How her visit to Jerusalem took her
to the Oneness of God.
I was born in
Canada to Christian parents from European
descendants. I was raised in Canada for the first
several years of my life. Then my parents became
missionaries. We moved all over the U.S.A. and
Europe, while my family tried to make people become
Christian. Finally we moved to Jerusalem. There I
discovered so many things about life. I never knew
what was a Jew or a Muslim before this, but I soon
learned. I remember the first time I visited the Old
City of Jerusalem and I saw Muslims for the first
I was fascinated
by their culture. I soon found myself attracted to
the Old City more and more. I made many friends
there. I went to a Christian school that was first
located on the Jewish side of Jerusalem but was later
moved to the Arab side. I found my self going to
school with these Muslim people. My parents soon
forbid me to be their friends, or to even talk to
Muslims, because she said they were filled with
demons. At this time I was very young, a teenager,
but I still never believed her. I saw no demonic
actions from these warm hearted people. I made many
friends, and I snuck away to visit them. Soon my
mother found out and beat me. I was told I also had
demons for loving these people. Soon after this my
mother threw me in the street to live.
I lived in a
boarding school after this and worked to pay for my
schooling. Eventually, my family left Jerusalem for
Canada. And I was left all alone in Jerusalem. After
3 years I went to Canada to visit my family. They
were less than hospitable to me, their own daughter.
I was told I was demon possessed and thrown into the
street. I stayed in Canada for 3 months. I felt lost
and alone. I went back to Jerusalem and got a job in
the Old City and moved there. I worked for an Arab
family who helped me and took care of me, even more
than my own family.
Everyday I felt
my self drawn to the Large Majestic Dome of the Rock.
I would go there and sit in the gardens listening to
the call to prayer. As I watched the faithful Muslims
gather for prayer, I felt a longing in my heart. I
wanted this, this peace of heart that most seemed to
have. Despite the Intafada, the torture, and killing,
that happened to them everyday, they had peace. Peace
of heart. I saw many horrible things in Jerusalem,
West Bank and Gaza.
And I heard the
world cry for peace!!. But always for the so called
I hardly ever
heard a cry for the poor children trying to defend
their mothers and sisters from rape and torture.
These people had the bravest hearts I have ever seen.
Small children would corner soldiers toting guns in a
corner, with just stones as their weapons. I hope one
day to have one quarter of their bravery. When I
moved to Canada I met some Muslims here from Lebanon.
They seemed to
be able to answer all the questions I had. And If
they didn't have the answers, they said they could
find them by asking scholars of Islam. I was very
impressed by this because they were not afraid to say
I don't know. They never lied to me or tried to fool
me. There is no shame in saying I have to ask. In
fact this proved to me their honesty and love for this
religion. I was told by many people that women are
oppressed in Islam. So of course this was a major
concern of mine. So I asked questions of them
to me that women are precious, like the most valued
treasure. They also explained to me that men are not
better than women and women are not better than men,
they are just different. Different in feelings,
thought, and emotions, among other things. They also
told me that in Islam, there is no prejudice at all,
and in fact being prejudice is against Islam. Muslims
do not judge a person on their skin color, place,
status of birth, male or female. The only way a
person can be better than another is if they are a
better Muslim. And this makes sense because we cannot
help our birth place or to whom we were born. The
same as a murderer or a rapist cannot be placed on the
same platform as a man who has been good all his life.
I asked these
people to explain to me all about the fighting and so
called terrorism that is going on in this world. And
the answer they gave me was, there are people who
practice Islam and people who do not. The fault is
not with the religion, but with the people who disobey
the religion. And besides, we do not know all the
circumstances of what life is like, other than our
own. I didn't really know how one becomes Muslim and
they explained the belief of Muslims to me. And here
it is, as it was explained to me and to all Muslims
dating back to the first Prophet, Adam, peace be upon
1.God is One Indivisible.
2.God does not resemble any of his
3.God exists without a place.
4.God has no beginning.
5.God has no end.
6.God has the attribute of hearing.
7.God has the attribute of sight.
8.God has the attribute of Kalam
9.God has the attribute of Will.
10.God has the attribute of Power.
11.God has the attribute of Knowledge.
12.God has the attribute of Life.
13.God does not need anyone or anything.
When one looks
at the belief of Islam it becomes so logical and
obvious. It is logical to believe that there is only
One God. For example, If someone said there were 2
gods and one wanted a person dead and one wanted a
person alive, a person cannot be dead and alive in the
same time, so one of these so called gods would be
weak, and anything weak does not deserve to be
Let me explain
to you what is the definition of perfection, because
when I heard this, it all made sense. Perfection is
something that does not change and has no flaws or
weaknesses, because if something changes, it either
changes for the better or for the worse. And if
something changed for the better, that means it was
bad and then became good. Nothing changes and stays
the same. And if something changed for the worse,
this means it is no longer perfect. So God is
Perfect. God does not change. Anything that is weak
does not deserve to be worshipped. When we say God
exists without a place we mean that everything other
than God is a creation. And all creations have a
beginning and a possible ending.
creations need One to give them their beginning and
ending. Some people do not think about the extent of
the creations. Place, time, light, imagination,
thoughts, as well as all the humans and animals are
creations, among many many other things. For example,
a place is a creation. It has dimensions or a body
just like the other creations. And they need One to
give them their shape form and dimensions. Therefore
we say that God exists without a place before God
created place, and since God does not change, then God
exists without place after God created place. How
totally logical!! So this is the correct and Logical
belief in God. And this is the belief of every Muslim
on this planet no matter where or when he or she
When Islam is
practiced accordingly, it is a beautiful sight. I
hope I have shed some light on those who have
questions about Islam. You are also welcome to e-mail
me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any other
questions. I ask God to show you the right path, or
to keep you on the right path.
If one wants to
become Muslim, it is very simple. All you need to do
is say [La ilah illa Allah, Muhammad rasoolu Allah]
"I believe there is only One God (Allah), and Muhammad
is the last Prophet and Messenger of God." One says
this loud enough for themselves to hear. You don't
need to go to a mosque or a person in order to become
Muslim, but after you become Muslim, go and learn more
about Islam from a Mosque. They will be happy for
you, no matter where on this earth you are. And they
will help you as much as they can.