Meet my 14 year old sister :)

>> Friday, November 25, 2011

Asalamu aliakuam wa rahhmatullah wa barkatoo!

Well sisters, it's 1433! (That's the year according to the Islamic calendar.) I thought we could start this year with a little inspiration, so this is an interview with a 14 year old Khadeejah (also known as Revert Muslimah). Just who is Khadeeja and what is her story? :)Read to find out more!


An Interview

Little Auntie: "Tell us a little about yourself". :)

Khadeejah: "Well, my name is Khadeejah, I'm 14 and I live in Canada.
I'm the middle child ( there's 3 of us ) and the only Muslim in my family, yet.
Alhamdulillah I said my Shahadah on January 11th 2010, have been "lovin' the Deen" since then! :)
I speak Spanish,English and French but know a little bit of Urdu and Arabic.
I love learning new languages, reading and gaining knowledge."


Little Auntie: Wow, 14 years old! And you said your Shahada almost two years ago! So that would make you 12 when you took your Shahada, ma'shaAllah. Can you tell us, what made you interested in Islam?

Khadeejah:  I've always been interested in religion, ever since I was a child. I'd always ask my grandmother questions about Christianity, which is the religion she preached but didn't follow.
She could never answer my questions, and told me not even the priest could.
I found it odd, but I was young, and I moved on.

In the 6th grade, I started thinking again.
About our existence, our purpose. It felt odd that we were just supposed to live, and die. Without any real task, per say.
So I started asking fellow classmates about their religions.
Most of them just said they went to their place of worship, celebrated religious holidays, but didn't really know much about it.
I went on to asking them if they could give me books, but SubhanALLAH, only Muslims were kind enough to give me books.
They would even miss their lunch hours, to answer my questions and concerns, for which I was very grateful.

I did some research online, and I was sure that Islaam was the truth. I was sure that I wanted to be a Muslim.
My heart, my mind, everything told me, THIS IS THE TRUTH!
Unfortunately, something kept me back. FEAR.
I was scared of what everybody would think. What my parents would do if they found out.
The popular girl, a mozlam?! Their daughter, a terrorist?!
Yet again, I let it go. The difference being, I was heartbroken.

In 7th grade, I started hanging out with a few Muslim sisters. Although not very practising, they still held "most" Islamic values.
Of course, I still had my other friends but they started to shun me as they saw me slowly change.
I stopped going to school dances. I started wearing long, loose clothing.
I no longer spoke to boys, in the way which I used to.
Everybody was confused. People at school thought I was doing it for my friends, my family and teachers believed I was raped, and to this day still do so.
A few months later, on January 11th 2010 Alhamdulillah I said my Shahadah.

I remember the day very clearly.
I skipped school to do it. It was a Monday I believe, and the time was around 6:30pm.
My heart vigorously beating in my chest. It felt as though it might escape any second!
Tears flowing down my face, I managed to stumble out the words "Ash HaduAllaa Ilaaha Il-lallaah Wa Ash Hadu Anna Muhabbadur Rasullalah"
The testimony of faith, that would change my life forever...

Little Auntie: Takbir! Allahu Akbar! Praise be to Allah, the Almighty!

SubhanAllah, your story made me really emotional. I think fear is something that keeps a lot of us from doing what we know is right. Alhamdillah that you were able to overcome that fear! You said that your family and teachers believed that you were doing it for your friends. What did your friends think?

Khadeejah: My Muslim friends were shocked, but at the same time happy. That was only at first. Later on as I started taking the Deen more seriously, started Hijaab, etc, they weren't as thrilled.
They still to this day tell me I need to "calm down" and "Have fun" subhanAllah.
The non-Muslim ones just slowly stopped talking to me, and just now have started to get comfortable enough to ask me questions.
Overall, I lost most of my friends but Alhamdulillah made new ones who help me get closer to Allah with daily remembrance, and those are the true friends.

Little Auntie: I'm sorry to hear that you lost some of your friends or that you were Muslims friends weren't 'as thrilled'. It sounds like you went through a lot when you became a Muslim. What do you think was the hardest point you faced?

Khadeejah: I think the hardest point I faced, and to this day still face is with my family.
Getting them to understand me, accept me.
They still don't approve of my Hijaab, and I have to be sneaky about it.
The countless times that I was caught, and my hijaabs/jilbaabs were thrown away I cannot count with both hands.
Apart from that is the emotional toll that their disapproval takes on me.
I've been called a "failure" and many similar things by all of my family members, and soon you begin to believe it.
You begin to think of yourself as a loser, the black sheep, when really Alhamdulillah it's a good thing :)
Alhamdulillah, things are getting better but please remember me in your Du'as inshaAllah.

Little Auntie: What kept you from giving up?

Khadeejah: To be honest, I don't know.
Something just always raised my Imaan and I got back on my feet.
I would realize how foolish I was being, and kept reminding myself that this is my test from ALLAH Ta'ala and ;
Verily, With Hardship Comes Ease (Surah al-Sharh,94)

I'd be depressed for sometime of course, but then I'd read Qur'aan and make Du'a and suddenly I felt much better.
My reason to live, my love and devotion for Islam and my fear for Allah (SWT) always overcame any sadness or fear of what my parents might do.

Little Auntie: Alhamdulillah!!! SubhanAllah! Khadeejah, can I give you a big hug? I know this test has been hard for you but I pray that it will elevate your ranks and that you will be united with Khadeejah, the wife of Prophet Mohammed and Prophet Mohammed in jannatul firdaous. I wish too that I could meet you...if not not, also in jannah <3 And one last thing! I want you to know that you're not a black sheep or a loser or anything like that and that you are right. Verily with hardship comes ease. You're someone incredibly special.

I am honored to be able to call you my sister.


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(Sisters, ask yourelf: What's stopping you? What are you afraid of? If Khadeejah can do it, why can't you? Let this year.....be the year of change!)

21 wonderful sprinkely thoughts:

Bubbli November 26, 2011 at 1:12 AM  

Does Khadeejah have a blog?

Minji November 26, 2011 at 5:01 AM  

Assalam alykum warahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
Certainly, my Dua' will be with you, khadeejah.
can i translate it for the teen Muslimahs in my country? I am sure your interview will be great source of courage for them. Insha Allah.

Little Niqabi,  November 26, 2011 at 8:01 AM  

<3 <3 <3 Khadeeja can i just begin with that i reeeaaally love you for the sake of Allah! :) May Allah bless you hun!

SubhanAllah, this gave me an Eman rush and it made me emotional ;)
Its really nice to finally 'meet' you Khadeeja! I am 16, and i can really relate to your story... and SubhanAllah my parents are MUSLIM. May Allah continue to elevate you Eman, Ameen.

I've been read LittleAunties posts for a while and relating with many sisters, never actually commenting on anything ;) i love the comments you post, Khadeeja, MashaAllah. Your always in my dua, sis. inshaAllah

RevertMuslimah November 26, 2011 at 9:28 AM  

Wa alaikum assalam wa ra7matullahi wa barakatuhu sisters!

I hope all of you are in the best of health and Imaan! :)
I'm glad this interview was beneficial Alhamdulillah, 'tis was the reason I did it. To get across to reverts sisters or sisters whom are oppressed by their parents ( in terms of practicing the Deen) and just need a little boost.

@Bubbli: No I don't have a blog as of yet. I am thinking of doing one but SubhanALLAH I don't know where to start!

@Minji: Of course in sha ALLAH, as long as it's alright with LittleAunties then I have no problem.

@Little Niqabi: Awhh, May He whom you love me for, love you too. Hehe. JazakALLAHU Khair sis.
Very nice to meet you as well. In shaa Allah all of you sisters are in my Du'as!

May ALLAH bless you all, in your daily struggle to practice the Deen, and grant you all the highest of Jannah! Allahuma Ameen!

Wa 3laikum assalam wa ra7matullahi wa barakatuhu :)

Muhsinahinshallah,  November 26, 2011 at 9:39 AM  

Assalama Aalykum Khadijah, Mashallah to your courage to revert to islam and May Allah (s.w.t) make it easy on you.Ameen. Although, I am not a revert to islam, lately, the more I have tried to get closer to Allah(s.w.t) and be a better muslim the more nasty treatment my own Muslim Family especially two of the oldest members in my family behave towards me. There are some nights when the way they treat me is so hurtful I cry my self to sleep at nights. I sit and pray to Allah(s.w.t) and I tell him that" Ya Allah(s.w.t) you are all Knower of my situation and how my family is hurting me because of me trying to come close to you, Ya Allah(s.w.t) it is very painful situation but what can I do because I cannot ask revenge against them because whatever hurts them will hurt me too so All I can do despite all the pain they are causing me is to make dua for them and myself. Ya Allah (s.w.t) guide them and Guide me and give me the strength and patience to deal with them inshallah. May Allah(s.w.t) make it easy on all of us and make us strong believers and guide our families as well inshallah.

Anonymous,  November 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM  

salam alaikum sis.this story is inspiring.i would like to make a suggestion.instead of using emails i think you should use this http://www.submishmash.com/ so questions will be submitted.

Fida I November 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

Subhana'allah! You, Khadeejah, is one strong you Muslimah! May Allah bless you. And thank you! (:

Little Auntie November 26, 2011 at 10:43 AM  

Bubbli, I was just thinking about you today, subhanallah.
Minji, of course you can, since Khadeejah's cool with it.
Little niqabi, don't be an invisible reader! Jump in whenever you can <3
MuhsinahinshaAllah, I'm sorry to hear that you are also having a problem with your family.May Allah soften their hearts. We are here for you, too :)
Anonymous, thanks for the suggestion. We actually have a 'contact' form already but I remove it every time we reach enough questions.

Little Niqabi,  November 26, 2011 at 11:49 AM  

inshaAllah ill comment more often :)
BarakAllahufeeh Khadeeja :)

Bubbli November 26, 2011 at 9:18 PM  

Awww Little Auntie! That made me feel so special :) You're always in my thoughts, I love your posts and pray to Allah to reward you inshAllah :)

Khadeejah/RevertMuslimah: Do you have an email? You are very inspiring :)

bucketofdreams November 26, 2011 at 10:27 PM  

This is awesome awesome, mashaAllah! May Allah bless you with abundant good and keep you strong and sincere. May Allah bring us together in Jannatul Firdous!

<3

RevertMuslimah November 26, 2011 at 11:36 PM  

@MuhsinahInshaAllah: Awhh sis! Wallah I'm sorry to hear that. Sadly, that is the truth. They treat us harshly when we take a step into something that ill benefit us in more ways than one, and praise us when we wrong. SUbhanALLAH. Just keep on making Du'a sis, and stay strong! May ALLAH soften their hearts and guide them on suiatul mustaqeem. Ameen.

@Bubbli: Yes, I do. Fesabilillahi@hotmail.com
( Any sisters are free to add me, just tell me who you are in sha Allah.)

@BOD: Ameen! <3

Anonymous,  November 26, 2011 at 11:53 PM  

Assalaamu alaykum!
@khadeejah =|
as cheesy as this sounds... im so proud of you!
i've known khadeejah for about 3 years now... and i've seen her change though out the years and mA is all i have to say...
i may be a little harsh sometimes... but you know i love you!
... and why did i not get a special mention in this!? lol jkjk
and i say you get on making a blog! GOGOGO!

(im sure you know who i am)...=|

PotentialHijabi November 27, 2011 at 7:01 AM  

Assalamualaikum Khadeeja,

it was truely an inspiration knowing about you, Masha'allah.. May Allah keep you going stronger and make things easy for you!

Love you for the sake of Allah! <3 :)

@littleauntie... Jazakallahu Khair for this interview! :)

@Muhsinahinshallah .. May Allah make things easy for you!

RevertMuslimah November 27, 2011 at 8:47 AM  

@Anonymous; Wa 3laikum assalam wa rahmatullah; Yes, yes, I know who are.
Wallah I appreciate this comment, especially since it's from you. ;^; THE AUNTY HAS... FEELINGS! <3

PotentialHijabi: Wa 3laikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu :)
JazakALLAHU Khair sister, for your Du'a and may He whom you love me for, love you. <3

wanderer,  November 28, 2011 at 5:53 AM  

Assalamu'alaikum Little Auntie.

Thanks for bringing in this interview. it puts a smile on my face.

By the way,

I read in the comments above that you've reached the quota for questions to be sent in. I really in need of opinions from you with regards to something that has been keeping me down lately. Is there any way for me to contact you or when are questions be able to be sent in again?

Little Auntie November 28, 2011 at 9:15 AM  

Anon who is Khadeeha's friend! nice to meet you, too <3

Wanderer, I'm sorry to see that you're down about something. To be honest, I just removed the form two or three days ago, but inshaAllah as soon as we finish delegating the questions sent in, I'll put up the form for you again.

BookwormHijabi,  November 28, 2011 at 12:11 PM  

Assalam-o-alaikum
VERY inspiring mashaAllah! And to think of someone SO young searching for the truth, finding it and then having the faith and courage to change their whole life for it! Brought tears to my eyes when I thought of all my short comings, especially considering the fact that I was BORN Muslim. May Allah give me strength to keep on the straight path (Yeah its the keeping firm part that gets me each time :-/ )
May Allah bless you in this world and even more so in the Hereafter :)
*hugsss*

Minji November 29, 2011 at 10:37 PM  

@Revert Muslimah=khadeeja:
Jazaki Allaho khairan for permitting to translate your interview. (and Little Auntie, jazaki Allaho khair, too^^)
I've got many comments on the translated interview in korean web community.
a lot of "Masha Allah"s, and "impressive" "helpful/encouraging" etc.
but i hope our reactions wouldn't be a burden to you.:) Let us be patient and seek knowledge of Islam so on. Insha Allah. May Allah protect and guide us. <3

Grey Abaya Girl,  December 6, 2011 at 8:02 PM  

I love reading all the cute Muslimah screen names around here <3

Allah's power is so great, that it drew this girl towards Him and gave her the strength to stand up to the world. Subhaan Allah! I love you for the sake of Allah, already. Especially because the younger you are, the more your parents are in "just do what we say and don't question it" mode. It's a lesson for people like me who are born into Muslim families, yet feel shy standing up for Islamic actions against cultural actions supported by people around us.

I also appreciate your habit of using Allah's name wherever it applies.

Aaand...it seems like you're the latest Auntie, huh? Journeying from seeking knowledge to passing it on to others. That's beautiful.

Anonymous,  September 4, 2012 at 7:07 AM  

AsA W W,

I am simply speechless, the courage and steadfastness of this little baby girl is amazing. That is the true reflection of our perfect belief Alhamdulillah, extremely inspirational. Please stay in tuch with her, support her the best way you guys can, worst comes to worst, arrange a stay for her with a muslim family.

may Allah (SWT) make her like the Real Khadijah of the present time. Ameen

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