During the conference on Medical Illimitability in the Quran, 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 the heart of my heart I had felt that there is a God controlling the Universe. He is the Creator.
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I was what is known as a worker-priest, which means I had a job at the same time as I was doing my ministry. I had changed from working in corporate America to working in a behavioral health agency. My post was down the street from a Masjid. I thought that this was my chance to learn about Islam for my interfaith relations.
There was a prominent figure that inspired me to convert to Islam: Jesus Christ. I recognized the similarity and importance of what he taught in many passages of the Quran. I saw how the Quran states that Jesus and his teachings contain guidance, salvation, and Light.
I see Islam as a religion that came to clarify the errors of human beings who changed the original word of God to fit their interests. Islam is simple: God is God. God created us and we worship God and God alone. God sent Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad (peace be upon him) to deliver his message to guide all people.
The main thing that Islam has brought in my life is serenity. I feel it all the time. It’s a sort of deflating of a balloon that’s about to burst. "It’s ok… you are safe, you are secure and you can get through all of this without all of the drama that you used to have… that got you nowhere".
Trusting in God, and having a lump in my throat, I set off to meet this wonderful woman and what I supposed to be her intimidating family. I arrived in Washington DC right before sundown, collected my bags, and waited for a taxi. When it was my turn for a taxi, I jumped in...
Both of my parents were in the US military and my upbringing was very strict. My father was very racist, and because of this, I also was very racist myself until about the age of 24. I can remember as a child listening to my father lambaste and attack Arabs and Muslims and bash their religion...
Muhammad Ali said: “I am Muslim. Islam has no relationship with the murderers who massacre the innocent in Paris or elsewhere in the world. Muslims have to remain vigilant about such people who use Islam for their ulterior motives…Such murderers, killing the innocent, leave a wrong impression in the mind of the people.”
It was very important for me to have Jesus. I love the stories in the Bible, and then when they told me that he’s a Prophet of God, he’s better than us, he’s a perfect human being… that really set proper in my heart. Then the Quran, being an owner’s manual, a way to live, it was amazing because I was looking for structure.
Being in London around that time, in 2005-2006, it was after the London terror attacks and obviously the 2001 events, the media was savage about Islam generally and I knew for a fact that it simply can’t be; you can’t be painted in such a picture where you have the complete extremes.
I started to become concerned and worried that if I become Muslim, am I going to be a terrorist? Am I going to fight and become like one of these guys? I didn’t know that anything about suicide bombing or any of these stuff, or any proofs that some of these people use…
At first I did not like to read Quran, but the Muslims I knew, I took them as my example of what a Muslim is like and saw that the stereotype I had been raised with just didn’t fit. I wondered how I knew Bible was right and Quran was wrong, especially when so much was similar between them, they seemed to originate from the same source.