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Yes!
I Converted to Islam
and here is Why?
By
Muhammad Haneef Shahid
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Yes!
I Converted to Islam
and here is Why?
By
Muhammad Haneef Shahid
Adapted by
Research Division
Darussalam
DARUSSALAM
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
In the Name of Allah
the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
"Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam. Those who
were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians)
did not differ except, out of mutual jealousy,
after knowledge had come to them. And
whoever disbelieves in the Ayat (proofs,
evidences, verses, signs, revelations,
etc.) of Allah, then surely, Allah is
Swift in calling to account.
(11- 'Imran, 3: 19)
Contents
Publishers Note ...................................................................... 07
Views of the Reverts in brief about Islam ......................... 08
Moderation and temperance are keynote oflslam ................ 08
Islam alone can satisfy the needs of every member.. ............. 08
Islam alone offers the solution of present-day problems ....... 09
Islam has always attracted me both by its simplicity
and by the devotion of its followers ..................................... 09
The purity and simplicity of the Islamic Faith ..................... 10
In Islam I have found the true faith ...................................... 11
I have accepted Islam because it fits in so well
with my own ideas ................................................................ 11
Islam is the religion I have been seeking for ........................ 12
If Britain and Europe were converted to Islam, they would
again be powerful forces for good ........................................ 12
Views of the Reverts in brief about the Noble Qur' an
The Noble Qur'an contains what every soul mostly requires .14
I studied a Muslim translation of the Noble Qur'an ............. 14
The Noble Qur'an is full of truths and its teaching are so
practical and free from dogmatic tenets and mysteries! ........ 15
At the Threshold of Islam ................................................... .
Why did I embrace Islam? .................................................... 17
My adherence to Islam! ........................................................ 22
What led me to embrace Islam? ........................................... 24
Why did I embrace Islam? .................................................... 26
Why am I a Muslim? ............................................................ 29
How I came to Islam ............................................................. 31
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Conversion to Islam .............................................................. 34
How was I committed to Islam? ........................................... 36
Why did I become a Muslim? ............................................... 39
Why I accepted Islam? ........................................................ .41
Islam - my choice ................................................................. 45
Why I embraced Islam? ....................................................... 46
An Interview with 'Ayesha kim .......................................... .49
Why did I embrace Islam? .................................................... 54
Why is Islam my choice? ...................................................... 56
My allegiance to Islam .......................................................... 57
Why I embraced Islam? ..................................................... 59
How I entered Islam? ......................................................... 61
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Publishers Note
All praise is due to Allah, and may He exalt the mention of our
Prophet ~, his household and Companions.
Allah has chosen Muhammad ~ to be His last Messenger to convey
His lost Message to mankind. This means that Islam is not restricted
to one particular race, rather, it is a universal message to mankind at
large. It the only Deen of which Allah approves. He says:
And he who seeks a Deen other than Islam, it shall not be
accepted from him and he shall be among the losers on the
Day of Resurrection. (3:85)
Islam has received throughout ages great response to the point
that there is not a single city in the world which is void of
Muslims. This is due to the fact that whoever applies reason while
studying Islam, cannot help but accepts it out of conviction.
Darussalam has compiled in this book sample testimonies of
those who studied Islam objectively and converted to it
conscientiously. It is not that Islam needs such testimonies in order
to verify its authenticity. Our intention is to let those who have
not yet contemplated converting to Islam share the insights of those
who already have by reading their testimonies and to know that
Islam is a faith which is suitable for all ages and applicable until
the end of time.
Our ultimate objective is to pass on the Message and to help
deliver as many people as we can from the torment of Hell
expecting our reward only from Allah the Exalted to Whom we are
grateful.
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Abdul Malik Mujahid
General Manager
Views of the Reverts in
brief about Islam
Moderation and temperance are
keynote of Islam
The simplicity of Islam, the powerful appeal and
compelling atmosphere of its mosques, the earnestness of
its faithful adherents, the confidence inspiring realization of
the millions throughout the world who answer the five daily
calls to prayer - these factors attracted me from the first.
The broad-minded tolerance of Islam for other religions
recommends it to all lovers of liberty. Muhammad
admonished his followers to treat well the believers in the
Old and New Testament; and Abraham, Moses, Jesus are
acknowledged as co-Prophets of the One God. Surely this is
generous and far in advance of the attitude of other
religions.
Moderation and temperance in all things, keynote of Islam,
won my unqualified approbation.
Col. Donald S. Rockwell
U.S.A.
Islam alone can satisfy the needs of every
member of the human family
Christianity must go the way of all things, and henceforth
perish and forever to make room for the True Religion of
God to mankind, and that is Islam, which is Truth, sincerity,
toleration, looking to the interests of man and pointing him
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to the Right Way. Islam alone can satisfy the needs of every
member of the human family, and Muslims are the only
people among whom can be found the "True Book of
Brotherhood" in reality and not mere "make-belief' as in
Christianity .
Sir Jalaluddin Lauder Brunton
England
Islam alone offers the solution
of present-day problems
To the Western mind, the chief appeal of Islam must be its
simplicity. Admittedly, there are one or two other faiths
which are as easy of approach but they sadly lack the vitality
of the Faith of the Prophet (may AWih bless him), and the
spiritual and moral elevation which it offers.
Islam must also appeal by virtue of its tolerance ... Strangely
Christian intolerance awakened my first interest in Islam.
The Churches are utterly incapable of grappling with
present-day problems. Islam alone, offers the solution.
John Fisher
Newcastle
Islam has always attracted me both
by its simplicity and by the
devotion of its followers
Since adopting Islam as my faith I feel that I have come to a
turning point in my life, and to account for this, to give you
some idea as to why I have become a Muslim. I have subjected
myself to what I might call a self-psychological analysis.
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Islam had always attracted me both by its simplicity and by
the devotion of its followers ... I was taught to regard all
religions other than Christianity as blasphemous and their
adherents as heathens.
Islam has given me a very practical method of breaking
down the barrier of materialism in one ofthe Five Pillars of
Faith, namely 'Prayer.' The Muslim prayer keeps me
constantly aware of my duty to AlHlli, to my soul, and to my
fellow creatures.
Khalid D'Larnger Remraf
The purity and simplicity of the Islamic
Faith and its obvious Truth made
a special appeal to me!
The purity and simplicity of the Islamic Faith, its freedom
from dogma and sacredotalism and its obvious Truth made
a special appeal to me. The honesty and sincerity of the
Muslims, too, are greater than anything I have seen in
Christians.
Another beauty ofIslam is its equality. It is only Islam that
has real equality maintained between man and man and no
other religion has anything like it. The Faith of Islam
generates unity.
The Deen of Islam is also the cleanest religion in the world
because Muslims have to wash the exposed parts of the
body five times a day, a practice not found in any other
religion of the world.
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A. w.L. Van Kuy/enhurg
(Known as M.A. Rahman)
In Islam I have found the true Faith for
which I had been seeking so long
I devoted a considerable amount of my spare time to a
thorough study of an English translation of the Holy
Qur' an, and as I read over and over again, certain of the
words of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah exalt his
mention), I could not help but see that here, at last, in Islam
I had found the true faith for which I had been seeking so
long.
I would like to say that I feel confident, that if only people
in this and other Western countries can be brought to
appreciate the full meaning of Islam, and what it stands for,
the ranks of Islam will be daily swelled, only unfortunately
there is a vast amount of misapprehension in the minds of
many 'Free Thinkers' and others who still cling to their old
creed simply because they require the moral courage to
abandon a faith, with the principles of which they are, at
variance, and to embrace Islam.
Walker H. Williams
I have accepted Islam because it fits in
so well with my own ideas
A man becomes a truer Christian or a Jew by way oflslam,
than by any way advocated by the Christian or Jewish
people to-day.
In Islam, there is tolerance and an acknowledgement of
universal brotherhood. So, I may say, that I have accepted
Islam because it fits in so well with my own ideas about
Allah and His beautiful plan. It is the only Faith I really can
understand. Indeed, such is its simplicity and beauty that even
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a little child can understand it.
Amina Le Fleming
Islam is the religion I have
been seeking for
Islam is the religion I have been seeking for since my school
days. My mind was dissatisfied all along with the Christian
teachings till I was old enough to have independence of
thought to shake them off. I came in touch with the true
religion of Islam. I became interested in Islam, whose
keynote is simplicity - for instance, belief in the Unity['] of
AlHih. This is why it appeals to me.
The religion of Islam has given me peace and happiness
such as I never had before.
Miss Joan Fatima
If Britain and Europe were converted to
Islam, they would again be powerful
forces for good
There is no version of Christianity which is really
satisfactory. Christians believe that because of the fall of
Adam and Eve, all human beings are born in a state of
original. sin, and are unable by their own actions to merit
Heaven. Muslims, however, do not believe that people are
punished for the sin of Adam and Eve. They believe that all
human beings are born of innocence, and can only lose their
[1] 'Unity' is not the proper word to use, instead the word 'Oneness'
describes Monotheism in real sense Editor.
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hope of Heaven by their own sins when they are old enough
to be guilty of deliberate wrong-doing.
If Britain and Europe were converted to Islam, they would
again be powerful forces for good. British and European
Muslims are some of the best.
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Khadija F.R. Fezoui
England
Views of the Reverts in brief
about the Noble Qur'an
The Noble Qur'an contains what
every soul mostly requires
Since my youth, I have been greatly impressed by Islamic
civilization in all its aspects, its poetry and architecture; and
very often I have told myself that a people who could give to
the world so vast a treasure of beauty and significance in every
branch of culture, must also have attained to the highest levels
both in philosophy and religion.
In my enthusiasm for Islam, I began to study all religions,
from the most ancient to those of the present day,
comparing each with the other, and subjecting them to very
close criticism; and little by little, I became convinced that
the Muslim worship is the True Religion, and that the Noble
Qur'an contained what every soul mostly requires for its
spiritual elevation.
Count Eduardo Gioja
Italy
I studied a Muslim translation of the
Noble Qur' an and was astounded
to read such noble precepts and
inspiring passages!
I studied a Muslim translation of the Noble Qur'an, and was
astounded to read such noble precepts and inspiring
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passages, such wise and practical advice for everyday life. It
made me wonder why I had been taught that Muhammad
was a false prophet, and how I had not heard the truth about
this wonderful religion earlier.
Islam, if sincerely followed, must bring that peace to the
mind and body which the world itself needs, and create a
perfect social order.
Hasan V. Mathews
The Noble Qur'an is full of truths, and its
teachings are so practical and free from
dogmatic tenets and mysteries!
As a Roman Catholic, I had the opportunity of studying the
Catholic faith to a great extent. I was doing my best to
convince myself that Catholicism was the only true faith,
but alas! its mysteries, dogmas and the compulsory 'must
believes' did not pennit me to remain quiet. I started my
search for the Truth and remained engaged in this for many
years quite silently.
In Hinduism and Buddhism, I found such 'vacant spots' that
the only alternative left to me was to study Islam. At one time,
I really held Islam in abhorrence. I had no Muslim friends, for
Islam was so repulsive to me that I did not want even to
associate with its adherents. Little did I dream that ... books on
Islam would make a new man of me. I was gradually
becoming so observed in the lovely teachings ofIslam that it
did not take me long to go earnestly further into it. I began to
love Islam because of its straight and non-mysterious path. It is
clean and simple, yet so full of deep studies that I soon felt the
inevitable was drawing nigh.
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The Noble Qur'an, some passages of which I read, simply
struck me with wonder, for I had the idea that there was
nothing to rival the Bible. I found, however, that I was
hopelessly mistaken in this. Indeed, the Noble Qur'an, is so
full of truths, and its teachings so practical and free from
dogmatic tenets and mysteries, that I was daily being drifted
into the religion of 'Peace and Love' which Islam certainly is.
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Mumin Abdur-Razzaque
Selliah, Ceylon
At the Threshold of Islam
Why did I embrace Islam?
Why did I embrace Islam? My only convincing answer to
this question is that Almighty AlHih in His Glory helped me
in admitting the Greatest Truth and testifying to the biggest
reality to the world. I, however, know fully well that human
nature and its disposition refuse to be convinced of certain
facts and realities without satisfactory proofs and cogent
arguments. Keeping in view man's nature, I feel that this
reply of mine would not satisfy those who are not inclined
towards, nor do they feel any interest in, searching for the
Truth, nor those on whom the light of truth has not dawned.
I am, therefore, left with no alternative but to reduce to
writing some of the reasons and causes that induced me to
embrace Islam and to stick to it. While staying in a
European society, I express my joy and jubiliation, that the
people living in these societies do not change their religion
nor do they deviate from their faith for the sake of
economic, political or social temptations nor do they rush to
ttmbrace any religion, unless it works as a strong incentive
and an effective factor to open up their hearts and generate
spiritual tranquillity. Otherwise, they remain contented with
infidelity and apostasy.
Here then, if one pauses to consider, one will come to the
conclusion that my own act, or for that matter, the act of any
individual in the European society, of embracing Islam does
not imply earning economic profits or attaining social
advantages. The matter is rather the other way round.
Firstly, we, the peoples of the European society, attach no
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importance to religious matters. However, ifthere is anyone
from among the European society who cares for religion,
the aim of such a one is nothing but to find God. As such,
my own interest in Islam meant nothing but search for the
Truth and the direction of right thinking.
A desire of search for the Truth arose in my heart. A
longing to find the Truth crept into my self. This was when
I saw that many doubts and misgivings had been growing
and rising in my imagination and memory about the
Christian beliefs and its fundamentals. At the same time, the
capacity of Christianity fell short of providing resistance
and protection against those doubts and misgivings.
Christianity used to press that all its tenets be admitted
without proof and argument.
To cite an example, my heart is not inclined to accept the
Christian belief that Glorious Almighty AlHih sent Prophet
Jesus Christ for the whole world as an expiator of the sins
of all the slaves of Allah. It also did not appeal to me that
the entire humanity was sullied with various colours of sins
including disobedience, and all the sins of the slaves of
Allah were forgiven, following the crucifixion of Jesus
Christ. I also felt that Allah Himself inevitably possesses
hIll power to save His slaves and to keep them away from
committing sins and crimes. I also felt that He has all the
might to forgive, on His own, the sins ofI-lis slaves without
any explanation being necessary. Thus, Glorious Allah does
not need any explanation to forgive the sins of His slaves.
Even so, I felt that the belief of making the Prophets a
ransom for the sins of the entire humanity is tantamount and
similar (God forbid) to imputing motives of wrong-doing
and injustice to All-mighty Allah. On the other hand, man
may commit sins and crimes without any hesitation and
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hitch. Whenever I expressed these doubts to any Christian
scholar or priest, he advised me to banish from my mind
these doubts and instigated me to accept those beliefs of
Christianity, without any reservation. They strongly pressed
me to give up the idea that they are not convincing, so that
these doubts and views may not grow nor flourish in my
mind. The desire to search for the Truth had been constantly
growing till I arrived at a very critical juncture which denies
all faith and (revealed) laws.
In those days I had the opportunity to come across a
religious and capable Muslim who, inspite of being
charmed by the glamour of European culture and
civilization, used to take pride in stating that he was a
Muslim. He affirmed that, through the blessings of Islam,
he enjoyed contentment of the heart and mental tranquillity.
On the other hand, a feeling of weirdness and disgust
against the name of religion had got hold of my heart. This
assertion of his filled my heart with a sense of astonishment
and I was drowned in a sea of thought: Is there a religion
which provides heart's contentment and mental peace to
those who profess and follow it? This idea induced me to
acquire knowledge about Islam and its disciplines. Now I
claim by dint of my studies that Islam is the immortal
religion of AWih which has the ability to elate the hearts of
those who submit to it. It helps them in all their affairs and
difficulties. It removes all doubts and suspicions arising in
the hearts of the people from the teachings and beliefs of
other religions.
()ne of the most important teachings of Islam that influenced
my heart is that it does not call man to submit to it without
thinking and reflection. On the other hand, man has been
invited to think and reflect deeply and clearly and weigh
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every Islamic belief on the scale of understanding and
wisdom before accepting it. In Islam, Allah the All-Mighty is
the source and fountainhead of justice. It is, therefore, not
possible that AWlh should make any man a ransom for the
sins of all mankind. According to the Islamic belief, Allah
the All-Mighty possesses all eternal, exalted attributes and is
free from all shortcomings and defects. For this reason, Islam
maintains that this notion is against wisdom and beyond
conception, that Allah the All-Mighty has bestowed on man
the liberty to commit sins and has given him free rein to
indulge in offences under the theory of expiation.
These are, thus, the eternal teachings of Islam which cleared
up from my mind the tendency of hate against religion and
religious regulations. They led me to the conclusion that
religion is a permanent, independent code of law which
ensures for man everlasting prosperity, eternal honour and
endless victory and triumph.
At this critical stage, on the one hand, I made an extensive,
intensive and analytical study ofIslam, from the standpoint
of abiding law of life. On the other hand, I focussed my
keen attention on the question: how Islam provides man
with peace of mind and tranquillity of the self in the present
age in which new problems and contemporary issues crop
up from day to day. So, when my heart came at rest and my
self calmed down from both the directions, I embraced
Islam. For lack of space it is not possible for me to express
all the impressions and the emotions that my mind received.
It is, however, necessary to clarifY the lessons with which I
was inspired in Islam: It is that Islam directs the entire
humanity towards the real goal of its creation and guides it
to achieve those lofty aims. It conveys the message of peace
and security to the human society; establishes bonds of
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fraternity and equality among them and obliterates all
differences and disputes including those of colour, race and
nationality. It rescues them from social and economic
exploitation and from all other shapes of racial
discrimination. It leads them to a vast expanse of right
guidance and a path that is uniform and straight.
Not only does Islam oppose stagnation and deterioration in
Ii fe, but it also calls all mankind to achieve advancement
and development. It allows the individual to earn money
and wealth and attain industrial and commercial
development. It gives him the right to wages and awards as
long as these activities are lawful and are not ill-gotten. So
Islam is a complete and comprehensive evolution. It
embraces all aspects of revolution and excellence. It is a
belief that advances, along with the entire humanity, in the
right and straight direction, where man feels that he is a
member of an international community, understands his
duties and is solicitious about the demands of life.
When about ten years ago I embraced Islam, peace and
tranquillity returned to my distracted, troubled and defiant
nature.
Praise, gratitude and thanks to AlHih that I am enjoying a
life full of contentment and satisfaction.
Dr. Abdul Karim Herbert
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My adherence to Islam!
As a Doctor of Medicine, and a descendant of a French
Catholic family, the very choice of my profession has given
me a solid scientific culture which had prepared me very
little for a mystic life. Not that I did believe in Allah, but
that the dogmas and rites of Christianity in general and of
Catholicism in particular never permitted me to feel His
presence. Thus, my unitary sentiment for God forbade my
accepting the dogma of the Trinity, and consequently of the
Divinity of Jesus Christ.
Without yet knowing Islam, I was already believing in the
first part of the Kalimah - Lii iliiha illa-Alliih (There is no
true god except Allah), and in these Verses of the Qur'an.
So, it was first of all for metaphysical reasons that I adhered
to Islam. Other reasons, too, prompted me to do that. For
instance, my refusal to accept Catholic priests, who, more
or less, claim to possess on behalf of God the power of
forgiving the sins of men. Further, I could never admit the
Catholic' rite of communion, by means of the host (or holy
bread), representing the body of Jesus Christ, a rite which
seems to me to belong to totemistic practices of primitive
peoples, where the body of the ancestral totem, the taboo of
the living ones, had to be consumed after his death, in order
better to assimilate his personality. Another point which
moved me away from Christianity was the absolute silence
which it maintains regarding bodily cleanliness, particularly
before prayers, which has always seemed to me to be an
outrage against Allah. For if He has given us a soul He has
also given us a body, then we have no right to neglect. The
same silence could be observed, and this time mixed with
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hostility with regard to the physiological life of the human
being, whereas on this point Islam seemed to me to be the
only religion in accord with human nature .
The essential and definite element of my conversion to
Islam was the Qur'an. I began to study it, before my
conversion, with the critical spirit of a Western intellectual,
and lowe much to the magnificient work of Mr. Malek
Bennabi, entitled Le Phenomene Coranique, which
convinced me of its being divinely revealed. There are
certain Verses of this Book, the Qur'an, revealed more than
thirteenli] centuries ago, which teach exactly the same
notions as the most modern scientific researches do. This
definitely converted me to the second part of the Kalimah:
'Muhammad-ur-Rasulullah' (Muhammad is the Messenger
of Allah).
This was my reason for presenting myself at the Mosque in
Paris, where I declared my faith in Islam and was registered
there as a Muslim by the Mufti of the Paris Mosque, and was
given the Islamic name of' Ali Selman.'
I am very happy in my new faith, and proclaim once again:
"I bear witness that there is no true god except Allah;
and I bear witness that Muhammad is Allah's slave
and Messenger."
[I] Fourteen centuries ago - Editor.
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Ali Selman Benoist
(France)
Doctor of Medicine
What led me to embrace Islam?
Professor Arthur Alison is the Head of the Department of
Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the University of
London. For several years he had been the President of the
British Society for Psychological and Spiritual Studies. In
the course of his study of religions, he got acquainted with
Islam. When he compared Islam with the religions and
creeds he had studied, he found it suited his inborn nature
and satisfied his requirements.
He was invited to the First Islamic International Conference
on the Medical Inimitability held in Cairo from 29th
September to 6th October 1985, under the auspices of the
Egyptian Medical Syndicate. In the conference, he
presented a paper on the psychological and spiritual
methods of therapy in the light of the Holy Quran, in
addition to another paper on sleep and death in the light of
Verse 42 of Surah Az-Zumar (39) which he presented in
collaboration with Dr. Mohammed Yahya Sharafi. The
facts, presented in the conference, were an eyeopener to
him.
At the concluding session of the Conference attended by
Shaikhul Azhar Jad AI-Haq, the Egyptian Minister of
Awqaf, Dr. Mohammed Ahmady and Dr. Mohammed
Yahya Sharafi and in the presence of Press Reporters and
T.V. Correspondents, Professor Arthur Alison stood to
declare that Islam is the religion of truth and inborn nature
with which Allah has created man. Then he uttered the two
testimonies (Shahadatain) saying: that he bears witness that
there is no god, but Allah and that Muhammad is the
Prophet of Allah.
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In an interview given to the Arabic weekly, AI-Muslimoon of
I,ondon, he narrated the story of his conversion to Islam
saymg:
"In the course of my study of psychology and related
subjects as the President of the British Society for
Psychological and Spiritual Studies, I got acquainted
with religions. I studied the religions of Hinduism,
Buddhism and some other religions and creeds. When
I studied Islam, I compared it to other religions.
"During the Conference on 'Medical Inimitability in
the Qur' an,' I could realize that the difference was
great. Then I was convinced that Islam is the most
proper religion that befits my inborn nature and
conduct. In my heart, I had felt that there is a God
controlling the Universe. He is the Creator.
"Therefore, when I studied about Islam, I found that it
did not conflict with reason and science. So, I believed
that it was the revealed religion from One and Only
Allah. As I witnessed the truth, I uttered the two
testimonies. The moment I uttered it, I was
overwhelmed by a strange and ineffable feeling
mingled with ease, comfort and satisfaction."
Prof. Arthur Alison
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Why did I Embraced Islam?
I was brought up in the religion of the Church of England,
and hardly remember any time when Sunday was not
English Sunday, a thing that is-or has become-almost an
institution in this country. Also, it was a day when one was
being constantly told not to do this thing, and not to do the
other. One was severely reprimanded for "being naughty on
Sunday," as if it was worse to do wrong on a Sunday than
any other day. In the morning, church was the first order of
the day; and when I began to argue on certain points
connected with the Christian doctrine, or to question its
accuracy, not only was nobody able to answer any of my
questions, but I was told it was wrong to make inquiries. I
was told God had written the Bible; but when I asked, had
He written it with a pen, where was the original document,
and had anyone seen Him do so, such questions raised pious
horror in the mind of my governess. It was not only dull, but
extremely irksome for me to have to follow a religion which
from its very root beliefs was so entirely illogical and
impossible. Not only did I wish to love the God I
worshipped, but I was extremely interested in Him, and
eager to know more about Him as He really was. I could
never reconcile the idea of an All-Mighty or All-Merciful
God allowing His Son such an ignominious and shameful
death as a means to save the world-for the very fact of the
crucifixion proved to me that such a God who, could do
such a thing could be neither "All-Mighty" nor "AllMerciful."
If He were All-Mighty, there was no need for
Him to require the assistance from anyone else, human or
divine, and if He were All-Merciful, He could not willingly
allow a perfectly innocent person to suffer for the sins
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committed by other people who were guilty. Not only that,
but I had only to look around me at the sins and wrongs
going on in the world, to see that it had in no way been
saved by the death of an innocent man; and on discussing
the matter with people I found that half the people who
professed to be Christians did not really believe all they
were supposed to, but held to it, because it was so much
easier not to change or to bother to think for themselves.
The Sunday afternoons were spent in my being obliged to
learn the catechism or a hymn by heart. How much better
would it have been had I been told some real and ennobling
truth about my Creator, than to be made to repeat in a
parrot-like fashion the rules of a doctrine I did not believe
in. I was relieved that at all events I was not confirmed, for
that seemed to me to be the culminating point of the whole
thing. I hated the words "Body and blood of Christ," even if
in the Protestant faith they were only meant allegorically
and theoretically, and not as the "real body and blood of
Christ" as in the Catholic Church. The idea of the
sacraments worried me greatly, but I secretly determined, I
would never be confirmed. Sunday evening we finished up
with hymns, and to refuse to come and join in, and sing
them, was considered most disobedient, only to be accepted
with the alternative of going to bed if! couldn't behave like
the rest. Thus, Sunday was a long day that dragged wearily
through" and it was such a strain-what with Sunday
expressions, Sunday behaviour, Sunday occupations, hymnsinging
and church-that it often ended in my behaving
worse than on an ordinary weekday. The Bible I always
heartily disliked-it gave me neither comfort, consolation,
nor the smallest help whatever. When I grew up, I found it
such a mass of contradictions, extraordinary fables and
impossibilities, that one felt disgusted and saddened instead
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of being helped and comforted. Those who WL:rL: supposed
to be in a position to interpret it-clergymen, f()r instanccfailed
entirely when I questioned them concerning it. What,
therefore, could be the use of a book that was so wrapped
up in fable and fancy that no one could explain it? The
Bible is the result of a collaboration of dozens of di I'lercnt
authors. Science and geology prove that the Beginning, as
described in Genesis, is an .utter impossibility. We havc also
proof that King David never wrote the Psalms, and that
various other parts of the Bible attributed to different people
were not written by them. Thus then, since so many people
have had the task of inventing the Bible, who is to be
believed? The Holy Book of Islam-the Qur'an-on the
contrary, has come to us through only one man, namely, the
holy Prophet Muhammad. It has never been altered, twisted,
paraphrased and transcribed as the Bible, but has remained
true to its original copy. The Qur'an appealed to me. The
doctrine of Islam appealed to me. These, then, are some of
the reasons why I have embraced Islam, a religion that is
comforting, uplifting, and sustaining, and why I have
discarded one that has never, from the first word I learnt of
it, ever inspired, encouraged, or uplifted me at all.
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Ameena Annie Spieget
An English Lady
Why am I a Muslim?
My early religious training was in the Christian faith. This,
however, was a matter of birth, not of choice-our early
religious training is generally in the faith of our parents.
Later in life, our religion is usually accepted as a matter of
fact. We, however, question and examine everything except
our religious faith, particularly if it is Christianity.
The Christian Bible, being the textbook of Christianity, is a
book which I have read many times. I doubt if there is a
person who does not shudder while reading its pages, filled
as they are with blood-curdling slaughter, rapine and
destruction, along with its tales of incest, rape and other vile
obscenity. Indeed, after reading the Bible one cannot help
but wonder as to the nature ofthis "God of the Christians."
Almost every Christian home contains the Bible, but it is
generally used as a mantelpiece decoration. If it were the
custom of the printer to deliver this book with its edges
uncut, it would, no doubt, remain so for many years.
Charles Francis Potter, D. D., in his book "The Story of
Religion" wrote: "The Christian Bible may be 'the book
nobody knows' in America, but the Qur'an is the book
everybody reads in Islam." Yes, indeed, and it is an
advantage to Christianity that the Bible is "the book nobody
knows." The Bible was the first cause in leading me away
from Christianity.
Having lost all interest in Christianity, I began a study of
other world religions, as well as various "ologies" ·and
"isms." All this was followed by agnosticism and atheism.
However, there is, I believe, in mankind an innate certainty
deeply rooted which persists in proclaiming the fact that
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there is a Allah, a Divine Creator, Master of the universe.
But not the God who glories in bloodshed, atrocities and
sensuousness. It was this "innate certainty" which caused
me to return to a further study of religion.
I found that Islam appeals to one's reason; it docs not
contain the pessimism of Buddhism; it is not void of
Divinity like Shintoism or Confucianism, nor is it a 1l1011CYmade
religion. I found that it invites and encourages the
pursuit of knowledge. The pages of history are filled with
facts citing the hindrances which Christianity placed in the
pathway of progress and civilization. It was a traditional
saying of the Prophet Muhammad of Blessed Memory that
"who so pursue the road of knowledge; Allah will direct
him to the road of lannah; verily the angels spread their
arms to receive him who seek after knowledge; verily the
superiority of a learned man over a mere worshipper is like
that of the full moon over the stars."
I do not hesitate to state that were Islam better known in the
Western World, it would astound the civilized world by its
gain in adherents. The reason why it is not better known, is that
it is with difficulty that one can obtain authorized or even
unbiased literature pertaining to the Islamic faith. However, I
am sure, time will rectifY this condition.
In bringing this article to an end, I wish to state that I am
very happy to add my voice to the millions who proclaim to
the world La ilaha ilia-Allah, Muhammad-ur-RasulullahThere
is no true god but Allah and Muhammad is His
Messenger.
Harry E. Heinkel
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How I came to Islam
As a child I had won several prizes for proficiency in the
Scriptures, but the more I learnt of my religion the more
sceptical I became of it. At fourteen years of age I went
through the rites of "Confirmation" in my church. By going
through this ceremony I expected to banish all my doubts and
fears, and to be able to face my troubles aided by the Spirit of
God (which, I was informed, would enter my body through
the fingers of the Bishop who laid his hands on my head).
Instead of strengthening my belief, however, this ceremony
only added to my growing conviction that my religion was a
mass of foolish superstitions and ridiculous rites.
By the time I had left school and gone to a University, this
suspicion had become a certainty; the Christian Church, as I
had been shown it, meant little or nothing to me.
I could admire Jesus as a noble saint and martyr, to make a
God of him seemed to me to be decidedly unreasonable, and
certainly not in keeping with his own teachings. Although I
found it a simple matter to discover fallacies in the creed I
had discarded, it was more difficult for me to discover a more
logical one to take its place. Christianity was a mass of
contradictions and superstitions. Rationalism offered at best a
very unsatisfactory belief: and there appeared to be no
reasonable religion to combine the best elements of all the
different faiths I had read and heard about!
I almost despaired of finding an established creed which would
include all the ideas I had formulated; and for a long time I
tried to satisfY myselfwith vague beliefs of my own.
One day I chanced on a copy of "Islam and Civilisation" by
Khawaja Kamal-ud-Din.
As I read it, I realised that nearly all my own beliefs were
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included in the doctrine the little volume expounded.
The broad outlook ofIslam, as opposed to the intolerance of
the Christian sects, the learning and culture in the Islamic
countries of the Middle Ages, compared with the ignorance
and superstition of other lands at that time, the logical
theory of compensation as against the Christian idea of
Atonement, were a few of the points that first struck me.
Later I came to realise that here was a faith as wide as
humanity itself, ready for the guidance of rich and poor
alike, and able to break down all barriers of creed and
colour. Through the Muslim Mission, I obtained some more
detailed information of the teachings of the Holy Prophet.
The Imam of the Mosque at Woking was always ready to
answer any of my criticisms, and his friendly and interesting
letters did much to encourage me to inquire further about
this :faith that was being revealed to me. I was so confident
in Islam and its ability to fulfill all spiritual needs, that after
a month or two I almost regarded myself as a Muslim.
I wisely decided, however, not to rush matters, but to
consider this new religion of mine from all angles before I
finally adopted it for my guide in life.
It has always been a theory of mine that things easily come
by are easily lost, and likewise beliefs lightly adopted are
often just as li,.ghtly discarded. Therefore, I read as many
criticisms of Islam as I could, specialising in books written
about the Holy Prophet and his message by Western writers.
Some of what I read was not always favourable to Islam,
but the better and more unprejudiced writers were generally
forced to admit the value of Islam and its doctrine to
civilization, and in some cases even to testifY to the truth of
its message.
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I put my beliefs to a further test by discussing them with a
learned friend of mine whose opinions I have always valued
very highly. I discovered to my surprise that he shared most
of my views,-in fact he was a Muslim without realizing it
himselfl There must be thousands of people like him;
people who have discovered Islam for themselves not
realizing that their own ideas were taught by Muhammad
hundreds of years ago. During the'past few months my faith
in Islam has grown, and I am now supremely confident that
I have found the truth at last. Now that I have a religion, I
can really understand and follow, I feel that I can face life
with renewed vigour. Incidentally, since I found my real
faith, I have had more good fortune and happiness in my
daily life than I have had at any time previously. It is one of
my ambitions to bring the light of Islam to some of those
who are as dissatisfied with their own beliefs as I was, and
to give them that peace of mind which is the keynote of our
great and glorious creed.
T.H. Me C Barklie
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Conversion to Islam
In my studies about Islam, I found out that Islam teaches the
purest form of monotheism in the fullest sense 0 f the word.
God has no sharer and partner. He is the Creator, Cherisher,
Sustainer and Sovereign of the entire universe. All our
sincere worship and reverence belong to Him alone and that
all the beautiful names of God are His exclusive perfect
attributes which nobody of His creation has the right to
arrogate them to himself. To associate partners or take other
gods besides Him contradicts the Oneness of God.
Indeed, Islam has shown me the Truth, the right kind of
Belief and the correct path that leads man to his Creator. So,
after nine months of exposure to Islam, I was fully
convinced of the truth without any reservation, I embraced
Islam on June 3, 1985. In fact, I had no difficulty in
embracing Islam. As you know, man, being a rational
creature, must not only uphold the truth but is duty bound to
declare and defend truth under all circumstances. It would
be an act of obstinacy, whimsy, shame and irreligious to
ignore the truth which is tantamount to betrayal of the
Creator to Whom we owe our very existence. Had God
willed to wipe us, He could have done it anytime, but He
has specific Divine purpose for each of us. God has
manifested what He requires from us when He said:
"And I (AlHih) created not the jinn and humans except
to worship Me (Alone)." (Sarah Az-Zariydt, 51 :56)
Praise is to Allah Who has been kind to bring me to the
correct and straight path. All this has happened because of
the Noble Book-Qur'an- which answered all my doubts
and strengthened my faith in Islam.
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I met a European, Mr. Mathews, who had embraced Islam
years before. He told me a lot about the Faith ofIslam, and
the simplicity and truthfulness of it made a very deep
impression on me. Just before I came home, I had the very
great pleasure of reading the Noble Qur'an, which
influenced me profoundly, and it was then that I decided to
embrace Islam. I had already asked Mr. Mathews about the
procedure to be followed, and so on my arrival in England, I
wrote to Lord Headley, who was kind enough to give me
the information I required.
On the whole, I think the main cause of my embracing
Islam was the fact that I found it to be the only religion
where faith and truth are truly predominant.
I may add that I do not like the pomp of other religions,
because it always reminds me of the Lord Mayor's Show.
H.G. Newitt
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How was I committed to Islam?
I was born in a German Christian family during the most
ferocious part of Wodd War II, in Berlin, in 1943. My
family moved first to Spain, during the same year, and later,
in 1948, to Argentina. There I stayed for 15 years. I
attended my grade and high school at the Roman Catholic
"La Salle" school, in Cordoba, Argentine. As was to be
expected, I became very soon a fervent Catholic. I was
lectured over an hour daily on Catholic religion and I often
attended religious services. At twelve, my dream was to
become a Roman Catholic priest. I was completely
committed to the Christian faith.
AWih observed my folly, and one memorable day, nearly
seven years ago, He permitted that a copy of Spanish
translation of the Noble Qur'an should reach my hands. My
father did not object my reading it, as he supposed that it
would only contribute to give me a broader background,
and nothing else. He was far from guessing the effect the
Words of AlHih were going to exert on my mind ... As I
opened the Noble Book, I was a fanatic Roman Catholic; as
I closed it, I was completely committed to Islam ...
Obviously, my opinion ofIslam was not favorable one before
I read the Noble Qur'an. I took the Holy Book with curiosity,
and opened it with scorn, expecting to find in it horrible
errors, blasphemies, superstitions and contradictions, I was
biased, but I was also very young and my heart had no time to
harden completely yet. I went through the Surah reluctantly
at the beginning, eagerly then, and finally with a desperate
thirst for Truth. Then, in the greatest moment of my life,
Allah gave me His guidance and led me from superstition to
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Truth, from darkness to Light, from Christianity to Islam ... in
the blessed pages of the Noble Qur'an, I found solution to all
my problems, satisfaction to all my needs, explication for all
my doubts. Allah attracted me to His Light with irresistible
strength, and I gladly yielded to Him. Everything seemed
clear now, everything made sense to me, and I began to
understand myself, the universe and Allah. I was bitterly
aware that I had been deceived by my dearest teachers, and
that their words were only cruel lies, whether they were
aware of it or not. My whole world was shattered in one
instant; all concepts had to be revised. But the bitterness in
my heart was amply superseded by the ineffable joy of
having found my Rubb at last, and I was filled with life and
gratitude to Him. I still humbly praise and bless Him for His
Mercy with me; without His help, I would have remained in
darkness and stupidity forever.
Swelled with joy and enthusiasm, I hurried to communicate
my findings to other people, to my parents, to my schoolmates,
to my instructors... I wanted everybody to know the Truth, to
be free of ignorance and prejudice, to feel the joy I felt. I met a
fortress surrounding them, a thick wall separating them from
the Truth ... And I was not able to remove that rampart, because
it was in their hearts, harder than stone. I was received with
scorn and .persecution, unable to understand the blindness of
my persecutors. I learned that only Allah can give Light.
The more I learned, the more I felt compelled to express my
gratitude to Allah for having led me to Islam, the Ideal
Religion.
I have read sacred Scriptures of every religion; nowhere
have I found what I encountered in Islam: perfection. The
Holy Qur'an, compared to any other Scripture I have read,
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is like the light of the sun compared to that or a match. I
firmly believe that anybody who reads the Word of Allah
with a mind that is not completely closed to Truth, will
become a Muslim, if Allah pleases. He will also travel from
darkness to Light...
May Allah grant His Guidance to all the sincere seekers of
Truth. The arms of Islam are open to receive them in the
heart of a community called by Allah Himself: "the best
people that were ever raised for the benefit of mankind."
Praise is to Allah, the Lord of the universe!
Saifuddin Dirk Walter Mosig
U.S.A.
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Why did I become a Muslim?
Deep down in the human soul there lurks the consciousness
of the fact that there does exist the All-Mighty God. It is
more or less dependent upon the circumstances of education
and upbringing under which one is born that our definite
religious views are shaped. It was exactly so in my case. My
parents were strict Catholics and they brought me up a
staunch Catholic, marking me out for the priesthood. But
fate would have it otherwise and my footsteps took me to
the country of Java, in the Far East, to observe with my own
eyes how dearly and faithfully Muslims held their faith.
This was an eyeopener to me; for I learnt that the Muslims,
as dinned by the Christian priestcraft, into our ears, are
anything but heathens, and Islam which they misrepresented
so much is not a religion with hateful practices.
Being a lover of truth, I took up the cudgels for Islam some
six years ago, to secure for it its rightful place against
untrue and unjust suspicions. I had with this aim in view to
call in the help of some distinguished and good-hearted
friends for the purpose of building a mosque in Holland in
the same way as in London, Berlin, and Paris. Gradually it
dawned upon me that it was imperative that the fight for
Islam should be maintained. In the meantime, I had learned
about Islam from some of my true Muslim friends, and after
thoroughly studying the Noble Qur'an I came to the
knowledge that Islam had always been my religion.
The only difference which the present declaration makes is
that I am now openly going over to Islam and in this I feel
very happy. Now I realize that my place is among my
Muslim brothers to glorify Allah for bringing salvation to
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mankind.
It does me immense pain to realize why I had not accepted
Islam as my faith earlier. I close with the promise that my
life from now onwards will be dedicated to the service of
the best religion of the world-Islam.
J.L. Cit. Van Beetem, (Mohammad Ali)
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Why I accepted Islam?
I will endeavour in this short article to outline briefly the
circumstances which led to my finally embracing Islam,
trusting that same may prove of some interest both to my
Muslim and non-Muslim readers.
I was brought up from early childhood in an atmosphere of
religion, as it was intended that I should ultimately enter the
priesthood, but God willed it otherwise, and instead I
entered my present profession; therefore, at least, I cannot
be accused of taking my consequent step without full
knowledge of the facts.
My work and studies having created fresh interests in my
life, I naturally found less time at my disposal to devote to
religion than hitherto, and, consequently, as time passed
finding myself free of the religious influences of my
younger days, I began to reason for myself, and eventually I
found that I was questioning even the most fundamental
principles of a religion which I had until then accepted
verbatim; but nevertheless I still continued to fulfill my
obligations to God.
About this time came the Great War, and I was drafted with
my Regiment on service to the Near East. During this period
(some four years) I had the extreme good fortune to make
several good friends in Cairo, and it was the result of
discussions I had with these good people, who explained to
me certain passages of the Holy Qur' an, that sowed the seeds
in my mind of the doctrines of a religion which I was
destined some years later to adopt.
Upon resuming my civil occupation, there followed a period
In my life in which, owing to the renewal of my studies and
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my work, I found little time to devote to thl: sl:riolis study of
religious matters; and when I ultimately did, I /()Und that I
was no longer able to reconcile myself to the teachings of
the Christian Faith, and, as a result, I discontinued my
attendance at Church, as I was convinced that any other
course under the circumstances was hypocritical.
It was some time later that I recalled to my mind the earlier
discussions that I had with myoId Egyptian friends, so, in
the hope of gaining enlightenment, I devoted a considerable
amount of my spare time to a thorough study of an English
translation of the Holy Qur' an, and as I read over and over
again certain of the words of the Holy Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon Him!) I could not help but see that here at
last in Islam I had found the true faith for which I had been
seeking so long. And the knowledge gave me a totally
different outlook on life, as if, after groping endlessly about
dark and obscure byways, I had at last come upon a bright
and illuminated thoroughfare.
It was not long after this that I visited the Mosque at
Woking and consulted Maulvi Abdul-Majid, to whom I
would like to record my appreciation of his kind advice and
assistance, and thereupon joined the Holy Brotherhood of
Islam. "All praise to Allah!" And from that day, needless to
say, r have felt a different being, having a purpose in life.
r will not attempt to discuss here the fundamental principles
of Islam which r am content to leave in more able hands.
There is a point, however, which to my mind deserves
mention, as one who has closely followed the religious
observances of both Muslims and Christians. That whilst an
average Christian having attended Church Service on a
Sunday, which is invariably carried through by a Clergyman
and in which the worshipper often takes a rather inactive
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part, he or she considers their obligation to God fulfilled
until the following Sunday. Whereas by comparison the
Muslim prays regularly each day individually, either in a
Mosque or in the privacy of his home, and even when
Friday prayers are said in congregation this individuality is
still retained, each Muslim praying independently to Allah
without the need of any intermediary or elaborate ritual.
I would like to say that I feel confident, that if only people
in this and other Western countries can be brought to
appreciate the full meaning ofIslam, and what it stands for,
the ranks ofIslam will be daily swelled, only unfortunately
there is a vast amount of misapprehension in the minds of
many Free Thinkers and others who still cling to their old
creed simply because they require the moral courage ,to
abandon a faith, with the principles of which they are' at
variance, and to embrace Islam.
Not one of the least ofthese is the idea that Islam is peculiar
to the Oriental races and not adapted for everyday life in
Western countries. This is, of course, a wrong notion, but it,
nevertheless, exists in the minds of the majority and
requires contradiction in a practical form, and that is to
publish for the benefit of the uninitiated the fact that
members like myself have joined and are still joining the
ranks of Islam and thus give added confidence to our
potential brethren of tomorrow.
It is, therefore, essential, to my mind, for this reason alone,
if no other, that a building, worthy of Islam, should be
acquired and maintained in Central London, where all
Muslims could meet and, what is more, by publicity nonMuslims
should be attracted in numbers to listen to worthy
propounds of the Holy Faith and also see the Faithful ones
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at prayer, thus giving confidence to those who have a wrong
conception of Muslim prayers.
Without such an effort as this, numbers will be lost to
Islam, as how otherwise are we to get in touch with those
who are wavering in their beliefs and are awaiting
enlightenment. For surely I am only one example of
hundreds of thousands.
What is more, the prestige of Islam is to be borne in mind.
The capital of the British Empire and the center of the
world without an edifice worthy ofIslam? Unbelievable!
Walker H. Williams
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Islam - my choice
One day, my son with tears in his eyes said: 'I do not want
to remain a Christian any longer; I want to be a Muslim; and
you, too, my mother, should join this new faith with me.'
That was the first time I felt that I had to link myself with
Islam. Years passed before I came in contact with the Imam
of the Berlin Mosque, who introduced me to Islam. I came
to recognize that Islam was the true religion for me. Belief
in the Trinity of the Christian faith was impossible for me
even at my young age of twenty. After studying Islam I also
rejected confession, the holiness and recognition of the
supreme power of the Pope, baptism, etc., and thus I
became a Muslim.
My ancestors were all sincere believers and pious persons. I
was brought up in a convent and hence I inherited religious
attitude towards life. This demanded that I should associate
myself with one religious system or the other. I was indeed
very fortunate and comforted as I decided to join the
religion of Islam.
Today I am a very happy grandmother, because I can claim
that even my grandchild is a born Muslim.
"Allah guides whom He pleases to the Right Path."
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Mrs. Amina Mosler
Germany
Why I embraced Islam'!
The family in which I was born and grew up was, Ii-om the
religious point of view, no different from the generality of
British homes. My mother is a Christian but she doesn't
practice religious worship and rituals. My Hither however
did not believe in any religion. In my childhood [ studied at
a religious school and learned the subjects which are taught
in English Church schools. Our usual conversation was
never even remotely concerned with religion. I don't
remember any day of my childhood when I heard the name
of God in my home.
While studying at the Church school I was not satisfied with
some of the basic beliefs of Christianity especially the
concept of Trinity and the belief in Atonement that God or
Jesus had ransomed the people and by accepting the cross
had atoned for all their sins. I heard many discussions and
arguments about these beliefs but whatever I heard seemed
to me only one side of the reality while I wanted to know
fully. My school was a Christian school but I left it as an
unbeliever.
After joining the university I got the chance to be
introduced to Muslims. Before that I had neither read nor
heard anything about Islam. In fact like other people in the
West I also harboured prejudices and misunderstandings
about it. But here in the university, Muslim students
explained their basic beliefs to me calmly and in a very nice
manner. They answered all my objections and gave me
some books to read. In the beginning I just skipped over the
pages of these books when I had nothing to do. I only
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considered them a source of amusement and derision. But
when I actually read parts of these books, they slowly
reduced my suspicions about Islam.
Then I started reading those books carefully. Their style of
presentation and the freshness of explanation and
commentary surprised me. I was extremely impressed by the
logic and argument with which their concepts of the Creator
and the created and life after death were put forward.
After that these Muslim students gave me an English
translation of the Noble Qur'an. However hard I try I cannot
fully estimate the impression the Qur' an left on my heart.
Before I finished the third Surah, I had prostrated myself
before the Creator of the universe. This was my first Salat
(Namaz) and since that time by the grace of Allah I am a
Muslim. I accepted Islam hardly three months after I came
to know about it. So I did not know anything more than
basic concepts. After that started a lengthy process of
questions which I asked my Muslim brothers and argued
with them over the details and sections of these questions.
I am often asked about the main reasons which made me
accept Islam. . It is difficult for me to give satisfactory
answer to this because the example of Islam-as a
European Muslim has put it-is like that of a complete and
perfect geometrical pattern whose every part completes its
other parts and its real beauty lies in the harmony and
cohesion of these parts and it is this characteristic ofIslam
which has a profound influence on human beings. Seen
from a distance, Islam's deep insight into the generality of
things, motives, deeds, its explanations about the Muslim
government will amaze you and if you look at its details,
you find it an incomparably guide for social life based as it
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is on straightforward and true ethical values. J\ Muslim
takes the Name of Allah whenever he does anything. And
when he remembers Allah, he examines his own self and in
this he tries to reach a high standard. In this way the gulf
between daily life of the world and the demands of religion
is bridged and both sides become proportionate, evenly
balanced and essential for each other.
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Ayesha Bridget Honey
England
An interview with 'Ayesha Kim
Ayesha Kim belongs to Korea. She is a steadfast and
resolute lady, soft at heart and strong of will. She had been
struggling in search of Truth when the golden rays of Islam
touched her heart. Ever since she has moved farther and
farther on the road to Islam. Today she is known by her
Islamic name Ayesha. She has become a lighthouse of faith
for the ladies of Korea, and in particular for the girl students
of that country. She guides them towards the path of Truth.
Islam first came to her husband, Imam Mahdevoon, who is
now the head of the Union of Muslim in South Korea.
Inwardly, however, Ayesha was ahead of him in this matter.
They both have started together to traverse the path of
Truth.
Ayesha was able to discover truth in the thick of the
devastating war that was raging when she chose Islam for
her religion. She adopted the Islamic name Ayesha after the
name of the holy wife of the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa
sallam). She thought that it would be a source of blessing
for her. She says:
"In the face of ever expanding ideological onslaught
of the Missionaries in Korea, it was in Islam that I
found the truth of assured certainty."
Ayesha was interviewed for one-and-a-half hour in the
Korean Islamic Cultural Centre in Jeddah. She was
transiting there together with Korean girl students on their
way back from Makkah after performing 'Umrah. When
she was asked about her early involvement with Islam, she
first kept quiet and closed her eyes, as if she was trying to
look for something hidden in the deep recesses of her heart.
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She then became alert and after heaving a (kI:p hn:ath, said:
"The story of my attachment with Islam is prompting me to
look back to those early days which I passed in Korea. I
belonged to an orthodox family of staunch followers of an
ancient Chinese religion. Korea was run down hy war. I was
then married to Imam Mahdevoon and we both, the husband
and wife, were still away from Islam. I had, however,
always an inner feeling that we were away from the reality."
The desire for Truth intensifies
"On reaching Korea," continued Ayesha, "I became all the
more restless in my heart pinning to know the Truth. My
inner voice was prompting me that there was one and only
way to reach the Truth; and it was different from all those
religions that I had till then came to know about.
"At that time the Korean war burst which compelled us again
to be on the move, but this time the journey was within the
country. We moved from the South of Korea towards its
western seaside up to the port of Pusan. As soon as we came to
an end, 1 told my husband that Faith was the only fortress to
save ourselves as well as the society.
"We had a friend called Omar Kim," she said, "he is
now dead. He had embraced Islam publicly. He spoke
to us when the war was still going on, urging us for
the preaching and propagation ofIslam and to invite
people to accept it. Our mind was influenced by Omar
too. Besides, as a result of war, the country was
breaking up, not only economically but also morally.
False belief and superstitions were at the root of this
turmoil. Such were the pitiable conditions then
prevailing. "
When asked as to what did she think of the worries of her
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husband before his acceptance of Islam, she smiled and
said:
"When my husband consulted me in this regard, I asked him
whether it had not dawned on him already that Islam is the
only way to guidance? But he was victim of some unknown
fear and apprehension. He was worried as to how shall we
two live together thereafter. I told him that when he would
accept Islam, God-willing, he shall find me going with
him."
"These words came in very firm tone out of the very depth
of my heart. My husband was, therefore, taken by surprise,
realising that I was ahead of him in accepting the Truth."
"Our friend Omar and my husband got introduced to several
members of the Turkish troops that were then posted in
Korea. Every day they would go to meet them some 20
kilometres from Seoul. At long last, the day came when our
painful plodding reached its welcome climax. It was on a
Friday in the summer of 1955. My husband, in the presence
of the Turkish Imam Abdur-Rahman, accepted Islam at the
hands of Zuber Kochi and offered Friday prayer. Both these
gentlemen belonged to the Turkish troops."
About children
After this, she directed attention towards her children. She
said, "I have only two daughters. 1 was apprehending
difficulty about them, but I realised that after all we, too,
had remained away from Islam for long. Nature itself
guides. My elder daughter was then 25 years old. She said,
'My heart? It beats in unison with yours, but for the time
being I would rather keep quiet until you procure maximum
possible information about Islam.' After some time, she too
accepted Islam. Her name was changed from Y oong to
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Jamila. She was married to a Korean Muslim. My younger
daughter accepted Islam at the age of 20. She too was
married to a Korean Muslim. She lives in Korea near us.
"As for my own family, I have entrusted the whole matter to
Allah. May He grant me success in bringing them into the
fold ofIslam. Despite my meagre means, I have maintained
these relations according to Islamic principles.
Da 'wah and Tableegh
"I have induced many Korean women to accept Islam. I
have made them understand how Islam protects the mutual
rights of married couples, and how sound is the foundation
it provides for family life. All praise be to Allah, I have
succeeded in guiding a large number of women to the path
of Truth. We arrange get-together for ladies newly
converted to Islam.
"I myself can speak Arabic with great difficulty, because I
began late to learn it. To learn Arabic is a difficult question
for newly converted Muslim ladies. To overcome this
difficulty, we are trying to establish a Department of Arabic
in the Islamic Cultural Centre of Korea."
"Another difficulty is that newly converted Muslim girls
have to live in a society in which the majority religion has
the upper hand. For this reason, in order to keep up the
spirit of these girls, it is essential to organise their effective
defence. This defence can come only through Muslim
educational institutions."
"F or the beginning and as of now, Muslim women in Korea
are organised in Seoul only. Welfare meetings are held by
them to chalk out programmes for providing assistance to the
poor. We have many instances of this. Several newly-wed
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Muslim couples have dedicated themselves to take the
message ofIslam to people at large."
Hope for the Future
When asked, about her last wish in her advanced age, she
said, "All praise be to Allah! My husband, my children and
myself, all have accepted Islam. We have performed Hajj
and 'Umrah several times. My first pilgrimage tour took
place in 1978 when I also took the opportunity to try to
understand how life goes on in the Muslim community.
N ow that I am returning from Saudi Arabia to Korea, I am
leaving my heart behind. There is an abiding desire to pay
never ending visits to the City of the Holy Prophet, upon
him be Allah's blessings and peace."
At the end of the interview, good wishes were extended to
her for all success in her noble mission, and it was
concluded on the Qur'anic Verse:
"If Allah helps you, none can overcome you ... " (Surah
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AI-Imran, 3: 160).
AyeshaKim
[I] Yaqeen International. 7th July, 1984, Vol. 33, No.5, pp.
51-54.
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Why did I embrace Islam?
First and foremost I would say it was because
fundamentally I had always been a Muslim without being
aware of it.
Very early in my life, I had lost faith in Christianity for
many reasons, the major one being that whenever I
questioned any Christian whether it was a person belonging
to the so-called Holy Orders or a layman, regarding any
point that puzzled me in regard to the Church teachings, I
invariably received the monotonous answer: 'You must not
question the teachings of the Church; you must have faith.'
1 did not have the courage in those days to say: '1 cannot
have faith in something that I do not understand,' and, from
my experience, neither do most of the people who call
themselves Christians. What did I do was to leave the
Church (Roman Catholic) and its teaching and to place my
faith in the one true God in Whom it was much easier to
believe, than in the three gods of the Church. By contrast
with the mysteries and miracles of the Christian teaching,
life took on a new and wider meaning, no longer cramped
with dogma and ritual. Everywhere I looked I could see
God's work. And although, in common with greater minds
than my own, I could not understand the miracles that
happened before my eyes, I could stand and marvel at the
wonder of it all-the trees, flowers, birds and animals. Even
a newborn baby became a beautiful miracle, not the same
thing that the Church had taught me to believe at all. I
remembered how, when a child, I gazed at newborn babies
and thought, "It's all covered in black sin." 1 no longer
believed in ugliness; everything became beautiful.
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Then one day my daughter brought home a book about
Islam. We became so interested in it that we followed it up
with many other books on Islam. We soon realized that this
was really what we believed. During the time I had believed
in Christianity, I had been led to believe that Islam was only
something to joke about. Thus, all that I then read, was a
revelation to me. After a while, I looked up some Muslims
and questioned them on some of the points that were not
quite clear to me. Here again there was yet another
revelation. My questions were all answered promptly and
concisely, so different from the frustration I had
experienced when questioning Christianity. After much
reading and studying of the religion of Islam both my
daughter and myself decided to become Muslims, taking
names of Rashid a and Mahmuda respectively.
If I were asked what impressed me most in the religion of
Islam, I would probably say the prayers, because prayers in
Christianity are used wholly in begging God (through
Jesus Christ) to grant worldly favors, whereas in Islam
they are used to give praise and thanks to All-Mighty
Allah for all His blessings since He knows what is
necessary for our welfare and grants us what we need
without our asking for it.
Mrs. Cecilia Mahmuda Cannoly
(Australia)
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Why is Islam my choice?
Islam is the religion I have been seeking for since my
school-days. My mind was dissatisfied all along with the
Christian teachings till I was old enough to have
independence of thought to shake them off. Since I left
school I have had the opportunity of spending a few years
abroad, living with Jewish and Catholic friends, but their
religions never appealed to me. Only this year I returned to
my native country of Scotland and one day, quite by chance,
a friend took me to an "At Home" held at the London
Muslim Prayer House, III, Campden Hill Road, Notting Hill
Gate, London, W. 8. There it was that I came in touch with
the true religion of Islam. I became interested in Islam,
whose keynote is implicity-for instance, belief in the
Unity[lJ of God. This is why, it appeals to me. As a
Christian, I could never bring myself to believe in the
doctrine of the Trinity, the Atonement, or the Virgin Birth.
Islam is absolutely free from such gross impossibilities that
it was necessary for an innocent man like Jesus to come to
the world and give his life to save it from sin, as the
Christian dogma would have us believe, is beyond my
comprehension. Further, the Crucifixion has not made the
world any better (except, perhaps, the few who tried to be
like him).The world on the other hand, it seems to me, is
worse than it was in Jesus Christ's lifetime.
To any thinking person who takes the trouble to understand
Islam this simple and noble religion must appeal.
The Deen of Islam has given me peace and happiness such
as I never had before.
Miss Joan Fatima Dansken
[IJ instead of 'Unity' more proper word is 'Oneness'-Editor.
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My allegiance to Islam
I was born in a Tatar village in Russia, where my father, a
Roman Catholic Pole and an exile from Poland, was a
doctor.
Both my parents died early, and I was brought up among the
Russian intelligentsia without any religion, principles or
traditions. I must say I never gave much thought to spiritual
matters until, after having lived in England and America, I
imperceptibly became convinced that one must have some
guiding principles in one's life and some kind of moral code.
I studied Christianity, but, even stripped of all the trappings
of ritualism and s\tperstitions, it could not satisfY me because
I could not accept the fundamental principles of Christianity-
the divinity of Jesus and the doctrine of the original sin and
redemption. It seemed to me that the true God was
completely overshadowed by the tremendous figure of Christ,
and I could not believe that the suffering and death of one
person, however saintly, even divine, would redeem the sins
of the whole world, especially as the world went on sinning
as if nothing happened. So, naturally I turned to Islam. I say
naturally because I always had a sort of nostalgia for Islam,
brought up, as I was in its atmosphere from my earliest
childhood. It was like coming home, and the more I read the
Qur'an and the books on Islam by Muslim writers,-the most
lucid and convincing of them being those ofthe Khawaja
Kamal-ud-Din,-the more I became convinced that it is the
only true religion,-a religion for people who think and do
not want to shut their eyes to the realities of life and the
discoveries of science. I could not help comparing it to the
teaching of Jesus which, lofty as it is, either leads to
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asceticism and virtual denial oflife, or demands an enormous
structure of casuistry and sophistry in order to adapt it to the
earthly life of mankind. How could it stand in comparison
with the pure logic of Islam-submission to the will of God
and striving towards His perfection? There, one has not the
theological dogmas and magic formulas for salvation, but a
perfect guidance and a moral code for the whole conduct of
life, which does not demand denying the evidence of one's
reason, nor the violation of one's natural feelings. Indeed, I
cannot understand how any thinking person can fail seeing it.
That is why, so many critics of Islam fall back on the "bad
life" of the people in Muslim countries, willfully shutting
their eyes to the fact that their vices are due not to the
teachings of Islam but to the dire poverty and ignorance in
which they live owing to the physical and political conditions
of their countries. My only regret is that I did not see the truth
earlier, as it would not only have made me happier, but
would have helped me to become a more useful member of
the community.
Mrs. C. Sa'eeda Namier
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Why I embraced Islam?
Shortly after I was born in 1934 it became a "fashion" in
Germany to quit membership of the Church-Catholic or
Protestant-and become "gottglaubig" which means
believing in God but actually signifies rather the contrary. In
fact when I was about seven years old, an elder girl told me
that there was no God at all and as she seemed to me quite an
authentic person and I had just learned that also Santa Claus
is only an invention for children, turned all my interest
towards this world. Yet the world at that time was far from
being easily understandable for young people. There were
bombs day after day, there was father who could come only
now and then for just one day and mother who knitted gloves
and socks for "our poor soldiers," there was a big house in
the neighbourhood which was turned into a hospital for the
wounded. When that was over, there were strange people
who took away our house and American war-films started
coming in which melted my heart. I was unable to judge who
was right and who was wrong and everything looked cruel
and senseless to me-there were a thousand whys to which
nobody could give a satisfactory answer. I started to be on the
outlook for God yet hard though I tried I could neither find
Him in Catholicism nor Protestantism nor with lehova's
Witnesses. The road nearer to God in these religions was
barred for me through the fact that all of them had doctrines
in which to believe I found impossible, and injunctions to
follow which strictly seemed to me impracticable. And how
could I accept a faith in which I knew from the very outset
that I would be tortured by self accusation for my own
imperfection?
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It is still a miracle for me that of all girls, I was the one to
meet a young European who had already embraced Islam
seven years before. The very first time we met I happened to
enquire about his religion and when I learned that it was
Islam I asked him to tell me more about it. I was a great
sceptic at that time due to the disappointments I had had with
other religions, yet when he explained to me the meaning of
the word 'Muslim', i.e., one who out of free will surrenders
himself to God's Commandments, something started waking
up within me. Then he went on to explain to me that all men,
animals, plants and everything else in this universe is already
Muslim compulsorily because they would destroy themselves
if they would not follow God's laws in matters such as
eating, drinking, procreation and so on. Man alone, so he
said, is in a position to accept Islam also spiritually, apart
from the material sphere where he practically does not have a
free choice but has to follow his inborn urges as animals and
plants.
It was the wonderful logic, the pure commonsense in all
Islamic teachings which attracted me so much, in the first few
fundamental doctrines about which I learned as much as in the
books I read in the following years small though the stock of
unbiased Islamic literature in German language is. Apart from
the help of the young Muslim he now is my husband-who
never got tired of explaining things to me and answering all
my questions. Muhammad Asad's book "The Road to Mecca"
made me understand the deep meaning behind all Islamic
injunctions and thus helped me most while I was on my way to
become a Muslimah.
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Fatima Heeren
West Germany
How I entered Islam?
Madame Fatima Mik Davidson is the Minister of State for
Social Development and Local Government of the Republic
of Trinidad and Tobago. In an interview given by her to the
renowned Arabic Magazine Men-bar-al-lslam of Cairo,
Madame Fatima Mik Davidson (formerly Mrs. Model
Donafamik Davidson) talked about the beginning of her
encounter with Islam and how she ultimately turned
Muslim. She said:
"I totally deny the idea that I accepted Islam in 1975
by renouncing Christianity. Really I am quite unable to
understand and explain what the matter was with me.
Let me take you back to the 9th March, 1950, the day
that was fixed for me to enter Christian Monastery.
When I woke up in the morning of that day, I felt that
the voice - y,-S1.illly. ...514u1 (Allahu-Akbar AllahuAkbar)
was ringing in my ears and it was thrilling my
entire inner self. Lo! I had come back to Islam.
'I did not quite know what it was, but the monastery I
refused to enter. After that I passed many years,
seeking Allah's guidance, until at last I was able to
come across a copy of the translation of the Holy
Qur' an. Then I readily put faith in it. I happened to
meet a Muslim scholar, Maulana Siddiq from Pakistan
and an Indian scholar Shaikh Ansari. I had detailed
talks with them about nature and what I felt about it in
my heart, so much so that these great scholars
exclaimed to me: Thank Allah you are a Muslim! You
are now a Muslim lady. Read what you like, enter the
Mosques and pray. We are prepared to welcome you,
whenever you feel disposed to learn anything. '"
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Iman is Bliss
"I felt happy. Ever since that day I have been feeling that
my heart is overflowing with the bliss of lman (Faith) and
with love and high esteem for the Holy Prophet Muhammad
(Sallalldhu alaihi wa sallam). Although the date of my
formally embracing Islam is sometime in the year 1975, I
have been a Muslim for the last 33 years, ever since the day
I heard the great mysterious voice and I refused to enter the
monastery. My heart proclaimed: y,S1.i!1 (Alldhu Akbar: God
is the Greatest).
"I was the first coloured girl to enter the Mosque. This
encouraged many Muslim girls to enter Mosques for prayer,
particularly the Mosque of the Anjuman Jami' Sanatal
which was founded by the great scholar Dr. Shaikh Ansari
in the city of Francis in Trinidad. Its present Chairman is
AI-Hajj Shafiq Muhammad.
"Prior to ,this, the residents over there thought that Islam
was the 'religion of the Indians who followed so many
shades of religious tenets and paths. They thought
Qadianism and Ahmadism being more important.
"Later on a large number of the islanders, mostly of African
origin, embraced Islam, until the ratio of the Muslims rose
to 13 percent of the total popUlation of the Republic, as against
31 percent Catholics, 27 percent Protestants, 6 percent Hindus,
and 23 percent others."
Effect on her Duties'
About the effect of her embracing Islam on her work in a
state where Muslims are not in the majority, she said:
"Islam demands of us efficient and sincere application to
duty and I practise the teachings of the Faith (Islam) with
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sincerity. I do not tell lies either in my (official) work or in
my (personal) life. To the best of my ability and with strong
consciousness of my heart I shun everything that is
repugnant to Islam. As regard the impact of my conversion
upon my work, it was nothing but all blessing and good.
Our former Prime Minister advised me to visit Egypt,
because it is the land of the renowned Jami'ah AI-Azhar
and the source of civilisation. He used to talk a great deal
about Islam.
"When I requested my present Prime Minister to give me
permission to visit Egypt in connection with my assignment
as Minister of State for Social Development and Local
Government, he agreed and also advised me to visit AIAzhar
and the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs about
whose activities we heard so much during our visits to the
U.S.A. and the U.K.
"I took part in the parliamentary elections many a time and
came out successful in spite of being a Muslim. I have
worked as Minister for Education and Culture and also as a
Minister in the Prime Minister's Cabinet, although I am a
Muslim.
"I would like to tell something important. The Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago allows official holidays on the
occasions of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha festivals. The
Muslims have freedom to celebrate the month of Ramadan
in their houses as well as in the mosques throughout the
State. "
She further said:
"I make an appeal to the Islamic World to close their ranks
because unity is strength, particularly under cover of the
excellent religion of Islam which has brought equality to
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mankind and which regulates our relations and dealings. It
is, therefore, imperative that the Islamic World should halt
the wars raging among its certain states. It is possible to
resolve all difficulties and disputes with mutual
negotiations, consultation and understanding.
"Almighty Allah has guided me to Islam and I pray Him to
guide the Muslims towards fraternity and peace so that they
may in reality become in this present age the best
community that has been raised up for mankind."
Madame Fatima Mik Davidson
Minister of State for Social Development
and Local Government,
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
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منتدى إنما المؤمنون إخوة The Believers Are Brothers :: (English) :: A Collection Of Writings On Islam-
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