It took me a long time to understand Islam. Believing that God is one, doing good deeds, not telling lies, working with honesty, this is what Islam is and teaches, and all these things are a part of my daily life. My biggest belief has always been that the heart should be clear.

I was born into a Sikh family and married a Muslim man. Although my husband never forced me to follow Islam, there was something about the faith that always touched my heart. My husband had arranged for some Islamic home tuition for our son years back. Slowly I started observing my son from how he was following his daily body cleanliness to reading prayers on time. No matter how busy he is he never misses his prayers.

My husband plays the holy Quran every morning while he is doing his fitness training. Learning each new line every day and thinking about it the entire day. Upon seeing my husband and son so committed to their faith, I decided then to order the Hindi version of the holy Quran and started reading the Quran whenever I had time.

Quran is an eye opener – it teaches a complete way of life. Some of you may not like me because of this blog about Islam, but everyone has their own rights to explain themselves. I am sharing my own experiences with all of you, which you can judge me for, but remember it’s my life.

For those who know me, know that I am fairly open-minded person. I have always worn whatever I want and do as I feel. That was until I read this passage in the Quran about women’s modest clothing.

The Quran instructs the Prophet, Muhammed (peace be upon him): “Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to wrap their outer garments (the jilbāb) around themselves. That is more suitable so that they will be known as pious women, and not be harassed.” (Al-Ahzāb 33:59)

While I am not a believer of covering face, dressing modestly has resonated with me.

As a businesswoman I use my social media a lot for my business and many of you will have seen some of my previous posts where I have worn clothes that don’t necessarily align with the teachings of Islam, however, somewhere inside I wasn’t feeling right. My inner feelings were that of insecurity and an incompleteness. It took me a long time to understand my inner feelings but now that I have, I have chosen to wear more modest clothing and I feel so much more at peace and so secure about my life and the world around me.

Not everyone is going to agree with this change in me, but it’s not their life, it’s mine and trust me for me nothing can beat this feeling of purity for me.

I’ve still lots to learn and want to share so much more with everyone, but this is the beginning for me and my journey into Islam. If any of you have any experiences, you wish to share I would love to hear back from you. Until then stay safe, stay well and I hope to write again soon.

Khuda Hafiz

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