Asalamu alaikum. My journey to Islam is in two parts. Islam was introduced to me in a very dark place. That place, like Prophet Yusuf, was prison. I was a teenager, soul searching and studying Christianity - trying to find my way as well. Allah has blessed me to go through certain stages in my life, not eating pork, praying directly to Allah and I learnt these things through studying the Bible. I never heard about Muslims and what is a Muslim. One day we were going to eat in the prison and they were serving pork this day. By me not eating pork I chose to get at the end of the line. I was going to have vegetables, so I don’t need to run to the line. As I was at the end of the line two brothers were behind me. They noticed that I told the cafeteria I wasn’t eating pork.They asked me:
“Brother, are you Muslim?”.
I was like:
“I don’t understand what a Muslims is.”
They asked me:
“Why aren’t you eating pork?”.
“Because it says don’t eat it in the Bible.”.
“You are Muslim, but you just don’t know it.”
It just so happened that these brothers were on the same dorm as I was on and they gave me some literature on Ahmed Deedat. I was blown away. I locked myself into my cell like my cage and reading a lot of litterature. I took shahadah and I was shipped out a few months later. So I was a new Muslim, and along the journey I was still struggling with certain things. In Islam it is important that we have a nice foundation because you can get some teachings that take you away. Alhamdulillah, a teaching in Islamic studies used to come to the prison system and would come in and have classes in Islam. My teacher helped me to say the shahadah in 1996. It’s been a blessing.
To my fellow brothers and sisters in Islam: We have a duty to stand up and give the misguided brothers and sisters and the brothers and sisters who are looking for the truth to give them the truth. I love all my brothers and sisters. Asalamu aleykum wa rahamatullah.
*Not him in the picture*
Allahu akbar! May Allah bless you over & over ☝
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