Sister Zainab Oņez Discovered Islam while training to be a nun.
I receive many emails about this young strong Muslimah. I send her all the emails I receive, and it is her decision to reply.
Few days ago, I had a chat with brother Jibril Aqil Ali. He introduce himself as a Latino Muslim. I was so happy to chat with him.
In the same day, I had another chat window with Sister Zainab. She told me that she is a converted Muslim from Philippine. Again, I was extremely happy. Two converted Muslim in one day chatting with me. Subhana Allah. Can you imagine how I felt? Can our Westernized Muslim youth look at her story, and see how a Christian become committed Muslim. Sister Zainab should be an inspiration to Muslim Youth. I truly believe that converts to Islam are one of the few bright spots in our Islamic Ummah.
I asked Sister Zainab to send me her story. She graciously accepted, and here is her story:
Dear Dr. Adel Elsaie;
Assalamu alaikum waramatullahi wa barakatuhu!
I am Zainab Oņez, 24 years old, single never been married, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Marketing at Holy Cross of Davao College Inc, Philippines. I was a former Roman Catholic and I am one of the working Scholars in SVD or society Verbini Divini, a religious congregation in the Catholic religion for 6 years. Previously, my plan was to become a nun. When I was at the young age of 14, I used to ask myself why many people would have debates about the Christian religion. I had realized maybe God has given one religion to all mankind. When I reached the age of 20, I started to research on the internet and I read about how ISLAM IS A WAY OF LIFE. And I was getting shocked, why was Catholisism not a way of life? I started to research more about Islam because it was my first time to hear about Islam.
I printed all the Islamic research that I had found from the internet and showed them to our professor. He was getting angry with me; why I was studying about Islam; Muslims are terrorists; Muslims are bad people; Muslims worship another God. I considered this as a challenge and was encouraged to study more about Islam. After two years of studying about Islam I decided to embrace Islam last February 21, 2006.
Alhamduillah, I am only one Muslim among with our family and I am now working as a volunteer in Dawah Islamic propagation in Davao city. My entire Christian friends were against me in my new Islamic way of life. I dont care what other people say. The most important thing is that this is my decision and I know that this is the true religion of Allah SWT given to all mankind. Allah said in
Surah al Imram 3:19 INNAD DEENA IND ALLAH ISLAM- TRULY THE RELIGION WITH ALLAH IS ISLAM.
And in Surah al-Imram 3: 85 thoseover seek a religion other than Islam it will never be accepted of him, and in the hereafter he will be one of the losers.
That is why I spend my life in Dawah for Muslim and non-Muslim area because this is the true religion of Allah that has given to all mankind. The first big jihad for me is wearing of hijab and abaya but alhamdulillah with the help of Allah I got my self-confidence of wearing in proper attire. Most of Christian friends say, what happened to you Zainab, you look like a ghost but I smile at them, and say you do not understand what you are talking about and it is better for you to study your Bible because even the Bible is very strict for the woman:
1 Corinthian 11:5-6 says
but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled disgraces her headit is one and the same thing as having her head shaved. For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or to be shaved, she should wear a veil.
If Christians read their Bible carefully and understand their Bible, all of them will become Muslims.
I am now enjoying making my comparative study of religion and inshaAllah I am hoping to be like Ahmad Deedat a good daeyah or preacher in our Islamic religion. Now, I am always hoping to focus on study in Arabic education inshaAllah if Allah given me an opportunity to study in Saudi Arabia inshaAllah.
If you want to contact Sister Zainab, send me email, and I will Inshaa Allah forward the mail to her.
Please try to correct my English grammar. I hope that you can understand because I am not really good in English grammar.
Sis . zainab