As I sifted through the countless logical facts that I read through and researched, one thing took my attention the most. "Islam". The name of this religion. I noticed it is written many times in this Quran.
I went to Turkey on holiday and had a look inside some of the greater mosques. With every step I took, with every day that went by, I could feel the presence of God in my life grow. I went into nature and for the first time, I could see that what was in front of me were signs of the Creator.
I accepted Islam simply because I declared it to be the true religion of God. It is simple, straightforward, and not confusing. I also love how Islam has such a universal bond of unity amongst its followers.
Muslims have always believed that when the animals and the birds roar and shout and chirp and twitter, they are indeed praising God in their own way.
I thank Allah for all the people He has brought into my life to show me the truth. I thank Him for giving me a mind to understand the truth. More than that, I thank Allah for my loving and understanding wife who has come to the truth with me.
But Islam had to be an Arab religion, right? It can't be the faith that young American women gravitate to, can it? I soon discovered that the majority of Muslims are not Arab...
I never knew a Muslim before this time, and I had certain preset ideas (all wrong I hasten to add) of what Islam was about. There was nothing in the behavior of the students that really impressed me...
I lived, researched, and taught in the Muslim Arab world for 35 years, and was very familiar with Islam in both theory and practice. What had been my journey to Islam and why had it taken so long?
I feel such a great peace and comfort –just like that childhood feeling again- and I know that I can sleep now; I know that I’m safe. Surely I know there’s a God, Who created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them.
Muslims believe that God (Allah) is the Lord of all people on earth. He is not just the God of the Muslims. Because of this, Muslims have a very great responsibility to act with justice and kindness to all those who have not yet come to the fullness of truth.
I can truly say now, looking back on the whole story, that I was overwhelmingly blessed by the way Allah guided me to Islam. I look back now and see my old friends from high school and how lost they are.