26 September 2014
Chadi had a Christian background, but was perturbed over the true meaning of life after death and he seemed quite unsure of Jesus (peace be upon him) being a god, as all his learning in Christian schools had taught him. However his continuous search for truth and his study of Qur’an led him to believe that Islam is the only perfect way to One and Only God. He narrates how he along with his girlfriend embraced Islam:
I was born in Lebanon. My father is a Druze (non-Muslim) and my mother a Christian. I had all my Christian learning from a Christian school. My mother at home encouraged me to learn more about Jesus (peace be upon him). This lasted till my late adolescence, when I realized that Bible, although a good book, did not penetrate to the depth of my soul.
It is the story of Jesus (peace be upon him) and his actions, but I could not find in it majesty of the words of God.
So I beseeched God to guide me to His way, in the religion he chooses for me. Since my home ambiance was not favoring Islam, I could not imagine that God wanted me to be a Muslim. I was even very bothered to hear Adhan or see any Islamic activity.
Later for my further studies, I traveled to Russia. There I lived with my Christian girlfriend. My neighbor, a Muslim, would often tell me about Islam but as usual I could never take any interest in it (because of my background). One day, my girlfriend was traveling in a bus. She heard people telling jokes about Islam.
She herself was not attached in any way to Islam, but she asked them: “Do you know anything about Islam?” When they replied in negative, she asked, “How can you judge a religion without knowing anything about it?”
After that she took keen interest in studying Islam and asked a friend of her to bring her some translated books about Islam to know if the things that were told about Islam had any grain of truth.
Meanwhile, I had a strange dream that changed me completely. Was it an Islam calling to study deeper to understand about the truth? The vision was so clear and it was not blurred as most dreams used to be.
I was in a green place, splendid in its beauty, the earth was totally green, beauty that I did not see anything like it before, then I saw in the sky, the sun, the moon and a star between them. The dream ended when someone gave me a piece of paper on which was written: “5 times a day.”
I woke up from my dream very pleased by the vision but I did not understand its meaning. I therefore asked a (Muslim) friend of mine, who explained to me that Muslims prayed five times a day and the vision I saw was mentioned in the Qur’an in different chapters like Yusuf and Qiyamah (Judgment Day) when people will see the sun, the moon together.
Since I had not read Qur’an before, I was astonished as how something that I saw could be mentioned in the Book of Allah, as it was never there in my memory.
After that I took a copy of the Qur’an and started to read it. I felt totally taken by this Book. I felt the truth; the majesty of each and every word it seemed was penetrating into the deepest of my soul. Thereafter my girlfriend (who felt the same attraction to the word of Allah) and I embraced Islam, and married after that.
I do not say that only my dream made me a Muslim, this dream was only a message from God that I waited for. My knowledge of Islam and Qur’an teachings made me a perfect Muslim. Anyway God does not want us to believe blindly in Him. In Qur’an, He asks us to test the truth of His book and to face it every time with the modern knowledge to believe that it is the truth.
God has given us brains to think, eyes to see and ears to hear; if we have to check about Islam so check it from a good source to have the clearest idea about Allah, and stay far from those who are only trying to harm the Book of Allah without knowing the true goal in that. My situation now is like someone who found a treasure and wants to share it with everybody.
I want to tell you how believing in God can change your life dramatically, how we can obtain this purity of soul, how we can enjoy life after knowing why we are in this life.