Lynette Wehner: Teaching in Schools of Islam led him to the Light of Islam

Posted: November 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

Lynette Wehner admit there inner struggle when he first got the job teaching at an Islamic school. Wehner was born of American families who embrace Catholic Christianity. Second-in-law reminded that Wehner is not affected by the teachings of Islam even though he just became a part-time lecturer at the Islamic school.

“The important thing, you do not convert to Islam,” so said the father-in-law.

For two days Wehner feel anxious to make a decision whether he will accept the task, let alone the schools require it to wear the veil while teaching. Hijab is something very foreign to him. But eventually he took a job teaching at the Islamic school on the basis that this first teaching experience will be a stepping stone for her future.

The first day of teaching, a staff member at the Islamic school that helped him wearing a headscarf in the staffroom. “We laughed as he tried various styles of hijab,” said Wehner who claims that morning feeling very relaxed in the Muslim environment. During this time, Wehner always held that Muslims are not friendly and always serious. First day at school turned to question Islam makes Wehner, why someone can be so easy to create stereotypes of others without knowing the person further.

“I learned many things on the first day of teaching. I am impressed with the attitude of the students, their knowledge of my religion (Christianity) better than the best of my knowledge and I ask myself, where they know all that,” said Wehner.

“My students always ask about my religion and it made me think ‘what I believe?'” Said Wehner.

Since childhood, Wehner was educated by Catholic teachings, but as an adult that he left his religious teachings. Wehner admitted feeling uncomfortable with Catholic teachings and felt something was wrong. He then switched to flow the other Christians of a more modern, but the flow was also not satisfy his heart.

“All I know, I just want to relate to God. I do not want my religion to be something that just makes me feel that I should ‘be good’ in front of relatives. I want to feel that religion in my heart. When it is, I lost its way but I did not realize it, “said Wehner.

In the Islamic school where he taught, Wehner many interact with the students who are age children. The kids that’s what led up to the light of Islam Wehner. His name of children, they often leave their textbooks at school. Secretly, Wehner often read books containing the teachings of Islam, who abandoned his students that after school lessons. At that Wehner began to feel that what he is reading contains many truths.

Furthermore, Wehner so often asked about Islam with a female teacher and a male teacher at the school. It can even spend hours to discuss and satisfy their curiosity about Islam. “Our very intellect Perbicangan and encouraging my curiosity. I felt he had found what I had been looking for. All of a sudden, there is a sense of peace that spreads in my day …” Wehner said.

At home, Wehner started reading the translations of the Quran. Wehner’s husband (at that time he had not yet divorced) did not like seeing his interest in Islam, so that Wehner had to find a hidden place if you want to read the Qur’an. Initially, Wehner had feared betrayal against his religion and hesitant to believe that there are other holy books, in addition to the Bible God has revealed.

“But I try to listen to what my conscience told me to read the Qur’an. When I read it, I felt some parts of the Koran was written specifically for me. Many times I read it and cried. But after that, I feel calm, even though still confused. It seems there is still something that holds me to accept it wholeheartedly, “said Wehner.

It took many months longer for Wehner to convince his heart. He continued to read, asked many people and do soul-searching, until there was a moment that the judge and decide to become a Muslim.

“I tried to pray in my sons room. My hands were holding a prayer book on the procedure. I was standing with inner conflict within me. I do not usually pray directly to God. Throughout my life I was taught to pray in Jesus. Jesus who will convey my prayers to God. I’m afraid have done wrong actions. I do not want Jesus angry. I feel there are big waves that hit me, “said Wehner expressed concern at the time.

But Wehner then think more deeply, how may the Lord was angry with his servants who want to get closer to Him. How could Jesus was angry at people who want to be close to God. Is not that what Jesus wanted? That day, Wehner convinced that God was talking to him with a strong voice, which echoed in the hearts and minds, that there is nothing to fear if he did he wanted to move to the Islamic religion.

“When I started to cry and cry. The voice is what I want to hear. And from that day I believe that I have embraced Islam. The decision is correct and there is no undisputed,” said Wehner.

Wehner two sentences say the shahada in front of the entire student Islamic school where he taught. “I became a new person. All doubts and my question is where and what I really believe, vanished. I believe I made the right decision. I was never so close to God, until I became a Muslim. Alhamdulillah, I am very lucky, “said Wehner closes her story became a convert to Islam. (Ln / IfT)




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