JOVEN MUSULMANA CRITICA EXAGERACIONES SOBRE EL CORÁN. María Elvira
My name is Ericka, I live in the United States, I am a housewife and I am 27
I am of Mexican origin and born and raised in a "Catholic" atmosphere, my family
so far is somewhat "devout" in the traditions surrounding this "religion".
About three years ago by invitation of a girlfriend, I visited a "Christian"
church, they were Evangelists, they seemed very similar to me in that time and
assisted me many times and I understood many things among them the discipline to
read the Bible and although I did not always understand it at least I took the
ideas to study for the following class on Sunday.
On one occasion the Reverend made an affirmation that Muslims "hated" Jesus and
that they worshipped another God who was called Allah. I decided to investigate
ISLAM to confirm what he said. To my suprise I met Muslims who loved Jesus as
much as Christians (we who wait for his coming), and that Allah means God in the
Arabic language and it is another way for us to speak of Him as if the Americans
worship another God that is called God, or the Italians do when they say "Dio",
etc. I investigated and I realized that in effect Jesus is not God as people now
affirm the Christian belief in it, because the same person Jesus prayed to the
same God, just like us.
I investigated the origin of the Bible and its authors and discovered that it
has many contradictions and unknown authors and some are Jews and other single
famous ones and some of the authors didn't even know Jesus but nonetheless wrote
what he said.
I resisted it in the beginning but I began to see the truth with my own eyes
because it was sad to think that my so sacred and well-regarded book, which to
me was the word of God, was distorted.
I prayed to the All-powerful God that guided me and let me see the truth, that
He guided me to worship Him without worrying about the consequences.
One of my major doubts was what if the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not
prophesied in the Bible, because if the Bible said that, it was truth.
I encountered many proofs of it and my heart already felt the correct guidance,
so I commenced to read on about Islam.
I discovered that the Koran is the pure word of God and this one is not corrupt,
I discovered that it is a right and logical religion with all the answers for
this life and the other, it is a religion of peace and of delivering yourself
wholly to God, with blessings for the believers.
After much time thinking, I wanted to be Muslim and one day I went to my
husband, who is also a Muslim and he helped me to say my testimony and when I
did I felt a great weight lifted from my shoulders, I felt free, clean, and with
much faith, since then I wear my veil and obey the living God peacefully,
armored with the faith of which each day Allah gives us because everything in
the earth He has already given it, because Islam is not a single religion but a
way of life.
I have not had any major changes, my family has accepted it, and I am very
Note: You can read sister Ericka's introduction in
What was your first religion?
Were you observant in it?
Did you belong to a particular sect or denomination?
When and why did you start thinking to change your
When I started reading the Bible and couldn't understand it. When the Rev. at
church said that Muslims "hated" Jesus and worshiped another god named Allah. I
though that if a person like him "teaching" us was ignorant enough not to know
the very basic about other religions, he must not be qualified to "guide"
anyone, mis-informing people about others, what guarantees me that won't
mis-inform me about his own? So I started reading about Muslims and Islam, my
husband is a born Muslim, so I went to him and asked him everything I was
concerned about, I also attended the Mosque sometimes for non-Muslims classes, I
also asked some knowledgable Christians about ISLAM, they knew nothing, when I
asked about Christianity they knew very little.
What concerns did you have with your previous
The main concern to me was to know, the origin of today's Bible. I found many
contradictions whithin itself that it cannot be the word of God. The founder of
Christianity, Paul, gets more credit that Jesus himself and he doesn't even keep
his stories straight about his so claimed conversion. The fact that he was not a
follower of Jesus in the first place is enough for me to not trust his writings.
The fact that he was a Jew and of the "chosen people", and "converted" to being
not chosen. The fact that Protestants are always critizicing Catholics, but yet
do the same in a very "holy" way, listen to music, even sing at church, they
celebrate the sweet 15 just like Catholics do, drink alcohol in very small
quantities at church just like them. So I thought, what is the difference here
if they are doing the same. They even do concerts and other celebrations that
within Christianity and Biblical rules are not suppose to be done!
What other religions did you study?
I knew a little about, Judaism, Buddhism, but I did more searching about Islam.
What pros and cons did you see in the religions you
Judaism worships just one God, the other one is a peaceful religion, without the
same God. The covering of my hair was at the beginning the excuse of not
accepting Islam, but it was weak. The other was the language, other than that
everything was great to me..
What were your criteria in making a decision about
which religion to follow?
Everything, is a religion of Justice, love, peace, fairness and closeness to the
Only God. The blessing of worshiping God directly and feel closer to Him. To
know that my sins as a non-Muslim would be forgiven and that, that was my new
start, my chance to live my live with sense and purpose. It offered me a new
life and a great understanding of everything around it. Islam offered me a new
way of life.
Were there any external factors which influenced your
Yes, the lack of respect for women today in almost everywhere in the world, as
wives, as daughters, as mothers and most of all as women. They are used as sex
objects, sales products, and motives of sin basicaly. Husbands cheating on their
wives, mothers abandoning their babies, teenagers having no respect for their
bodies by fornicating with so many parters, wives don't respect their husbands,
divorces, suicides, child abuse, domestic violence I could go on, and on, but
all of this because they don't have fear for their Creator, they have no love
for themselves, they don't believe about the rewards in paradise or the
punishment in hell, therefore they don't care where they will go. They don't
have faith, because they have no God.
What religion did you choose?
ISLAM, MASHALLAH... Because it gives me a complete way of life, a chance to get
closer to God. A chance to recieve His blessings, and a chance of live in the
hereafter. It gives me peace and light to see the path I need to follow. It
gives me faith and trust in my Creator, and most of all it gives me the guide to
be happy here in this life. It lets me see the reason of creation, the logic
behind it and the purspose of it.
Did you have any problems after your conversion?
MashAllah, I haven't had any, whatever I get, won't be seen as such, but as a
chance to get stronger in what I believe.
How would you advise others who are studying Islam?
To study with and open mind and heart, seek the guide of God to see the truth
regardless of the consequences. To take the time to find out what they are
followed and by who. To take the time to balance the positive and the negative
with proofs and logic. I would advice to ask instead of making assumptions If
so, make sure they are asking the right person, (for Islam ask a muslim..
Are there any other points you would like to make?
Dear reader, don't be afraid to know about Islam, at least to understand it and
not criticize it, only if you know you will understand and if you understad you
will respect. Don't give up in your search, and ask Allah (God) for guidance.