Praise be to Allaah.
Perhaps we can be certain that Allah wants something good for
you. Were it not for what those friends did to you, you would not have been
put off by them and written to us to ask for advice. By virtue of your good
conduct and sound reasoning you have been able to think again about the
beliefs that you hold, and this is the first step in the right direction
towards attaining the good pleasure and reward of Allah.
When Allah wills something good for His slave, He decrees
things for him that will lead him towards right guidance and encourage him
to seek it until Allah brings him forth from darkness into light.
It is appropriate for you to think now about the religion
that you are following and whether it is the religion with which Allah wants
for His creation? Is the happiness that you said you were living with really
true happiness? Is your view of Islam correct? The time has now come for you
to use your reason and ask yourself: How could Christ (“God”!) be in the
womb of a created woman? Is the mother of this “God” (!) -- the Virgin Mary
-- a creator or a created being? Who was crucified on the cross in the light
of this belief that the divine was not separated from the human; was the
divine crucified with him or did it leave him at the time of the
crucifixion? Was the Lord God unable to find a way to forgive the sins of
mankind except this repugnant way in which His only son was killed?
Does God want to show mercy to mankind and for that reason He
punished His son?!
The time has come to think about the idolatrous ideas that
Paul introduced to this religion, as he introduced the idea that Christ was
created from the divine, after the Christians had been unanimously agreed
that he was a created being, a slave or servant of God. Who is Christ
according to the Christians? Is he the Lord or the son of the Lord or the
third of three? The time has come to think about the belief in Trinity which
is contrary to sound human nature and common sense.
The time has come to think about the contradictions in the
attitude towards the cross; instead of burning every cross and treating it
in a disrespectful manner because it was on something like this that the
Lord or the son of the Lord was crucified -- God forbid -- as the Christians
claim, we see them venerating it and regarding it as holy and worshipping
it. The time has come to think about the embarrassing differences between
the Gospels, from which there is no way out except to admit that they have
been tampered with and the wording and meaning has been distorted.
Read with us the story of a former preacher who is now a
Muslim, Yusuf Estes; if this how he was when he was a preacher in the
churches, then how about the ordinary masses of Christians? Yusuf Estes
says, telling the story of how he came to Islam:
There were things in the Bible that I did not believe,
because I could see many contradictions in it. One of these things that I
asked myself and others about was: how can God be one and three at the same
time? I asked world-famous preachers about that and they gave a very foolish
answer that no rational person could believe. I said to them: How can I be a
preacher of Christianity and teach people that God is one person and three
persons at the same time, when I am not convinced of that? How can I
convince others of it?
Some of them said to me: Do not discuss this idea or explain
it. Tell the people that this is a mystery that we have to believe in. Some
of them said to me: You can explain it as being like an apple that contains
a skin on the outside and flesh on the inside and the seed inside. I said to
them: This cannot be given as an example of God. An apple contains more than
one seed, so that would mean that there are a number of gods; and there may
be worms in it, so there would be a number of gods. It may be rotten and I
do not want a rotten god.
Some of them said: It is like an egg which contains the
shell, the yolk and the white. I said: This cannot be the likeness of God,
because the egg may contain more than one yolk, so that would mean there are
a number of gods; or it may be rotten, and I do not want to worship a rotten
Some of them said: It is like a man and a woman and their
son. I said to them: The woman may get pregnant again and that would mean
there are a number of gods. They may get divorced, so this divinity would be
split. One of them may die. And I do not want a god who is like that.
Since the time I became a Christian and a preacher of
Christianity I could not convince myself about the issue of the Trinity and
I did not find anyone who could convince a rational person of it. End
He and his wife and his father became Muslim, by the grace of
Allah, and he has not seen any contradiction in Islam or any shirk
(polytheism or association of others with Allah). He has never seen any
different version of the Qur’aan among the Muslims at all. This is the
reason why he and his family became Muslim, and thus Allah saved him from
disbelief and punishment and admitted them to the paradise of this world,
and we hope that they will all enter the Paradise of the Hereafter.
These issues that we have mentioned to you -- and many others
-- have been reasons why thousands of followers of Christianity have begun
to think, and Allah has guided many rational people who were enabled to
ponder, and they found that what they were following was not the religion
that claimed the oneness of the Creator and directed worship to Him alone
with no partner or associate, and declared him to be above having any wife,
son or partner. They found that Islam is the true religion which proclaims
the oneness of God and venerates Him alone as He should be venerated.
From your letter we learned of the grief that you felt when
your father died, and the grief that followed it because of the attitude of
your former friends. But that is in the past and today is a new day, so turn
these sorrows -- which are justifiable -- into joy and happiness which you
can bring into your life by thinking about what we have said to you. We are
certain that your situation is going to be like that of millions who came
before you, who lives have been changed just by their uttering the twin
declaration of faith (al-shahaadatayn). Straightaway you will feel true
happiness and it will become clear to you that you never tasted happiness at
all before this moment.
At that time we will be very happy for you and your new, true
Who told you that there is no place for you in Islam? Who
said that the fact that you are American will affect your position and
standing among the Muslims? Rather if you enter Islam, you will be held in
high esteem by the Muslims and you will be a sister to millions of Muslim
women throughout the world. You will be welcomed and respected by every
Muslim, because by becoming Muslim you will become a sister in faith to all
Muslims. This does not mean that you are going to mix with angelic people,
for we are all human and we all make mistakes and have faults. But whatever
good there is in others, we have it many times over, and whatever evils we
have, others have it many times over. The enemies of Allah have succeeded in
distorting the image of Islam and Muslims, yet despite that Islam still has
things that distinguish it from all other religions and the Muslims have
something that distinguishes them from all other people.
The fact that you have a daughter from a Christian husband
does not mean that you cannot be accepted as a Muslim woman. Rather by
entering Islam you will be saving yourself and your daughter. The marriage
contract that existed between you and your husband will be acknowledged by
Islam and its results (i.e., your daughter) will be accepted. Many people
have entered Islam and Islam did not require them to change their marriage
contracts or say that their children will no longer part of the family, if
their marriage contracts were done before they were Muslim.
It is not correct to say that you will spoil the religious
commitment of a Muslim man if you get married. Islam allows a Muslim man to
marry a Christian woman in the first place, and it is better for her because
she may enter Islam because of that. If she becomes a Muslim, that is better
for the husband because he will now have someone to help him in his
A Muslim cannot marry a Christian woman when she is still
married to her husband, even if that husband is a Christian or a Jew, until
they have become divorced and her ‘iddah [waiting period following divorce]
But if the wife becomes Muslim and her husband is not a
Muslim, then she has to keep away from him and not let him be intimate with
her, and she should wait until the end of her ‘iddah, which is three
menstrual cycles. If her husband becomes Muslim during this period, then she
is still his wife as she was before. But if he persists in following
something other than Islam, then the relationship between them is over and
she may now marry whoever she wants. If she has a Muslim wali (guardian), he
may perform her marriage, otherwise the Muslim judge (qaadi), or someone who
takes his place, may perform her marriage.
Finally, we ask Allah to guide you to Islam and to show you
the truth as truth and enable you to follow it, and to show you falsehood as
false and enable you to avoid it.
We are looking forward to receiving a message from you
telling us that you have become Muslim and that Allah has brought joy to
your heart by bringing you into the fold of Islam. Then we hope that by
publishing your story, it will be a cause of many women coming to Islam, and
that you will have a reward equal to theirs with Allah on the Day of
Please also see the answer the questions nos.
And Allah knows best.