My Encounter with the Holy Quran as a Muslim Revert
By Vikki Ramdass 5th June 2021
I asked myself why wasn’t I given this book to read before but then it occurred to me that it was indeed received at just the right time in my life, when I needed it the most.
I never thought that I would find the perfect book in this lifetime. Being a recent revert, learning about the religion has taught me a lot.
I celebrated Eid Mubarak for the first time and was I excited. It was indeed the best day of the year for me. I never felt all that happiness before but I wish to see many more Eid’s in the near future. I was truly sad that Ramadhan came to an end. I secretly wished for Ramadhan to be all year round but we can all practice the good habits even after Ramadhan.
So, tracking back to my conversion. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018, I underwent surgery, chemo, and radiation from 2018 to 2020. In 2021, I was in remission trying to figure out what exactly took place during those years. Why did I have to go through such a horrible ordeal?
It was my most difficult and trying time for me, so there I was trying to decipher what next to do with my life. I remember seeing the Holy Quran a while back but I donated it to a friend of mine. Shortly after, I began to become inquisitive about the religion, so I asked her back for the book, in an attempt to gain knowledge and read it. Strange enough, one that day she told me that she looked for the book but she couldn’t locate it, so I simply said “okay.”
That very same day, I visited another friend who was packing books. Low and behold, as she packed away books, she came across the Holy Quran (a different version of course). She immediately handed it to me, as I stood in shock. This was the very same book that I was seeking.
As I read it, I was so intrigued, I just could not stop reading it. Each chapter became more and more interesting. I asked myself why wasn’t I given this book to read before but then it occurred to me that it was indeed received at just the right time in my life, when I needed it the most.
Every night as I read it, page by page, I grew more engrossed in it. As I completed one version of it, I knew that I needed to convert shortly after. I took my shahada before Ramadhan and was happy to fast for the first time. I didn’t think that I would make such a fast but to my surprise, I did, along with reading the Holy Quran every day.
I began to look at YouTube videos about the Prophet, a great man he was. I instantly loved everything about him. I learned about all his struggles in his life, as I took comfort in my very own life shortly after. I began to love myself more, as he didn’t give up, so why should I? I never thought that falling in love with religion was even possible but it became my reality.
After Eid, another version of the Holy Quran was gifted to me. Boy, was I excited! It was the best gift ever. I am still reading this version but I feel as though I cannot go one day without reading it. It became a part of my life now.
Never have I come across a book so great such as the Holy Quran, I am lost for words to really describe it. It is something that you need to experience on your own as we all move towards Jannah, may we all continue to stay safe, In Shah Allah! Ameen!