Refusing the Evil and Choosing the Good

Posted: November 29, 2011 in Religion on the Rise
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Most of these converts/reverts[i]* have in their Bible the statement “. . . refuse the evil and choose the good.” [Isaiah 7:15], yet they chose Islam. Whether their choice was good, worthy, or sound depends on the considerable, unprejudiced in-depth research and study they did which is, arrogantly, neglected by others. Assuming that they employed reason and open-mindedness in their research then they would probably choose good just as Thomas Jefferson said “reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error”. Did they find the truth after they pursued it or they settled for the religion they absorbed together with their mother’s milk? It is very true that truth will set you free but this truth must be sought after, sometimes beyond our religious and ethnic boundaries. That is the hardest part as depicted by Galileo that, “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them”. It can be argued that these converts to Islam could have found God because they heeded the Biblical advice, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” [Jeremiah 29:13], I mean the last part, “when you search for Me with all your heart”, that is to say seeking for the true religion with seriousness and unrelenting hardwork minus subjectivity. . . . Something like reading Qur’an cover to cover, reading books written by respected Muslim scholars . . . . Unfortunately the demand for truth is lower than its supply. One wonders, how shall we be set free? Those who decide to happily refuse or neglect to investigate the reality of Islam should at least think over the words of Joanne

Kathleen Rowling, English writer and author of Harry Potter, “Indifference and neglect often do more damage than outright dislike.” Maybe these converts to Islam had the kind of freedom outlined by C. Wright Mills when he said, “Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them — and then, the opportunity to choose.”

When we say that people are increasingly embracing Islam, we are talking of Christian scholars, rich men, famous people, men of strength, great intellectuals, nuns, priests, ministers, rabbis, and religiously devout people not forgetting the disadvantaged members of the community.[ii]* Supporting these claims, an authoritative study of the conversions to Islam as reported by The Sunday Times on 22 February 2004 show that some of Britain’s top landowners, celebrities and the offspring of senior establishment figures have embraced the Islamic Faith after being disillusioned with western values.[1]In short, people from all walks of life gravitate towards Islam without much effort or organized missionary activities.

To be fair, Muslims, and a significantly low number, abandon their faiths for Christianity or for other religions. Most of these converts from Islam or Muslim apostates as they are called, constitute born Muslims ignorant of their own religion, followers of deviant sects of Islam, Muslims enslaved by worldly priorities, uneducated Muslims, poverty stricken Muslims who have no option but to appease the evangelical aid worker, those “. . . whose hearts, ears, and eyes Allah has sealed up, and they take no heed.” [Q 16:108], intellectually challenged Muslims, among other disadvantaged people. But in comparison, non-Muslims are unprecedentedly streaming to Islam than the few, hardly seen, converts from Islam to Christianity or to any other religion. Amazingly, you will never hear a pious practicing Sunni Muslim armed with Islamic knowledge abandon Islam for any other religion. With all its finances, sophisticated means and well-organized missionary activities, still Christianity cannot obtain converts from Islam the way Islam gets from Christianity. The same is mentioned in the words of Peter Kreeft, a Catholic apologist, professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King’s College, author of over 45 books, widely demanded speaker at conferences and Advisory Board member of the Catholic Educator’s Resource Center. Professor Peter Kreeft writes: “Islam has the world’s lowest rate of being converted and one of the world’s highest rates of converting.”[2]

Hilaire Belloc (1870- 1953) a Roman Catholic,  French-born historian and one of the most prolific writers in England saw the difficulty of winning converts from Islam back in the 1938:

Islam is apparently unconvertible. The missionary efforts made by great Catholic orders which have been occupied in trying to turn Mohammedans into Christians for nearly 400 years have everywhere wholly failed. We have in some places driven the Mohammedan master out and freed his Christian subjects from Mohammedan control, but we have had hardly any effect in converting individual Mohammedans[iii]* . . . . [3]

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FOOTNOTES


[1]. Hellen, Nicholas and Christopher Morgan. “Islamic Britain lures top people.” The Sunday Times 22 Feb. 2004. Also see: Whittell, Giles. “Allah Came Knocking At My Heart.” The Times  7 Jan.  2002.

[2]. Kreeft, Peter. “Comparing Christianity & Islam.” National Catholic Register May1987.

[3]. Belloc, Hilaire. The Great Heresies. New York: Sheed & Ward, 1938.

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[i] . *The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “revert” as “to come or go back (as to a former condition, period, or subject)” whereas the verb “convert” is defined as: 1 a) “to bring over from one belief, view, or party to another”; 2 b) “to change from one form or function to another.” Suppose, we never inherited the religions of our fathers, what would be the natural religion of man? It will definitely be the religion than coincide with logic and reason, a religion that mandates the follower to submit to the natural laws of God. Hence if you inherited Buddhism and decided to go back to your born-with religion, you would be reverting to your former religion. Convert means going from one inherited religion to another inherited religion. Islam means submission and a Muslim is a person who submits to the laws of God. Islamic sources teach that every human being is born a Muslim, therefore a non-Muslim entering Islam is regarded as a revert rather than a convert. Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam said “No babe is born but upon Fitra (as a Muslim). It is his parents who make him a Jew or a Christian or a Polytheist.” [Muslim, Bk. 33, No. 6426]. Ali Mazrui a world-renowned political scientist and scholar writes “…Obama’s election marks the first time that the US has chosen the son of a Muslim for president. That is what Barack Obama Senior was, despite his alcoholism. This means Barack Obama was himself born a Muslim, though he was subsequently brought up as a Christian. This is the first time the US has elected as president someone who was a Muslim at birth.” See Mazrui, Ali. “Obama has chance to mend US-Muslim relations.” City Press 13 Dec. 2008. However, for clarity purpose and for religious co-existence, this book shall interchangeably use both convert and revert; conversion and reversion to mean the same thing.

[ii] . * It is to be remembered that most of Muhammad’s followers were the disadvantaged members of the community: The slaves, the poor, the down-trodden, among others. Hence, Heraclius’ benchmark for the truth of a religion: “When I asked you whether the rich or the poor people followed him (Muhammad), you replied that it was the poor who followed him. In fact, such are the followers of the Messengers of God.” [See Bukhari Vol.4, Book 52, Hadith Number 191.]

[iii] . * “Mohammedanism” is a misnomer. Islam in the only religion that is not named after a person or a tribe. Christianity was named after Jesus Christ, Buddhism after Gotama Buddha, Confucianism after the Chinese philosopher Confucius, and Marxism after Karl Marx. It is unlike Judaism which is named after the tribe of Judah and Hinduism after the Hindus. The word “Islam” means submission or surrender of one’s will to the only true God worthy of worship and anyone who does so is termed a “Muslim.” So those who addressed Islam as Mohammedanism or Muslim as Mohammedans simply made a mistake.

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