Showing posts with label Ibrahim Richmond. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ibrahim Richmond. Show all posts

Tuesday 4 July 2023

Awesome revert experience of a Priest (Ibrahim Richmond) and his followers and taking Shahadah in their church

Islam, the last of the earlier three Divine religions, is here to stay and its light is enlightening the hearts of thousands of non-Muslims around the world every day. No matter how many copies of Qur'an are burnt (the last gory incident just a day ago in Sweden) or how many Muslims forced to drink cow's urine in India and chant extremist Hindu slogans in India, or snatching of hijab from the chaste Muslim women or spreading Islamophobic content on social and print media every other day, Islam would continue to flourish and reach to the hearts of non-Muslims in every nook and corner of the world.

While we have shared a large number of varied revert experiences, today we share an awesome revert experience wherein none of the reverts strived to become Muslims. Rather it was a Divine call that awaken them and not only the priest but all his followers reverted to Islam instantly, for the Divine call had softened their hearts and showed them the invisible light that leads one to the truth and straight path of Allah, a path which leads to Allah alone without any associates and partners.

This is the revert experience of ex priest Ibrahim Richmond of South Africa. Ibrahim has been leading his people of the church for almost fifteen years and not on any point in time there came any moment that he had thought of even thinking of embracing Islam. But then things changed from a few months from hence. Here is how it began as Ibrahim explains:

Just a few months ago, Ibrahim Richmond experienced a series of transformative dreams that changed the course of his life. He saw in his dream someone calling him to tell his people to wear white. Getting up, though te dream was still afresh in his mind, he just shrugged of the idea for white dress is synonymous to Muslims. This dream persisted and one night, the voice was so forceful that it really shook him. So, he went to his people and told them about his dream and like good followers, every one of his Christian followers accepted the Divine call. On their next meeting in the church, everyone wore the white dress and along with Ibrahim Richmond reverted to Islam. [1]
“I will follow the footsteps [of Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him] and I believe by following these footsteps millions of my people in South Africa will follow these footsteps to see the light,” he said in a video uploaded on Twitter by Saudi Arabia’s Government Communication Center on Sunday. [2]
While his reversion along with his large number of followers made headlines across the world, the king of Saudi Arabia also heard the news and invited him to Hajj 2023. For Ibrahim Richmond, the Hajj pilgrimage represents the culmination of his extraordinary spiritual transformation and inspires a deep sense of gratitude for the opportunities Allah has given him. Ibrahim Richmond’s path from former priest to an influential Islamic figure who inspired many Christians to follow the path of Islam illustrates the power of faith and the transformative nature of dreams.

The media abounds in videos of Ibrahim performing Hajj and explaining his reversion experience from the very beginning. How lucky and blessed is he and his followers who deciphered the Divine call of wearing white and reverted to Islam - the final Divine religion.

Please watch the full video of Ibrahim Richmond's experience below in his own voice:
May Allah (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us have unflinching faith and trust in Divine Wisdom and decisions and should never lament for we do not know that something better has been planned for us by our most caring Lord. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

Disclaimer: The data / video for this post has been collected from the references given below or YouTube. If anyone differs with the material contained in this post, one may consult the references and their authors.  If someone has more material about the subject, he/she is most welcome to share in the comments box to make the post all encompassing.

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

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