Feedback: Converts to Islam (Men)

  1. Chaplain Yusuf Estes

    Many people ask me how a preacher or priest in Christianity can ever go to Islam, especially considering all the negative things that we hear about Islam and Muslims everyday. Some people are simply curious, while others take a profound exception to my “conversion” to Islam. Some have asked how I could have turned my back on Jesus, or if I truly understood the Holy Ghost and some even questioned whether or not I considered myself as “born again” or had ever really been saved at all. These are good questions to which I will offer answers to at the end of this writing. I would like to thank everyone for their interest and offer my humble story, God Willing.One very nice Christian gentleman asked me in email why and how I left Christianity for Islam. This is more or less a copy of the letter I sent to him. [continued...]

  2. Rev. David Benjamin Keldani (1867-19xx)

    “My conversion to Islam cannot be attributed to any cause other than the gracious direction of the Almighty Allah. Without this Divine guidance all learning, search and other efforts to find the Truth may even lead one astray. The moment I believed in the Absolute Unity of God, His holy Apostle Muhammad became the pattern of my conduct and behavior.”Prof. Keldani, a former Catholic bishop, accepted Islam in 1904 and adopted a Muslim name ‘Abdul-Ahad Dawud’. The above quote is taken from his scholarly work Muhammad in the Bible. An expert in Biblical scripts and languages, Prof. Keldani published many scholarly papers on the Bible and Christianity prior to his becoming a Muslim. His Muhammad in the Bible is rich with deep analysis and although published originally many decades ago, has remained today without a parallel on this topic in both originality and scholarship.

  3. Cat Stevens (Now Yusuf Islam), former British pop star.

    All I have to say is all what you know already, to confirm what you already know, the message of the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) as given by God – the Religion of Truth. As human beings we are given a consciousness and a duty that has placed us at the top of creation. Man is created to be God’s deputy on earth, and it is important to realize the obligation to rid ourselves of all illusions and to make our lives a preparation for the next life. Anybody who misses this chance is not likely to be given another, to be brought back again and again, because it says in Qur’an Majeed that when man is brought to account, he will say, “O Lord, send us back and give us another chance.” The Lord will say, “If I send you back you will do the same.” [continued...]

  4. Dr. Murad Wilfred Hofmann (b. 1931)

    “I began to see Islam with its own eyes, as the unadulterated, pristine belief in the one and only, the true God, Who does not beget, and was not begotten, Whom nothing and nobody resembles … In place of the qualified deism of a tribal God and the constructions of a divine Trinity, the Qur’an showed me the most lucid, most straightforward, the most abstract – thus historically most advanced – and least anthropomorphic concept of God. The Qur’an’s ontological statements, as well as its ethical teachings, impressed me as profoundly plausible, “as good as gold,” so there was no room for even the slightest doubt about the authenticity of Muhammad’s prophetic mission. People who understand human nature cannot fail to appreciate the infinite wisdom of the “Dos and Don’ts” handed down from God to man in the form of the Qur’an.” [continued...]

Feedback: Converts to Islam (Women)

  1. Hayat Anne Collins Osman

    I was raised in a religious Christian family. At that time, Americans were more religious than they are now—most families went to church every Sunday, for example. My parents were involved in the church community. We often had ministers (Protestant “priests”) in the house. My mother taught in Sunday school, and I helped her.I must have been more religious than other children, although I don’t remember being so. For one birthday, my aunt gave me a Bible, and my sister a doll. Another time, I asked my parents for a prayer book, and I read it daily for many years. [continued...]

  2. Natassia Kelly

    I was raised to believe in God from childhood. I attended church nearly every Sunday, went to Bible school, and sang in the choir. Yet religion was never a really big part of my life.There were times when I thought myself close to God. I often prayed to him for guidance and strength in times of despair or for a wish in times of want. But I soon realized that this feeling of closeness soon evaporated when I was no longer begging God for something. I realized that I even though I believed, I lacked faith. [continued...]

  3. Sister Kylie
    “At 6.00 am this morning I stood out side in the light of the morning raise well it was not quite up yet but I said the shihada and did a little prayer, and a feeling of overwhelming happiness had hit my heart. I felt light as I was saying it. First I did it in English and then tried it in Arabic. The Arabic sounds so lovely and has more feeling than what it does in the English. I hope that I pronounced it right. I am so looking forward to the teachings that you are willing to help me with so thank you for taking the time to help me on my path to Allah. I do have one question the fasting the month of Ramadan what is this about? I would love to know more.Thank you again and thank you to Allah for allowing me to have the opportunity to share in his love and thank you to Muhammad for leading me to Him and thank you to all of you soon to be your Muslim sister Kylie New Zealand.

    xxxooo for all those who have helped me in the right direction.”

  4. Sister C. Huda Dodge

    Since I have started reading and posting on this newsgroup a few months ago, I have noticed a great interest in converts (reverts) to Islam: how are people introduced to it, what attracts people to this faith, how their life changes when they embrace Islam, etc. I have received a lot of e-mail from people asking me these questions. In this post, I hope insha’Allah to address how, when and why an American like myself came to embrace Islam. [continued...]

Feedback – Famous People

  1. Michael H. Hart, THE 100: A RANKING OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS IN HISTORY, New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc., 1978, p. 33.

    My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level.”

  2. HILLARY RODMAN CLINTON, Los Angeles Times, May 31, 1996, p.3

    “Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, a guide and pillar of stability for many of our people…”

  3. ABCNEWS, Abcnews.com

    Already more than a billion-people strong, Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion.

  4. Cat Stevens (Now Yusuf Islam), former British pop star.

    “Everything made so much sense. This is the beauty of the Qur’an; it asks you to reflect and reason….When I read the Qur’an further, it talked about prayer, kindness and charity. I was not a Muslim yet, but I felt the only answer for me was the Qur’an and God had sent it to me.”

  5. NEWSDAY, March 7, 1989, p.4

    “Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the country.”

  6. NEW YORK TIMES, Feb 21, 1989, p.1

    “Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the United States…”

  7. USA TODAY, The Population Reference bureau, Feb. 17, 1989, p.4A

    “Moslems are the world’s fastest-growing group…”

  8. Encyclopedia Britannica

    “Muhummed is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities.”

  9. Dan Rathers, CBSNEWS

    “There are more Muslims in North America then Jews Now.”

  10. TIMES MAGAZINE

    “Islam is the fastest growing religion in North America.”

  11. CNN, December 15, 1995

    “Islam continues to grow in America, and no one can doubt that!”

  12. MIKE WALLACE, 60 MINUTES

    “The Religion of Islam is growing faster than any other religion in the world.”

  13. JOHAN BLANK, US NEWS (7/20/98)

    “Five to 6 million strong, Muslims in America already outnumber Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Mormons, and they are more numerous than Quakers, Unitarians, Seventh-day Adventists, Mennonites, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Christian Scientists, combined. Many demographers say Islam has overtaken Judaism as the country’s second-most commonly practiced religion; others say it is in the passing lane.”

  14. By ELSA C. ARNETT Knight-Ridder News Service

    “In fact, Religion experts say Islam is the second-largest religion in the United States… Islam has 5 million to 6 million members, followed by Judaism, with approximately 4.5 million….. And Islam is believed to be fastest-growing religion in the country, with half its expansion coming from new immigrants and the other half from conversions.”

  15. Canon Taylor, Paper read before the Church Congress at Walverhamton, Oct. 7, 1887; Quoted by Arnoud in THE PREACHING OF ISLAM, pp. 71-72.

    “It (Islam) replaced monkishness by manliness. It gives hope to the slave, brotherhood to mankind, and recognition of the fundamental facts of human nature.”

  16. Lamartine, Historie de la Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol. 11 pp. 276-2727

    The founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammed. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”

  17. George Bernard Shaw“If a man like Muhammed were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness.”
  18. S. S. Leeder, VEILED MYSTERIES OF EGYPT

    “How, for instance, can any other appeal stand against that of the Moslem who, in approaching the pagan, says to him, however obscure or degraded he may be ‘Embrace the faith, and you are at once equal and a brother.’ Islam knows no color line.”

  19. H.A.R. Gibb, WHITHER ISLAM, p. 379

    “No other society has such a record of success in uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity and Endeavour so many and so varied races of mankind. The great Muslim communities of Africa, India and Indonesia, perhaps also the small community in Japan, show that Islam has still the power to reconcile apparently irreconcilable elements of race and tradition. If ever the opposition of the great societies of the East and west is to be replaced by cooperation, the mediation of Islam is an indispensable condition.”

  20. Rajeev Syal and Christopher Morgan Sunday Times (London, U.K.)

    The nation’s claim to be a Christian country is about to meet its first challenge: the number of practicing Muslims is set to overtake Anglican Christians…. There has also been a number of high-profile conversions to Islam from Christianity. These include Mike Tyson, the former world champion boxer; Chris Eubank, the British middleweight boxing champion, who has changed his name to Hamdan; and Cat Stevens, the pop musician, who calls himself Yusuf Islam…. Prince Charles courted controversy earlier this year when he reaffirmed his claim that when he succeeds the throne, he does not wish to be the defender of only the Christian faith.

  21. George Bernard Shaw in “The Genuine Islam”

    “I have studied him – the wonderful man – and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ he must be called the saviour of humanity.”

  22. James A. Michener, “Islam: The Misunderstood Religion,” in READER’S DIGEST (American edition), May 1955, pp. 68-70.

    “Muhammad, the inspired man who founded Islam, was born about A.D. 570 into an Arabian tribe that worshipped idols. Orphaned at birth, he was always particularly solicitous of the poor and needy, the widow and the orphan, the slave and the downtrodden. At twenty, he was already a successful businessman, and soon became director of camel caravans for a wealthy widow. When he reached twenty-five, his employer, recognizing his merit, proposed marriage. Even though she was fifteen years older, he married her, and as long as she lived, remained a devoted husband. “Like almost every major prophet before him, Muhammad fought shy of serving as the transmitter of God’s word, sensing his own inadequacy. But the angel commanded ‘Read.’ So far as we know, Muhammad was unable to read or write, but he began to dictate those inspired words which would soon revolutionize a large segment of the earth: ‘There is one God.’ “In all things Muhammad was profoundly practical. When his beloved son Ibrahim died, an eclipse occurred, and rumours of God’s personal condolence quickly arose. Whereupon Muhammad is said to have announced, ‘An eclipse is a phenomenon of nature. It is foolish to attribute such things to the death or birth of a human being. “At Muhammad’s own death an attempt was made to deify him, but the man who was to become his administrative successor killed the hysteria with one of the noblest speeches in religious history: ‘If there are any among you who worshipped Muhammad, he is dead. But if it is God you worshipped, He lives forever.”

  23. John Austin, “Muhammad the Prophet of Allah,” in T.P. ’s and Cassel’s Weekly for 24th September 1927.

    “In little more than a year he was actually the spiritual, nominal and temporal rule of Medina, with his hands on the lever that was to shake the world.”

  24. John William Draper, M.D., L.L.D., A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London 1875, Vol.1, pp.329-330

    “Four years after the death of Justinian, A.D. 569, was born at Mecca, in Arabia the man who, of all men exercised the greatest influence upon the human race . . . Mohammed . . . “

  25. Diwan Chand Sharma, The Prophets of the East, Calcutta 1935, p. l 22.

    “Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him.”

  26. Professor Jules Masserman

    “People like Pasteur and Salk are leaders in the first sense. People like Gandhi and Confucius, on one hand, and Alexander, Caesar and Hitler on the other, are leaders in the second and perhaps the third sense. Jesus and Buddha belong in the third category alone. Perhaps the greatest leader of all times was Mohammed, who combined all three functions. To a lesser degree, Moses did the same.”

  27. A.J. Toynbee, CIVILIZATION ON TRIAL, New York, p. 205

    [Ahmed Versi, editor of the weekly Muslim News,] said the growth of Islam has been constant: “The younger generation of Muslims that I have encountered is becoming more aware of its Muslim identity and is therefore practicing its faith with vigour.” “The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue…”

  28. Lectures on “The Ideals of Islam;” see SPEECHES AND WRITINGS OF SAROJINI NAIDU, Madras, 1918, p. 167.

    “Sense of justice is one of the most wonderful ideals of Islam, because as I read in the Qur’an I find those dynamic principles of life, not mystic but practical ethics for the daily conduct of life suited to the whole world.”

  29. De Lacy O’Leary, ISLAM AT THE CROSSROADS, London, 1923, p. 8.

    “History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated.”

  30. Dr Peter Brierley, Executive Director of the Christian Research Association, a London-based charity

    “The Muslim community is much more aware of its religion and the use that religion plays within its community.”

  31. George Bernard Shaw, THE GENUINE ISLAM, Vol. 1, No. 81936.

    “I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him – the wonderful man and in my opinion for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today.”

  32. Charles Bierbauer, from the Senior Washington Correspondent

    A growing number of Muslims in America, more than 40 percent are African-American,”

  33. A.J. Toynbee, CIVILIZATION ON TRIAL, New York, 1948, p. 205.

    “The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue.”

  34. A.M.L. Stoddard, quoted in ISLAM – THE RELIGION OF ALL PROPHETS, Begum Bawani Waqf, Karachi, Pakistan, p. 56

    “The rise of Islam is perhaps the most amazing event in human history. Springing from a land and a people like previously negligible, Islam spread within a century over half the earth, shattering great empires, overthrowing long established religions, remoulding the souls of races, and building up a whole new world – world of Islam.”The closer we examine this development the more extraordinary does it appear. The other great religions won their way slowly, by painful struggle and finally triumphed with the aid of powerful monarchs converted to the new faith. Christianity had its Constantine, Buddhism its Asoka, and Zoroastrianism its Cyrus, each lending to his chosen cult the mighty force of secular authority. Not so Islam. Arising in a desert land sparsely inhabited by a nomad race previously undistinguished in human annals, Islam sallied forth on its great adventure with the slenderest human backing and against the heaviest material odds. Yet Islam triumphed with seemingly miraculous ease, and a couple of generations saw the Fiery Crescent borne victorious from the Pyrenees to the Himalayas and from the desert of Central Asia to the deserts of Central Africa.”

  35. W. Montgomery Watt, ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY TODAY, London, 1983, p. ix.

    “I am not a Muslim in the usual sense, though I hope I am a “Muslim” as “one surrendered to God,” but I believe that embedded in the Quran and other expressions of the Islamic vision are vast stores of divine truth from which I and other occidentals have still much to learn, and ‘Islam is certainly a strong contender for the supplying of the basic framework of the one religion of the future.’”

  36. Edward Gibbon and Simon Ocklay, HISTORY OF THE SARACEN EMPIRE, London, 1870, p. 54.

    “I believe in One God and Mahomet the Apostle of God,’ is the simple and invariable profession of Islam. The intellectual image of the Deity has never been degraded by any visible idol; the honours of the prophet have never transgressed the measure of human virtue, and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the bounds of reason and religion.”

  37. Bosworth Smith, MOHAMMAD AND MOHAMMADANISM, London, 1874, p. 92.

    “He was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without Pope’s pretensions, Caesar without the legions of Caesar without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue; if ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by the right divine, it was Mohammed, for he had all the power without its instruments and without its supports.”

  38. W. Montgomery Watt, MOHAMMAD AT MECCA, Oxford, 1953, p. 52

    “His readiness to undergo persecutions for his beliefs, the high moral character of the men who believed in him and looked up to him as leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement – all argue his fundamental integrity. To suppose Muhammad an impostor raises more problems than it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad.”

  39. Mr. R. L. Mellema, Holland, Anthropologist, Writer and Scholar.

    “The doctrine of brotherhood of Islam extends to all human beings, no matter what color, race or creed. Islam is the only religion which has been able to realize this doctrine in practice. Muslims wherever on the world they are will recognize each other as brothers.”

  40. Annie Besant, THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF MUHAMMAD, Madras, 1932, p.4

    “It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knows how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme. And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar to many, yet I myself feel whenever I re-read them, a new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian teacher.”

  41. Saifuddin Dirk Walter Mosig, U.S.A.

    “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 …. There are certain verses of this book, the Qur’an, revealed more than thirteen centuries ago, which teach exactly the same notions as the most modern scientific researches do. This definitely converted me.” [Ali Selman Benoist, France, Doctor of Medicine.] “I have read the 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, is like the Sun compared to that of 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.”

  42. Col. Donald S. Rockwell, U.S.A. Poet, Critic and Author.

    “The universal brotherhood of Islam, regardless of race, politics, color or country, has been brought home to me most keenly many times in my life — and this is another feature which drew me towards the Faith.”

  43. (pg 253) Jared Diamond a world renowned UCLA sociologist, and physiologist won the Pulitzer Prize for his book: “Guns, Germs, and Steel.”

    “Medieval Islam was technologically advanced and open to innovation. It achieved far higher literacy rates than in contemporary Europe; it assimilated the legacy of classical Greek civilization to such a degree that many classical books are now known to us only through Arabic copies. It invented windmills, trigonometry, lateen sails and made major advances in metallurgy, mechanical and chemical engineering and irrigation methods. In the middle-ages the flow of technology was overwhelmingly from Islam to Europe rather from Europe to Islam. Only after the 1500’s did the net direction of flow begin to reverse.”

  44. H.A.R. Gibb, WHITHER ISLAM, London, 1932, P. 379

    “But Islam has a still further service to render to the cause of humanity. It stands after all nearer to the real East than Europe does, and it possesses a magnificent tradition of inter-racial understanding and cooperation. No other society has such a record of success uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity, and of endeavours so many and so various races of mankind . . . Islam has still the power to reconcile apparently irreconcilable elements of race and tradition. If ever the opposition of the great societies of East and West is to be replaced by cooperation, the mediation of Islam is an indispensable condition. In its hands lies very largely the solution of the problem with which Europe is faced in its relation with East. If they unite, the hope of a peaceful issue is immeasurably enhanced. But if Europe, by rejecting the cooperation of Islam, throws it into the arms of its rivals, the issue can only be disastrous for both.”

BBC: Michele’s Quest

Michele Nicolle is a Muslim born and raised in Jersey who chose to follow Islam as an adult.  She says she had always been confused about religion although she knew she believed in God. She says she was always confused about her Catholic faith but wanted to try to find out the truth about God.

“I always was very confused about certain issues of the Catholic faith; of the Christian belief. The fact that on the one hand they would say “In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” and then they would say “Who is the Son of God.” and the two didn’t quite make sense because of course how could God be a Son and at the same time be the Almighty? And how could God be a Man? These kind of questions, very naive questions that a child would ask themselves.”

She found herself on a spiritual quest which led her to study the history of Christianity and into Eastern Philosophies including Budhism and Hindusim. But this didn’t fulfil her quest to establish the truth about God.

“I’d really been through every religion that you could think of and really gone into it in great depth.”

In all this time and despite living next to a mosque in Birmingham Michelle had still never met a Muslim.

Feeling lost and as though she had come to the end of the line, she found to her surprise when she read the Qur’an she agreed with everything it said.

“For me it really hit me between the eyes.” There was nothing there to equate God with a human being; God was almighty, nobody knows what God looks like, nobody has heard God speaking to them. This is what the Qur’an said and I thought ‘well this is fantastic’ because certainly if there was an almighty God then who are we as mere mortals to think that we can see him, or to think that we could hear Him?”

The experience proved life changing and within a few months she had taken the decision to dress in the hijab and jilbab the Muslim scarf and dress. As for her family’s reaction, well they had seen her go from being a Christian to a Buddhist to a Hindu, was this to be another passing phase in her life?

“My mother, she understood better because she’s quite a religious person anyway; my father perhaps felt this was taking things a bit too far!”

Although there have been Muslims living in Jersey for several decades, as Michele reports there’s still a lack of awareness about them but steps are being taken to change this. Now Jersey’s Muslims are finding a voice, they’ve set up an Islamic trust and are creating a website for information for anyone wanting an introduction to yet another one of the diverse communities living in this multi-cultural island.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/jersey/content/articles/2005/03/03/islam_in_jersey_6_feature.shtml

Islamic Quotes

  • “O ye who believe! Do not squander one another’s wealth in vanities, but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual good will.”
    [Noble Quran: 4:29]
  • “When my servants ask thee (O, Muhammad) concerning Me, tell them I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me.”
    [Noble Quran: 2:186]
  • “God does not forbid you to be kind and equitable to those who have neither fought against your faith nor driven you out of your homes. In fact God loves the equitable.”
    [Noble Quran: 60:8]
  • “And in their (the earlier prophets) footsteps We sent Jesus the son o Mary, confirming the law that had come before him. We sent him the Gospel, therein was guidance and light and confirmation of the law that had come before him, a guidance and an admonition to those who fear God.”
    [Noble Quran: 5:46]
  • “Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein, and whoever recommends and helps an evil cause shares in its burdens”
    [Noble Quran: 4:85]
  • “Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden (paradise) whose width is that of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous – Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity or in adversity, who restrain (their) anger and pardon (all) men – for God loves those who do good.”
    [Noble Quran: 3:133-134]
  • “Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily, to them will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure, and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions.”
    [Noble Quran: 16:97]
  • The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way of God is that of a grain that sprouts into seven ears, each bearing one hundred grains. God gives manifold increase to whom He wishes. God has boundless knowledge. Those who spend their wealth in the cause of God, and do not follow their charity with reminders of their generosity or injure the feeling of the recipient, shall get their reward from their Lord; they shall have nothing to fear or to regret.
  • Kind words and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury.[Noble Quran: 2:261-263]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Every believer who consoles his brother in distress will be dressed by God in an apparel of honor on the Day of Resurrection.”
    [Fiqh-us-Sunnah:V4N80a]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If anyone transgresses and receives punishment in this world, God is too just to repeat the punishment of His servant in the next. And if anyone transgresses and God conceals it and forgives him, He is too generous to go back upon a thing He has forgiven.”
    [Al-Tirmidhi:1023]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Do you know who will go first on the Day of Resurrection to the shade of God…Those who when given what is right accept it, when asked for something give freely and who judge in favor of others as they do for themselves.”
    [Al-Tirmidhi:1042]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The best charity is that given to a relative who does not like you.”
    [Fiqh-us-Sunnah:V3N100]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “A man has sinned enough if he neglects to feed those in need.”
    [Fiqh-us-Sunnah:V3N100]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Religion is very easy, and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded.”
    [Bukhari:V1N38]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “O God, grant me life as a poor man, cause me to die as a poor man and resurrect me in the company of the poor..” His wife asked him why he said that, and he replied: “Because (the poor) will enter Paradise (before) the rich. Do not turn away a poor man…even if all you can give is half a date. If you love the poor and bring them near you..God will bring you near Him on the Day of Resurrection.”
    [Al-Tirmidhi:1376]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was asked what type of earning was best, and he replied: “A man’s work with his hands and every (lawful) business transaction.”
    [Al-Tirmidhi:846]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “On the Day of Resurrection I will intercede and say, ‘O my Lord! Admit into Paradise (even) those who have faith equal to a mustard seed in their hearts.’”
    [Bukhari:V9N600]
  • A funeral procession once passed in front of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and he stood up out of respect. When he was told the person in the coffin was Jewish and not Muslim, he said: “Was it not a living (soul)?”
    [Bukhari:V2N399]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once saw the corpse of a woman who had been killed in a military action, and he disapproved of it and forbade the killing of women and children.
  • Abu Bakr as-Siddiq, a companion of the Prophet Muhammad and his successor as head of the Muslim community, advised one of his military commanders: “Do not kill women or children or an aged, infirm person. Do not cut down fruit-bearing trees. Do not destroy an inhabited place.”
    [Al-Muwatta:V21N9-10]
  • When asked what the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did while in his house, his wife Ayesha relied: “He used to keep busy serving and helping members of the household.”
  • Anas bin Malik related that: “(Even the humblest) maid servant of Madinah would take the Prophet’s hand and take him to any place (for the redress of her grievances).”
    [Riyadh-us-Salaheen:605-606]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “God has forbidden you to be undutiful to your mothers, to withhold (what you should give) or demand (what you do not deserve), or to bury your daughters alive (a pre-Islamic practice).”
    [Bukhari:8:6]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The learned are heirs of the prophets, and the prophets do not leave any inheritance in the form of (monetary wealth), but they do leave knowledge as their legacy. A person who acquires knowledge, acquires his full share (of this legacy).”
    [Riyadh-us-Salaheen:1388]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “(God) will (question a person) on the Day of Resurrection (saying)): ‘O son of Adam, I was sick but you did not visit Me.’ The person will say: ‘O my Lord, how could I visit Thee when Thou art the Lord of the worlds?’ Thereupon (God) will say: ‘Didn’t you know that a servant of Mine was sick but you did not visit him, and were you not aware that if you had visited him, you would have found Me by him?’
  • (God will then say) ‘O son of Adam, I asked you for food but you did not feed Me.’ The person will say: ‘My Lord, how could I feed Thee when Thou art the Lord of the worlds?’ (God) will say: ‘Didn’t you know that a servant of Mine asked you for food but you did not feed him, and were you not aware that if you had fed him you would have found him by My side?’
    [Muslim:1172]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The best (Jihad) is (to speak) word of justice to an oppressive ruler.”
    [Sunan of Abu-Dawood:2040]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “A believing man should not hate a believing woman. If he dislikes one of her characteristics, he will be pleased with another.”
    [Muslim:705]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “He will not enter Paradise whose neighbour is not secure from his wrongful conduct.”
    [Muslim:15]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If anyone continually asks pardon, God will appoint for him a way out of every distress, and a relief from anxiety, and will provide for him from where he did not reckon.”
    [Abdu Dawood:599]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “(Each one) of you should save himself from the fire by giving even half of a date (in charity). And if you do not find a half date, then (you can do it through saying) a pleasant word (to your brethren).”
    [Bukhari:V2N394]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once told his wife: “Do not turn away a poor man..even if all you can give is half a date. If you love the poor and bring them near you…GOD will bring you near HIM on the Day of Resurrection.”
    [Al-Tirmidhi:1376]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once told his wife: “Avoid Cruelty and injustice..and guard yourselves against miserliness, for this has ruined nations who lived before you.”
    [Riyadh-us-Salaheen:203]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once said to one of his companions: “Son, if you are able, keep your heart..free from malice toward anyone.”
    [Al-Tirmidhi:59]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Seven kinds of people will be sheltered under the shade of God on the Day of Judgment…They are: a just ruler, a young man who passed his youth in the worship and service of others for the sake of God…a man who is invited to sin…but declines, saying ‘I fear God’…one who spends his charity in secret, without making a show…and one who remembers God in solitude so that his eyes overflow.”
    [Riyadh-us-Salaheen:376]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “That which is lawful is clear, and that which is unlawful is also quite clear. Between these two is that which is ambiguous, which most people do not know. One who avoids the doubtful safeguards his faith and his honor.”
    [Riyadh-us-Salaheen:588]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “A believer may achieve the status of one who regularly fasts (for religious reasons) during the day and spends the night in prayer, through his good manners.”
    [Riyadh-us-Salaheen:629]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “No companion of mine should tell me anything bad about another person. For when I meet you, I would like my heart to be clean (unbiased.)”
    [Riyadh-us-Salaheen:1539]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “(God) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.”
    [Riyadh-us-Salaheen:1589]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “Avoid jealousy, for it destroys good deeds as fire destroys wood.”
    [Riyadh-us-Salaheen:1569]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once asked Bilal to join in his morning meal. Bilal declined the invitation because he was fast . The Prophet then replied: “We are eating our provision and Bilal’s superior provision is in Paradise. Did you know, Bilal, that…the angels ask forgiveness for (someone who is fasting) as long as people eat beside him?”
    [Al-Tirmidhi:640]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “Fasting is not (just abstaining) from eating and drinking, but also from vain speech and foul language. If one of you is being cursed or annoyed, he should say: ‘I am fasting, I am fasting.’ ”
    [Fiqh-us-Sunnah:V3N132A]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from God, all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
    [Bukhari:V3N125]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to say when he broke his fast: “O God, for Thee I have fasted and with Thy provision I have broken my fast.”
    [Sunan of Abu-Dawood:978]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “If you are given health and security from evil in this world and the next, you have attained felicity.”
    [Al-Tirmidhi:781]
  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “Anyone who believes in God and the Last Day (of Judgment) should not harm his neighbor. Anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously. And anyone who believes in God and the Last Day should say what is good or keep quiet.”
    [Bukhari:V8B73N47]

Non-Muslims

Muslims are required to respect all those who are faithful and God conscious people, namely, those who received messages. Christians and Jews are called People of the Book. Muslims are asked to call upon the People of the Book for common terms, namely, to worship One God, and to work together for the solutions of the many problems in the society.

Christians and Jews lived peacefully with Muslims throughout centuries in the Middle East and other Asian and African countries. The second Caliph, Umar, did not pray in the church in Jerusalem so as not to give the Muslims an excuse to take it over. Christians trusted the Muslims, and as such, the key of the Church in Jerusalem is still in the hands of Muslims.

Jews fled from Spain during the Inquisition, and they were welcomed by the Muslims. They settled in the heart of the Islamic Caliphate. They enjoyed positions of power and authority.

Throughout the Muslim World, churches, synagogues and missionary schools were built within the Muslim neighborhoods. These places were protected by Muslims even during the contemporary crises in the Middle East.

Perfection of The Shari’ah [Islamic Law]

Perfection of The Shari’ah [Islamic Law]
Abdul Qader Abdul Aziz

  • “How can we understand Today Islam in the light of the Quran and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet?”
  • “Does it all apply to us in our day to day living?”
  • “Or is there a need to “rethink” the “Shari’ah”? [Islamic Laws]
    Read more…

Feedback – Non-Muslim Scientists

  1. Professor Keith Moore, one of the world’s prominent scientists of anatomy and embryology.
    University of Toronto, Canada

    “It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Quran about human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad from Allah, or Allah, because almost all of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a messenger of God or Allah.”

  2. Professor William W. Hay Professor William W. Hay is one of the best known marine scientists in the United States. satellite photography and emote-sensing techniques. Professor Hay replied: I find it very interesting that this sort of information is in the ancient scripture of the Holy Quran, and I have no way of knowing where they would come from, but I think it is extremely interesting that they are there and that this work is going on to discover it, the meaning of some of the passages. Professor Hay: Well, I would think it must be the divine being!
  3. Professor Yushudi Kusan: Director of the Tokyo Observatory I can say, I am very mush impressed by finding true astronomical facts in the Quran.
  4. Professor Alfred Kroner who is one of the world’s most famous geologists“Thinking about many of these questions and thinking where Muhammad came from, he was after all a bedouin. I think it is almost impossible that he could have known about things like the common origin of the universe, because scientists have only found out within the last few years with very complicated and advanced technological methods that this is the case.
  5. Dr. T.V.N. Persaud is a Professor of Anatomy and Head of the Department of Anatomy, and a professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the author or editor of 25 books, and has published over 181 scientific papers. In 1991, he received the most distinguished award presented in the field of anatomy in Canada. “It seems to me that Muhammad was a very ordinary man. He could not read or write. In fact, he was illiterate. We are talking about 1400 years ago. You have someone who was illiterate making profound pronouncement and statements and are amazingly accurate about scientific nature. I personally cannot see how this could be mere chance. There are too many accuracy’s and, like Dr. Moore, I have no difficulty in my mind in concerning that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which led him to these statements.”
  6. Joe Leigh Simpson Joe Leigh Simpson, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the North Western University in Chicago in the United States of America. Professor Simpson said: It follows, I think, that not only is there no conflict between genetics and religion, but in fact religion can guide science by adding revelation to some traditional scientific approaches. That there exists statements in the Quran shown by science to be valid, which supports knowledge in the Quran having been derived from Allah.
  7. Professor Palmer a scientist from the U.SWe need research into the history of early Middle Eastern oral traditions to know whether in fact such historical events have been reported. If there is no such record, it strengthens the belief that Allah transmitted through Muhammad bits of his knowledge that we have only discovered for ourselves in recent times. We look forward to a continuing dialogue on the topic of science in the Quran in the context of geology. Thank you very much.
  8. Professor Tagata Tagasone, formerly Head of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Shiang Mai in Thailand. He is now the Dean of the College of the Medicine at the University. From my studies and from what I have learned throughout this conference, I believe that everything that has been recorded in the Quran 1400 years ago must be the truth, that can be proved by the scientific means. Since the Prophet Muhammad could neither read nor write, Muhammad must be a messenger who relayed this truth which was revealed to him as an enlightenment by the One Who is an Eligible Creator. This Creator must be Allah, or Allah. Therefore, I think this is the time to say ‘Laa ilaaha illallah’, that there is no Allah to worship except Allah, ‘Muhammad Rasool Allah’, Muhammad is messenger of Allah…
  9. Professor Armstrong, Scientist works at NASAI am impressed that how remarkably some of the ancient writings seem to correspond to modern and recent Astronomy. There may well have to be something beyond what we understand as ordinary human experience to account for the writings that we have seen.
  10. Professor Durga Rao It is difficult to imagine that this type of knowledge was existing at that time, around 1400 years back. May be some of the things they have simple idea about, but do describe those things in great detail is very difficult. So, this is definitely not a simple human knowledge.

BBC: Michele’s Quest

Michele Nicolle is a Muslim born and raised in Jersey who chose to follow Islam as an adult.  She says she had always been confused about religion although she knew she believed in God. She says she was always confused about her Catholic faith but wanted to try to find out the truth about God.

“I always was very confused about certain issues of the Catholic faith; of the Christian belief. The fact that on the one hand they would say “In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” and then they would say “Who is the Son of God.” and the two didn’t quite make sense because of course how could God be a Son and at the same time be the Almighty? And how could God be a Man? These kind of questions, very naive questions that a child would ask themselves.”

She found herself on a spiritual quest which led her to study the history of Christianity and into Eastern Philosophies including Budhism and Hindusim. But this didn’t fulfil her quest to establish the truth about God.

“I’d really been through every religion that you could think of and really gone into it in great depth.”

In all this time and despite living next to a mosque in Birmingham Michelle had still never met a Muslim.

Feeling lost and as though she had come to the end of the line, she found to her surprise when she read the Qur’an she agreed with everything it said.

“For me it really hit me between the eyes.” There was nothing there to equate God with a human being; God was almighty, nobody knows what God looks like, nobody has heard God speaking to them. This is what the Qur’an said and I thought ‘well this is fantastic’ because certainly if there was an almighty God then who are we as mere mortals to think that we can see him, or to think that we could hear Him?”

The experience proved life changing and within a few months she had taken the decision to dress in the hijab and jilbab the Muslim scarf and dress. As for her family’s reaction, well they had seen her go from being a Christian to a Buddhist to a Hindu, was this to be another passing phase in her life?

“My mother, she understood better because she’s quite a religious person anyway; my father perhaps felt this was taking things a bit too far!”

Although there have been Muslims living in Jersey for several decades, as Michele reports there’s still a lack of awareness about them but steps are being taken to change this. Now Jersey’s Muslims are finding a voice, they’ve set up an Islamic trust and are creating a website for information for anyone wanting an introduction to yet another one of the diverse communities living in this multi-cultural island.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/jersey/content/articles/2005/03/03/islam_in_jersey_6_feature.shtml

A Guide for Activists

First let us begin with Basics Of Islam [click].

Here are some important points to keep in mind:

  1. As Muslims we cannot lie about anything, especially about our religion.
  2. Islam has the proof for everything that it teaches. Our sources are authentic and original. They are:

This is a unique part of Islam, not available in any other ancient religions.

Also, keep in mind while talking with people and answering their questions, sometimes “questions” contain misinformation. We must qualify what it is that someone is saying against what they mean.

Take special care in offer your answers. Keep your replies simple and to the point. Do not wander from subject to subject while answering a question.

Another important point is to remember that patience is an important part of the character of the Muslim and that you must not become angry or outraged at what people say to you or by the quesitons that they are asking. If you feel that it is too much for you to deal with, then simply walk away.

Also, don’t try to be funny or sarcastic. This is distracting and not appropriate. Very often while giving the answer, we hear the person we are talking to saying something like, “I didn’t know that.” Or they might say, “This is actually something good.” When this occurs we ask them, “Are you ready to rethink your position? Are you prepared to worship your God and your Lord without and partners?”

After all, isn’t this what Islam is really all about? The most important subject is the worship of Almighty God, without any partners or associates or “gods” besides Almighty God.

Dawah is a word in Arabic that means “to invite” or “to offer to share.” This is a very important part of being a Muslim and it can be somewhat difficult at times. Yet it is not impossible. The fact is that sharing Islam is a very simple concept. The difficulty comes in when you are trying to communicate the idea to others, especially when they have already been predisposed to believe in something else and to believe that Islam is something bad.

Keep in mind at all times that you are on a special mission to deliver a message of inviting people to worship Allah according to the way that He wants to be worshipped. You are to call them to know the truth and how to follow it. You do this with both your kind words and correct actions.

Your words are used in lectures, sermons, books, tapes and dialogs. These words help people to understand the truth of Islam.

Your actions are observed by others through your behavior and manners. You become the role model for what Islam is all about.

Both methods (dawah by words and actions) were used by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) when delivering the message of Islam. He was the perfect example of what he was calling the people to do. Ayesah, may Allah be pleased with her, said that if you would like to see a living example of the Quran walking, then simply look to Muhammad, peace be upon him. His life was the best example of the noble teachings and principles set forth in the Quran.

Muslims are supposed to advise everyone by using a gentle and simple approach to attract the hungry souls to the Way of Allah. For sure today more than ever, people need to know about Islam and be able to put it into practice. We all need an example to follow.

Actually, the problem is not so much calling or inviting to people to the message of Islam, as it is the way that we go about it. The way that we present ourselves and the message is most important and unfortunately, something that many of the Muslims are not taking into consideration these days.

Some have actually ruined the image of dawah due to the rigid methods, mistakes and misunderstandings they are applying. This gives a very negative impression about Islam and the Muslims in general. Considering all of the detraction and negative media against Islam and Muslims occuring in these days, it is vital that we approach our dawah with wisdom, kind invitation and logical discussions.

One example of negative dawah is the false concept that so many Muslims have today about debating the Christians about their Bible. This is very incorrect and not a part of the teachings of the Quran or the way of Muhammad, peace be upon him. While there are a number of things that we might be able to share with them about what we believe that is similar to what they might find in their Book, it is not correct to try to attack their Book, their beliefs nor their understandings. A wise man once said, “Debates bring a lot of heat, but not very much light.” Leave the idea of debating and do not attend any functions where these types of activities are taking place. Pray for the Muslims to wake up to the dangers of this as a tool for dawah before it is too late.

Another thing to stay away from is the so called “miracles” about the Quran and Islam that are not mentioned in the Quran or in the Sunnah of the prophet, peace be upon him. One example of the idea of some trees in Germany that are twisted around to spell, “Laa elaha illa lah, Muhammad rasoolulah.” This is not true. The picture is a fake and anyone can easily prove this is not real. So where would you be if you had insisted that this was a “proof” that Islam is the right religion?

Other fake “miracles” include; a fish with “Allah” written on it; a tree bent toward Mekkah in prayer; a pumpkin with “Bismillah Rahman Raheem” on it. Please verify this by visiting our website page on these stories at:

http://www.IslamTomorrow.com/pumpkin.htm

Another area to avoid is the misconception about the “miracle of numbers” in the Quran. The stories are many and all of them are false. There is no miracle of “19″ in the Quran; this not the occurance of the word “day” and “night” 365 times (the Muslim calendar is 354 days anyway); the words “angel” and “devil” do not occur the same number of times; and all of the mathematical equasions mentioned about the earth and the water are worthless to someone who is trying to understand about Allah and Islam. So please stop this propaganda and DO NOT FORWARD these messages to everyone on your list.

That is NOT dawah. That is a waste of time and energy. The fact is, that this will turn people away from the truth and destroy the pure message of Islam.

When we are going to talk with folks about Islam, we should first begin with the word itself. Let people know that there is a difference between the word “Islam” and what some people are doing. Visit our page on this subject of the explanation of words before you try to discuss Islam with anyone:

http://www.IslamTomorrow.com/word/

“ISLAM” – Explain to them that “Islam” can be understood both, as a verb and as a noun. As a noun, it is the religion that was completed by Allah for all human beings 1,400 years ago. The message came with Muhammad, peace be upon him, in the Arabic language.

As a verb, the word “Islam” means the surrender, submission, obedience and peace in sincerity with Allah.

Next, explain to them that the word Muslim comes from the word Islam itself. And the Arabic uses a prefix to the verb rather than a suffix to indicate the one who is preforming the verb or action. So instead of being an “Islam-er” we are “Mu-islims” (Muslim).

Remember: K.I.S.S. (Keep It So Simple)

Next you might logically break down the word “Allah” and let them know what it comes from and how it is the perfect word to describe and represent the Lord of the Worlds, The Only Creator and Sustainer of the universe.

Allah” comes from the root “elah” and the plural is “awliha.” When the article “the” is placed in front of “elah” in Arabic, it becomes “Al-lah.” In this state the word can no longer be made plural, nor can it be associated with gender. That is to say, that “Allah” can actually be used to represent the meaning of “One only to be worshipped, never plural, always singular and never man nor woman.”

Quran” is another word that you might explain to them. Let them understand that the Quran is not a book and that it is actually “alive” today in the hearts of over nine million (9,000,000) Muslims around the world. This is a real miracle. There is no other book like it. No book can compare to it and no other major religion today has their original preserved in the original language by so many followers of the religion.

For instance, you might ask the person, “Did you know? – Over NINE MILLION Muslims Memorized the Entire Quran. 9,000,000 + Muslims living today have memorized the entire Quran in the original Arabic language. But surprisingly over 75% of all Muslims are not Arab. In fact, the largest number of Muslims today are in Indonesia. And did you know? That every Muslim in the world, over 1.5 billion have all memorized some of the Quran and each of them desires to memorize it entirely?

“Prophethood” in Islam is also an area that brings people to a better understanding of Muslims and what Islam is really about about. Let them know that as much as we love and honor and respect all of the prophets from Adam to Abraham and Moses and David, Jesus and Muhammad, peace be upon them all, we never worship them. As a matter of fact, that is where people begin to go the wrong way, by over praising something or someone in the creation. All praise and worship is due to Allah, alone.

You might like to read and share the messages about Muhammad, peace be upon him, and Jesus, peace be upon him, from the Muslim perspective. You could print these pages out and share them or ask them to visit the links online if they can.

Muhammad” – “Jesus

Human Rights” is a favorite of mine to talk about. And then rights in general in Islam. Of course it is Allah, who has the first and most exclusive right, that of being worshipped alone without any partners.

Women’s rights” There are areas to discuss and in particular of great interest today, is the rights of women. Also, you could mention that today more than ever before, women are coming into Islam in greater numbers than men. This is a fact.

There are many areas to open up the dialog, but always keep in mind that the message is to call people to worship Allah, Alone without any partners.

Make the clear distinction between what “Islam” teaches and what some “Muslims” do. Ask them to consider some of the bad people in history who were supposed to be Christians, yet what they did does not represent the Christians or Jesus.

“Islam” is not what some Muslims do. It is what all Muslims are “supposed” to do.

So all in all, you need to adopt gentleness and politeness in presenting your arguments. Allah Almighty addresses His Prophet, saying:

  • “Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.”
  • (An-Nahl: 125)

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said: “Indeed, gentleness adds more beauty to the atmosphere it reposes therein.”

Actually, nothing is more needed now, in making dawah, than correct knowledge, gentleness and wisdom. The reason for this is to dispel all the superstitions and lies spread against Islam. All this needs wisdom, patience and perseverance, and such polite methods brings quick results and has rapid effect on the audience.

Consider the wife of Abu sufyan, Hind and her saying to Muhammad, peace be upon him, after she came to Islam; “I never wanted to see anyone on the face of the earth to be put down more than you and your family. But now, I do not see anyone on the face of the earth more honored than you and your family.”

This is a clear example of the prophet’s effect on people’s hearts and minds through his behavior and manners. Callers to Islam must follow this great example in their efforts to share the message of Islam instead of turning them away.

Always consider your audience and who it is that you are speaking to. If the people are not familiar with the Arabic language, then there is no real need to speak Arabic or make all of your quotes in Arabic and then try to translate everything to English. This is silly and could turn people away. Remember to keep everything on their level and not try to talk above them or talk down to them.

Visit our page on this subject and then write back to me with more questions:

http://www.islamtomorrow.com/dawah/

CNN News: American at Hajj

Feedback: Converts to Islam (Men)

  1. Chaplain Yusuf Estes

    Many people ask me how a preacher or priest in Christianity can ever go to Islam, especially considering all the negative things that we hear about Islam and Muslims everyday. Some people are simply curious, while others take a profound exception to my “conversion” to Islam. Some have asked how I could have turned my back on Jesus, or if I truly understood the Holy Ghost and some even questioned whether or not I considered myself as “born again” or had ever really been saved at all. These are good questions to which I will offer answers to at the end of this writing. I would like to thank everyone for their interest and offer my humble story, God Willing.One very nice Christian gentleman asked me in email why and how I left Christianity for Islam. This is more or less a copy of the letter I sent to him. [continued...]

  2. Rev. David Benjamin Keldani (1867-19xx)

    “My conversion to Islam cannot be attributed to any cause other than the gracious direction of the Almighty Allah. Without this Divine guidance all learning, search and other efforts to find the Truth may even lead one astray. The moment I believed in the Absolute Unity of God, His holy Apostle Muhammad became the pattern of my conduct and behavior.”Prof. Keldani, a former Catholic bishop, accepted Islam in 1904 and adopted a Muslim name ‘Abdul-Ahad Dawud’. The above quote is taken from his scholarly work Muhammad in the Bible. An expert in Biblical scripts and languages, Prof. Keldani published many scholarly papers on the Bible and Christianity prior to his becoming a Muslim. His Muhammad in the Bible is rich with deep analysis and although published originally many decades ago, has remained today without a parallel on this topic in both originality and scholarship.

  3. Cat Stevens (Now Yusuf Islam), former British pop star.

    All I have to say is all what you know already, to confirm what you already know, the message of the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) as given by God – the Religion of Truth. As human beings we are given a consciousness and a duty that has placed us at the top of creation. Man is created to be God’s deputy on earth, and it is important to realize the obligation to rid ourselves of all illusions and to make our lives a preparation for the next life. Anybody who misses this chance is not likely to be given another, to be brought back again and again, because it says in Qur’an Majeed that when man is brought to account, he will say, “O Lord, send us back and give us another chance.” The Lord will say, “If I send you back you will do the same.” [continued...]

  4. Dr. Murad Wilfred Hofmann (b. 1931)

    “I began to see Islam with its own eyes, as the unadulterated, pristine belief in the one and only, the true God, Who does not beget, and was not begotten, Whom nothing and nobody resembles … In place of the qualified deism of a tribal God and the constructions of a divine Trinity, the Qur’an showed me the most lucid, most straightforward, the most abstract – thus historically most advanced – and least anthropomorphic concept of God. The Qur’an’s ontological statements, as well as its ethical teachings, impressed me as profoundly plausible, “as good as gold,” so there was no room for even the slightest doubt about the authenticity of Muhammad’s prophetic mission. People who understand human nature cannot fail to appreciate the infinite wisdom of the “Dos and Don’ts” handed down from God to man in the form of the Qur’an.” [continued...]