Dubai’s Islamic affairs department recently published a book in which over a 100 people shared their reasons for converting (or reverting) to Islam. The UAE is perhaps one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and hence the inputs from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives make the book especially interesting. We are happy to have transcribed them for you.
1.ONENESS OF GOD:
I accepted the religion of Islam because Islam is the only religion on the face of earth which strongly believes and adheres to the concept of One True God. In Islam, the concept of one God is very clear and its whole foundation is based on Monotheism. –CRNELIO SABADO, ADAM, PHILIPPINE.
2.GOD HAS NO GOD:
In most of the regions I learnt and found that every god in these religions has another god above him. For example, Christians believe that Jesus is God, but Jesus himself had God who was superior to him. In Islam, God has neither father nor son and no one is superior to Him. – LUCY CHILUMBA, MARYAM, ZAMBIA.
3.ALLAH IS VERY IMPORTANT IN ISLAM:
The importance of Allah is much higher among Muslims than any other people to their gods. I found Muslims keeping Allah in their minds all the time. – NATALIA BRICICARI, NOORA, MOLDOVA.
4.ALLAH HEARS ME WHEN I CALL HIM:
On losing my job and being alone a my labour camp, I started asking Allah like Muslims do requesting Him to find a way for me as I was having problems back home. Within a week I got the chance to restart my work and earn money. – KANNAN KUPPU, SAMEER, INDIA.
5.ALLAH HAS NO IMAGE:
The first time I came to know that Allah has no image was when there was a visit to a Masjid for Non Muslims conducted by Islamic Affairs Dept. After hearing the explanation about Allah that He Is almighty, all knowing and All-powerful, I accepted Islam. – MANUEL PARRA, MOOSA, ITALY.
6.ALLAH’S BEAUTIFUL NAMES:
My friend explained to me about the beautiful names and attributes that Allah has, and also explained to me their meanings. Allah has all good qualities which are benefitting Him alone. Allah’s being the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful brought me closer to Islam. – MARILYN GUNAO, LAILA, PHILIPINE.
7.WORSHIPING THE CREATOR NOT HIS CREATION:
I remember while sitting at the New Muslims Section, one of the Guides explained to me about the life of Prophet Abraham, who in the beginning worshiped the Star, Moon and Sun and at last he discovered that we should worship the Creator not His creation. – CHANDRIKA ABO, AYESHA, SRI LANKA.