Umm Sabrin joined IslamWay Sisters On 20 July 2003, she wrote her first post at the Non Muslim Forum in our discussion board saying:
"Dear sisters I have been studying Islam and reading Quran for over a year I understand Islam, the meaning and the Quran I have read several times (although I know no one will never understand whole Quran or learn to recite it all at once) but I want to be able to understand it very clear. My husband says I am ready to say the shahada and I feel the same way but what is next after I say the shahada?? I still have not learned to pray, to make wudu, a lot of words that sisters/brothers use when they are Muslims, but I don't understand them... I am still learning Arabic, so I am lost to a lot of stuff. I know I truly believe in god and only one god and Mohamed being the last prophet I am just so afraid if I say the shahad and revert then I loose my patience, or do something wrong as there are a lot of rules and guidelines in Islam that I am afraid I will not know some of them and thus follow it wrong. I am wondering, do others who reverted to Islam had these worries?
I want to serve Allah, I want to have that inner peace, I want to share the feeling my husband has when he prays and when he talks about the quran with tears in his eyes this is how I feel so much love and understanding and I just want to fill my heart with more of it. The only thing that is worrying me is that, what if I revert and I do something and later I find out its wrong in Islam. I am scared I hope someone can relate their fears or worries and how they overcame them. Thank you.”
Our moderators and our kind members In IslamWay sisters, may Allah reward them all have discussed with her the fact that If we were to wait until we knew everything before accepting Islam, we would never do so. Love and Knowledge about Islam, Allah, the Prophet (sallallahu 'alaihi wa salam), & the Qur'an comes with time. A Non Muslim should not overwhelm himself with thoughts of "how am I going to learn all this". Allah is fair and merciful. Thanks to Allah, you have a Muslim husband to help you learn, and Muslim sisters to help you, support you, and answer your questions. Your faith now is like the faith of a Muslim, so there is no need to delay joining Islam if you believe in Allah as the Only One God, and Mohammad –pbuh- his last messenger. Shahada is merely saying that.
Some of the sisters also narrated some stories from real life, one of them was about an old non Muslim man who was around 90-95 years of age and some one gave him the advice to revert to Islam, he then heard the Quran, and week after a week her reverted to Islam, and tried to learn how to pray. He was about 90 years and subhan he was lost before Islam. After few weeks from reverting to Islam, and learning the prayers he died. Al hamdollah that, “al-Islam yajubo ma qablaho.” Islam cleans what came before it.
Prophet Mohamed peace be upon him told us "............By Allah, other than Whom there is no god, verily one of you behaves like the people of Paradise until there is but an arm's length between him and it, and that which has been written over takes him and so he behaves like the people of Hell-fire and thus he enters it; and one of you behaves like the people of Hell-fire until there is but an arm's length between him and it, and that which has been written over takes him and so he behaves like the people of Paradise and thus he enters it." related by Bukhari and Muslim
On Friday 25 July 2003 Ummsabrin wrote
"Dear sisters I have to say all of you have helped me a lot and I really appreciate it, when I read the story of the old man I have cried a lot, I don't think I ever cried so hard and felt words hit me like when I read this story. I knew after that it was the time to revert, and I said my shahada last night with my husband over the phone.”