Best Way to Live and Die PDF english islamic book

Best Way to Live and Die PDF english islamic book

Best way to Best way to live and die
(Yahya) Donald W. Flood
(Yahya) Donald W. Flood
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Best way to live and die”
(Yahya) Donald W. Flood
Best way to live and die”
(Yahya) Donald W. Flood
INTRODUCTION
Every day the sun shines on new people recognizing the truth
and returning to their Creator in repentance and submission to Him.
They are ambitious for his reward of eternal happiness in Paradise.
These new followers give a new flavor to the Muslims of today with
their sincerity, keenness and solid adherence to the teaching of
Islam. From their vast experiences in the past, they command strong
endurance and a particular understanding of their newly found path
of truth to which God has guided them, finding their way with
easiness and surety in life. They came to Islam with broadmindedness and discernment of what is right and wrong. Some of
them had reached satiety and disgust with material, promiscuous life
and turned to Islam with true love for purity and homage to their
Creator.
It is with pleasure that I introduce a friend whom God has
guided to Islam, and indeed he has been guided well. Herein he
relates his journey. I wish him success and happiness in the right
path of God. We look forward to more people following in his
footsteps.
Muhammad Abbas Nadeem

Acknowledgements
First of all, I would like to praise God for guiding me to Islam. May He
accept this work in His cause, and make it a means for individuals to
find and follow the truth.
I�d also like to express my sincere gratitude to the individuals who
informed me about Islam and those who were responsible for
expanding my knowledge of Islam once I had become a Muslim. In
addition, I wish to thank the Muslim brothers who encouraged me to
writ this story. Furthermore, I would like to recognize Dr. Wajieh
Abderrahman, Um Muhammad, Ahmad Nurideen, Dr. Al-Taher AlHafez, Muhammad Yaqoob and Abdulhag Darden for reviewing this
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work. Likewise, I must acknowledge Al-Eman Printing Press for its
diligence in publishing this story and the World Assembly of Muslim
Youth(WAMY) for its support and distribution of this booklet. Lastly,
special appreciation is due to Abdultawwab Abdulmalik for being a
liaison between WAMY and Al-Eman during the publishing process.
May we all reside in a lofty place in Paradise, God Willing!!!
(Yahya) Donald W. Flood
Madinah, Saudi Arabia
June 1999

Gathering the Initial Pieces of �the Purpose of Life Puzzle�
I once thought my upbringing offered an excellent way of life,
especially since I felt satisfied both mentally and physically. As a
young man, I lived the life of an average American who had a rather
hedonistic lifestyle; I was found of music, a festive atmosphere
dames, sports, travel, ethnic foods and foreign languages. I reached
a point, however, where I felt �spiritually bankrupt� and I asked
myself, �now what?� and I thought, �there has to be more to life
than this.� This realization was the impetus that led me to search for
the truth through diverse avenues.
I assumed the reason I felt spiritually unfulfilled had to do
with my lifestyle in America, which was often tied to instant
gratification and impulsive behavior. As a result, I speculated that the
answer might lie in finding a better locale. Thus, I began looking for
that perfect place. After traveling to numerous destinations, I
discovered that it wasn�t so much a perfect location I was looking
for, but a particular culture with the most suitable approach to life.
When I found what I considered to be the most appealing culture, I
recognized that it still had flaws. Thereafter, I surmised that we
should learn about the different ways people live and then select the
best from these practices. This was perhaps the road to the truth.
Unable to really implement the life of a global citizen, I chose
to read materials on metaphysics because the esoteric things in life
always intrigued me. I quickly learned everything functions according
to universal laws which can be used for one�s own benefit. After
reading many books on this subject, I concluded that more important
than these laws is the One Who created them, i.e., God I also
discovered metaphysics can be a precarious path to follow, in which
case, I refrained from any further reading in this area.
On the suggestion of a good friend, we went on a three-month
camping trip all over America and Western Canada with the intention
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of discovering the purpose of life. We witnessed the marvels of
nature and realized this world could not have been created by
mistake, and that it was clearly a wonderland of signs pointing to its
Creator. Hence, this trip reinforced my belief in God.
After returning home, I felt distressed at the busy life of the
city, so I turned to meditation for relief. I was able to find inner peace
through meditation techniques. Nevertheless, this tranquil feeling was
only temporary; once I stood up, I couldn�t take that feeling with me.
Likewise, being consistent with meditation became too much of a
formidable task, so I slowly started losing interest.
Before long, I thought the truth might lie in self-improvement.
Therefore I became a voracious reader of motivational materials and
attended related seminars. In addition, I was striving to live up to the
US Army�s slogan on TV commercials, �Be all you can be�,
through endeavors in fire-walking, skydiving and martial arts. Due to
my reading and challenging exploits, I gained a keen sense of selfconfidence, but in fact, I still hadn�t discovered the truth.
Soon afterwards, I read numerous books on various
philosophies. I found many interesting concepts and practices; yet,
there wasn�t any particular philosophy that I could totally agree with.
Thus, I chose to consolidate what I thought was the best wisdom
from among these doctrines. It became sort of a �religion � la
carte�which mainly emphasized good moral behavior. I eventually
concluded that good morality is good, but it is not good enough to
solve �the purpose of life puzzle� a more spiritual approach to life.
Shortly thereafter, I obtained a job in a Muslim country where
I had enough of free time to read and reflect on life. While continuing
my search for the truth, I found a recommendation in a book
concerning the need for sincere repentance to God. I proceeded to
do so and felt remorse for all the people I had wronged in my life, to
the degree that tears started rolling down my face.
A few days later, I had a conversation with some Muslim
friends. I mentioned to them that I was used to having a lot more
freedom in America than that was present in their country. One
person said, � Well, it depends on what you mean by �freedom�.
In your part of the world, no matter how well parents teach morality to
their children inside the home, as soon as they go outside, they
generally encounter the society in contradiction to that morality. On
the other hand, in most Muslim communities, the morals taught to the
children at home are very similar to what they find away from home.
So who really has the freedom here?� From this analogy, I inferred
that the Islamic guidelines and restrictions partially sanctioning
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human behavior are not meant to curtail human freedom; rather, they
serve to define and dignify human freedom.
A further opportunity to learn about Islam arose when I was
invited to sit with a group of Muslims over dinner. After mentioning to
the group that I had been living in Las Vegas, Nevada before coming
to the Middle East, a Muslim from America said, � You must make
sure you die as a good Muslim.� I immediately asked him to explain
what he meant. He said � If you die as a non-Muslim, it is like
playing the game of roulette in which you put all of your chips (all of
your life, including your deeds and your particular belief in God) on
only one number, just hoping that perhaps by the Mercy of God, you
will enter Paradise on Judgment Day. In contrast, if you die as a good
Muslim, it is like spreading your chips all over the roulette board, so
that every number is covered in this way, no matter what number the
ball falls on, you�re safe. In other words, living and dying as a good
Muslim is the best insurance you will not go to the Hell, and at the
same time, it is the best investment that you�ll go to Paradise.� As
a former resident of Las Vegas, I could directly relate to this poignant
example with the game of roulette.
At this point, I understood I would not find the truth until I
established a relationship with concentrate on those religions in
which God had sent revelation to His prophets and messengers.
Hence, I chose to continue my search for the truth through
Christianity and Islam.
Christianity in Focus
Even though I up as a Christian, I had been confused and
uninterested in Christianity. I felt like I inherited a mysterious religion
beyond understanding. I believe it was for this reason that I was a
Christian by name but not in practice. Furthermore, I realized my
doubt about Christian beliefs caused me to be in a state of nonreligiousness. Nonetheless, while I was searching for the truth, I had
a chance to re-examine those beliefs I inherited from my parents yet
never bothered to scrutinize.
Through booklets, cassettes and videotapes on Christianity
produced by Muslims and non-Muslims, I surprisingly found out about
hundreds of verses in Bible which reveal a lack of harmony in
Christian beliefs. According to these materials, God was One prior to
Jesus (peace be upon him; pbuh). Likewise, Jesus (pbuh)
propagated the belief in One God. However, after Jesus (pbuh)
Christianity emphasized the Trinity instead of the Oneness of God.
Also, before Jesus (pbuh), God was without sons and equals.
Similarly, Jesus (pbuh) said he was God�s messenger, whereas
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after his time, Christianity stressed that Jesus (pbuh) is God�s son
or God Himself.
Regarding monotheism, the first of the Ten Commandments
upholds Jesus� (pbuh) assertion for the belief in One
God, ��Here, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord.� (Mark
12:29)[1] Likewise, there is plethora of verses in the Bible that refute
the divinity of Jesus (pbuh). For example, Jesus (pbuh) admitted he
could not do miracles independently, but only by the Will and
permission of God.[2] Interestingly, it says in the Bible that Jesus
(pbuh) prayed.[3] I asked myself, �How can Jesus (pbuh) be God
and pray to God at the same time?� A praying God is a
contradiction. Additionally, Jesus (pbuh) states that his teachings are
not his own, but those of One who sent him.[4] Logically, if what he
says is not his own, he is just a prophet receiving revelation from God
like those before (and after) him. Moreover, Jesus (pbuh) admits that
he does what he taught by God.[5] Again, I asked myself, �How can
Jesus (pbuh) be taught and be God at the same time?� In my
discussions with Muslims, they concurred with what Jesus (pbuh)
commanded with respect to the belief in only One God, as in the
following Qur�anic verse: Say, � He is God, [Who is] One.�
(112:1)[6]
I was also surprised to find out about the verses in the Bible
which refer to Jesus (pbuh) as a prophet of God.[7] Likewise, I
learned about the Islamic view of Jesus (pbuh) which is that he is a
prophet and messenger of God. In the Qur�an God says, �The
Messiah, son of Mary, is not but a messenger; [other] messengers
have passed on before him. And his mother was a supporter of truth.
They both used to eat food. Look how We make clear to them the
signs; then look how they are deluded.� (5:75)
Another common belief in Christianity is that Jesus (pbuh) is the son
of God.
According to the Bible, it was customary to call any prophet of God,
or righteous man, a son of God. Jesus (pbuh) called himself the son
of man, not God or God’s literal son.[8] Evidently, Paul was most
responsible for elevating the status of Jesus (pbuh) to the son of
God, distorting the teachings of Jesus (pbuh).[9]
What’s more, Jesus (pbuh) did not appear to be the ‘begotten’ son of
God (as it used to say in John 3:16) since this word has been
cancelled from the Revised Standard Version (RSV), as well as many
other new versions of the Bible. Furthermore, God emphatically says
in the Qur’an that He does not have a son.[10] However, God also
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declared that He created Adam (pbuh) and Jesus (pbuh): “Indeed,
the example of Jesus to God is like that of Adam. He created him
from dust; then He said to him “Be”, and he was.” (3:59)
Subsequent to these modification emperors and clergy made further
fabrications, contrary to what Jesus (pbuh) said or did. Of these is the
concept of Trinity in which Jesus (pbuh) is one of the three
manifestations of the Trinitarian God [the Father, the Son and the
Holy Ghost].[11] In the Bible, this verse given as the best proof for
the Doctrine Trinity, even though this doctrine was never forth by
Jesus (pbuh), his disciples, or a Christian scholars. In fact, it was
enacted after much disagreement and conflict among Christians in
the year 325 AD at the Council Nicea. Interestingly, this verse has
been expunged from the Bibles of the modern age.
In addition, the Qur’an warns the Jews Christians to refrain from
disbelieving in revelation of God and against believing in Trinity.[12]
A related area of controversy I read about was ‘original sin’ and
salvation through ‘the crucifixion’ of Jesus (pbuh). Presumably,
before Jesus (pbuh), there was no Doctrine of Original Sin. However,
after Jesus (pbuh), the Doctrine of Original Sin appeared. Moreover,
before Jesus (pbuh), salvation was obtained by obedience to God
whereas after Jesus (pbuh), salvation was achieved through his
crucifixion so they said.
In Christianity, the Doctrine of Original Sin is the justification for
having salvation through the crucifixion of Jesus (pbuh).
Nevertheless, I found out that this doctrine is strongly negated in the
Old Testament.[13] It seems this concept may have been designed
as a way for its believers to eschew their accountability of sins before
God on Judgement Day.[14] It was brought to my attention that,
according to Jesus (pbuh), man is saved through obedience and
submission to God.[15] Correspondingly, in the Qur’an, every soul is
compensated for what it earns.[16] However, it seems that changed
this doctrine, making salvation through the crucifixion of Jesus
(pbuh).[17]
The theory of salvation through crucifixion holds that Jesus (pbuh)
offered himself will to be crucified to ransom and save humanity If so,
why did Jesus (pbuh) request help God before the soldiers came to
arrest him?: ��Father, save me from this hour.� (12:27) Likewise,
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why does the Bible say Jesus (pbuh) cried out in a loud beseeching
God for help on the cross: ��My God, my God, why have you
forsaken me?�(Matt. 27:46) In addition, how could Jesus (pbuh)
have been crucified for the of all humans when he was sent only to
the Children of Israel?[18] This is clearly contradiction. I found the
foregoing verses be very convincing that Jesus (pbuh)was crucified
on the cross to redeem the sins mankind. The Qur’an says they did
not crucify him, but it was someone else who was made to look like
him.[19] If this is correct, then it may explain the appearance of Jesus
(pbuh) to his disciples after the crucifixion. If he had really died on the
cross, then he would have come to his disciples in a spiritual body.
As shown in Luke 24:36-43, Jesus (pbuh) met them with his physical
body after the event of his alleged crucifixion. Accordingly, I learned it
was Paul who taught the resurrection of Jesus(pbuh).[20] Paul also
admitted the resurrection was his own gospel.[21]
I came across many sources indicating that Paul and others were
frustrated by the Jewish rejection of the message of Jesus (pbuh), so
they extended their call to the Gentiles. They reached into southern
Europe, where polytheism and idolatry were spreading. Gradually,
the message of Jesus (pbuh) was modified to suit the tastes and
traditions of the Romans and Greeks of those days.[22] The Bible
warns against adding or removing information from its teachings,
which is precisely happened.[23] God addresses this point in Qur’an
as well, “So woe to those who write the “scripture” with their own
hands, then say, “This is from God,” in order to exchange it for a
small price. Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe
to them for what they earn. ” (2:79)
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the Scriptures
Another interesting point I learned about concerns Biblical prophecies
on the advent of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). I discovered that clear
prophecies exist in the Bible, (even the original text had been
distorted), foretelling the coming of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) after
Jesus (pbuh).[24] Muslim scholars have affirmed that the description
by Jesus (pbuh) of the one to come after him(in the verses cited in
below) cannot apply to any other person but Prophet Muhammad
(pbuh). Furthermore, there is a verse in the Holy Qur’an confirming
what Jesus (pbuh) said regarding this point, “… O Children of Israel,
I am the Messenger of God to you confirming what came before me
of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a Messenger to come after
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me, whose name is Ahmad … ” (61:6) The name Ahmad is another
name for Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and derived from the same root
word.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the Qur’an
I observed that the Qur’an directs us to believe in God and Prophet
Muhammad (pbuh) as in the following verse: Say, [O Muhammad],
“O mankind, Indeed, I am the Messenger of God to you all, [from
Him] to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth.
There is no deity except Him; He gives life and causes death. So
believe in God and His Messenger, the illiterate prophet, who
believes in God and His words, and follow him that you may be
guided. ” (7-158)
I came to know that the Qur’an also refers to Prophet Muhammad
(pbuh) as the last prophet: “Muhammad is not the father of [any] of
your men, but [he is] the Messenger of God and seal [i.e., last] of the
prophets…” (33:40) Even though God states in the Qur’an that
Muhammad (pbuh) is the last prophet, I discovered that Muslims still
believe in and accept all the previous prophets, along with the
revelations they received in their original form.[25]
The Qur’an: The Last Revelation
I comprehended that it was found amen due to innovations attributed
to Divine revelation that the need arose for another prophet after
Jesus (pbuh) with another revelation after the Gospel. This is why
God sent Muhammad (pbuh) with the last Message, (i.e., the Qur’an),
to bring all of mankind back to the belief in and worship of One God,
without partners or intermediaries. According to Muslims, the Holy
Qur’an is the permanent ultimate source of guidance for mankind
offers a rational and historical elucidation of the magnificent role of
Jesus. The name Jesus (pbuh) is cited twenty-five times in the
Qur’an, which contains a chapter called Maryam(Mary), named after
the mother of Jesus (pbuh).
Regarding the Divine authenticity of this revelation, I found the
following Qur’anic verses very compelling: “And it was not [possible]
for this Qur’an to be produced by other than God, but [it is] a
confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of the
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[former] Scripture, about which there is no doubt, from the Lord of the
worlds.” (10:37) and “And indeed, it is the truth of certainty.” (69:51)
Similarly, I was concerned about the adulteration of the Qur’an since
this was a major problem with the previous revelations. I read that the
Qur’an will never change or be abrogated: “Indeed, it is We who sent
down the message [i.e., the Qur’an], and indeed, We will be its
guardian. ” (15:9)[26]
I was also informed about some of the scientific phenomena
mentioned in the Qur’an, which give credence to the belief that the
Qur’an is the literal word of God. There are verses describing human
embryonic development,[27]mountains,[28] the origin of the
universe,[29] the cerebrum,[30] seas,[31] deep seas, and internal
waves[32] and clouds.[33] It is beyond explanation that anyone, more
than fourteen hundred years ago, could have known the facts, which
were found or confirmed on recently by advanced mechanisms a
sophisticated scientific procedures.
Islam: The Essence and Culmination of Revealed
Religions
Muslims believe that the essential purpose for which mankind was
created is the worship of God. As He said in the Qur’an, “And I did
not create the jinn [i.e., a type of creation, created by God from fire]
and mankind except to worship Me” (51:56) Related to this, a well
known Islamic scholar from the West says, “The most complete
system of worship available humans today is the system found in the
religion of Islam, The very name ‘Islam’ means ‘submission to the Will
of God’. Although it commonly referred to as ‘the third of the three
monotheistic faiths, it is not a new religion at all. It is the religion
brought by all the prophets of God for humankind. Islam was the
religion of Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus.”[34]
In addition he states, “Since there is only One God, and humankind
is one species, the religion that God has ordained for humans is
[essentially] one… Human spiritual and social needs are uniform and
human nature has not changed since the first man and woman were
created�.[35]
Uncovering the fact that the message of God has always been the
same, I realized it is the duty of all human beings to seek the truth
and not just blindly accept the religion that their society or parents
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follow, According to the Qur’an, “You worship besides Him not except
[mere] names you have named, you and your fathers, for which God
has sent down no authority…” (12:40) Regarding fitrah [i.e., the
inherent nature of man to worship God prior to the corruption of his
nature by external influences], Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said,
“Every child is born on Al-Fitrah, and his parents convert him to
Judaism or Christianity or Magianism. As an animal delivers a perfect
baby animal, do you find it mutilated?”[36] Furthermore, God says,,
‘So direct your face [i.e., self] toward the religion, inclining toward
truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of God upon which He has created [all]
people. No change should there be in the creation of God. That is the
correct religion, but most of the people do not know. “
(30:30)[37] Moreover, I learned there no other religion acceptable to
God besides Islam, as He clearly states in the Qur’an: “And whoever
desires other than Islam as a religion, never will it be accepted from
him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers. ” (3:85). I
deduced that man might neglect the guidance of God and establish
his own standards of living. Ultimately, however, he will discover it is
only a mirage that alluded him.
A Traveler
As I continued to read the Qur’an and learn about the sayings and
doings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) [the Sunnah], I noticed Islam
views man as a traveler in this life and the ‘Home’ is in the next life
for eternity. We are here for a short period and we cannot take
anything with us from this life except our belief in God and our deeds.
Thus, man should be like a traveler who passes through the land and
does not become attached to it. As travelers on this journey, we must
understand that the meaning of being alive is to be tested. Hence,
there is suffering, joy, pain and elation. These tests of good and evil
are intended to evoke our higher spiritual qualities. Yet, we are
incapable of benefiting from these tests unless we do our best, have
complete trust in God and patiently accept what He has destined for
us.
The Road to Paradise
It was very meaningful to learn about Paradise since this must
certainly be the ultimate goal of every individual. Regarding this
eternal home, God says, “And no soul knows what has been hidden
for it of comfort for eyes [i.e., satisfaction] as a reward for what it
used to do. ” (32:17) 1 also became aware of a pleasure that is
beyond all imagination, which is to be in the Presence of the Creator
Himself. I wondered who are the souls worthy of such a
reward? This reward of Paradise is too great not to have a price. I
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was told the price is true faith, which is proven by obedience to God
and following the Sunnah(way) of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
I grasped that mankind must worship God to attain righteousness
and the spiritual status necessary to enter Paradise.[38] This means
human beings have to comprehend that worship is as indispensable
as eating and breathing and not a favor they are doing for God.
Likewise, I found out that we need to read the Qur�an to find out
what kind of people God wants us to be and then try to become as
such. This is the road to Paradise.
Overcoming an Obstacle
At this point, I felt about 80% sure I wanted to become a Muslim,
but something was holding me back. I was concerned about the
reaction of my family and friends if they knew that I had become a
Muslim. Shortly thereafter, I expressed this concern to a Muslim who
told me that on Judgement Day, no one will be able to help you, not
your father, mother or any of your friends.[39] Therefore, if you
believe Islam is the true religion, you should embrace it and live your
life to please the One who created you. Thus, it became very lucid to
me that we are all in the same boat; every soul shall taste death and
then we’ll be liable for our particular belief in God and for our
deeds.[40]
A Meaningful Videotape
By this stage in my search for the truth, I was on the verge of
embracing Islam. I watched an Islamic lecture on videotape about the
purpose of life. The main theme of this lecture was that the purpose
of life may be summed up in one word, i.e., Islam (peaceful
submission to the Will of God).
An additional point was that, unlike other religions or beliefs, the
term ‘Islam’ is not associated with any particular person or place. God
has named the religion in the following Qur’anic verse: “Indeed, the
Religion in the sight of God is Islam…” (3:19) Anyone who embraces
Islam is called a Muslim regardless of that person’s race, sex or
nationality. This is one of the reasons why Islam is a universal
religion.
Prior to my search for the truth, I had never seriously considered
Islam as an option because of the constant negative portrayal of
Muslims in the media. Similarly, it was disclosed in this videotape that
although Islam, is characterized by high moral standards, not all
Muslims uphold these standards. I learned the same can be said
about adherents of other religions. I finally understood that we cannot
judge a religion by the actions of its followers alone, as I had done,
because all humans are fallible. On that account, we should not
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judge Islam by the actions of its proponents, but by its revelation (the
Holy Qur’an) and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
The last point I picked up from this lecture concerned the importance
of gratitude. God mentions in the Qur’an that we should be grateful
for the fact that He created us: “And God has extracted you from the
wombs of your mothers not knowing a thing, and He made for you
hearing and vision and hearts [i.e., intellect that perhaps you would
be grateful. ” (16:78) God has also cited gratitude along with belief,
and has made it clear that He gains nothing from punishing His
people when they give thanks to Him and believe in Him. He says in
the Qur’an, “What would God do with [i.e., gain from] your
punishment if you are grateful and believe? …” (4:147)
The truth Unveils Itself
As soon as the videotape had finished, I experienced the truth
being unveiled to my spirit. I felt a huge burden of sins flying off my
back. Moreover, it felt like my soul was rising above the earth,
refusing the makeshift delights of this world in favor of the eternal
joys of the Hereafter. This experience, coupled with the long process
of reasoning, solved the ‘purpose of life puzzle’. It revealed Islam as
the truth, thereby replenishing my ‘spiritual landscape’ with belief,
purpose, direction and action. I therefore entered the gate of Islam by
saying the declaration of faith required to become a Muslim: Ashhadu
an La ilaha illa Allah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan Rasoolu llah. (I
bear witness that there is no deity but God and Muhammad is His
Messenger). I was informed that this formal testimony confirms one’s
belief in all the prophets and messengers of God, along with all of His
Divine revelations in their original form, thereby updating and
completing one’s religion to the last of the prophets [Muhammad
(pbuh)] and to the final revelation of God [the Qur’an]. The following
point became overwhelmingly clear to me: Had Jesus (pbuh) been
the last prophet of God an had the Gospel been the final book
revelation, I would have attested to that. As a result, I have naturally
chosen to follow the final revelation from the Creator as exemplified
by the seal of the prophets.
Impressions of a New Muslim
During my search to find the truth, the lesson, which, transcended
all lessons, was that all objects of worship other than God are mere
delusions. To anyone who sees this clearly, the only possible course
is to bring one’s own will and actions into complete unison with that of
God. Acquiescing to the Will of God has enabled me to feel peace
with the Creator, with others and finally, with myself. Consequently, I
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feel very grateful, that by the Mercy of God, I have been rescued
from the depths of ignorance and have stepped into the light of truth.
Islam, the true religion of all times, places and peoples, is a complete
code of life Which guides man to fulfill the purpose of his existence
on earth, and prepares him for the Day when he will return to his
Creator Following this path in a devout manner enables one to gain
the pleasure of God and be closer to Him amid the endless delights
of Paradise while escaping from the punishment of Hellfire Another
bonus is that our present life will be much happier when we make
such a choice.
A Deceptive Enjoyment
Embracing Islam has given me more of an insight into the illusive
nature of this life. For instance, one basic object of Islam is the
liberation of man. This is why a Muslim calls himself ‘Abdullah’, the
slave or servant of Allah (i.e., God) because enslavement to God
signifies liberation from all other forms of servitude, and although
modern man may think that he is liberated, he is in fact a slave to his
desires. He is generally deceived by this worldly life. He is ‘addicted’
to hoarding wealth, sex, violence, intoxicants, etc. But above all, he is
often seduced by the capitalist system that tends to work through the
invention of false needs, which he feels must be satisfied instantly,
As God says in the Qur’an, “Have you seen the one who takes as his
god his own desire? Then would you be responsible for him? Or do
you think that most of them hear or reason? They are not except as
livestock. Rather, they are [even] more astray in [their] way. )� (25:
43-44)
Correspondingly, we should not let our zeal to enjoy the pleasures
of this fleeting life jeopardize our opportunity to enjoy the ecstasy of
Paradise. As God says in the Qur’an, “Beautified for people is the
love of that which they desire – of women and sons, heaped-up sums
of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land.
That is the enjoyment of, worldly life, but God has with Him the best
return [ie. Paradise]. Say, “Shall /inform you of something better than
that? For those who fear God will be gardens in the presence of their
Lord beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and
purified spouses and approval from God…” (3:14-15) Therefore, the
real competition in this life is not the accumulation of wealth or the
desire for fame; it is facing with one another to perform good deeds
to please God, while having our lawful portion of enjoyment in this
life.[41]
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The Right Path to God
There are many religious alternatives available to man and it is up to
him to choose the one he wishes to follow. He is like a merchant with
many goods in front of him, and it is his choice which one to trade in.
He will obviously select the one he thinks will be the most lucrative.
However, the merchant is unsure and has no guarantee of prosperity;
his product may have a market and he may make handsome returns,
but he could just as easily lose all of his money. In contrast, the
believer in the Oneness of God who submits to His Will (a Muslim), is
completely sure that if he follows the path of guidance [the Qur’an
and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)], there will
undoubtedly be success and reward waiting for him at the end of this
path. Fortunately, this success also starts at the beginning of the
path. Narrated by Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri(may God be pleased with
him)- God’s Messenger(pbuh) said, “If a person embraces Islam
sincerely, then God. shall forgive all his past sins, and after that starts
the settlement of accounts: the reward of his good deeds will be ten
times to seven hundred times for each good deed, and an evil deed
will be recorded as it is unless God forgives it .[42]
Epilogue
Based on my search for the truth, I concluded that the precise way
we believe in God and the deeds we perform determine our future
condition for eternity. Our Creator is giving us all an equal chance,
regardless of our circumstances, to earn His pleasure in preparation
for Judgement Day, as in the following Qur’anic verses: “And obey
God and His messenger that you may obtain mercy. And hasten to
forgiveness from your Lord and a garden [i.e., Paradise] as wide as
the Heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous. ” (3:132-133)[43]
If we sincerely seek the truth of this life, which is Islam (peaceful
submission to the Will of God), God will guide us there, God Willing.
He directs us to examine the life and the Sunnah of Prophet
Muhammad (pbuh), as he represents the best role model for mankind
to follow Furthermore, God directs us to investigate and ponder what
He says in the Qur’an. One will see that the Qur’an is indeed like a
persistent and strong knocking on a door, or loud shouts seeking to
awaken those who are fast asleep because they are just completely
absorbed by this life on earth. The knocks and shouts appear one
after the other: Wake up! Look around you! Think! Reflect! God is
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there! There is planning, trial, accountability, reckoning, reward,
severe punishment and lasting bliss!
Clearly and unequivocally, the best way to live and die in this
world is as a righteous Muslim! When one comes to the conclusion
that Islam is the truth, he should not delay in becoming a Muslim
because he may die first, and then it will be too late.[44]
A few months after embracing Islam, I found two verses in the
Qur’an that mirror what the American Muslim told me regarding how
we should live and die: “And Abraham instructed his sons and [so
did] Jacob, [saying], �O my sons! Indeed God has chosen for you
this religion, so do not die except while you are Muslims.” (2:132) and
�O you who have believed, fear God as He should be feared and do

not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him].” (3:102)

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All Biblical references were cited from:
Life Application Bible, New International Version, Tyndale House
Publishers, In Wheaton ILL., USA, 1991.
All Qur’anic references were cited from:
The Qur’an- Arabic Text with correspond English Meanings, English
revised and edited by Saheeh International, Abul-Qasim Publish
House, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 1997.
[1] Also see Num. 23:19; Deut. 6:4,13; Matt. 4:10, 22:36-38,23:9-
10; Mark 10:18; Luke 4:8.
[2] See Matt. 12:28; Luke 11:20; John 3:2, 5:30; Acts 2:22.
[3] See Matt. 26:39; Mark 1:35, 14:32; Luke 5:16, 6:12.
[4] See John 7:16, 12:49, 14:24, 31.
[5] See John 8:28.
[6] Also see 4:48; 5:116; 39:67.
[7] See Matt. 13:57, 21:11, 45-46; Mark 6:4; Luke 4: 43, 13:33,
24:19; Hebrews 3:1.
[8] See Matt. 13:37; Luke 12:10; 1 Tim. 2:5.
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[9] See Acts 9:20.
[10] See 19:88-92.
[11] See 1 John 5:7.
[12] See 3:19; 4:171; 5:73.
[13] See Ezekial 18:20; Jeremiah 31:30.
[14] See Ephesians 1:7; Romans 3:22-26, 4:25, 10:9.
[15] See Matt. 5:19-20, 6:4, 7:21, 19:17.
[16] See 3:25; 41:46; 74:38.
[17] See Romans 3:28; 1 John 2:1-2.
[18] See Matt. 10:5-6, 15:24.
[19] See 4:157-158.
[20] See Romans 5:10-11; Acts 17:17,18.
[21] See 2 Timothy 2:8.
[22] See 1 Cor. 9:19:-23.
[23] See Rev. 22:18-19.
[24] See Deut. 18:18-19; Isaiah 29:12; John 14:12-17, 16:5-16;
Acts 3:22.
[25] See 2:136.
[26] Also see 4:82.
[27] See 23:12-14.
[28] See 16:15; 78:6-7.
[29] See 21:30; 41:11.
[30] See 96:15-16.
[31] See 25:53; 55:19-20.
[32] See 24:40.
[33] See 24:43.
[34] The Purpose of Creation, Dr. A. A. B. philips, p. 49, Dar Al
Fatah, Sharjah, UAE, 1995. See Qur�an 3:67; 3:84.
[35] Ibid . p. 50.
[36] Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol. 2, Hadith No. 467.
[37] Also see 2:170; 10:19; 31:21; 43:23; 49:6; 53:23.
[38] See Qur�an 2:111-112; 10:63-64.
[39] See Qur�an 31:33; 82:18-19.
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[40] See Qur�an 29:57; 3:185.
[41] See Qur�an 28:77.
[42] Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol. 1, Hadith No. 40A.
[43] Also see 20:82.
[44] See Qur�an 23:99-100; 63:10-11.