Australian woman on why she converted to Islam

unnamed-12 It took a long time. It didn’t happen overnight. I don’t even know how to describe it, something just clicked.

It all started when I was at university and the counter-terrorism laws were introduced in the wake of 9/11. I kept thinking “why do these bloody Muslims want to blow us up?” I thought that Muslim women were oppressed, I pitied them self-righteously. I thought their scarfs were an affront to feminism…

I went to Auburn Gallipoli Mosque and all my misconceptions were washed away. There was a striking similarity between Islam and my Christian upbringing. We share the prophets of Abraham, Adam, Moses, Noah, Jesus, etc…

I found a religion completely foreign to the one described in the media. My favourite verse from the Koran is still “He who kills one person is like killing all of humanity. He who saves one person is like saving all of humanity”…

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