From Joy To Jamila, A Mother And Daughter Accept Islam Together: Convert Story (Filipino Convert)

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Hosted by Gina Marie DeBarthe.

This story is about Jamila and her family's reversion/conversion to Islam.

Her father first became Muslim after working in Saudi Arabia.

Later her two brothers, her mother and herself also became Muslim.

  • Jamila and her mom, Hannah, converted on Jan. 20, 1996.
  • She is 46 years old.

She was born and raised in the Philippines but currently lives in Oak Lawn, IL - a South Suburb of Chicago with a strong Muslim Community.

  • They are blessed to live close to a Masjid and 2 full-time Islamic Schools.
  • She is a stay at home mom, with BA in Sociology and some Masters coursework in Social Work.
  • Her and her husband have 4 daughters ages 19, 17, 14 and 13 and a son who's almost 6 years old.

She homeschools her youngest child, while her daughters attend the nearby Islamic schools and the oldest is in college.

She is passionate about learning/reading the Qur'an and currently pursuing Tajweed studies with Gina (the host of the episode) with Quran Revolution.

Jamila states "I am an active member of a not-for-profit national organization in USA, called ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) since 2005."

I have some responsibilities in our local Chicago Unit as an Outreach Coordinator and revert mentor for GainPeace.com, a Dawah oriented department of ICNA.

Websites for reverts/converts mentioned in this discussion are:

https://quranrevolution.com/

https://www.whyislam.org/

https://www.gainpeace.com/

In this episode she talks about:

  • How it was hard to find other Muslims in the Philippines.
  • How her father came back from Saudi Arabia and told his family that he had become Muslim.
  • In what way her father gave dawah to her family and encouraged her to study Islam before reverting/converting.
  • Her family move to the United States and her fear that there were no Muslims in the United States.
  • Her encounter with a classmate who was Muslim and their subsequent friendship.
  • Her mother's initial resistance to Islam, and later change of heart, which led them to taking Shahadah together.
  • How she met her husband.
  • How Islam combined faith, logic, and reason, and the beauty thereof.
  • The impact of Islam on her life and how it improved her life.
  • Her work with new reverts/converts and ICNA.
  • Studying the Quran

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