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 mostly agnostic beliefs.

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

Out of sheer curiosity one day, I decided to research all about religion. I only intended 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.

The imam recommended that I use a Muslim name. Not officially but 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 Khadijah”.

Life As An Australian Muslim Revert

Australian Muslim revert
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Alhamdulillah, 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 practising Muslims whether you’re a revert or are improving yourself in your 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. The only foreign country I’ve ever been to is Malaysia three times. I’d love to visit Mecca and Medina.
  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 a very good cook. My husband cooks the best biryani, though.
  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 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 smartphone.
  14. People often mistake me for being Turkish or Albanian.
  15. I first heard the adhan while climbing Mount Santubong.

Want to learn more about my blogging journey? Read my interview with Muslimah Bloggers.