In the beginning, I had met this guy who was Muslim. From the very day we met he began to tell me about Islam. It was pretty scarey because I recall him always on the subject of the grave, this might be the reason it took him almost three years before I actually took my shahada. Actually, I knew by the way that he talked about Islam that it was very serious and very real to this brother, so I listened. For some reason I had a gut feeling about Islam, or basically the best way I can describe it was that everything he described made so much common sense that it was encouraging.
The next big impression of Islam came when I met the wife of this brother's friend. She had also converted to Islam, as had my friend. The first time I had met her was kind of awkward. She is a very reserved person in nature and she just had an aura of intelligence. I didn't talk to her much until I became interested in Islam for myself. I guess I should inform you that at the time when I met her she had just decided to wear hijab, and this was so odd to me since I knew her family was not Muslim. Also, I recognized that this was a big step for any person to want to do at their own will. (She was only engaged at the time.) I got together with that sister more than just a couple of times and I had begun to feel like here it is! I've found it. Here is a religion with common sense!
I had always believed in God, since my mother is a devout Catholic, and in being a good person, but for some reason I did not feel anything when I went to church, and on top of that I just didn't feel like I could get a reasonably straight answer to any question about my faith. I went to Catholic school and like I said my mother is Catholic, but it just seemed like there was no real Catholic lifestyle to live by. Well needless to say, Islam cured all of that, Alhamdudillah!
Well as I said it took me two years to finally take my shahada. I talked to more sisters, I read Quran, I even shared everything I learned with my mom, and alhamdudillah she agreed with most everything. I recall that the best thing about what I had been learning was that with Islam, I could not go wrong since I was only praying to Allah=Creator of all. I remember thinking to myself, "How can I go wrong? All I am doing is believing that there is only one God, and that I only pray to him."
Now going on my third year of being Muslim, I am so confident and assured of my religion that I know Islam was the missing piece in my life. I can say without a doubt in my heart and mind that Islam is the perfected lifestyle for all peoples.