Even fair-minded non-Muslim scholars admit that a great deal of prejudice is produced and sustained against the teachings of Islam.  This happens to such a degree that a person is mentally unable to ponder over Islamic teachings objectively.  By casting away his prejudices, any person seeking to discover the truth will reach this noble goal. Allah says in the Qur’an: “As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause) We will surely guide them to Our path. And verily Allah is with the good doers.” (29:69)  These people, however, do not show arrogance after achieving this success. They humble themselves, as mentioned in the Qur’an: “All the praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has guided us to this, and never could we have found guidance, were it not that Allah had guided us.”  (7:43)

The second point, which comes to my mind, is that some forces are always active in trying to distort the truth.  This has been going on from time immemorial.  They come up with new methods in each age.  However, the Plan of Allah is always supreme, as in the following Qur’anic verse:  “They were plotting and Allah too was plotting; and Allah is the Best of those who plot.” (8:30)

One poet said it very nicely in the Urdu language:  Allah has put elasticity in the nature of Islam.The harder you try to deform it, the faster it will regain its original form.

The truth is spreading by leaps and bounds. In every corner of the world, individuals and families are embracing Islam.  There are examples of a few such individuals in this booklet.  From their stories it is clear that it is not permissible to force others to accept Islam. Embracing Islam through knowledge and appreciation is the ticket to success, both in this life and in the Hereafter.

The examples given in this booklet not only reinforce the truth, but also describe the obstacles to reach this goal.  Satanic whispering, social and cultural bonds, and anger on the faces of friends and relatives make life miserable.  However, the sweetness of truth overpowers all these forces. The person achieves peace and tranquility, which is indicated by his face, actions and daily dealings.

The following stories were the result of personal interviews I had with each of these new Muslims, which took place in Madina Munawwara over the last few years.  After meeting with these individuals, I admired their robust faith in Islam.  They inspired me immensely, and without a doubt, serve as a guiding light for all mankind.

Imtiaz Ahmad
Madina Munawwara
June 2002

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