Australian Muslim Revert Story: Agnostic To Muslim

Australian Muslim Revert Story: Agnostic To Muslim

I’m Katie Quirk, an Australian Muslim revert from Melbourne. In case you were wondering, my heritage is European. Mainly British/Irish.Throughout my life I held mainly agnostic beliefs.

While working in retail in the city, I began to mix with people of all walks of life. I began to notice people wearing all kinds of religious clothing.

Out of sheer curiosity one day, I decided to research all about religion. My intention was just to gain a better understanding of them all. I wasn’t looking for a religion to follow.

I reverted to Islam in the year 2017.

Then came the day of my shahada (declaration of faith).

The imam recommended that I use a Muslim name. Not officially though. Only to go by at the mosque.

I didn’t go about changing my legal name or passport or anything like that.

I chose the name Khadijah after one of the four best women in Islam, Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her).

Hence, “Katie to Khadijiah”.

Life As An Australian Muslim Revert

Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah), I’m married to a Pakistani Muslim.

Being an Australian Muslim revert hasn’t been easy.

I believe that all Muslims deserve to follow Islam in a way that makes them a better person.

That’s why I decided to start this blog. I want to help others to become better practicing Muslims. Whether you’re a revert or are simply improving yourself in your own spiritual journey.

Abu Mas’ud ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amr Al-Ansari Al-Badri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Whoever guides someone to virtue will be rewarded equivalent to him who practices that good action”. Riyad as-Salihin

It feels good to guide other people and the reward for the true believer is invaluable.

15 Facts About Me

  1.  I’d like to visit Kuwait, Saudi Arabia (for hajj/umrah) and the beautiful mountain ranges in Pakistan.
  2. I love the scent of oud the most.
  3. I’m a quiet and reserved person.
  4. People often tell me I talk too fast.
  5. My favourite subject in school was history. I studied Aboriginal history, apartheid in South Africa, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
  6. I love cats, but I don’t have one as a pet.
  7. I’m not much of a foodie and not a very good cook. My husband cooks the best biryani, alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah).
  8. I like coffee and tea, but I’m always going through phases where I try to give up my caffeine addiction.
  9. My favourite season is summer.
  10. I’m amazed by Surah Yusuf and Surah Al-Kahf.
  11. My favourite qari (Qur’an reciter) is Mishary Rashid Al-Afasy.
  12. I believe that everyone judges, but are often too quick to judge others.
  13. I always use iPhones as my smart phone.
  14. People often mistake me for being Turkish or Albanian.
  15. I first heard the adhan (Islamic call to prayer) while hiking a mountain in Borneo.

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