zahed73 asked me to start a thread where we could discuss the events I have gone through, and what I have taken from them, that has led me to Islam. Also implicit in this journey we shall take together, is ensuring that my structure of principles, guiding my actions, and the things I say, do not conflict with what is written in the Qur'an.
Where to start? I have always known that there must be a simple, concise, robust source for the universe and my existence. It just didn't make sense. After the Army and my physics degree, I went on the road as a computer programmer and lived in several states. Throughout it all I have been a voracious reader of things spiritual.
Finally, after some clarification as to my sexual orientation, I put myself (unknowingly) into hell, 6 years ago. It took the realization in my life of unwavering faith in God and heart-felt intentional prayer to Allah for him to reach into my heart and lift me out of hell.
After years of trying to go back to a "normal" life, I have now devoted my life to Allah. May he guide me true, and may I live my life always following his guidance.