Many years ago I married a muslim man. Before I met him, I’d never met or spoken with a muslim person, as far as I knew. I was a non-practising catholic at the time. I had no intention of becoming muslim, and was happy having no real religion as such, just living my life as good a person as possible. My husband and I discussed that when we have children, they would be raised as muslims, and I was perfectly happy with this decision.

My husband doesn’t have any family here in Australia. He has found it very hard to teach and guide our 3 children as muslims, when he is their only role model and teacher. So I decided to attend some classes and workshops to learn more, so I can help him in teaching our children.

All this time, I never stopped believing in God. Although I’d lost my catholic “faith”, I hadn’t lost faith in God. For many years I felt lost spiritually, and really wanted to connect to something, but I just didn’t know what.

Attending these classes was amazing. I learnt things that opened my eyes, and therefore opened my heart. My heart and soul felt pulled in such a way I had never felt before. During the 2nd of the 3 classes, I felt like I’d been hit by a bolt of lightening. I was hooked. I loved so much about this religion, and now I wanted to become a muslim.

Initially I was concerned, wondering if it’s the right thing, but driving home after that class, I knew without a doubt it was the right thing for me.

A few weeks later I took my testimony of faith, and I am the happiest, most calm I’ve been in many, many years. I am so glad I took this decision, and it has lead me to meeting the most amazing people. I now have a wonderful extended “family”, and I feel like we’ve known each other for years, but it’s only been months.

I’m so glad I listened to my instincts and didn’t ignore what I was feeling. I love the choice I’ve made, and I believe my life is better than ever because of it.

Posted anonymously, 30th June 2016

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  • The sense of ‘extended family’ that religion can provide is very valuable; ‘love one another’ is taught and adherents are held accountable to the community to reinforce the message. I’m glad that you have found such a network, and it is a shame that it didn’t come sooner (ie with the catholic upbringing) since we need it all our life.


  • There is also different denominations within Christianity.
    Catholics pray to Holy Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ.
    Jehovahs Witness only use the Old Testament part of the Holy Bible.
    Most of them have Christenings and choose Godparents to guide and care for their children in the event that they aren’t able to.
    Baptist – you have the baby dedicated to the Lord. The child/adult then chooses whether or not to be baptised after following the Christian Faith and accept Jesus Christ as their saviour.


  • That’s wonderful that it has worked out for you


  • I don’t suppose the Muslim religion is much different to the one you started in. It is one of the Abrahamic religions. I was raised a Catholic, but my husband and I have decided that we wont be indoctrinating our children. We will teach them about all religions but we don’t really believe them to be anything but myths like the ancient religions were. Each to their own I guess.


  • Thank you for telling your story. It is inspiring to learn new cultures & religion. All kids need some spiritual guidance & they should be given the chance to learn about all religions.


  • It is good when you find where you belong.


  • I’m glad this has worked for you and that you’re happy.


  • So great to hear you are happy, that is all that matters in the world today no matter the race, colour or religion.


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