My name is Meliha Senol. I am an Australian from Sydney. I came to embrace Islam around four years ago. ALHAMDULILLAH!! I would like to share with you a little about myself and how I came to accept Islam.
I grew up in a very hard household where drugs and alcohol were a normal and everyday occurrence so my sister and brothers and I went through alot. I had a beautiful Aunty Marj who would care for us and take us to her church whenever she could. I loved going there and Sunday school was the best time of week. That’s where I nurtured a love for God and Jesus and an understanding of religion. I always knew and loved God and would come to ask for His strength guidance and protection much in the years to come.
By the time my twin sister and I were 14, we were on our own and had to fend for ourselves. We found ourselves in a world of drugs and alcohol and got very lost.
At 20 years of age, my beautiful twin sister died from drugs abuse and I prayed for strength to get through it. I prayed with gratitude to God for taking my sister from the pain and the suffering from this world. I believed then as I do now that He took her as a mercy to her. So I was clean and I was searching for God. I prayed every night for guidance. I looked into Buddhism and Christianity but nothing gave my badly beaten soul what it needed. I became lost and again alcohol became a problem. I was so devastated by life but I did always believe God would give me purpose.
Then ALHAMDULILLAH, Allah sent me a beautiful friend Ahmet. We spoke of Islam, all the prophets AS and of course our beloved prophet Muhammad SAW. Ahmet told me the real story of Prophet Isa and Maryam AS and I just knew it was the truth. I read an English version of the Qur’an and it made complete sense to me. Ahmet and I married and when I woke one morning I said to him that I believe in Allah and the prophet Muhammad SAW and asked him how I would become a Muslim. He said that I just did! That was the best day of my life.
Needless to say I am now free from drugs and alcohol that have been damaging me and will be so for the rest of my life Insha’Allah! I am so grateful to Allah for His blessings, in sending me my wonderful husband who has been a great teacher and an example to me. May Allah grant him the highest rank in Jannah for being just what I needed and seeing something in me no one ever had. We now have a beautiful son Esad, he is nearly 3 years old now. ALHAMDULILLAH.
I love Islam and I love Allah! ALHAMDULILLAH. I am truly grateful Allah made me a Muslim and for all His wonderful blessings on me. I pray He continues to guide and help me. Ameen.