“I don’t believe in blind following – just because I am born to a Muslim family, I would have no choice but to adhere to the practice of Islam. How can we “just believe” without rationalising? God is so Great to give us the capacity to think.”
"It was in my nature to be an introvert, but back in those days, I would force myself to be more extroverted just to “fit in” with the crowd. I definitely had a hotter temper too, especially when I was at home, and fights would occur occasionally… I was a quite the rebellious teenager."
"I didn’t get a strict image of Islam as believed in Japan but rather, I got an impression that people are calm and kind and always keep smiling. I didn’t see anybody hitting children or getting upset."
From visits to traditional muslim weddings to enrolling in Islamic classes in Japan, to quitting her job at an American finance company to study Islamic finance... Maya's story is purely filled with the seeking of the Truth, and is proof indeed that Allah truly is the Best of Planners.
Eileen's first prayer following her reversion was a funny story. "I was dead sure that I was the first Muslim in the world that can’t pray because she's too stupid. I was looking at the pages and going “No way, man. That’s like, What?? This can’t be done!”
"I made Shahada led by Dr Zakir Naik in his lecture with over 1,200 witnesses. My question was how I could deal with other religious practice in society as Japanese Muslim. The answer by him was “If you do not go against what Quran says, it should not be a problem.” It was my last question before reverting. I felt so relieved that I am finally part of Islam and my heart gets clean."
"Although I was a Muslim since birth, I didn’t know the depth of Islam before I rediscovered Islam. I did everything out of fear of people (teachers, elder family members etc) and with no understanding. I’d pray just to avoid getting scolded, cover myself up and not befriend the opposite gender because it’s “disgraceful” and like “what will the neighbours say?”
“If I convert to Islam, I don’t want to be lazy about anything for Islam. I want to wear hijab to work, I want to fast, I want to avoid eating pork. But now it’s hard because we have always been taught since young that we must “always eat lunch with a smile and be in a good mood when eating with friends and teachers”."
"When my Muslim boyfriend left me, I was really heartbroken. But come to think if it, I would not have turned to the Truth if I had not met him. My heart is at peace knowing what is meant for me will never miss me, and what missed me is not meant for me."