Muslim convert finds love, acceptance from family, colleagues
Published: August 13, 2019 08:22am | PHILIPPINES
For Tintin Moreno Zamora, turning her back on the family religion to follow her heart was no easy feat.
“It was difficult because my family and friends might not approve of it,” recalled Tintin. But she was adamant on her desire to follow the religion of her husband, a Muslim.
“I was also moved by the fact that not all Muslims are bad. Most of them are deeply religious. I saw that on my
husband,” she said.
For two years now, Tintin has been working as a sales staff for Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc., the Baguio City-based maker of the hugely popular Turmeric 10-in-1 Tea. Her colleagues have known her as a Christian, so her plan to convert to Islam may have come to them as a surprise.
So when she was able to muster enough resolve to tell family and close friends about her change of faith, Tintin was equally surprised and elated they accepted and respected her decision.
“They were happy and did not judge me. They treated me as same as when I still shared the family religious beliefs,” said Tintin, adding her co-workers and superiors also did not mind it.
“How YB (Yamang Bukid) treated me when I was still a Christian remained as is,” she said.
As a would-be Balik-Islam (convert), Tintin said she will try to accustom herself to the practices of her newfound faith.
“We agreed that we will serve Allah as one family,” Tintin added.