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Polygyny Is Beautiful, It's A Piece Of Cake. Becoming Muslim Convert Story - Unto Islam (USA)

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Today's guest is Umm Aaliyah.

The main topics of this episode:

  • Difficulties in converting
  • Polygamy
  • Music
  • Studying the Quran

In this episode she talks about her early life moving from South Carolina to New Jersey.

We discussed how she first encountered other students in her new school who were Muslim.

She reveals her confusion with the concept of the Holy Trinity and how this and other things that took place in her church weakened her faith.

She mentions her encounter with the Nation of Islam, and Buddhism.

After learning about Islam in a chatroom, she became more interested in Islam.

She started saying she was Muslim, even though, she had not taken her shahada.

Later she learned that she needed to take her shahada through friends she met in the chatroom.

She converses about her love of music and dancing, and how she was able to leave these behind.

Other topics discussed:

  • The importance and desire for a deeper relationship with God (SWT)
  • Her work and her desire to wear hijab
  • The difficulty with her daughter's health issues
  • Marriage and what it is like to be in a polygynous marriage

She also talks about her book club and desire to help other sisters learn more about their religion and instruct them on learning to read the Quran.

A little information about Umm Aaliyah:

  • Muslim now for about 19 years
  • Converted to Islam in 2002
  • 43 years old
  • Born in Manhattan, NY
  • Currently lives in SC
  • She's a technical support advisor for smartphones
  • Enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, learning Arabic, memorizing Quran and Hadith

Umm Aaliyah is passionate about learning Arabic and teaching it to others to establish a closer relationship with Allah by being able to read and understand the Quran to then be able to act upon it.

Her website (for sisters who are interested in joining her book club) is:

About the Becoming Muslim Podcast

Do you have questions about Islam? Are you looking for a new direction in life?

The Becoming Muslim podcast at https://untoislam.com is made for those who are in the midst of researching Islam. It also suits newly converted Muslims.

Our podcast offers a wide variety of audible resources. From captivating stories of converts to discussions on day to day Islamic practices, Unto Islam allows for each individual to cater to their spiritual needs.

Find out:

(1) How to convert to Islam

(2) What it means to be Muslim

(3) Why Islam has helped others

As Muslims do not engage in missionary work, our site is only here to help those who want to know more about our faith and creed.

Episode Host: Gina Marie DeBarthe (USA)

Gina Marie DeBarthe converted in 2019

Her mother is from Honduras, a small country in Central America, and her father is from Missouri.

She was born in California.

Her father was in the Navy and then in Civil Service, so she lived all over the US and she spent time in Germany.

She currently lives in Independence, Missouri.

Gina is a Speech language pathologist.

She works with adults and children with communication disorders, developmental disabilities, and those who have had strokes, or traumatic brain injuries.

Gina states, "I feel very blessed for being guided to Islam. I have had a few trials and difficulties in life. More than once, I almost died. When I read the Qu'ran, so many things in my life made sense. Also, after taking shadada, I found I was truly able to forgive and let go of those things from my past that had been encumbering me".

More career details:

Experienced Speech Language Pathologist with a demonstrated history of working in Acute Rehabilitation and with Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC). Skilled in E-Learning, Instructional Design, Tele-practice, Bilingual Speech Therapy, Research, and Science. Strong healthcare services professional graduated from University of Kansas.

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