My name is Khayyira. I became a Muslim on 4 February 2017. Some people may think it was a brash decision. After all, I was a pious Catholic, faithful to only one God. My spirituality has always been strong. I have always believed that God has been there for me, through all my struggles and in all my happiness. Still, religiously, I found it difficult to believe in the teachings of the Church. There were many things that I didn’t understand and a lot of questions left unanswered.

My life was going in a good direction. I had a good job, I was stable, and my daughter is growing up beautifully. But there was an emptiness tugging at my heart. I wanted to be thankful, to show my appreciation and to be grateful for what I have in my life, but I did not know how.

My ultimate goal was to serve God and I needed to find a way that made sense to me. I wanted to improve my relationship with my maker, and I felt that I wasn’t giving Him enough of me.

When I truly discovered Islam, I discovered that God did not place us in this world without any clue as to who He is. He gave us so much information as to how to please Him and how to live. Everything unfolded before me and everything made sense.

I discovered that I have so much love to give, and while religions of this world have been manipulated in several ways, my heart has always belonged to God.  I believe that my God is the God of the Christians and the Jews. I have always believed in Him and I will always believe in Him. Only now, I know His name.

I believe that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is His last Messenger.

This is my journey through learning more about Islam and learning how to serve Allah.