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There are many challenges and obstacles which we face in our effort to reach Allah Ta‘ala and become His special friends. Be it peer-pressure, family frustration or the lack of parental cooperation, the trials are various and affect people differently.

One of the most effective ways of gaining courage and motivation is to read the inspirational stories of other people who despite facing similar difficulties to ourselves, rose to the challenge and beat the odds to successfully acquire the love of Allah Ta‘ala and change their lives.

This category contains true stories of Muslimahs who are not merely our mothers and sisters – but are true inspirations to the women of the Ummah.

Do you have a personal story to share? Or do you perhaps know of someone whose life underwent a complete revolution as they strove in the quest for piety? If so, write and submit your story to info@uswatulmuslimah.co.za

Modern to Modest

Persevering for His Pleasure

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 August 2018 12:19

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem 

As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

I come from South Asia, from a country named Bangladesh. Alhamdulillah, I was born to a Muslim family who are Sayyids (from the blessed family of Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam]) by blood. However, my family was not practicing Deen completely. They performed the five daily salaah and tried to earn a halaal income, but they never emphasized on the complete Islamic life since they didn’t know any better.

Since I was ten, I was very fond of complete purdah, but I didn’t know its significance in our Deen and how should I start. Six years later, during Ramadhaan, I felt as if my heart was broken and I was disconnected from Allah Ta‘ala. Therefore, I would perform a lot of salaah, recite Surah Yaseen every morning and cry to Allah Ta‘ala for help. Allah Ta‘ala accepted my pleading and He inculcated the desire in my heart to learn more about Deen.

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From Idols to Islam

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 10:02

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

My intention is to share my journey from being a Hindu to accepting Islam. I hope that my story will be an inspiration to the Ummah.

I was born into a devout Hindu home, where the normal activities included attending the temple which was built by my late grandfather, and fasting, as instructed by my parents. My family held a high profile within the Hindu community.  I obeyed my parents in the best way that I could in every aspect of life.

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Persevering through Family Pressure

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 April 2018 15:36

Alhamdulillah, I was born to loving parents who made a change in their lives –   change for Deen to become the objective of their lives and the lives of their progeny till Qiyaamah. So with the grace and mercy of Allah Ta‘ala, I did not face any challenge within my home, as the environment in our home had already been created and was an environment of Deen and the sunnah.

But yes, I did face many challenges. Most of us do at some point in our lives, and maybe we face the hardest challenges (when it comes to hijaab and niqaab) with our own family and relatives.

Although I grew up with some of my cousins, my siblings and I were always different (we did not go to every place that they went to and we did not do everything they did). We dressed differently, our lifestyles were different and we were home schooled.

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From Christianity to Islam

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 January 2018 08:48

All praise is due to Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Blessings and salutations upon our Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Assalaamu ‘alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu

I am a Muslim sister from a town in the Eastern Cape. I am from the Xhosa tribe and embraced Islam in 2010. 

I did not know what Islam was and I did not have any interest in finding out. I was given da’wah while I was in a supermarket. I did not listen to the da’wah and laughed because I thought that Islam was only for Indians and Arabs. I was then given some kitaabs and I went home.

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From Darkness to Light

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 January 2018 20:04

I would like to inform my respected readers about what I was and what I have now become.

I am a born Muslim, alhumdulillah. However, I did not grow up in a Deeni (Islamic) environment.

My parents separated when I was in grade 11. My mum moved out, and a few weeks later, my dad moved out as well. I stayed with my granny (father’s mother) who was non-Muslim. I felt as if my whole world came crashing down. I had to make my own decisions in life. I used to see my mum very seldom after school and things weren’t the same. 

I changed a lot. I became aggressive, always pushing away people that cared about me. I lived with my granny for a few months and then moved in with my aunt who is also from my father’s side (my dad was a revert so his entire family was non-Muslim). At the time, I thought that living with my aunt was the best decision, because every teenager wants their freedom to do what they want without having anyone to answer to, right?

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