Her Adopted Son took her to Islam
She is Pamela Kara. She is originally from outside Cleveland, Ohio in the northern part of the USA near the Great Lakes. This is where she grew up. She has been Muslim for about 12 years. She was raised in a Christian family following Protestant School. What made her to know Islam?
In her own words,
“Actually I think I was always looking for the truth for my whole life. I was looking for something. I didn’t really know what I was looking for but when I became older I married, and I was preparing to adopt a child who was going to be from oversees, from a Muslim country. He was an orphan. I’d been married for 16 years and I was so Christian. My husband was a Muslim and I was a Christian. I didn’t even become interested in finding anything out about Islam until we were starting to prepare to take this child in our home.
I started taking classes at the local Masjid thinking I’m going to become a mom and I need to prepare and get some idea of what I’m going to be teaching this child. So this is how I first became interested in Islam.”
From her studies she became convinced about Islam. But here goes the thing that made here really ponder over Islam and this was the thing that really impressed her about it.
“I started to go to the local Masjid where I had classes. And I remember arguing with the Imam and telling him he didn’t really know what he was talking about. I was still very much … I wasn’t really attached to anything, but I just really didn’t believe quite what he was saying. So one of the gentlemen in the class asked me if I have a Quran, and I said “No I didn’t”, and he gave me a copy of the Quran. I read Surat al-Fatiha, and that was enough. Just reading the surah, I felt as if a little voice was saying “This is what you are looking for. This is the Truth”. After just reading Surat al-Fatiha I knew that this is what I was looking for.”
After making her shahadah how did her life changed? Did she encountered revolutionary changes in life after embracing Islam?
“It’s not the same life and I’m not the same person. I cannot imagine not being a Muslim and not having Islam and not having the Quran and the Sunnah. It’s like taking a new pair of glasses and putting them on and seeing the world in the correct way.”
Sister Pamela Kara She said her life prior to that was very much a life of confusion:
“Being raised as an American, really without any truth in our culture or foundation, it was like you are just confused, and you are searching going from one situation to the next without any plan or anywhere to go.”
So once she took her shahadah and became a Muslim and then learning more about Islam, and learning to pray, she started knowing that there’s no going back there’s only going forward:
“So this is the very best thing I ever did in my life.”
So how about she feels about her life prior to Islam?
“If it’s the only thing I did in my life it would still be the best thing I did in my life. I don’t absolutely regret it.”
How did her family and her friends react after they knew that she became Muslim?
They were not predominantly happy about it, but they were not necessarily too offensive, except she has several family members who started not speaking to her. Her reaction to this particular incident is
“That is really no loss if they don’t want to speak to me. But Hijab was a big deal for my family. But subhanallah everything worked out and over time when you are patient with people they accept or at least allow you to be yourself and practice your religion. After a while it was OK. I have very good parents.”
She is now very much active in dawah like she is following up with new Muslims. Some newly Muslim girls feel about her like mom. Lets listen some words about her dawah:
“Everything you do when you go out is dawah. How you present yourself, how you speak to people. If you see people like I met Katia, she was at the Masjid trying to get some information about Islam. You simply extend yourself. You show people, especially women, that this is the right way. I never had respect for myself until I became a Muslim and wore a hijab. Because I’m free. I’m free from what the world tells you what you need to be. So Katia is masha’Allah very beautiful and nice girl and she was also searching for the same thing.”
Sister Pamela Kara has a noble message to the world to deliver:
“I would ask the world, everyone in it, please if you buy one copy of Quran and just read the Quran, and study it and search for yourself. By doing that perhaps your heart will open because Allah calls for hearts of all of His creations, and He will open your heart, and He will allow you to see the truth and insha’Allah lead a very good life.
Because this life is just a moment, and insha’Allah the next is what we are working for.”