السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
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.
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.
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.
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.