People Who Inspire | My Interview about Faith and Love!

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I sat down with one of my best friends Shae Wilbur to celebrate the launch of her new series People Who Inspire. I felt inspired myself when she asked little ‘ole me to candidly open up about the two things that drive my life- Faith and Love. The two actually go hand-in-hand. 😉
My one year wedding anniversary is in three days and I can’t help but think back to last year this time. Watch the interview from Shae’s channel below and keep reading for more.. xo

The truth is I grew up in a very traditional Kurdish household where dating or marrying someone outside of the culture was an absolute non-negotiable NO. I love my parents so my biggest fear growing up was disappointing them. I convinced myself that my Kurdish-American prince charming was out there somewhere. Ironically I dated a Kurdish- American for several years but long story short – he wasn’t my prince. God had a different plan for my life. When I met Steve, I was really pissed that he was perfect. ha! Sure he had his flaws as everyone does, but the big things that I was looking for in a man were all there. He was funny, CUTE (so cute!), charming, smart – but wait he wasn’t Kurdish. There was something about him though that I couldn’t let go of. It was special. It was Jesus. Once again, I was afraid of what my parents were going to think of me when I told them I was changing the game-plan for my life, but I quickly learned that God was bigger than my fears and as my faith continued to grow, so did the purpose for my life.
I want to thank Shae for taking the time to come out and hang out (this was right when we moved into the new place! – a.k.a no furniture ha) I’m honestly a huge fan of hers on and off camera. She has a heart for people and is truly one of my best friends. She’s seen me on my worst days and my best days. I couldn’t have shared this story with anyone else. I love you Shae!!!
Please keep in mind that this is my story. I am not here to preach to anyone or hate on other religions. I briefly mentioned in this video and want to make it clear that I didn’t grow up practicing any specific religion. Ethnically yes – the Kurdish culture is predominantly Muslim so on paper I thought I was Muslim. In my heart, I just didn’t know until God started showing up in my life.  I respect that we all come from different places and have unique stories and beliefs so please accept that I have no hate in my heart. I hope that you will simply watch this and get to know me better. That’s all. 🙂 With that being said, I ask that you be respectful in the comments if you decide to leave one.

Updated: Hey guys, I received a lot of comments pertaining to me mentioning “praying to Mohammad” and I want to express that what I said was misinterpreted –  I appreciate many of you kindly clarifying and defending your beliefs, but please accept that this is what I believed at the time, as I was telling my story. I better understand the Islamic beliefs today and I apologize if what I said offended anyone. 

Love you all!
P.S 10 Things You Didn’t Know About My Wedding.. + Looking Back on Four Years of Love

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your story! I love your videos and blog posts, but I think what shines the most about you is Jesus in you. He has been so good to you girl, and I’m sooo glad you’re using your platform to bring Him glory 🙂 I pray He continues to bless you and your family with joy & peace. Xoxo

  2. Your story is so beautiful and touching. Thank you so much for allowing all of us to have a little glimpse into your world filled with faith and love. You honestly do not know how many people you inspire and fill with hope and optimism. May god bless you always!

  3. Sazan,
    My name is Shaira Shohradova. I was born in Turkmenistan and was raised by Muslim parents until I was 2 years old when my mom and dad accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Long story short, my dad became the first Turkmen pastor to preach the Good News in my city, maybe even the country. My family faced a lot of persecution and I almost lost my parents and even my own life but God carried us through and 11 years ago brought us here to the US. I stumbled upon your blog and YouTube a few months ago and I was so inspired by your story. I just want to tell you that you are a beautiful person inside and out and we are praying that God will continue doing amazing things through these blogs. Blessings from Washington!

  4. What a beautiful testimony Sazan. Thank you for sharing it’s amazing to see what God is doing in your life. Before you even mentioned that you were a believer. I could just tell that you were their was something special and different about you. Your joy. Your kindness. Gods presence is all over you, and what a special husband you have. God is so Good.

  5. It’s a beautiful story and thank you for sharing. But don’t forget that both in Christianity and in Islam they believe in Jesus and love Jesus but he is not the one that you should pray to at night, he is a messenger yes but not God. No matter what you call God, Allah, Jahve, that is the only God you should pray to. There is no God but God and to say that God is three is the biggest sin of all. Thank you and good luck!

  6. Such a wonderful story, thank you for sharing and inspiring others. I love all the content you post and I would love to see more faith based posts!

  7. What a beautiful video! You should be proud of yourself and what you were able to do.

    However I just want to say, and it’s not critisism, so don’t take it that way, please. I am a Muslim, and I just wanted to say that we don’t pray to Mohamed (pbuh) because he is a prophet. We pray to God, the same way Christians do. And we too believe in Jesus. Just wanted to correct that because there are so many misunderstandings about Islam these days.

    But when that’s said; I just want to thank you for a beautiful blog. I’ve been following you for a long time now. You are a gorgeous girl and you’re personality is beautiful. I’m a big fan! Take care and keep up the good work <3

  8. Such a strong woman!! I feel you girl, I lived in that culture too and I know how difficult is to choose a new path away from the traditions. I’m so happy for you(I really mean it) buy the way I’m from Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.
    I LOVE YOU!!

  9. To see Gods hands at work in your life was inspiring and moving! You’re an inspiration and your testimony will speak to many many people. Thank you for sharing!

    Jocelyn C

  10. Hi sazan , this is simply amazing !!
    I have been following you for some time and you are really inspiring to me ,you are a powerful beautiful woman ,really love what you are doing and that god showed up in youre life god bless und and your husband and everybody else ,keep it up you go girl
    Nicole C.

  11. Your story really inspires me Sazan. I’m so happy that you’re sharing it, and that you’re such an example of a Christian and a blogger.

    Mich xx

  12. I am really happy for you! I am Muslim, and I hope you have no bad feelings when it comes to Islam. I really do love you and Stevie, and love your blog. I just hope you are not against Islam and understand that we all believe in God. May He continue to bless you both.

  13. Absolutely loved this interview! Thank you for sharing your story. It is really inspiring. And the way you talk about your faith is simply beautiful.
    I have been through a spiritual journey myself, that has lead me to Islam. I think it’s amazing how God can reveal Himself to us.
    Whatever the faith, I admire ones ability to open his heart to God and share it with others.

  14. I love your story Saz, it makes me happy to see that other people let shine the light that God has placed in us, you are an inspiration to me, and I pray that God continue to bless your life and your marriage. And give you grace with the people around you.
    I love your videos and blog!! :*
    Greetings and hugs from Mexico <3
    "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." – Matthew 5:16
    My dad was preaching about this yesterday! 🙂

  15. Hey sazan lovely video!
    Just a heads up – Muslims don’t pray to Muhammad. We pray to the same God Christians and Jews pray too. ‘Allah’ is just the Arabic word for god. Muslims also believe in Jesus and respect him so much we just believe he was a prophet whereas Christians believe he is God and also the son of God. I’m a convert to Islam from Christianity and it feels like you were never brought up to practice Islam. It’s so peaceful and beautiful and it sounds like you have never prayed the way a Muslim prays because we don’t chant words. When Muslims pray we also talk to God just as if he is a friend of ours. It just seems like you never knew the real meaning of Islam.
    Never the less you are beautiful and Christians are mentioned so many times in the Quran and people of peace too 🙂 hope you find this informative xx

    1. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. Also I do believe a bit of research if anything on her part would have been great because there are already soo many misconceptions about Islam and if she herself didn’t know much about it she shouldn’t try to explain it. However, I hope God blesses us all and leads us down the right path.

  16. Hi Sazan, I’m such a fan and am so glad you were able to share your story 🙂 I appreciate what you said about not growing up with a specific religion, but knowing the amount of people watching this I did want to say that Muslims don’t pray to Mohammed, we pray to God, the same God of Christians and Jews, and that we directly pray to God and speak to him in English, etc too, not only using “chants.” I know that nothing you said was meant negatively! And I’m really happy you found God and are so happy now. But because my Muslim faith is so loved and important to me, I wanted to call that out as it was incorrectly portrayed in the video. Thanks again for sharing your story <3 And I hope things keep going great for you! This comment is not meant to be negative in any way.

  17. Sazan, thank you so much for sharing this post and for being a light giving God the glory for the work He is doing in yours and Stevie’s lives. You truly exemplify the truth that perfect love casts out fear.
    You are so loved by your sisters in Christ all around the world.
    With much love, your PalestinIan sister from Toronto ❤

  18. Loved watching this! Your story & your faith are remarkable. Happy Anniversary!! Miss you!

  19. What an amazing interview!! Thank you for sharing your story!! I have been married to the love of my life since 2011. He is Jamaican and I come from an Italian and Polish family. I remember when we first started dating we had many of the same struggles that you faced. Through faith and love we have come full circle as well and couldn’t be happier! Thank You for being such a bright light in the world! Xoxo

  20. Made me cry and all emotional. I loved this interview so much. An inspiring story and young woman.

    Lots of love

  21. Love this. Enjoyed skimming through kind comments! 🙂 God is so great, beyond our reasoning, and masterful at weaving our stories. Thanks for being a light.

  22. Hi saz!
    I absolutely admire your courage to open up on such subject. People who follow their beliefs and instincts inspire me a lot! However, I still have a feeling that living in a ‘muslim’ household that knew nothing about Islam might have been the leading cause for your disconnection with god. I wish you looked more into the religion before converting, but nevertheless, I highly respect your decision. Love you!
    May God bless you and stevie! x

  23. Saz, I just wanted to tell you how happy it makes me feel to hear your story! Jesus is so good and his love is so awesome!keep on reppin’ the heavenly kingdom guurl!;D ???????? Lots of love from a christian iraqi sister in Sweden❤✌ ps say hi to Stevie and Sweetie, and if you happen to visit Sweden, I’ll take you guys out on a “fika”(google it ;p)

  24. Hey Saz, I loved hearing your story. I honestly think that you are an awesome person. I myself am Kurdish and it is very hard to stand up to your parents and tell them things like that. I truly look up to you. I hope to one day meet you, if I ever come to LA. You guys are the cutest couple I have ever seen, wish you guys the best in life together. I love you Sazan!????

  25. I,ve left Islam for more than 10 years now and I have never felt better and stronger as today to live in peace in my heart and freedom <3 There will always be people who will judge but I don,t care becouse I love Jesus and the church where I feel free <3 and I left Islam becouse I saw too much injury and injustice in it.

    1. Sorry for my english. You don’t know Islam if you saw “too much injury and injustice in it” ! I am muslim and I am soooo happy to be muslim. I respect all the religions and I’m not going to say that Islam is the best religion because I respect, love all religions, but it’s a religion of love, and respect, and tolerance and fraternity and we believe in Allah, and Mohamed and Jesus and all the prophets. I think you’re influenced by what is said in the media. So don’t criticize a religion you don’t know!

  26. Hey,

    Thank you for sharing your story, it’s very inspirational and heartwarming.. I’m glad that things have fallen into place for you… I’m Muslim and married a Catholic, British Aftican last year ( I haven’t converted). We have been in love since we were 18, my parents only accepted him last year (15 years later). I went through a lot of the same struggles as you.. I also had an arranged marriage, had a daughter, got divorced and then found my husband again.. God always has a plan and everything works out in the end.. You are really lucky that your parents have started to come round so soon.. I wish you both all the best. Faith is important and I truly believe having faith helps you through the struggles of life.. My husband and habe been brought up with different religions but we believe in one God, the same God..whether we pray in a mosque or Church or home makes no difference.. God is everywhere ????

  27. OMGOSH Sazan! I’m literally in tears and I have goosebumps all over!!! Wow your testimony is incredible!!!! Thank God for his grace and mercy!!! This just made me like you even more!!!!! May The Lord richly bless you as you have blessed me❤️

  28. SAZAN!!! You are incredibly beautiful inside & out! I love your story, it’s an amazing testimony that many girls need to hear. I love how open, honest,& genuine you are. I’ve been following you on IG before you shared Stevie with us! You guys are a huge inspiration to my husband & I. You can tell by the way you carry yourself that Gods favor & grace is upon you! Love you girl, keep up the amazing work that you do and don’t ever let anyone put you down!! Through your blogging & YouTube videos you have not only inspired people BUT ALSO shown how a true believer carries themselves in everyday life???? You’re amazing!

  29. Hi Sazan, I saw this video yesterday and I discovered your story. I never thought you’ve been through this. I’m French, my parents are both algerian, and just like you I’m super close to my parents. But, I struggle with findind as you said “my prince” and I know that it’s going to be really hard (not allowed to date). You’re so lucky to have Steevie, he’s a real man, he never judged you and he respected you all this time, and supported you through this.
    Unfortunatly, I did not have that chance…
    This interview touched me, I saw my story through yours, and I hope one day, I’ll be happy with a good guy, who will respect who I am and what my culture is.
    I wish you all the best. Love you Sazan, you’re beautiful outside and even more inside.
    Oh and don’t listen to people who told you that you did not know anything about Islam (I’m muslim b the way so I’m not judging my own religion).
    Your parents didn’t practice it, so obviously you could not know how to pray etc… You were lost and thank God you found your way 🙂
    Love from France xx

  30. LoL Sazan “Hendrix”. I guess your integration is finally complete. Some people will do anything to forget their past culture and beliefs in order to fully asimilate into their chosen society. And I don’t blame you, a girl from rural Kurdistan makes it to America and marries an American guy. I mean you have come a long way. You have forsaken your own heritage and culture for that of your husband. No matter how happy you claim you are you can’t hide the fact your parents have abandoned you and your choices. You are a loser. Hey! I mean everything you claim in your video is totally wrong, Muslims do not pray to Mubammad but God. Your knowledge of Islam is limited and so is your outlook. What you have done is a conversion of convenience. But hey your parents knew better. Good luck Sazan “Hendrix”.

    1. Wow. You are so disrespectful. I have no words for you. How can you have so much bitterness in your heart? Keep your comments to yourself, no one needs to read this crap.

  31. Your story is so inspirational! I am so glad to have came across your channel ….wish you all the best and may God keep blessing you….

  32. I respect you for being honest on the updated comment in your post – “I better understand the Islamic beliefs today and I apologize if what I said offended anyone.”

    I find this an irony that you left Islam not even understanding the basics of it in the first place. Islam is not what your parents or my parents say it is, it is what is said in the Qur’an and Sunnah – that is where we can learn the true teachings of Islam.

    Jesus is a human being, he was a Prophet of God sent to deliver the message to mankind. He is not God. God is greater than Jesus, greater than Muhammad, greater than all the prophets put together.

    I don’t know which version of the bible you read but read the first commandment.

    Exodus 20:4-6 (KJV) ;
    Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image (idol), or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

    If Christianity is the true religion and if the Churches practice true Christianity, why do the make an idol of God? Why are the images of Angels and all kinds of creatures from the sea and earth beneath displayed in ceilings of Churches… Is that not against the first commandment.

    Be true to your inner self always. Question and seek answers. Continue seeking knowledge and don’t be a blind follower.

  33. Thanks for sharing you story sazan. It’s sad how culture can misinform the beliefs of Islam. I’m Indian and I know that people often practice Islam from a cultural upbringing rather than with the simplicity and purity of what Islam truly stands for. Christianity, Judaism, and Islamic are all Abrahamic faiths and we beleive in one God, the same God. We don’t pray to prophet Mohammad, may peace be upon him. He’s a messenger of God, as is Jesus. Since it sounds your understanding of Islam is misinformed, it would awesome to study Islam, Judaism and and Christianity for so you can see how much similarity there truly is, and for self growth purposes.

  34. Wow! I’m in a similar situation (I come from a traditional indian home and God gifted me a white prince charming…oops!) Parents aren’t too keen on it, but we are fixing our eyes on Jesus and trusting in his timing. Thank you for sharing your story! <3

  35. God is the *most* gracious, the *most* merciful. He is the same God for us all, the god of Abraham, Mosas, Jesus, and Muhammad (peace be join them all). As you correctly amended, Muslims do not pray to or chant to Muhammad, the *only* one we pray to is to the one and only god that created us all. It’s unfortunate that you never learnt the beauty and truth of Islam but you seem like a very genuine and kind hearted person and I pray god guides you to the truth.

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