About Hannah

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

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Hannah Nemec-Snider is a twenty-six year old Muslim convert.

She was born and raised in a small suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.

Her mother, who had raised her throughout her entire life,
passed away from cancer when Hannah was thirteen years old.
This event lead to spiritual enlightenment
and a deeper connection to God.

But, she was always searching for others who shared her beliefs.

After learning about Islam at the age of twenty,
first from a friend
and soon reading the Qur’an herself,
she found what she had always been looking for.

At the time, she was studying Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.

When she felt as though she had learned enough to live life as a Muslim,
she decided to formally convert.

On May 27, 2011, the best day of her life,
she took her shahada in front of Masjid Saad in Toledo, Ohio.

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In 2012, Hannah moved to Los Angeles, California
to pursue her career in Real Estate after her graduation.

In 2014 she had a show called Living Differently
by the Oxygen Network filmed about her daily life
as a convert trying to find her place in this world.

In 2015, she fulfilled her long-time dream
of moving to Saudi Arabia.

She is currently pursuing her business consulting career
living between Los Angeles, Riyadh and Dubai.

This blog was created
in order to answer all of the questions she gets
about being Muslim –
from both other Muslims, converts, and nonMuslims.

It’s also a place that the author is able to talk about her unique perspective about moments in her life:
from her mother who passed away when Hannah was thirteen,
to her always insightful and hilarious interactions with her grandmother,
to her travels and experiences all over the world.

She hopes you follow her journey with an open mind, an open heart, and compassion.

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A Note From The Author:

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmattulah wa barakatu.

May God’s peace, mercy, and blessings be on you.
Yes, you.  Whoever you may be.

I am honored that you have come to my blog!
God willing, you will find something here
that makes you understand Islam better,
makes you understand converts better,
or makes you laugh a little at least.

Living every day as a Muslim is a challenge –
whether that be in America or Saudi Arabia,
but much more than that, it’s a blessing –
the greatest blessing that God has ever bestowed on me.

A lot of times I spend wondering why ME? How did I get so lucky?
I’ll ask God when I meet Him, if He wills it.

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DISCLAIMER:

I’d like to warn everyone of the following, as it is EXTREMELY important:

I AM NOT PERFECT!
and, I am NOT a perfect Muslim.
nor do I claim to be.

I am a twenty-six year old convert,
making my place in this world.
Islam is the most beautiful thing that has ever happened to me,
and I’d like to show everyone on this planet how beautiful it is.

That being said, I may say things that are controversial, I may stereotype, I may get it wrong.

I’m wrong a lot.

Please be clear, however, that my intentions are pure,
I only want to create positivity,
and I only want to show you how much I love this religion and this life.

And, so, I open with The Opening: My favorite recitation of Al Fatiha,
the Surah (Chapter) that my Muslim brothers and sisters say at least seventeen times a day:

A vast majority of the artwork I feature on this site is created by my friend, Tina Shammohamadi.

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80 thoughts on “About Hannah

    1. Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barrakatuh
      AL-HAMDU ILLAHI RABBIL ALAMEEN WA ma’shaa’ALLAH that you converted to ISLAM and that you dress most extremely decent and Islamic. Keep up the good work in’shaa’ALLAH always .

      1. Wa alaykum assalaamu wa rahmatullahi wa barrakatuh Sister Hannah Nemec-Snider

        You were an excellent muslimah lady on the Oxygen Channel AL-HAMDU ILLAHI RABBIL ALAMEEN WA ma’shaa’ALLAH .

        May ALLAH AL-AZEEM shower the most extremely excellent blessings on to you always and make you the most extremely excellent chaste Muminah always who will be happily married always with the most extremely excellent chaste Mumineen kids always. Aameen!

      2. Wa alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barrakatuh Sister Hannah Nemec-Snider

        May ALLAH AL-AZEEM shower you with the most extremely excellent success always. Aameen

  1. al hamdulillah alladi hadaki li hada wa ma kunti li tahtadi lawla an hadaki allah.tabbataki allaho 3ala al islam wa raza9aki al iman.wa 9ayada laki man tasshabina aala siratin moussta9imin wa fi madariji al ihsan.THANK YOU

  2. Assalamu alaikum w rrahmatu allahi w abarrakatuh..
    hello Hanna..how r u?
    my sister tweeted ur blog and she said she was there when u became a Muslim.
    so i entered ur blog and i am really impressed..i mean i am the same age as u r and was born a muslim..but i feel like u r something much more..the way u love islam and the way u r speking about islam MASHAALLAH..am really happy 4 u and wish u all the good and best..may Allah bless and protect U

    “إن الله إذا أحب عبدا هداه”

    1. Wa alaykum salaam wa rahmatullah wa barakatu,

      Sure, you’re welcome to share. Once I get my website a little more developed I will be sharing links to other blogs as well, inshaAllah.

      Thanks again,
      Hannah

  3. wow, im in awe of your thirst for knowledge. Those of us who were born muslim really do take islam for granted. You never know the value of something until you lose it, right? Fortunately there are reverts such as yourself who are truly valuing the deen and educating others about it. Keep up the good work!

  4. Salaam,
    Stumbled across your blog, and truly an inspiration. I make dua that your contributions are magnified and that you remain an example of the beauty of Islam. My wife and I are your sister and brother in deen. Best wishes from Cape Town, South Africa

  5. Salam!\
    I am feeling happiness after reading your story and I am sure that you have traveled the distance of years in days in Deen e Islam …….. that is all by Almighty Allah………and I pray to Allah that you might be the source of Hidaya (guidence) for others.

  6. Sister,

    I am new to hijab, i am not a new revert, in fact i’ve been a muslim for a few years now. Today is my second day of wearing my hijab at work. How did you adjust? was it difficult? i would love to hear your story.

    1. I will make sure to add this to my list. I do touch on it in a couple posts. It was awkward to go into work one day with my hair showing, and go in the next day with a scarf on. NO DOUBT. Also, the change came while I was still in college so one semester with hair (and other lady parts even!) showing at times. The next semester wrapped up like a burrito. 🙂

      It’s very important to remember all the things that Allah provides us with and how we should be willing to do anything He asks of us. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do if God told me to.

      Let me know if I can be of help or support in any way: convertconfessions@gmail.com.

      You’ll be in my du’aa 😉

  7. Masha’Allah,

    Allah bless you, sister. I felt happiness and pride for your amazing words about embracing Islam as a lifestyle.
    Go ahead for al Jannah on the earth. where you can find it worshiping Allah also advocating non-Muslims to His way.

    Mohamed Hamed
    UAE – Abu Dhabi

  8. As salam alykum!
    I read your story and i wanted to share it on my page, but was unable to make a contact for your permission.
    here is the link

  9. MashaAllah MashaAllah, MAy Allah bless you more and more. Allah loves us all, a lot. He blesses us without we asking for it and when we ask, He hastens to bless us even more. So thankful to Allah that He made us and then gave us this great religion of His, an eternal pleasure. Alhamdulilah sister, I am so happy for you.

  10. Asslaamwaleykum sister in Islam, i do not have words to write much , after i read your blog, i can only make Dua for you, each time i think of the hidayah Allah has gifted you , and i would like to be gifted the same or more, Allah chooses who he wants to reward & who he keeps in darkness, you have the noor and you’r so blessed. Inshahallah all your efforts will be accounted and rewarded in this world and the hereafter.
    Blessings Always
    waslaam

  11. Assalamu’alaikum warrahmatullahi wabarrakatuh

    Welcome to the deen of Islam and am so happy to find you on your blog as I have already read a bit about you before and that is how I got to find you here. I have always had an admiration to people like you who have come to Islam willingly where as we have so many of our own sisters who were born in this beautiful faith and yet have not been following it seriously. It is so sad that to see that and what a waste of time. They have taken the Western way of living and culture that they have become more Europeans that the Europeans themselves. People like you should become the beacon of guiding light and remind those who have gone astray and embraced the western culture to the point that they have forgotten themselves and their identity and bring them back to the fold of Islam in sha Allah.

    Jazaaka Allahu khairan for sharing with us your experience of how you came to Islam.

  12. I just wanted to say that I love your blog! I’m Catholic and I love reading this blog because it gives a insight to being a Muslim without media misconception, I’ve never hated Muslims or even felt a dislike for them in my entire life and this blog helps me see them as normal people. I live in a part of Canada that has little to no Muslims so i don’t really have any interaction with them and almost no information on the religion of Islam and you give me a much clearer understanding. I’m 14 and this blog also helps me on my journey of faith – Even if its a different one. I hope one day our world can be united with people of all faiths and that one day the words Muslim or Islam will not bring fear or hate but love. May God bless you.

  13. Aassalamu alaikum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuh

    First of all, alhamdule’Allah he guided you to the right path and enlightened your life with Islam.
    My name is Majd. I am 27Arab Muslim Libyan guy live in both Libya and Canada. Honestly, I would ask you something that it could be embarrassing but i have to ask it.
    I would kindly ask you if I have any chance to get married to you in case if you are not married already…

    1. Wa alaukum salaam wa rahmatullah wa barakatu,

      Thank you for your comment – it is very flattering, however, I am currently working towards the next steps with someone.

      I will definitely keep you in my du’aa. May Allah (swt) send you a beautiful and pious wife that is pleasing to both your eyes and your heart, inshaAllah. Please keep me in your du’aa as well.

      Jazak Allah khair,
      Hannah

      1. Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatu Allah

        First of all my sister, thank you a lot for your reply and Dua’a.
        Though I’m really happy for you both, I might kindly ask you to contact me on email: majd.ahmed01@gmail.com in case it didn’t go well.
        I already made Dua’a for you both that Allah combines you with his blessings insha’Allah. Ameen
        I apologize for any inconvenience that my request may caused sis. I just had to ask

        Thank again and Jazaki Allah khair
        M.Ahmed

  14. Waaleykum Salaam warahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
    MashaAllah Ukhti. I’m always happy to interact with other reverts. May Allah make it easy for you.

  15. Assalamualaikum Hannah… I just came across your blog, and it looks interesting. Keep up the good work and i hope i can see you personally someday, Insha Allah.

  16. Assalamu alaykum wa rahmattulah wa barakatu ,

    Ramadan Kareem !!

    Hello Hanna..how r u?

    i am very happy to read about your story its beautiful and touching . i am really impressed by your love towards Islam and the way u r speaking about Islam MASHAALLAH..am really happy 4 u and wish u all the good and best..may almighty Allah bless and protect U .

  17. So glad I found you! Allah bless you my sister. Was delighted to hear Sh. Fahad’s recitation. I love his program ‘traveler with the Quran’..have you seen it?

  18. Mashallah Sister…May Allah be with you at every step you take,May Allah guide you in each decision you make,May Allah help you when life gets rough,May Allah Bless you with more than enough,May Allah protect you when you fall,May Allah hear you when you call,May Allah sooth your heart when you don’t understand,May you always be in Allah’s loving Hand

  19. Wow great Blog you have there, i read some of above (i won’t lie). And i heard the Surah Fatiha too – thanks a ton for that 🙂
    You have earned the follow by that and i hope i stay on your list for some good amount of time. I am also a revert so yeah its really difficult to be living in a world which is alienating – still we have Allah and they don’t 🙂

  20. Hannah- thank you so much for this blog. I especially liked how you said reading the Quran made you cry as it was so beautiful I have been praying for a long time for faith and guidance and today I stumbled onto your little corner of the internet. Forgive me please, for not giving the correct greetings; I am not Muslim- at least not in any formal sense, but I (and my fiance) have a strong interest in Islam, and have read a little of the Quran myself, and I want to learn and know more. May Allah bless you xx

    1. thank you for your wonderful comment Ghani! Please let me know if you have any questions and send your fiancé my love as well ❤ May God guide you on the best path for you both and may He bring you closer to one another as you become closer to Him ❤

    1. Wa alaykum salaam Safar! Thank you for your suggestions. I’m able to talk about fitna from my own personal experience and will add this to my list of requests.

      As for the signs of ending the world and dajjal, that’s not necessarily something I feel comfortable talking about because I do not feel I am poised enough in those topics to discuss them. I try to be a bit careful because I don’t want to ever spread knowledge that is wrong and somehow negatively impact the vision that people have of Islam or otherwise skew the words of Allah. Hope you can understand that. I’d be happy to ask for someone who is more understanding on the topic to suggest resources for you, however!

      Jazak Allah khair for reading,
      Hannah

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