I converted to Islam at the age of 18, on February 25, 2001 at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC). (I left Islam in 2003 and went back to ISGOC as an informant for law enforcement from 2006 to 2011.) Before that, I had visited the mosque on numerous occasions to ask questions and to observe prayers. Around this time, I met a young African-American Muslim man named Ali, as well as his older brother Abdul-Tawab. The two were very devout in their faith as Muslims, and I saw them regularly at the mosque.
One day, as I was preparing to leave the mosque, I was standing in the tiled space outside of the carpeted area where you left your shoes before you went into the prayer area. I was talking to Saad Mohammed, the Director of Dawah (Islamic evangelism/outreach) at the ISGOC. While we were speaking, Ali passed us and went out the door with a big smile on his face. Saad Mohammed waited until the door shut and said to me, “There goes a young man excited about Islam.” Those words came back to me and sent chills up my spine last night.
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