It has been two months since revert. I received great gifts from Allah, Malaysian host family visit to Tokyo for celebrating my revert, attending the best friends wedding ceremony and gathering with my best friends in Tokyo. Alhamdulillah. Given warm support from Muslims and kind understanding from my Japanese friends even they are non-Muslim. I am simply amazed how greatly my life is changing for better after the revert.
As I write in 3 changes for two weeks as Muslimah, I have got opportunities to learn more about Islam by taking basic Arabic class for reading Quran, Islamic course for new revert Muslimah. I am getting used to my weekend routine to visit Tokyo Camii Mosque to take classes, deliver my prayers and meeting up with lovely sisters. I try my best to keep the weekend Tokyo Camii visit, however sometimes I was not able to attend class due to schedule conflicts then I feel “Oh no, I missed the class! Even I have a lot of things to learn!” with a deep sigh.
During my Malaysian host family’s stay, we were on the way to Tokyo Camii to deliver Magrib prayer and I was talking with host father about my Arabic learning.
Me: I take Arabic class for reading Quran but I sometimes missed it also studying Arabic simply take a time to learn for me. I think I should make more effort though….
Host father: No worries, Risa. Now you have your whole life to learn.
What host father said made me realized that fact I am Muslim now and indeed I will be Muslim for entire life in the hereafter and forever! Also learning Islam is not the things with stress or hustle, it is the totally great thing to develop myself to be a good human as Muslimah.
Sometimes my Japanese perfectionism trying to acquire things strictly make me feel nervous but I learned as long as I make effort for good, Allah will see it and I believe reward of my efforts will come. Who knows my daily practice on reciting Al Fatiha, even it is taking a time to master it, will lead me to deliver prayer with a strong connection to Allah in the near future.This is an important lesson not only for me but also for those considering to revert I suppose. I do understand those thinking to revert (especially Japanese) want to fully prepare to be Muslim, as I started learning Islam by practicing the principle, but they are able to learn and develop themselves even after reverted! Also the important is learning Islam is not only for the reverts. Even born Muslim dedicate themselves to keep their faith.
I do appreciate the current environment is filled with generous support from brothers and sisters offering their help for those wants to learn about Islam. I would like to take this opportunity with great appreciation and I want to take my own steps forward even take time or slower than others. Inshallah.