Bryan Low, an 18-year-old polytechnic student, became a Muslim recently and he shared his story with us. On the 29th of March (7 Ramadan 1444), Bryan made it official by taking his shahadah at Daul Aqram, and this Ramadan marks his first as a Muslim.
Upon taking his shahadah, Bryan was grinning from ear to ear. He even mentioned that he was worried about not having enough witnesses, but thankfully, God pulled through and Brother Siddique from Converts Central showed up to be a witness too!
PS. You can read more about Siddique’s story here!
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Bryan's journey towards Islam began when he was younger and often confused about having a religion. It was during a family trip to Indonesia when he heard the Azan playing out loud for the first time. He was intrigued and wanted to know more about Islam. As he grew older, he realized that he needed guidance and support in life, which led him to explore Islam further.
Fasting during Ramadan is not new to Bryan, as he attempted it a few years ago, but it only lasted for a few days. This year, he hopes to complete the full 30 days of fasting with the help of God and his friend's encouragement. His focus this Ramadan is not just on the physical aspect of fasting but also on his Ibadah. He's been praying his five daily prayers and reading the Quran (English translation). He's even learning Arabic letters from his close friends and teacher! However, the biggest challenge this Ramadan is the hot weather, especially when he's doing part-time food delivery on his bicycle.
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Bryan's mother was born Muslim but stopped practising. However, this Ramadan, she fasted with Bryan in support of his reversion to Islam. Bryan credits his smooth sailing Ramadan experience to his mother's support during sahur and iftar. He's excited about more Ramadan experiences to come!
Tips for fasting:
For anyone who wants to participate in fasting, Bryan has some tips to share.
- Start with half a day and gradually increase the duration.
- Instead of focusing on hunger and thirst, try to distract yourself by being productive.
- And most importantly, don't give up! Ramadan is a special month, and Allah doesn't want to see us give up.
Bryan's reversion to Islam has been a life-changing experience for him, and he prays that his mother will return to Islam too. He's looking forward to what the future holds for him as a Muslim. Bryan's journey reminds us that it's never too late to rediscover and embrace our faith, no matter where we are on this journey.