This story is taken from Ummah Forum after seeking the Sisters approval to publish it on TalibEIlm. The original post can be found here UMMAH FORUM THREAD
(This was written in place of a attending a talk and speaking in front of people. Thought I would share it with you guys)
Bismillah, alhamdulillahi rabbil alameen wasalaatu wasalaamu ala rasoolullah.
Asalaamu alaykum dear brothers and sisters. Who am I? I am thirty something convert to Islam. Two weeks before Ramadhan in 2011, I took my shahadah. Alhamdulillah. This was the best thing I had ever done.
I came from a background where Islam was not really looked at in a good manner. Muslims were 'bad people' and 'terrorists'. They are evil, they kill Indians, and their religion is wrong. I hated Islam, and I didn't really care for Muslims either. I did not like to really socialise with them, or befriend them or have any interaction with them in my life.
The Muslims that were in my life, well, I did not think much of them. Why would I? I was living a life of jahiliyah. What would I know about siratul mustaqeem (the straight path). As you can imagine, anything Islam related, I would not be interested to know, hear or see. I was full of hate towards Muslims, and towards the religion. It was not a pro active kind of hate; it was more of a warning button that would go off should i be in the company of Muslims. I just did not trust them.