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Women and the spiritual sense of Islam

Hearing about the sense of how people dive into their feelings of faith may touch the heart, wake up the mind and make people open their eyes and mouths.

Lauren Booth, a well-known British broadcaster and journalist and Tony Blair’s sister-in-law, tells me about her spiritual feelings during an unexpected conversion into Islam one year ago, which she regards as the best moment of her life.

During her visit to one of the great mosques in Iran, she felt the blessings of Allah suddenly fall inside her heart from that moment. She describes it as something which cannot be expressed in words alone, let alone by anything else.

Dominated by her feelings, she describes her first visit to a mosque: “I slept on the floor of the shrine. I didn’t want to leave the feeling, I just wanted to stay there…not to think about what I was feeling; just be quiet and stay there” said a spiritually-motivated Lauren.

 

The call of prayer

“Next morning I prayed the Fajer which was incredible, the call of prayer, imagine that? Adhan!” says Lauren.

She adds: “The feeling was big. I knew this feeling was not coming from me, but all of a sudden when I went outside, it was as if my conscious mind woke up from a dream; oh my God, Islam! No!”

And suddenly, all of these questions; what, the Quran is real? God is real? Hell is real? I can’t cope with all this suddenly coming. I looked up to the sky and I said  ‘Allah, no not Islam?’ I knew the truth was Islam, but I didn’t want it to be the truth .”

After various questions about her feelings towards Islam, she could not stop asking me questions about how different the feeling of Islam is in Palestine - the country of my origin.

For hours, we shared our feelings, epitomising the sense of spiritual faith in this city of multi-cultural beliefs.

 

A sense of respect

Contrary to the western perception of women in Islam as being mistreated and humiliated because of the way they dress, British Muslim women show a positive attitude towards Islam and the wearing of the Hijab.

Lauren Booth says that she feels a sense of respect when she wears the Hijab. According to her, wearing it makes her feel more confident and instead of people looking at the way she looks, people look at the way she thinks.

Janna, a 21-year-old girl who converted to Islam one year ago says: “Hijab makes me feel happy and free. It liberates me from the looks of insincere men.” To her, the Hijab constitutes a true example of modesty and modernisation.

A recent report published by Kevin Brice, researcher from Swansea University, says that there are 5200 British women who have converted to Islam last year and 75% of them are women.

This report suggests that around 100,000 people have converted to Islam since 2001.

Words & images by Lina Musallam

Find out more about Lauren Booth: www.laurenbooth.com

 

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