Hi, my name is Boshia, I am a musician, model, holistic birth coach, have recently launched my own podcast, and am a revert to Islam. I used to think Islam was a very oppressive way of life before I reverted. Fatima, one of my closest friends and fellow musicians, was the first person to introduce me to Islam from a woman’s perspective. I always thought she was very creative and awesome because I had never met a Muslim who did poetry and made music, all while still balancing her deen. I began to be curious about Islam because it was unlike anything I had ever seen.
I used to think Islam was a very oppressive way of life before I reverted. Fatima, one of my closest friends and fellow musicians, was the first person to introduce me to Islam from a woman’s perspective.
Through Fatima, I also met my mentor, Hajjah Latifa, an elder Muslim sister. She became a very good example through her actions, I’m still learning a lot from her . Throughout my life, I thought Islam was so different. Hajjah was one the only woman who really taught me about the deen by giving me books to read, showing me imams to follow, and so on. Hajjah taught me my rights as a woman in Islam. I was so surprised by all this, because I never viewed Islam as a religion that offered freedom and divine rights for women . I learned that some brothers have their own perspective of Islam that and sometimes it doesn’t align with the divine rights given to us my our Creator.
My Mentor Hajjah is also a revert herself, and came into Islam back when El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz was still with us. She taught me a great deal about African history within context of Islam.
Aside from learning my power and role as a woman in Islam, I learned a lot about my history as well from Hajja. My Mentor Hajjah is also a revert herself, and came into Islam back when El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz was still with us. She taught me a great deal about African history within context of Islam. We view Africans and African American Muslims as just apart of the Nation of Islam or only Christian but don’t really know our history within respects to Islamic history as a whole. Instead we view Islam as an Arab religion, which is why a lot of Africans and Africans American people view Islam as a colonizers religion.
My family took my becoming Muslim as to be expected. While growing up, I had the perspective of seeing my uncles Muslim which helped. I didn’t tell my mom I had converted and also didn’t cover right away, so she had no way of knowing I was Muslim. When she found out, she was offended as a Christian at first. Overtime though, she became very understanding. When she bought me a jalabiya, she gave it to me two days after Christmas instead of the day of which I thought was so beautiful. My mom truly is such a kind soul.
My sister also saw how I changed and subhanAllah, she ended up reverting to Islam as well. She saw the changes in me and wanted to learn more for herself .
My sister also saw how I changed and subhanAllah, she ended up reverting to Islam as well. She saw the changes in me and wanted to learn more for herself . She took the shahada in Ramadan and when she said the words, she began to cry. I was so happy my sister was also apart of my way of life and she saw Islam for the good it truly is.
After becoming a Muslim, my music has changed. A few years ago, I was still trying to understand who I was. When I was twelve, I wasn’t in a very good place. Sometimes, I would even had suicidal thoughts, and this would take a toll on me mentally. As I got closer to Islam and reading Quran praying five times a day, I felt more at peace. When I started to cover, I noticed that my music began to evolve. It’s funny because I was scared of putting on the hijab and dressing modestly. I remember being so nervous in the summer because I was so scared about how it would feel to be in clothing that was covered from head to toe. But subhanAllah, I felt a protection around me even in the heat. I felt more compassionate towards people and felt more inspired this helped my art as well.
I feel as though Islam changed my entire world. I am so grateful that Allah brought me to the deen through my mentor and my close friend. I have noticed all aspects of my life improving for the better and hope to continue on this journey of getting closer to deen inshAllah. Ameen.