FÂRÛQ B. KARAI
(Zanzibar)

I accepted Islam because I admired the great Prophet Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’. I had quite a number of Muslim friends in Zanzibar. They told me very beautiful facts about Islam.

They gave me Islamic books, which I read in secrecy from my family. Eventually, in 1940, I decided to become a Muslim at all costs. So I became a Muslim despite the remonstrances of my family and the oppressions of the priests of Parsee[1] ([1] A corrupt religious cult, which is seen chiefly among Indian people, and which is believed to be a sub-continuation of the Zoroastrian sect.

It is also transcribed as Parsi.) religion, which had been my religion until that time. I will not enlarge on  the consequent events that I experienced or the retaliatory difficulties that I encountered. My family had recourse to inconceivable measures to deprive me of îmân (belief in Islam).

They persecuted me very bitterly. Yet I had attained the guidance to the right way, and therefore I held fast to my true religion and resisted against all sorts of threat. Now I love one Allah and His last Prophet Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ more than my life.

Like the Rock of Gibraltar I stood against all the hardships that my family heaped before me. As I struggled against those hardships, I was encouraged and invigorated by my own belief, “I am on the path dictated by Allâhu ta’âlâ. Allâhu ta’âlâ knows the truth in everything, and He will help me.”

I had the chance to read and study the Qur’ân al-kerîm in Gujerati[1]. The further I went on reading the Qur’ân al-kerîm, the more strongly did I feel attached to it, so much so that I finally believed with all my heart that no other religion on the earth had the capacity to guide humanity to the right path. The Qur’ân alkerîm is a holy book that teaches men the ways of leading a simple life, brotherhood, equality, and humanity, and which bestows on them a peaceful and comfortable life in this world and the next.

The Islamic religion, which Allâhu ta’âlâ revealed through this greatest guide for humanity, shall survive till the termination of the world’s existence.

[1] Also Gujarati, an Indo-Iranian language of the Indo-European family, spoken in Gujarat, a northerly-west coastal state in India. Quite a number of people living in today’s Britain are the descendants of people from this region, and they still speak Gujerati.

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