How Embryonic Development Led Me to Islam

"I don't believe Jesus was the son of God," I announced to my mum after we had gone to watch The Passion of Christ.

At this time, I was not even religious, I had no idea about Islam and I had just gone to watch the film because it looked good.

My mum just said, “I don't know really”. And that was that.

A few months later I started a new job in a global company in London. We worked very closely with engineers in Cairo and through speaking to them I slowly began to understand what was Islam.

It didn't interest me in the slightest at first, but I remember Ramadan came and I found most of the engineers we worked with were fasting, so my questions began.

"Why don't you eat?"

"How come you don't drink anything?"

"Isn't this unhealthy?"

"What else do you do in Ramadan?"

After Ramadan had gone I turned my attention to the more "complex" misconceptions Westerners with very little or no knowledge on Islam have.

"How come women are oppressed?"

"How come women have to cover?"

"What is the point in covering the head?"

"How can hair be seen as beautiful? It's just hair!"

I have to say I wasn't always convinced with the answers that I was given but it did prompt me into looking into my own "faith".

The only belief I had was that I believed in God. I didn't buy into the whole Jesus was the son of God. I couldn't understand it logically.

I remember looking into why Easter changed date every year, because let's face it, when a human dies it is on a specific date and that will never change so how come it did for Jesus?

On closer inspection, I found that the old priests manipulated it to tie in with Spring. That to me didn't seem right.

Based on that, I decided I am going to look more into Islam. I never thought for one minute I was going to be convinced. I suppose like many, I wanted to look into it to tear it apart and not to actual embrace it.

I went to the Central Mosque in London and I bought some books and started to read. I was advised do not try Quran first because you really should understand what is Islam in simple terms, so that is what I did.

I read them, I found them fascinating but nothing stood out to me until I read Miracles of the Quran by Harun Yahya. I loved the whole book but what finally convinced me was the explanation of the embryonic development.

{We created man from an extract of clay. Then We made him as a drop in a place of settlement, firmly fixed. Then We made the drop into an alaqah(leech, suspended thing, and blood clot), then We made the alaqah into amudghah (chewed-like substance)...} (Quran 23:12-4)

I was amazed and it actually brought tears to my eyes.

How come this was discovered in that time without any medical knowledge, no scans to show the embryo at any stage, no knowledge of how the human body worked! It just baffled me, and from there I was convinced.

I took my shahadah over the phone to one of my colleagues in Cairo who had helped me. He had answered my questions and he had explained a lot of things that I did not understand.

Life after that just went on normally. I didn't know any Muslims, only the ones in Cairo and one other in London who was a man.

My first year was very difficult because I was isolated and I did not know what I should be doing. I taught myself to pray from the internet. I gave up pork and alcohol and then I attempted to fast in Ramadan, though I have to say I failed most of the time.

I had met a wonderful man in Cairo through work. We clicked but I never thought anything else of it because he was there and I was in London and it was never going to work because there was too much distance. He helped me in many issues but it was difficult being so far away.

I went on a trip to Cairo and we spent some time together. At the end of that trip he had asked me to marry him and I said yes.

The next time we met he came to ask my dad for his permission to marry me. It was difficult for my parents because they saw Muslims as everyone else did at that time, a bit of a threat and they believed a lot of the lies surrounding Islam about how women were treated.

The first few days were awkward, but Alhamdulillah after that my dad and husband became very close. They have the same sense of humor and they really bonded. A few months later we came to Cairo for my wedding. It was a very small wedding with just family and a few close friends. It was perfect.

It has not been an easy journey at all but easier than some. I am blessedAlhamdulillah. I have a very good husband, a beautiful daughter and both families are just amazing Alhamdulillah.

I live in Cairo and although I dream of moving back home to England, Cairo has taught me so much about Islam, I have met some wonderful people here who have helped me along the way, and Egyptians really do know how to embrace people into their hearts.

Life has not always been an easy road, but the older I get and the more I understand about what Islam is, the more content I am.

I just wish that people knew and understood the peace it brings and not the terrible images we see that blackens it.

Islam is a blessing, it means peace and it brings peace, and that is the beauty of Islam.


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