Non-Muslims are intrigued into learning about Islam through Ramadan and many end up embracing the religion, alhamdulillah. In this compilation, we share comments from reverts who embraced Islam after being influenced by Ramadan while living in the UAE.
‘Being a part of Muslims’
“Muslims wait for the onset of Ramadan, they fast during the month of Ramadan. They are very humble during these days and much more devoted to almighty God. I just thought of being a part of Muslims during this holy month and I accepted Islam.”
– ELIZABETH WANJING, SALWA, KENYA
‘We were cleaners’
“We were working for XXX School as cleaners. During the month of Ramadan everyone is fasting. No eating food, no drinking water, teachers and students all together. So, we all decided to fast and be a part of teachers and students. In the beginning, we continued fasting because of less work. But slowly, we could not spend any day without fasting. By the help of teachers and students, later we accepted Islam.”
– SELVI KIDNAN, SARA, SRI LANKA
‘Fasting for health’
I have been told that fasting is not only spiritual devotion, rather fasting helps people to be fit and perfect. Fasting does not make person lose his health rather helps in being healthy. I started fasting and became close to Islam.
– ADRIANA MONICA, NADIA, ROMANIA
‘I was fasting before Islam’
Before accepting Islam, I was fasting from six years. My parents were very angry at me because of my fasting and they were afraid that I will accept Islam. It was during one of the months of Ramadan, I decided to accept Islam.
– FLORDELZA NECOSIA AMEERA, PHILIPPINE
‘The Adhan and Iftar’
Muslims break their fast during the month of Ramadan in affiliation and sincerity. Sitting together and breaking fast together on the hearing of adhan is one of the best ways of showing brotherhood. My Muslim colleagues used to call me for Iftar while they were all together breaking their fast in our office.
– IGOR BRAZDA, BILAL, CHIC
‘The way Muslims celebrated Eid’
As I used to call my Muslim friends for birthday parties and Diwali celebrations, my Muslim friends used to call me for Eid celebrations at their home. During Eid they had no dance nor singing, rather they go to pray, hug each other, visit relatives, help needy and show affection, and enjoy gracefully every moment of Eid.
– SOBHNA VASC, SAJIDA, INDIA.
‘Giving charity in Eid’
Celebrating Eid means not only eating sweets; it was much more than that for Muslims. Specially giving (charity) is one of the best parts of Eid. Giving money, food, clothes and visiting poor relatives and making them smile; Eid is all about celebration but for a good cause.
– MUNA REGMI, ASMA, NEPAL.
‘Muslims’ generosity towards us’
Muslims are very charitable and help poor and needy. Arab Muslims helped us after my father went into coma and they paid the flat rent, school tuition fees and even they continually provided food items for us. Me and my mother accepted Islam because of their generosity and character.
– RONALYN RAGOS, FATIMA, PHILIPPINES
‘Muslims’ manners towards the needy’
I am from Tamil Nadu, the only reason I accepted Islam is Muslims’ manners towards poor and needy people. I am working for a telecommunication company and most of my friends are Muslims. They have a system in spending money for good causes. I saw them helping cleaners and security persons in our office whereas I never did that. That impressed me to know Islam and Muslims.
– ARUMUGAM, YASIR, INDIA.
Excerpted from a book published by Dubai’s Islamic Affairs Ministry