I was enjoying the single life, drinking, smoking, going out to night clubs & having many haraam relationships which I’m unashamedly embarrassed about.
During my stay, I got to start to enjoy the Adhan and frequently looking forward to hear it, as it would seem to put me at ease. I don’t have the exact words to describe that feeling.
I found myself not wanting to go out clubbing as much.
I’ve never been one to burden any of my brothers or friends with my problems. I certainly didn’t want to cause any stress on my mother, whom still lives with me, I’m her sole carer.
I asked my friend if she knew anyone who she knew, whom I could talk to more about Islam.
She gave me her cousin’s contact details. I called him, he invited me over to his place that weekend. He teaches at an Islamic high school.
He had some other brothers there too and I just asked them questions about Islam, the Prophet pbuh, what was Ramadan & so many other questions. I’d go visit him regurlarly over the next few months.
He invited me over the next weekend for a Barbeque and was going to invited a few other brothers to witness my Shahada.
We had the Barbeque during the afternoon and were going to do my Shahada just after Maghrib prayer.
As it was drawing closer, he asked me whether I wanted to go to the mosque, which was walking distance and do it there and he would ask the Imaam to perform it.
I repeated the Shahada words in front of the whole congregation.
At the end, all the men came rushing to me, shaking my hands, welcoming me, some were lifting their young sons & thrusting them in front of me to touch them. My friend came & snatched me away, because he said I’d be there most of the night lol. He took me to a clearing inside the mosque, where all the brothers gathered. One brother asked me how I felt, at that very moment, a warmth came over my whole body, I got very emotional and my friend’s little son, came and gave me a tissue to wipe my tears. That, to date, has been the best day of my life EVER!!!
I hope I wasn’t too long in describing it,