I chose to follow Islam in September 2011. I am learning as much as I can about Islam and what it means to be Muslim, and just figuring out life day by day.

I try to be honest and open about this journey with the goal of helping other reverts, and hope I do not offend anyone along the way.

You can also find me on Twitter (@Californiahijab) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Californiahijab/)

20 responses

  1. Assalamu’alaykum Dear sister! Masha’Allah nice to know about you. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala bless you in both the worlds and keep your heart steadfast on Islam…ameen.

  2. Assalamu Alaikum.
    Nice to know about you.
    May Allah bless with all that you need both in this world and the Hereafter. Aameen.
    Make more du’aa (supplications) to Allah, the Almighty Lord, especially in this blessed month of Ramadhaan.
    Take care, dear sister.

  3. welcome sister.. It is very nice to share what you go thru. Very impressive journey even though you have only started for a little while. I had a person close to me struggling very much to understand what Islam is all about and constantly being defeated because he cannot seem to set his faith to what seemed to be illogical to be believe. I sometimes have difficulty myself as a born Muslim, especially when I lived abroad on my own, finding different meanings and interpretation of daily activities and cultural clashes.
    Insya allah.:)

    • Thank you. Even though I know the challenges are difficult, I find it encouraging that everyone struggles. Something my eyes have really been opened to since starting this blog. I guess it makes it seem like a more normal part of the journey. And I hope we can all figure it out in the end. Insha Allah. How is your friend now?

  4. Hello, I am really enjoying your blog. I was also raised in the Catholic faith and have recently converted. Like you I am experiencing my first Ramadan! I live in London now and would love to introduce you to my community when you arrive. I attend lessons weekly which are helping me develop as a Muslim. This site http://www.aicp.org.uk/ gives you information but feel free to contact me directly. I am following you on twitter so if you follow me I can give you my contact details. Inshallah I’ll connect with you soon šŸ™‚

  5. All the best with your journey inshAllah.

    Reading stories like yours fill me with appreciation and excitement. Look forward to seeing how things unfold, inshAllah countless blessings await you.


  6. Alhamdulillah Allah has shown you the Right path. Just a question: What compelled you to revert back to Islam? I’m always curious and excited when I see a revert as they motivate me to be a better muslim! But I never got the chance to ask them. šŸ˜¦

    Anyway, keep up with the writing. It’s a motivation really. šŸ™‚

    • Salam. Thank you for the encouraging words! šŸ™‚

      The story of my reversion path is in my posting “the bumpy road to the straight path”

      I guess the long and short of it was that I had studied many different religions and philosophies that did not quite stick, and the way I was conducting my life did not seem to be getting me anywhere. Then when I began to learn about Islam, it seemed to make sense. To a great extent I already believed many of the concepts, and the rest just seemed so logical. Finally, the very few practicing Muslims that I knew at the time were so grounded, it was inspiring.

      So, in the end, it seemed a natural choice. Not always easy, but Islam seems to just seep into one and takes hold – in the best possible way. šŸ™‚ Alhamdulilah.

  7. Welcome sister! My mother is also a convert and I will be sharing your journey with her as well. From her experience, and that of other converts I know, it seems that as a community, we do not do a very good job in helping those who choose Islam for themselves. I hope that people like you, who are willing to share their experiences, will help us change that insha Allah.

  8. Salams I came across your blog. I can totally relate to being in two world and people don’t understanding you. Hope to read more posts šŸ™‚

  9. As salaamu alaikum CaliforniaHIjab.
    Welcome to Islam dear sister. I like reading your soul-searching posts and can relate to your need for community to immerse yourself in Islamic life. You are on a journey and there are many twists and turns. May it be a blessed one for you. Are you still in London? Please may you respond to me via email? In my work, I deal with a lot of Muslim sister events in London. There is one that if you are interested in, would help you to meet more of the Muslim community in London, it is a sports event šŸ˜‰

    Hope to hear from you


    • Wa alaikum salam. So sorry it has taken so long to respond. I have not been on the blog for a while. I am still in London at least for a little while longer. I will email you!

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