Woman, 21, says she was 'never fully happy' until converting to Islam

Woman, 21, says she was 'never fully happy' until converting to Islam

October 21, 2020

Liverpool woman, 21, who converted to Islam to marry her husband says she was ‘never fully happy’ until she discovered her new faith – and insists wearing the hijab is a ‘choice’ that gives ‘so much confidence’

  • Bethany Ismail, 21, from Liverpool, converted to Islam in December last year 
  • Had started researching the religion before meeting her Muslim husband Ismail
  • In 2019 declared her faith by taking Shahadah and says she’s happier than ever  
  • Says her friends ‘didn’t bat an eyelid’ after she shared decision to change faith 

A British woman who has converted to Islam says she was ‘never truly happy’ until she discovered her new faith. 

Bethany Ismail, 21, from Liverpool converted to Islam in December 2019, after undertaking her own research into the religion and meeting her now husband Ismail Mohammed through mutual friends. 

The retail worker told FEMAIL how her faith has helped her find ‘peace and value  herself’ and that although her family took a while to adjust to her new life, they’re now ‘closer than ever’ – with her mum Alison even wearing a hijab on her wedding day. 

She said that while there’s been ‘a lot of hate’ on social media, much of the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, and that her friends ‘didn’t bat an eyelid’ after telling them her plans to covert. 

In December last year, Bethany Ismail, 21, pictured with her husband Ismail Mohammed, committed to converting to Islam, declaring the Shahadah at her local mosque

The retail worker, pictured with her mum Alison on her wedding day, told how the faith has helped her find ‘peace and value herself’

‘My life was okay. I was never fully happy,’ said Beth. ‘I had an amazing life don’t get me wrong – but I always knew there was something missing and something that I needed in my life. Islam made me find peace and value myself. ‘ 

Beth was raised in a Catholic family, undergoing her first Holy Communion as a child, but admitted she was never fully dedicated to the religion. 

‘I wasn’t brought up religious really’, she told. ‘I was brought up as a Catholic, but not strict. I had my communion and stuff, but that was mainly to get into schools in our area.’  

Beth says she had ‘always been around Muslims’, but became more interested in the religion after speaking to friends, and after hearing so many ‘stereotypes’ about Islam, she wanted to do some research into the faith. 

Beth, pictured before converting to Islam, says she had ‘always been around Muslims’, but became more interested in the religion after speaking to friends

Bethany Ismail, 21, from Liverpool converted to Islam in December 2019, after undertaking her own research into the religion and meeting her now husband through mutual friends

She that although her family took a while to adjust to her new life, they can see now she’s still the ‘same Beth, just in a scarf’ 

‘In the last few years as my friend introduced me to a couple of her friends who were Muslim, I always wondered about the religion as there are so many stereotypes about Muslims. I wanted to find out for myself. ‘ 

‘Our first phone call was meant to just be five minutes ended up being three hours long because we got along so well. And the rest is history.’ 

She went on: ‘I was lucky he was Muslim so he could teach me a lot too, as soon as I was researching it it just made sense and all the facts I found were just amazing, I couldn’t believe it. 

‘Islam is an amazing religion, people are mainly just uneducated and this is why there is such a bad light on it.’ 

Beth, picutred with her husband who she met through mutual friends, said she felt lucky to meet a Muslim man who could teach her so much about the religion 

As she researched the religion, Beth met her now husband Ismail Mohammed through mutual friends, insisting they ‘clicked instantly’. The pair are pictured on their wedding day 

In December last year, Beth committed to converting to Islam, declaring the Shahadah at her local mosque. 

‘It’s not a long process but if anyone is going to do it I would advise researching first’, said Beth. ‘And always wait until you’re ready, don’t let anyone pressure you.’ 

For Beth, the biggest change has been wearing a hijab daily, revealing the veil worn by some Muslim women has ultimately made her ‘much more confident in herself’.  

‘You don’t have to wear one, said Beth. ‘It’s your choice, and always wait until your ready. 

‘I had seen lots of people on social media and I used to try it on and think I didn’t suit it, but when it was Ramadan I started to wear it and I am so much more confident in myself wearing it, and I care a lot less about what others think of me. ‘ 


For Beth, the biggest change has been wearing a hijab daily, revealing the veil worn by some Muslim women has ultimately made her ‘much more confident in herself’

Beth insisted her friends ‘didn’t bat an eyelid’ at the decision, and that she’s been overwhelmed with the positive reaction she’s had from others around her

After sharing the news with her family, Beth, who has two sisters, admitted that her mother Alison initially had reservations, and was ‘concerned’ about the ‘stereotypes’ of living as a Muslim. 

‘My family weren’t too happy at the start,’ said Beth, ‘Which is understandable as there are a lot of stereotypes for Muslims, so they were mainly just concerned for my happiness.

‘But once time passed and they could see I was the same Beth and just wearing a scarf, they adjusted fine and now we are as close as we were before and they don’t treat me any differently, they were just worried as anyone would be.’ 

While it took her family a while to adjust, she insisted her friends ‘didn’t bat an eyelid’ at the decision, and that she’s been overwhelmed with the positive reaction she’s had from others around her.  

Speaking of her local Islamic community, she said: ‘I have a amazing group of revert friends and I attend classes to learn more about my religion and the teachers are amazing!’ 

While there has been some hateful comments on social media, Beth says the support she’s received has been ‘amazing’

‘My friends reacted amazingly, none of them even batted an eye lid and also making new friends is just the same! I have had so much support I am so grateful.’

Beth shares her journey on TikTok, amassing 7,569 Followers and 222,000 likes on the social media platform. 

While there has been some hateful comments on social media, Beth says the support she’s received has been ‘amazing’, and that her local Muslim community have been behind her every step of the way.  

‘The reaction on social media has been amazing, she said, ‘I couldn’t believe it when my video went viral! I am still in shock now. 

Beth shares her journey on TikTok , amassing a huge 7569 Followers and 222K likes on the social media platform

‘But there has also been a lot of hate as I did expect, but I just don’t even read it. I get more love than hate and I am so grateful for it.’ 

Speaking of her local Islamic community, she said: ‘I have a amazing group of revert friends and I attend classes to learn more about my religion and the teachers are amazing. 

‘In Liverpool there is a huge Muslim community and for reverts there is a lot of support I am really lucky.’ 

Beth added: ‘My life has been amazing I now value myself and others a lot more, I see the world and people in a whole different light and I am calmer and a better person.’ 

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