Sunday, July 5, 2009

Well my life has had many twists and turns. I was raised in a Roman Catholic family in Timmins, Ontario. Coming from a very small town I was pretty ignorant of other religions and cultures. For years I was very unhappy. I contemplated suicide on many occasions. One day, I met a really nice girl. She seemed so happy and so full of life. I craved for that kind of happiness. She told me that she was Christian and that in order for me to have the same kind of happiness I would have to accept Jesus Christ as my savior and to acknowledge that he died for my sins.

I started hanging out with her and going to bible studies. But, no matter how hard I studied I could not grasp the concept of the trinity. I use to pray and beg God to help me understand and to fill me with the holy ghost. After a while I realized that something was not right. How could God turn away from me? Here I was, begging for the faith that my friend had. I finally decided that maybe I was going down the wrong path.

When I was 19 I moved to Toronto to live with my aunt. While there I met many Somalians. I was fascinated by their culture and their hospitality. I started asking them questions about their religion and it sounded so good. It all made perfect sense to me. So I embraced Islam February 18, 1994 during the holy month of Ramadan. The Muslim community welcomed me with open arms. The feeling was indescribable.

I got married on April 24, 1994 at Tariq Mosque. It was a lovely ceremony. After the wedding we went to Mohamed's mom's house (May Allah reward her Jennah) for our wedding dinner. I was so happy to see so many people celebrating this day with me.

That was over 15 years ago. Now, we have 5 extremely super hyper-active kids (4 of which are boys).


  1. You haven't changed much since you were a toddler and we all lived in Bathurst Tammy,a little older but still the same beautiful smiling face.
    I loved reading your story and I am so happy that your life has turned out to be so happy and fulfilling for you. xoxox
    Aunt Jackie

  2. Masha Allah am really happy to read about ur life. Thank U for sharing it with us and U have extremely beautiful children Masha Allah.
    I just Added U as my Facebook Friend.
    May Allah bless ur family

    Ramadhan Kariim.

    Muna Aweis

  3. Assalam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh

    Beautiful family you got there mashAllaah. Welcome back to your original Deen! Great site. See you put a lot of work into it. Will be sure to drop by from time to time inshAllaah. Many duas your way.

  4. Assalamu alaikum, Sis.

    Found my way here through Networked Blogs. You have a very beautiful family, mashaAllah. May Allah keep you all safe, healthy and happy.

    I love your story. Thank you so much for sharing it :)

    ~ Nadia

  5. from blog to blog I came to you. I really like running a blog itself has several provisions culinary So try and do as I will know how they left.
    Looking at the picture you are a cool family. I wish the same good day

  6. Thank you sister, for sharing your Somali recipes with us. During the blessed month of Ramadhan, we shall try some of them, insha Allah.

    You have a beautiful family..Masha Allah. May Allah protect them.

    Ayan Warsame

  7. ilaahey hakuu xafido diintaada, adiga iyo reerkaa

  8. I came across your blog randomly, but I wanted to offer best wishes to you and your family. Sorry to hear about the unhappiness in your past, but fantastic to hear it's long behind you.

  9. Masha Allah alaiki
    May Allah guide and strengthen us on His straight path. Ameen
    Salam alaikum

  10. Mashallah what a beautiful family. Thanks sister, for sharing your story, absolutely touching. May Allah bless you and your family.