Arisa-chan was the first Japanese muslimah I met while I was in Japan. She introduced me to Tokyo Camii, a place where I would later find solace in, a second home. The nur from her heart shines through the warm, beautiful smile on her face every single time I meet her. Here is her story.
Started to study Bahasa Melayu
I wanted to study languages which many Japanese people didn’t know very much so I chose my university because it was the best university in Japan to master foreign languages and learn other cultures. But I didn’t decide which course I should take. But my mum gave me an advice to take Malaysian course. I was really surprised because I’d never heard that she was interested in Malaysia. Soon after I started to study Malaysian, I fell in love with it and Malaysia. I couldn’t study abroad there but I did my best to be a no.1 student in my class.
Took classes of Islam in university
1 year later after I started to study Malaysian, I still had many words that I couldn’t understand. I realised that all of them were related to Islam, so I took classes of Islam….at the time it was only for studying.
First time went to the mosque in Tokyo and wore hijab
Finding my hidayah in Malaysia
Syahadah at the mosque in Tokyo
Maryam’s new life
I’m still learning Islam because we Muslims are not perfect and we always have to be better muslims. Many people ask me about the difference between before and after syahadah. Yes my life has changed a lot. Before I got irritated easily and I always needed someone who were always with me but now I can calm myself down and I don’t feel sad anymore because I know I’m always with Allah no matter what. Alhamdulillah. So I am strong even though I have many challenges in my life.I can’t go to the mosque everyday,I have to combine Zohor and Asar solat because of the work,I don’t wear hijab at my office,I have to go to the nomikai party ( drinking party ) … but It doesn’t mean I don’t like Japan and Japanese society. I’m really proud of being a Japanese muslim. Japan reminds me of Islam and saying ‘Alhamdulillah’ everytime I see Islam here. Allah gives me other chances. My office provide me a prayer space only for me, my family allow me to wear hijab weekends, I drink orange juice at the party. See? Haha Allah never makes us down! Allahu Akbar!
subhanallah, May Allah gives better life and future for nur arisa maryam
Its nice to read your history.
I have been to Japan few times, and met few Japanese muslim males along my travel. But because my Japanese is so terrible, i could not strike a long conversations to ask how/why did they go about and choose Islam, I like it in Japan because the mosques felt like an international gathering place (you can meet a lot of muslims of other nationalities (AUS, UK, MY, middle easterns etc) and your way of thinking and exposure became wider across cultures.
I could understand the difficulties to do prayers especially for girls, as for us males it is easier with our wudhu and aurat we can do it in public.
Anyway, keep it up.
Masya Allah. I only one time met Nur Arisa Maryam, and talk with her mother in Japanese and with Maryam in Bahasa Indonesia. When ate ifthar in Tokyo Jami’ Ramadhan 2015 (1436 H)
Baarakallahu fiik ya ukhty Nur Arisa Maryam