Zil-Hijjah / Muharram 1423 H
Volume 16-03 No : 195
Camps \ Workshops
"There was only one direct channel between me and Allah and this was what I found amazing about Islam",
This story is mine, but it could happen to anybody in this world the light that God brought in my heart ISLAM. It is so special to me and I want everybody to know it. I am Jona and an Albanian. I was 24 years old at that time residing and working in Egypt. I was in love with an Egyptian and our relationship was very honest and serious. We were giving each other time to finalise our relationship. My boyfriend was a Muslim as the majority of people in Egypt (Alhamdulillah) are.
However, I was born in a Christian Orthodox family, but I was not regular on attending church services or confessions and other practices. Also I did not pray to Jesus Christ or keep his, Saint Mary’s or other Saints pictures as most of the people do. Even when I used to go to church, I only did that because I felt warm and relieved in the house of God. I used to go to church and speak only with God and not with the surrounding pictures. My background is considered very poor in terms of religion since I was born in Albania in 1974 during the reign of a communist regime. We were not allowed to believe in God (God Forbid). Whoever does this RISK their lives and their children’s lives for generations to follow. We were an atheist country and there were no churches or mosques in Albania.
I remember that my Mother made coloured eggs discreetly for me and my brother to eat. I still remember the taste of those eggs, which differed from normal ones I had every morning. But I was told not to talk about this with my friends in order to avoid jeopardizing my parents. I did not know the meaning of those eggs, I didn’t even know that God existed. But I knew that there is something up there in the sky with an incredible power who can help me in difficult moments.
So without being conscious about the identity of the super power up there, it still made me feel content and relieved. I established a secret link between the SKYS and me (at that time). This was sublime and confidential that no one knew about it for years. In 1990, Albania witnessed Democratic changes associated with the permission for people to practice religion. This was manifested in re-establishing churches and mosques.
People were relieved and started to be content about believing in God.
My mother has Greek origins and one day she told me that we were Christians in terms of religion which included so, so, and so.
When I went to church for the first time, I had a very special feeling that I cannot explain until today. But I had to kiss or touch all the pictures of Saints spread around the church, light candles and pray. I did this for several times and then I became confused.
I used to ask my mother why the priest says about the wine after the service” That is Christ’s Blood”. But she always replied “shshshsh”. Then at the age of 18, I went to Greece at my mother’s relatives where I was baptized. During the whole ceremony I was so tense and nervous, I did not understand anything from the whole process. Why they pour oil and sink me in the water for several times ? I even asked my mother, but she said something that I did not understand.
I started thinking and thinking all over again. I realized at the end that I was more comfortable when Albania was still under a dictatorship ruling - when I used to look into the sky and pray - than all the confusion I experience in church. So what I did is I created my own religion “ME and God one channel”.
For various reasons I had to live in Egypt. I got to know many people in Egypt and started asking questions which were cooking in my mind. I started collecting information from every possible source.
But the day I will never forget in my life will be the day I was introduced to this woman who was capable to explain to me in detail whatever could be clarified for hours and hours with so much patience.
She brought in for me the beautiful aspects of ISLAM, strength and power of Allah, which was not much different from what I believed in since long ago. ONLY ONE CHANNEL BETWEEN ALLAH AND ME.
She showed me the light and Allah opened my heart to accept THE ONE and only ONE religion on earth...ISLAM. I took the Shahada at 3.00 a.m in the morning during a very touching and meaningful moment. Now I’m a Muslim Alhamdulillah, proud and happy to be one.