I was born in a Muslim family without the freedom to discern things for myself. As I grew up I had always heard about Islam as a kind and just religion which I had accepted without any personal research. Since the Islamic regime took power I started to see the contradictions between the teaching and the reality. I witnessed breaches of human rights on regular basis. This included the public execution of young people, flogging them for not fasting and stoning women. These drove me away from Islam.
Things were getting worse daily and I did not feel safe. I started to hate Islam and wanted to change my religion. However I knew that If I did I would be an apostate and condemned to death. That is why I left my country and came here. After a while I became very depressed and hopeless, sad, lonely, doubting everyone and everything. I felt darkness and hatred had filled my heart, no one or no place was important to me. This led me to feel so depressed that I took some tablets to end my life but this did not work.
After a while a friend suggested I go to church. Seeing how people behaved in the church made me curious to find out more about Christianity. When I felt Jesus in my heart and accepted him as my God and saviour, my life changed. Jesus, like a father, has brought light and hope into my heart and life. He has filled me with peace. He has healed my depression and hopelessness. He has given me a new life, forgiving my sins as the Bible says. I believe in his word and by baptism I formally become a Christian.