ABDULLAH UEMURA
(Japanese)

Why did I become a Muslim? Well, the Islamic religion states the unity of Allâhu ta’âlâ, that an eternal life awaits us after death, and that on the Rising Day human beings shall be interrogated about their activities in the world. It enjoins honesty, integrity, and an ideal moral conduct. All these things are the most basic essentials whereby a person can lead a true-guided, comfortable and peaceful life. No other religion has put them so plainly and so concisely. Truthfulness [integrity] is highly valuable in Islam.

Honesty towards Allâhu ta’âlâ and towards the born slaves forms the basis for Islam. During my quest for truth, I found it in Islam, and consequently I became a Muslim.

I examined all religions. My conclusions are as follows:
Today’s Christianity could never be the same pure religion preached by Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’. The commandments which Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ received from Allâhu ta’âlâ and communicated to people have been changed completely. The present copies of the Bible contain others’ statements in lieu of his statements. Islam is the only religion that has remained pure and intact since the first day it appeared. The Qur’ân al-kerîm has survived to our day without undergoing even a diacritic alteration.

Today’s Gospels contain not the commandments of Allâhu ta’âlâ, but the so-called statements of Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’, which have gone through quite a number of interpolations, and the episodes telling about his deeds. In Islam, on the other hand, the commandments of Allâhu ta’âlâ and the utterances of His Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam’ have been classified in different categories. The commandments of Allâhu ta’âlâ are written in the Qur’ân al-kerîm, while the statements of Hadrat Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam’ appear in a different series called ‘Hadîth’.

In Islam Allâhu ta’âlâ addresses His born slaves directly. Christianity lacks this genuineness.

The most critical Christian tenet repugnant to people with common sense is its dogma of ‘Trinity’. Christians believe not in one Allah, but in three gods. No Christian man of knowledge has so far been able to explain this belief in a logical way. Nor would it be possible for anyone. For this credal tenet is thoroughly ungrounded and abnormal. Only one great Creator could create the world. Belief in a tripartite deity is no different from idolatry. A person of wisdom will believe in one Creator only.

Moreover, Christians impose the belief that men are born sinful, that they have to expiate their sins, and that a denial of the basic Christian belief ‘Trinity’ will lead a person to eternal perdition wherefrom there is no rising again. Then, what other alternative could be so natural for people who are originally sinful from birth and who are deprived of rising after death as grabbing their sojourn in this life as a fleeting opportunity to taste all sorts of enjoyment and pleasure at all costs including cheating one another and perpetrating all kinds of atrocity instead of wasting their time worshipping in vain? It is for this reason that today’s Christians lead a life quite independent of religious morals and principles, which in turn gradually drags them down to a totally irreligious way of life. Entirely emptied of their souls, they are all but machines.

Let us take a look at Japanese religions now: Essentially, there are two major religions in Japan. One of them is the Mahayana Buddhism[1], ([1] Mahayana Buddhism is practised mostly in China and Tibet today.

The second form of Buddhism, Theravada, is based on the teachings of Buddha recorded in the Pali Canon. It is practised in Kampuchea, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.) which is a mixture of original Buddhism and pure Buddhism. It is somewhat similar to Brahminism. A closer examination of their creed will show that Buddha was an atheist.

For Buddha makes no mention of Allâhu ta’âlâ and does not profess a belief in the fact that the soul will not die when the body dies. The Brahmins’ views about the soul are not so materialistic.

Yet they are expressed in such a complicated language that it is difficult to understand what they mean. In fact, the Brahmins’ views of Brahma, i.e. whether they look on him as God, as a born slave or as a prophet, are not clearly explained. The Brahmins busy themselves with religious philosophy rather than the religion itself.

In order to always imagine seeing Brahma before them, they consecrate things that they liken to him or which they think would go with him, [e.g. flowers], whereby they begin to worship things and animals created by Allâhu ta’âlâ instead of worshipping Allâhu ta’âlâ Himself.

Among all these utterly complicated credal systems, Islam is the only religion which provides us the truest definition of Allâhu ta’âlâ. (Allâhu ta’âlâ is one. He is azîm (great, glorious).

He is the Rabb (Creator) of all classes of beings. He is not begotten, nor does he beget. All the things in the world and in the Hereafter are His creatures. No one except Him is to be worshipped. No one except Him can enjoin commandments on His born slaves.) The second religion in Japan is Shintoism[1], ([1] Shintoism is an ancient religion of Japan. It includes the worship of gods that represent various parts of nature, and of the souls of people who died in the past.) which is even worse than Buddhism. This religion has nothing to do with morals.

In addition, they believe in many gods and, like primitive tribes, they worship them separately. [In other words, they are idolators.] So, I have given you very sincere and concise information about the world’s existing religions. Which one of you, after seeing and learning them as such, would choose one of them, leaving Islam aside? Is it possible? You, too, see that amidst the so many extremely muddled and inane credal systems Islam shines brightly.

It is seen at first sight that due to its perfectly logical and humanitarian principles it is the only true religion.

And I, in hot pursuit of the path guiding to truth in order to quench my tearful soul with the peace and happiness it needed, came upon Islam, which was the very religion I was looking for, and embraced it willingly, holding fast to it with both hands.

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