My name is Maryam KellyAnn Seely, I had studied Islam several months before converting. Traveling to Arabia was definitely the foundation for my conversion to Islam. I am originally from North America, a place that openly scrutinizes Islam. When I arrived in the gulf region I was so curious about the way people were living, it was so foreign to me. I had so many questions.. Why are woman covering? Who is prophet Mohammed (SAS)? Why are they praying 5 times a day?
Everyone around me was so friendly and willing to help me answer these questions. The more I learned, the more I grew to love the religion. Islam helped me to understand what was is truly right and wrong. It showed me that making certain choices were beneficial to me, even if I couldn’t see it on the surface level.
I’m the happiest that I’ve ever been in my life. Reading the Quran and praying brings me peace like I’ve never experience before. I feel so blessed that Allah choose me and helped me to know and follow this beautiful religion. I pray that more people will convert, also that people who may already be Muslims return to the straight path. We need to support one another, we are all brothers and sisters. I know that I am on this path thanks to many other Muslims who encouraged and taught me along my journey. The best way to teach others about Islam is by practicing it whole heartedly yourself.
For anyone interested in Islam I suggest approaching it with patience. If you seek knowledge, surely Allah has a plan for you and will guide you at the precise time in your life. When you’re finally ready to make the declaration of faith, it will all be worth it. All of your sins will be washed away, Allah is the most forgiving and merciful!