I was lucky at that time as I had a lot of friends that were also Muslim so I received a lot of Dawah from them.
I had decided that I was going to do a project for my sociology GCSE on Malcolm X, I read his autobiography which I really connected with.
As salaam Alikum Wa Rahmatuallah Wa Barakatuh, Dearest Brothers and sisters, Let me tell you my story.
My conversion to Islam was long overdue, I started learning about Islam from about the age of 15, but I only took my Shahadah earlier this year, (I am now 25 years old).
I had always had an interest in Religion as I believe that it helped me become less ignorant towards people, and more tolerant towards people of different races.
Although at that time I thought I was well in tune with my birth religion, I was starting to feel more drawn to Islam, not just because of the religious teachings but also for the Political and social aspects as well.
I should have taken my Shahadah then but tried to justify it to myself that if Allah (SWT) had wanted me to become muslim he would have made me one from birth.
I later learned from reading that "Muslim" actually means to be born in submission of god, so technically we are all born muslims.
I went on to college where I let Jahilah control my life, I was out drinking,smoking,clubbing and generally just acted like a kuffar, but deep down I always did question myself was I any happier? Anyway even throughout college some of my closest and reliable friends were muslim, and where I came from it was almost unheard of that Sikhs and muslims would even hang out together let alone be good friends. I looked into other religions as I wanted more from my life but I was scared because I came from a sikh family and it is unheard of that a sikh would convert to Islam.
I read about Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Sikhism, I still felt that I was not getting the answers I needed that Islam was giving me.
At this point I became very lonely, as I felt I didn't belong anywhere.
I knew I should have taken my shahadah but I didn't.
I couldn't be with my friends being a Jahil and I couldn't be with my friends that were practicing Islam. I did however change my lifestyle, I stopped drinking, I stopped eating haram.