    Assalamu’alaykum sister, 🙂
    I am always touched by a “new born muslim/muslimah”, they are always inspiring me, and I wish you will always blessed by Allah.. Aameen..
    keep the faith and keep inspiring others 🙂

  7. khaula naxir says:

    I love your blog. Keep up the efforts.

  8. Eric says:

    Oh dear, oh dear! Were you ever truly a Christian? If you have strayed into Islam I suspect your understanding of Christ is highly limited. I can understand Jews not appreciating Jesus, after all they put him on a cross. As for that highly limited so-called prophet Muhammed, whose call is highly suspect and whose followers have become highly intolerant of other “people of the book”,
    I find that his understanding of God is very jaundiced. Please, please, please genuinely pray to Jesus and ask Him to reveal himself to you (Do not not pray in the automaton five times a day – the Islamic way) Being in the Bible belt could actually be a help, if you were to find a truly alive church.

    I will also pray for you that Jesus Christ will make His light shine upon you.

    • First, thank you for caring so much about your fellow humankind that you would pray that I might find the right path. I can see that like many other People of the Book– Jews and Christians– your heart seems clean and you seem to have the best intentions.

      You will likely be surprised to learn that in fact I was ‘truly’ a Christian for most of my life. I considered myself a very devout, studious, strictly practicing Christian. I was very active in my church, including the youth leadership team, praise team, study groups, and religious camps. At the time I attended it, my church– Baptist– was as you say “a truly alive church” and I was very engaged and involved. I still today have my old Bible in my home, and if you were to see it you would see the proof of what I tell you– for it is well worn, with many notes and comments attached, and with the binding falling apart. I am always grateful for that upbringing because it taught me to have a strong faith in God. I have always prayed to God that he will give me wisdom and show me the right path, since in the Bible it states “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). In my spiritual journey, and when I began to doubt some of the teachings of Christianity, and then again when I began to learn about Islam, I always prayed for wisdom. And I believe that God was true to his promise and showed me the “straight path.” I hope you have followed my blog, because I do plan to write more about this journey in the future, and would be happy to discuss and debate (as long as it is respectful debate) this with you in the future.

      • Marcus Ampe says:

        Where you by a trinitarian or non-trinitarian Baptist church?

        About your old Bible, it always should be part of literature you have to follow. The Holy Scriptures are God’s books.The Torah, Old and New testament preceded the Qu’ran, which mentions them often and emphasises that they contain God’s guidance.
        Please read Imran 3:3-‘, Al Maidah 5:46-47, Al Nisa 4:163 and Yunus 10:94.
        A follower of Allah should go back to those books and take them at heart, according to the writings dictated by the prophet Muhammad.

      • It was a Trinitarian Baptist church, as most are. While the Quran and prophet Muhammad also consider the Gospel and Torah as holy books, it is also clear that it is referring to the original of those books, not what is circulated today. Regarding the Gospel, this means Jesus’ words, the message he was given, and does not refer to the modern Bible with all its miscellaneous books. Therefore I no longer study the Bible as a spiritual guide, since it is so difficult to ascertain what is God’s word and what is not. For me, the Quran is a reliable, all-encompassing source, from which I still have much to learn.

    • JJ says:

      The Muslimah’s response to your insulting remarks is gracious and wise. She honors you by ascribing to you the best intentions. Imagine if someone said your words back to you, substituting Muhammad for Jesus. Think about it. THINK. Signed, your friendly neighborhood atheist.

    • Jen says:

      Eric, we all have the same God, whether you are a Christian or a Muslim. Does it really matter how we praise him? Tolerance and understanding is what is needed. Respect others and you will be respected.

    • Marcus Ampe says:

      Dear Eric, you accuse somebody of being limited in the knowledge about Jesus. With that name we assume you talk about whom you think Jesus is. But is that knowledge correct? Probably you are one of those Christians who consider Jesus to be God. Though the Creator God, Who never tells lies clearly described that man from Nazareth, in the line of King David, as His “only begotten beloved son”.

      You also seem to forget that Jesus,whose real name was Jeshua, was himself also a Jew. He was not nailed on a cross, but on a stake. The cross depicted in many pictures was not used by the Romans, who put him on to that piece of wood, in request of some Jews and heathens who were there on the square when Pilate asked them to do what with this man, who he did not see any wrong in him.

      Most of the first disciples of Christ Jesus where Jews and it was only later that many more non-Jews where taken into the community of followers of Jeshua, the Christ or Messiah, about whom God His Word says he is a prophet and a master teacher, a son of Adam, a son of Abraham, a son of David and most of all important a son of God. Never Jesus claimed to be God or to be equal to God.

      I wonder in which way Muhammad his understanding of God is very jaundiced and yours would not be? Please can you explain?

      About all the time spend in prayer, we can find that in many Christian denominations as well. Look for instance to all the monasteries, and look also to the Old Roman Catholics who still pray the rosemary. = not much difference with several muslims.
      God detest any form of repetitious words, be it from Jews, Christians or Muslims.

      But even more important God detest people having more than one God, or having them praying to other beings, like saints, and having them making pictures of gods. How many Christians do take Jesus as their god and make pictures of him and of God the Father and of their god Holy Spirit?

      Many more Christians should read more their Holy Scriptures and do find the Truth, worshipping only One God, Allah, Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

  9. Titik Asa says:

    Greeting from me in Indonesia.
    Thanks for your inspiring posting. This is a unique understanding of Islam from your point of view. Your understanding of Islam is a great input for me as a muslim from I was born.
    Very sorry for my bad English. I hope you understand to what I have write hera.
    Best regards,

  10. bhadravathi says:

    proud of you, dear sister. May the wandering minds and restless souls find refuge in Islam, truly a Creator’s religion. The transformative power that Islam has is dumbfounding and amazing. Imagine a girl, fashionable and from an American middle class making effort to find the truth and makes adjustments in attire, diet and lifestyle inorder to conform to the standards of her new religion; isnt it transformative? And when there is so much confusion, hatred, suspicion about Islam its always refreshing and uplifting to know about Islam from a ‘non-muslim,-now muslim’ perspective. May Almighty Allah help you in everything you do for the sake of His faith.

  11. AH says:

    Would like to know your reverting story . Hit me back at g00016138@gmail.com if you don’t mind. ❤ ur blog

  12. binatehawwa says:

    marahaba to Islam dear sister!

    you are a big big inspiration ماشاءاللہ
    may ALLAH give us hidayah, and may He open our hearts to accept the beauty of Islam!
    summma ALHUMDULILLAH of being a Muslimah, but a deep desire to become a truely practicing as well.
    jazakELLAH ( may ALLAH give you ajr)
    love you for the sake of ALLAH!

  13. mrnno92 says:

    may Allah bless you….you are really inspiring person

  14. syedanabiha says:

    May Almighty bless you!

    Subscribe me!!

  15. Mouna says:

    I just used DOVE…But for now, just go shop at your local islamic boutique. I just purchased halal cream and halal bar soaps. And just try to put powder for the under arms to trap the sweat. I will post a site on cosmetic halal which sells for us muslimas.http://www.halalcosmeticproducts.com
    HOPE THIS HELPS.

    • You should check out my post “A Cleaner Soap” where I talk about halal body products. The problem for most of us is that we don’t have ‘Islamic boutiques’ in our area. In my area, we have a few ‘halal’ markets, but if they have soap it is not generally labeled as halal, so it makes me uncomfortable. Actually, one of the places even sells Suave. I’m sure Suave is NOT halal, so it makes me suspicious. If the label doesn’t say that it doesn’t include animal products, or if it doesn’t have a halal certified label, then there’s no knowing what’s in it.

    • Oh, and thanks for the link! Looks like a very useful site!

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  17. Hi, I hope you start writing again 🙂

  18. MashaAllah ♥ May Allah help us with our blogs Ameen XD

  19. Alma says:

    It is great that you are sharing your story. I think your blog will be very inspiring to Muslims and non-Muslims alike and specially those who were born in a Muslim family but do not understand its greatness. I am very glad I found this blog….. 🙂

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