A Real Story: How I became a ?

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Name: Sara Nevarez

From: Los Angeles, California

Salam Aleikom (Hi)

My name is Sara Nevarez and I am Muslim (alhamdullilah). I was born in to a strong catholic family who came from Mexico to America, my family was very traditional, my grandmothers would take me to church on Sundays and they showed me how to pray, my mother would teach me to show respect for the prophet Issa (as), and father would read the bible

As I grew older I had many questions, I asked my father the prophet Issa (as), needed to sleep, eat, and drink, if he was the son of Allah (swt), and my father had no answer for me. I asked my grandmothers why Catholics prayed to saints if they were not perfect in their lives and both of them had no answer. When I grew older I stopped going to church because I felt nothing in my heart for the catholic beliefs, my family was sad for me

In 1998 I decided to go back to church, all the questions I had were still there and so I asked the priest because I was sure he would know everything. I told him I had doubts about prophet issa (as) being the son of Allah (swt) and he said to me “you have to accept this and not ask questions”…, on that day my heart felt empty and heavy. I knew my life was lost without religion, but it was better to be lost than to not be 100% convinced of your faith. And I wan not convinced at all.

In 2000 I saw the story of Yusuf Islam on American television, he told of all the riches he had when he was a famous singer yet he still felt loneliness and not fulfilled… after an accident someone gave him the noble Koran and he went on to describe the immediate feeling of relief upon reading the first pages. He said this life was meaningless without Islam. He also said he would never go back… I remember thinking to myself that man had everything but felt like he had nothing without spiritual guidance OH,OH

I wanted to know more about this religion called Islam I bought books many books, I bought the movie (the message) and I went to internet to learn everything I could. I knew Islam was for me the noble and holy Koran made perfect sense it is completely logical… the Koran showed me how to live to accept to respect, strive towards Allah (swt), I studied for two years. I wanted to be sure of the differences between Shia and Sunnah, for me I accept both but I wanted to know how both were in their Islam, I went to Sunnah Masjid “Mosque” no one wanted to discuss this subject, in my mind I had to find out

One day I met a woman from south Lebanon, she went to my office and I could not keep my eyes from her, we became friends…, she took me to Shia Masjid (Mosque) and I read two books, TEARS & TRIBUTES and THE IZ INFALLIBLES. My eyes were filled with hot tears and my heart was happy and sad, I knew immediately I was ready for my life to change I wanted Allah (swt) to love me

On may 05- 2002,at 4:44 in the afternoon I declared Al_shahadah (Ashhado an la ilaha ella Allah, Mohamed Rasul Allah) and submitted to Allah (swt) I became muhajabeh (I wore the Veil) that day, I prayed in the direction of the kaabbah (Kiblah) for the first time on that day and I cried on that day I was crying because of sadness, why I didn’t find this religion of Islam sooner ?, I was lost for a long time “subhanallah I found Islam like Yusuf Islam ” and I too would never go back never…, my son Hassan was 12 years old in 2002 and he too became Muslim. My family was happy that I had religion and they accepted Islam in the family.

In 2006 performed hajj and I feel stronger than ever. my life and the life of my son have changed forever, Islam showed me that without submission to the one god life is a meaningless day to day existence Allah(swt),in all of his mercy, has put forth the Koran through his Rasul Mohamed (sas) so that we humanity, may inshallah be guided, I hope in all sincerity that this humble story of a woman’s conversion to Shia Islam will inspire all those who read it, may Allah(swt) blessings be bestowed upon all of my brother and sisters

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  2. Edward K. says:

    This Is a nice post. I would just like to say that, congratulations on you converting to Islam. Im not a Muslim, Im a Christian. but just two months ago, I ordered a Quran by mail, and I study It at least three times a week, I wouldn’t say to convert to Islam but, to read the direct word of Allah(pbuh), I won’t rule out converting, its still In my mind, I contemplate It everyday as I read further and further Into the Holy Quran.

    Peace and blessings unto you sister.

  3. nnn says:

    how can i make my son shia

  4. am says:

    Hi, (Salamun Alaykum)
    1. Are you Shia?
    2. What’s the religion of your son?
    3. At first I should say that the first step is supplication. Did you ask Allah to guidance your son?
    4. The second tip, is that you should prepare pure food (legitimate: Halal: حلال). This is important.
    5. Thirdly, Go to holly shrine of the 14 innocent, and ask intercession of them.
    6. where do you live? if you live near to Iran, you can come to Mashhad to visit Imam Reza holy shrine.
    Finally you can read Tawassol Supplication.

  5. DR Ahmed Hammoud says:

    Allah Sobhanaho Wataala showed you the right path.Islam is a great religion.It is universal.Our holy prophet Muhammad ” peace be upon him and his progeny” is the messenger to all mankind to save them and save the world. He has been sent a mercy to the universe.Ahl-ul- Bait inherited his knowledge and spread it.I have written a book which is called ” Status of women in Islam “This book has been translated to many languages in the world.I would like you to read it. You can get It through many Web sites in Google using my name.Dr Ahmed Abdul Magid Hammoud . Wassalamu Alaikum

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