THOUGHTS ON MY 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BEING FREE
Life has suprising twists and turns which are unexpected. at age 16 I was sentenced to 10 years and transferred to a maximum security prison upon my 17th birthday. I knew I didnt want to continue living life being in a gang, because this would lead me to death or Life in prison all for something pointless. So, I sought out for truth and began reading about many different paths and studied their scriptures and lessons. Upon researching the different religions Shia Islam held the proofs and guidance I was searching for. We are all lost without the guidance of of our Imam (as). Let us take a moment to thank God for bringing us out of the darkness of a life of ignorance into the light of Truth. May we all remain firm on this path.
“Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower.” Quran 3:8
رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ – 3:8
I am very thankful that I was able to use my time from an early age, of accepting Islam when I was 17 years old, to study numerous books over the 9 years of my incarceration. I looked at being in prison as being in a University, instead of being in an actual prison.
I was finally released on August 1st 2007 and I cannot even begin to explain the feeling of that day! Upon coming home I set out with certain goals in life and by Gods grace I was able to achieve many of them. Some of the things that have helped me the most during this journey of life was having strong determination, being organized, making action plans, not listening to others who try to discourage you or tell you that you can’t do something and most of all being consistent.
My story (filmed in 2011):