Sunday 10 June 2018

My Great Grandfather's Journey through other Faiths to know the Truth

I have started sharing experiences of people of other faiths who 'reverted' to Islam. Though the experiences are varied as people from different walks of life had different environments from they hailed, generally the reasons of their 'reversion' to Islam have been almost similar.

However, today I am taking a time out and want to share experiences of different faiths as experienced by my late great grandfather at the turn of 20th century. It was the time when the British had a control over the Indian sub continent and a massive campaign had been unleashed by the missionaries who had abound the length and breadth of the Indian continent to invite people to Christianity. And many people, specially from the lower untouchable castes of Hindus chose to be Christians.

My great grandfather was a well read person of his time and fairly religious. People of his town would often come to him for resolving petty matters relating to Islam and get enlightened from his knowledge about Islam. But he was a restless man and was always wanting to know more about other faiths and religions of Indian subcontinent. So one day, my father told me, he left his job and family and disappeared. He was gone for good about a year and a half till he returned, and he was a changed man. 

Herein under is what he told his family and friends about his disappearance and experiences.

He said he had many questions boiling in his mind when people of other faiths and religions came to him for answers, for which he had no knowledge. So he took a time off to know about other faiths and his own faith. He wandered from religious places of Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Jews beside atheists and people with no religion, sat and lived with them for two three months each and lived the way they did. Living close to people of other faiths, he began to ask questions vis a vis Islam to find out the truth. 

It was a hard task as some of the times he found his faith falling prey to disillusions for every faith and its preachers have their own charm to spellbound someone who seemed lost and weary. But he continued despite all the fascinating invitations and kept weighing the pros and cons of each faith to finally come to a conclusion that it was nothing but Islam which was the way to the enlightened path, the path shown by Allah through His own commandments contained in the last of the holy scripture The Holy Qur'an revealed on to prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). 

He said he better knew the difference between Allah and God of Christians, the finality of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the role Prophet Eesa (Jesus, peace be upon him) was to play in the final days before the Day of Judgment.

And when he thought he had ditched Islam against all faiths but was rebounded back to Islam, he chose to come back and started giving lessons and guidance to people who now came to him more than before and helped them to walk with confidence on the path of Islam.

The purpose of sharing this post is that before taking one's ultimate decision to embrace Islam, one must go through each faith or at least one's own faith very objectively and then try to find the truth by comparing one's faith with Islam. It  is only then one can see the light at the end of the tunnel - the light of truth and salvation.

And perhaps I too am trying to know about other faiths and keeping Islam as my pivot, the word of Allah and His wisdom contained in the Holy Qur'an and the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) which is a true specimen of living by Allah's will and commandments.

To read personal accounts of many a celebrity who have reverted to Islam, please visit our page: Embracing Islam: Revert Experiences.

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