Frank Tupou Malik

Introduction
Hi Guys! My name is Frank
(Malik Muhammad) Tupou.

I live in Mangere, Tamaki Makaurau, with my wife and two kids.

I was born in New Zealand and went to Mount Albert Grammar.

Life before Islam.
Life before Islam is pretty tough to explain, I was questioning a lot of stuff and was wondering why I am put on earth? For what purpose?

It was my brother, sister and I, who
I was questioning what I was doing with my life.

I was also struggling with work and my relationship.

My first encounter with a Muslim.
My first encounter with a Muslim was at Ponsonby Masjid.
I was at an event at the opposite church and was wondering what the building opposite was.

So I went inside and met Shaykh Haroon Khauka the man who changed my life forever.

In 2009 I was really at some low points of my life and he taught me about Islam and helped me along with fellow brothers.

My Conversion.
It was 9 years after the meeting the Shaykh that I said to myself, "You know what? I am going to do it!"

In 2018 I took my leap of faith and took my shahada.

Alhamdullilah I am so glad I am able to open myself to Allah and find the truth I was waiting for.

What do I love about Islam?
The people, it is the open and lovely community who aren’t intimidated by me and open themselves to me.
Many families have invited me to learn about their culture.

How has Islam improved me as person?
I have learnt right from wrong.

My family likes my changes.
My wife is learning also and she became a Muslim in

2020.

I am teaching my kids about Islam, although they are also old enough.

As a Tongan/ Polynesian Muslim what challenges have I faced?
Just intimidation, but mostly positives Alhamdullilah.

Being Tongan, there are not many Tongan Muslims, and the majority are all Christian.

Brother Frank returned to his lord 05-06-2022 please make dua for him and his family.