Clear the air about Islam, say new converts

New Muslims share their experience about converting to the religion.

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Published: Mon 20 Jan 2014, 12:15 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:42 AM

What does the Holy Quran do to a non-Muslim only interested in criticising it? It touches their hearts and turns them into Muslims, provided they read it logically and without any prejudice. This actually happened with 32-year-old Krishna from Kerala, who, as a member of a political party there, was assigned to find mistakes in the Holy Quran.

“Amazingly, I did not find a single fault, and that pushed me to read the Quran again with a free mind and without any pressure. I converted to Islam 20 months back,” Krishna told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the New Muslim Summit.

Currently working in a Sharjah-based company, Krishna, who does not want to change his name, is happy with Islam, and spares no efforts to call people to Islam, and just read a copy of the Holy Quran. “Thanks to God, I have helped seven people become Muslims, and I am planning to convince my family back home to start a new life.”

Forty four-year-old Abdul Samad from Kenya is just a week-old Muslim. He was surprised by the dedication of the Muslim community in Dubai, which is different from what it is in his country. “Misconception is a major deterrent, and that’s why I am planning to learn more about Islam and teach my family — my wife and two daughters — and people back home in Nairobi about the religion.”

Talking about her 11-year journey in Islam, 29-year-old French woman Lujayne told Khaleej Times that the 9/11 attacks made her curious about Islam. “I was shocked when I came to know the truth. I discovered how merciful and logical Islamic teachings are. I urge converts to hold on to their faith, see the difference between culture and religion, and find someone whom they can trust and guide them.”

Echoing the same, Iskndar Tan, 56, from Malaysia, advised new converts to seek knowledge about Islam, and be in the company of people who practice Islam sincerely so that they can grow. Though he embraced Islam over 30 years ago, Tan is the only Muslim in his family. “There are challenges, but I find solutions. We all should do the same so as not to waste the treasure we have been divinely granted.”

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