IMAM HUSAIN ISLAMIC CENTRE “Light of Guidance and Ark of Salvation”
September, 20 2017 - 7:07 PM 28 Dhul Hijjah 1438

Brad W.

In the Name of God; the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

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Salamalaykum
Where do I start,

I was born a Christian. I went to scripture through primary school. I went to catholic scripture, and I never really caught onto the concept of Jesus and Christianity. I was kind of just floating in space through high school, still having BBQ`s and swapping presents at Christmas and stuff like that.

Then in 2001 the trade center tragedy occurred. Peace be upon those who perished. The huge uproar of racist activities against the Muslim races and Arab races was unbelievable through my eyes. I would go to school and racial slang would be thrown at Muslim kids all the time. In my heart it made me feel embarrassed to be a person who they looked at as if I was going to slur words at them. For some reason I felt like I had some kind of connection we these people who were being wrongfully assaulted. I felt for them. This went on for about 7 months and during this time I had fallen for a girl who happened to be Muslim. I asked her to be my girlfriend and she accepted. I then started to get information through her on the Muslim religion and history, and I am still reading. There is a lot of information to read. I never used to like reading, but the religion hooked me into it.

Once I started I couldn’t stop.

Whilst I was reading the information I kept running through my head what my parents would think if I converted. Especially my dad. It had me on edge for almost an entire year. I then converted in January, before I told my parents. My girlfriend who studies the religion a lot more than me and knows a lot more was a great help in finding me information. She also encouraged me to tell my parents of my situation. I did and they were cool about it. I was freaking, I thought my dad was going to kill me. But they said that they just didn’t want me to be doing this just for my girlfriend. My reason in the end which I told my parents was "I have made this decision for my own sake and well being, and am not pressured in anyway to give up my lifestyle. I will be the same person just a different belief which I will keep to myself and not push it upon any other person".

The decision of me becoming a Muslim had a lot to do with my feelings over 9/11 and also the way that I clicked with the story and facts of Islam. I believe that I am a Muslim, I might not know all there is to know about the religion.....but hey, who does?? 

Thank You for asking to hear my story.. 

Brad Wroblewicz

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