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My mother's brother was married to a lady who was raised Muslim. She had been my aunt from the time I was born until around age 5. My father and mother also got a divorce when i was 5. This is how my father knew the Muslim lady. After both divorces, my father and aunt remained friends and kept in contact....

My father was raised in a strict and devout Christian home - Southern Baptist to be specific. He was extremely dogmatic in his beliefs. As one may imagine, when he encountered Islam, he wholeheartedly rejected it - as any good Christian might. But he didn't just reject it, he wanted to prove it wrong. This is always the kicker! So he began his mission of studying the Bible, Quran, and comparing the two. He wound up learning more about the Bible than he had intended to learn! See... the preachers in our churches would pick a topic for a sermon and then find passages that were relevant to preach.

Therefore, one never actually heard the whole Bible - only select verses.

He started discovering both discrepancies within this religious manuel and subject matters which he was unaware of... he he to make a loonnnnggg and tedious story short,

he isolated himself for a period of 3 yrs - except for consulting with certain Christians for answers and arguing occasionally with my former aunt about Islam...

he finally gave in to the realization that there were no errors in the Quran and there was no way that he could go on following a book which was saturated in flaws as the word of a true, perfect God and that's how he came to accept Islam and it was through him that I found Islam

I always believed that God was perfect, supreme, and much greater than man

for this reason, I never believed as a child that Jesus (pbuh) was God(even though this message was tossed at me from every angle)

My former aunt asked me once when i was about 5 or 6..

"Who is God?"

I said "God"

she said "well who is Lord"

I said "Jesus"

I laughed out Loud

I always heard the word lord accompanied by Jesus (pbuh)'s name so i assumed that Jesus(pbuh) was lord and God was God..

I really didn't know what lord meant - but i was sure lord didn't mean god because only God could be god - and Jesus was a man!

And that's how I initially recognized Islam as the truth

my father and I took shahada the same night in the Birmingham Islamic Society's masjed Alhamdulilah!


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