About a year ago, Rosie Gabrielle a Canadian woman, came to Pakistan with just her bike and a sense of curiosity about the country. She traveled to a lot of regions of the country; Lahore, Swat, Multan, Gwadar and beyond. As she traveled within the country and encountered the sights and sounds; the people she felt an affinity with them.
“I get a lot of shocked faces, a lot of smiles. People in Pakistan seem to be very excited to see me on a motorcycle. The funniest reaction was that of a 6-year-old, who asked if I was a boy or a girl when he saw me riding the bike.”
After spending a year in Pakistan, Rosie Gabrielle just decided to take the leap and convert to Islam.
She said she had always lead a hard life and there had always been a lot of hurt in her heart. And after spending time in Muslim countries and after God lead her to Pakistan, she saw the kind of peace Muslims have in their hearts and wanted something similar for herself.
She said the religion she had grown up with never resonated with her. And that she had denounced it 4 years ago and went on her own spiritual journey of discovery which have eventually lead her to Pakistan and then Islam.
She said she knew Islam was highly criticized the world over and had a bad reputation but she knew the true meaning of the religion; which are peace, love and oneness.
She said she had always been a Muslim since she believed in the Shahada already; in the Oneness of Allah and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) being the last messenger. So thus, it was only a matter of time before she officially converted.
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I CONVERTED to ISLAM☪️ . What lead me to this Big decision? . As I mentioned previously, this last year was one of the hardest in my life, and all life’s challenges have led me to this point here and now. From a young child, I’ve always had a unique connection with creation and special relationship to God. My path was far from easy and I carried a lot of anger in my heart from a lifetime of pain, always begging God, why me? Until ultimately coming to the conclusion that all is meant to be, and even my suffering is a gift. . Never resonating with what I was brought up with, I denounced my religion 4 years ago, going down a deep path of spiritual discovery.Exploration of self, and the great Divine. I never let go the sight of the Creator, in fact, my curiosity and connection only grew stronger. Now no longer dictated by fear, I was able to fully explore this righteous path. . As time passed, the more I experienced, the more I witnessed the true nature and calling for my life. I wanted to be free. Free of the pain and shackles that was hell. Liberation from the anger, hurt and misalignment. I wanted peace in my heart, forgiveness and the most profound connection with all. And thus started my journey. . The universe brought me to Pakistan, not only to challenge myself to let go of the last remaining traces of pain and ego, but also to show me the way. . Through kindness,& humbled grace of the people I met along my pilgrimage, inspired my heart to seek further. Living in a Muslim country for 10 + years and traveling extensively through these regions, I observed one thing; Peace. A kind of peace that one can only dream of having in their hearts. . Unfortunately Islam is one of the most misinterpreted and criticized religions world wide. And like all religions, there are many interpretations. But, the core of it, the true meaning of Islam, is PEACE, LOVE & ONENESS. It’s not a religion, but a way of life. The life of humanity, humility and Love. . For me, I was already technically a “Muslim”. My Shahada was basically a re-dedication of my life to the path of Oneness, connection and Peace through the devotion of God. If you have any Q’s comment below
While there are a few followers who were not happy with her decision, Rosie answered their comments in the best possible way. But some others were only curious about what this decision meant and a plethora of people were congratulating her and giving her their duas.