Aminah was a Southern Baptist preacher girl, a Radical feminist, and a broadcast journalist,..
At collage, and because of a computer mistake, she found herself in a class that she did not ask for, and it was full of Arabs which she didn’t want to join them because it was not possible for her to sit in the same class with those “camel jockeys” , but then she felt that God gave her a task to convert those Arabs into Christianity.
She says “I proceeded to explain to them how they would burn in the fires of hell for all eternity, if they did not accept Jesus as their personal savior. They were very polite, but did not convert.”
So she decided to do something else: “I decided to read their own book to show to them that Islam was a false religion and Mohammed was a false God”.
At her request, one student gave her a copy of the Qur’an and another book on Islam. With these two books she started on her research,. She read the Qur’an fully and another fifteen books on Islam.
Unconsciously, however, she was changing from within which did not escape the attention of her husband. “I was changing, just in little ways but enough to bother him. We used to go to the bar every Friday and Saturday, or to a party, and I no longer wanted to go. I was quieter and more distant.” She stopped drinking and eating pork. Her husband suspected her of having an affair with another man, for “it was only for a man that a woman changes”. Ultimately, she was asked to leave, and she soon found herself living in a separate apartment.
SHE CONTINUED STUDYING ISLAM AND BY ALLAH’S WILL, SHE CONVERTED TO ISLAM IN 1977 .. 💥💥💥
But the difficulty that Aminah Assilimi had to go through and the sacrifice that she had to make for the sake of her conviction and faith is almost unheard of.
She lost most of her friends, for she was “no fun anymore”… Her mother did not accept her becoming a Muslim and hoped that it was a temporary…. Her “mental health expert” sister thought that she lost her mind. She attempted to put her in a mental health institution…
When her father heard that she became a Muslim, he loaded his double-barrel shotgun and started on his way to kill her. “It is better that she be dead rather than suffering in the deepest of Hell”, he said..
She soon started wearing hijab. The day she put it on, she was denied her job. She was now without family, friends, and job. But her greatest sacrifice was yet to come
After she openly accepted Islam, it went worse. A divorce was now inevitable… She had two little children whom she loved dearly and whose custody should have rightfully be given to her. But in a grave violation of justice, she was denied their custody just because she became a Muslim… Before giving the formal verdict, the judge offered her a harsh choice: either renounce Islam and get custody of the children, or keep Islam and leave the children. She was given 20 minutes to make a decision.
It is perhaps the worst nightmare that a mother can have.. “It was the most painful 20 minutes in my life”, she said in an interview.. What added further to her pain was that according to doctors, she could never bear another child because of certain complications… “I prayed like I had never done before … I knew that there was no safer place for my children to be than in the hands of Allah. If I denied Him, there would be no way in the future to show my children the wonders of being with Allah.”
She decided to retain Islam and so her two dear children were taken away from her…. “I left the court knowing that life without my babies would be very difficult. My heart bled, even though I knew, inside, I had done the right thing” . She found comfort in the following verse of the Qur’an..
2.255.. Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursī extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.”
Aminah Assilimi later fought back and took her case to the media. Although she did not get custody of her children again, a change was made in the Colorado law that one cannot be denied child custody on the basis of his or her religion.
Indeed Allah’s love and mercy engulfed her so much that, as if, she has been granted the touchstone of Islam. Wherever she goes, people are touched by her beautiful words and Islamic manners and become Muslim.
She became a changed person, and a much better person. So much so that her family, relatives, and people around her started appreciating her mannerism and the faith that brought about such changes in her. Despite her family’s initial reaction, she remained in touch with them and addressed them with respect and humility..
The first to become Muslim was her grand mother… She was over 100 years old.. Soon after accepting Islam, she died. “The day she pronounced Shahada, all her misdeeds had been erased, while her good deeds were preserved. She died so soon after accepting Islam that I knew her “book” was bound to be heavy on the good side. It fills me with such a joy!”
Next to become Muslim was her father, the one who wanted to kill her after she became Muslim… Her mother called and said that she appreciated her faith and hoped that she would keep it. Couple of years later, she called again and asked her about what one would need to do to become a Muslim… Her sister who wanted to put her in mental institution accepted Islam as well
Her son, upon becoming adult, accepted Islam. When he turned 21, he called her and said that he wanted to become a Muslim… Sixteen years after the divorce, her ex-husband also accepted Islam… He said that he had been watching her for sixteen years and wanted his daughter to have the same religion that she had. He came to her and apologized for what he had done. He was a very nice gentlemen and Assilimi had forgiven him long ago.
Perhaps the greatest reward for her was yet to come. Assilmi later married another person, and despite the doctors’ verdict that she could never conceive another child, Allah blessed her with a beautiful boy.. If Allah (swt) makes a gift to someone, who can prevent Him? It was truly a wonderful blessing from Allah (swt), and so she named him “Barakah”.
Aminah became the President of the International Union of Muslim Women. She delivers lectures nationwide and is on high demand. It was her organization that successfully lobbied for the “Eid Stamp” and had it approved by the United States Postal Service
She was also involved in creating an educational centre for Muslim converts.. She has tremendous trust on Allah’s love and mercy and she never looses faith on Him… She was once diagnosed with cancer some years ago. Doctors said that it was in an advanced stage and that she would live for another year. But her faith in Allah (swt) remained strong. “We must all die. I was confident that the pain I was experiencing contained blessings.” As a brilliant example of how much one can love Allah, she mentions about a friend of her named Kareem Al-Misawi who died of cancer when he was in his 20’s:
“Shortly before he died, he told me that Allah was truly Merciful. This man was in unbelievable anguish and was radiating with Allah’s love. He said: “Allah intends that I should enter heaven with a clean book.”.. His death experience gave me something to think about. He taught me of Allah’s love and mercy.”
Sister Aminah, Despite previous health setbacks, including battles with cancer, she continued to be active and maintained a rigorous schedule of speaking engagements around the United States.
She once said .. “I am so very glad that I am a Muslim. Islam is my life. Islam is the beat of my heart. Islam is the blood that courses through my veins. Islam is my strength. Islam is my life so wonderful and beautiful. Without Islam I am nothing, and should Allah ever turn His magnificent face from me, I could not survive.”
Aminah died at the age of 65, on March 5, 2010
Courtesy : HASSAN AMINA VIA THE UMBS FACEBOOK GROUP