I had the honor of meeting a 9 year old girl who decided to wear the niqab too! MashAllah alayha! We had never met each other and dressed the exact same way!
About Lindsay U.M. Fatima
When I was in my late twenties, I decided to drop everything in my life to go out and see if there was a true religion that led to God.
It was an exhaustive search, but nothing was worse than living life without really knowing what my purpose was. Since I was a little girl, I constantly analyzed the way in which people lived their lives: the mistakes they made, the advice they gave, their ideas of success and happiness.
The only consistent thing I found was: inconsistency.
I found people to be so feeble, so conditioned by their experiences, and totally unable to see that they lacked true guidance.
How could I possibly trust the advice given from a person?
I wasn't trying to be rebellious or disrespectful towards my elders, but I just found it... not beneficial to my growth. There was an overarching theme of mundanity, a lack of depth, a lack of true wisdom, a lack of... LIGHT.
At the time, I didn't comprehend what I was observing, I just knew that I didn't want to live like the people around me. So I began to question everything.
I always had a penchant for befriending foreigners; maybe a subconscious attempt to find explanations to my observations; perhaps to see if there was another way of approaching this game called life. My interest in studying foreign languages was a means to search for some answers by interacting and communicating with people of other cultures... to try to, ultimately, understand the purpose of humanity.
What did I find? I found that "tutto il mondo e' paese." That's Italian for "the whole world is a small town." Same mentality, different place. In other words, I didn't find the answers to my questions about God and spirituality by studying people. On the contrary, I learned one of the biggest lessons in my religious studies: NEVER judge a religion by its adherents.
I figured that the solution to this was to go out and study and experience every religion in order to either find God or not consider a spiritual path anymore and make my own rules. So I began studying each religion and if I came across verifiable errors, I'd promptly move on to the next one. I did this over and over again... until I came to Islam.
Thirteen years later I am still studying Islam and haven't yet come across an unverifiable "fact." All I found was verifiable evidence of the Truth.
My spiritual journey to see if God really existed transitioned into a journey of getting to know and love Him through Islam, which means "the peace that comes from submitting to the will of God."
And peace is what I found. No more confusion. No more darkness. Just light. I hope you'll seriously consider the importance of feeding your soul and witnessing the benefits it has on the quality of your life.