By Iman Wong (Singapore)
I embraced Islam in the year of 1978, Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah). I have to admit that the first time I took my shahadah (testimony of faith) in 1978, it was mere lip service without much ‘real’ commitment but I told myself I got to start somewhere and somehow.
Being a free thinker all the time has not brought me any sense of longing in a literal manner. Brought up in a simple family where life is so free and easy during the early 70’s and poverty was the name of the game but blessed with a very strict father, Alhamdulillah.
As I slowly educated myself about Islam, I became much more committed. I revived my shahadah over and over again in my five daily prayers, Alhamdulillah.
Of course, donning the Hijab had not been easy for me. Initially, I disliked covering my beautiful hair. It took me five years after my conversion to know the wisdom behind hijab. Finally, I started by covering my hair halfway. I was still trying hard.
Unfortunately, even my ‘half’ hijab was very unwelcoming in my family. I felt like I was playing ‘hide and seek’ game- wearing it quickly when I got out of my house and taking it off quickly when I came back. Thinking back, I really dislike those ‘peek-a-boo’ days.
Now, I am able to don my hijab fully. Allah (swt) has lightened my path and guided me truly. All praises are due to Him! He is the Greatest! There is none truly worth of worship except Allah and Muhammad is His Last Prophet. Masha’Allah.
Just like a Chinese saying to “Be content when you have your position”.