I’m Muslim Now: Story 10 Realities of Submission series

Click HERE for ALL STORIES in this series “This day I have perfected your religion for you and completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” —Qur’an, 5:3 “Whoever treads a path seeking knowledge, Allah will make easy for him the path to Paradise. And the angels lower their wings out of contentment for …

You Need Islam, Renee: Story 9 Realities of Submission series

Click HERE for ALL STORIES in this series It took a full three weeks for me to come to terms with the fear that had become more suffocating by the day. It numbed me into inactivity. I wasn’t inspired to go out with Felicia or Anita, and I withdrew from nearly everyone. I went to class, to the cafeteria, and …

The White Convert: Story 8 Realities of Submission series

Click HERE for ALL STORIES in this series Late Saturday morning I stepped out the passenger side door of Sumayyah’s car feeling an air of confidence that permeated every part of me. Part of my confidence, I knew, was due to the outfit I had chosen so carefully. Heeding the advice of Sumayyah, I chose something that covered my body …

Modestly Sexy: Story 7 Realities of Submission series

Click HERE for ALL STORIES in this series I was walking back to the metro station in D.C. after my African dance class one Saturday morning when I spotted some street vendors selling various Afro-centric paraphernalia. It was late February and the snow had melted but the air was still a bit cold, though nothing like I’d experienced back home.   …

Killing Me Softly: Story 6 Realities of Submission series

Click HERE for ALL STORIES in this series Growing up we didn’t have money Or much of those other things That don’t grow on trees. We didn’t have acceptance By friends or classmates Or any of those others so many want to please. Yet Daddy said we were rich And Mommy smiled, Pleased. And although I knew we were not, …

But Is Jesus God? Story 5 Realities of Submission series

Click HERE for ALL STORIES in this series I returned to school almost two weeks after I’d left for the funeral, and I was numb. While I was gone, I’d missed most of my mid-terms, and although I was given an extension for them all, it was difficult to study or remain attentive in classes. I was still coming to …

Trouble At Home: Story 4 Realities of Submission series

Click HERE for ALL STORIES in this series My first year of college was, for the most part, uneventful. I lived alone in a dorm room despite my assignment to a roommate that I saw, at most, once a week. I had been nervous and excited when my parents unloaded my belongings into the room and left, leaving me to …

Two Boys, One Girl: Story 3 Realities of Submission series

Click HERE for ALL STORIES in this series “Well, I guess you won’t be needing my gift then,” Reggie said late morning on New Year’s Day. He had given me a pair of gloves with an “R” inscribed on each. I knew he couldn’t afford William’s gift, and I couldn’t tell him the gloves meant more to me than the …