A few days ago I said my Shahadah with help from @reverthelp. I wasn’t sure I was going to share here/ when I was going to because the moment felt so personal. But tonight I’m working at my old job and helped a man pick out frozen pizzas from our freezer. He asked which in there were the best and I casually mentioned I couldn’t speak for what we had because I don’t eat pork. Maybe it’s the way I’m dressed tonight or maybe it’s because of the area I’m in but he automatically asked me, “Oh, is that a Muslim thing?” and I told him yes. His response was hardly anything at all, just a simple “oh, ok.” before moving on in conversation but when he’d left I felt tears in my eyes. It was the first time I said it to someone in real life. I feel light.
Despite the fact that I’d woken up a few weeks ago knowing I would say my Shahadah and had been thinking of myself as Muslim and despite the fact that I had said my Shahadah and become Muslim a few days before this, it hadn’t felt real before this moment. This casual confirmation to a stranger that I am Muslim.
Allah has granted me clarity to find Islam and the strength to declare what lives in my heart; I am Muslim. Alhamdulillah, I am Muslim. <3