Hadji LORD AL-FÂRÛQ HEADLEY (G.B.)
(Lord Headley possessed the title of excellency. Sir George Allanson was born in 1855 and descended from the oldest British family. He occupied very important political positions in Britain, and at the same time made fame as an editor. He graduated from Cambridge University. In 1877 he won the title of Lord. He served as a lieutenant colonel in the British army. He was an engineer by
vocation, but a powerful writer by avocation. Among his publications, his work entitled ‘A European’s Eyes Are Being Opened And He Is Becoming A Muslim’. Lord Headley became a Muslim in 1913, performed Hadj (the Islamic pilgrimage), and adopted the name Shaikh Rahmatullah Fârûq. In 1928 he visited India.)
Why did I become a Muslim? Perhaps, some of my friends and acquaintances are of the opinion that I became a Muslim as a result of persuation on the part of my friends and acquaintances. But it is not the fact. My accepting Islam was the result of longtime research and contemplation. It was after a meticulous examination and forming an opinion about Islam that I made contact with Muslims and, seeing that their belief in their own religion was in conformity with mine, I realized and became happy that I had entered into a good religion.
The Qur’ân al-kerîm commands that a person should accept Islam after his heart’s full confirmation, and rejects a conversion under coercion. Likewise, Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ said to his Apostles, “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. …” (Mark: 6-11)
During my former life-time, I had seen many bigoted Protestants. They would go to Catholic student hostels and try to force the Catholic students. These unwanted efforts and coercive attempts would cause various fights, offenses and controversies and would sow discord among people. The same meaningless methods Christian missionaries used with Muslims. They ran all sorts of risks for the purpose of Christianizing Muslims.
They resorted to all sorts of stratagems to trap Muslims. They promised them money, work, and posts. Those poor ignoramuses did not know that Islam was the religion where the commandments of Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ found the best practice and confirmation. Christianity has been defiled, to the extent that the real Nazarene religion communicated by Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ has been lost completely, and the tenets of humanity he preached have been forgotten. These things exist in Islam today. Then, by becoming a Muslim, I have also attained the Nazarene religion in its pristine purity. Principles commanded by Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’, such as brotherhood, solidarity, good will, generosity and others, are observed not by Christians, but by Muslims today. Let me give you an example; The Christian sect of Athanasians insistently inculcates the tenet that Christianity is based on a belief in three gods (trinity), that a slightest doubt as to this belief will lead one to immediate perdition, and that a person who wishes to attain salvation in this world and the next should definitely hold a belief in the three gods, i.e. ‘God, the Son of God, and the Holy Ghost’.
Another example: When I became a Muslim, I received a letter. It said, “By becoming a Muslim you have damned yourself to perdition. No one can save you. For you deny the divinity of God.” The poor man thought that I no longer believed in Allâhu ta’âlâ. According to his belief, the divinity of Allâhu ta’âlâ depended on trinity. The idiot did not know that when Îsâ ‘alaihis- salâm’ had begun to preach the pure Nazarene religion, he had stated the unity of Allâhu ta’âlâ, and he had never claimed to be His son.
Islam, by expressing that “There is only one Allah,” rediscovered the original essence of Nazarene religion. Today, nothing could be as logical as a sane person’s believing in the existence of one Allah. By becoming a Muslim, I believe in one real Allah and reject all the fibs that were inserted into the pure religion of Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ afterwards. The person who wrote me that letter and the other people who share his ideas are only pitiable.
Day by day Christians are abandoning their religion and becoming atheists. For today’s Christianity is no longer satisfactory for a normal and cultured person. People refuse a blind belief in superstitions and entertain doubts about the Christian creeds. On the other hand, all through my life-time so far, I have never heard of a Muslim feeling doubts about his faith.
For the Islamic religion satisfies all the spiritual and physical needs of human beings in the most perfect and rational manner. A fact I am positive about is that thousands of Christians, men and women alike, have examined Islam and have already identified themselves with Islam intrinsically. However, for the fear that they might lose their jobs or posts in case they officially announced their choice of Islam, or lest they should arouse derision on the part of their friends, they do not dare to become Muslims. In our schools Islam is still being taught as the religion of people who do not believe in Allâhu ta’âlâ. Running the risk of being cursed as ‘a man with a damned soul’ by all my friends and acquaintances, I embraced Islam, and for twenty years I have been holding fast to Islam with both hands.
After giving this brief account of why I chose Islam, let me add that by becoming a Muslim I managed also to become a more true and pure follower of Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’. I wish to be an example for other Christians. Choosing Islam will not make them enemies of Christianity, but, on the contrary, it will teach them the true Îsâwî religion, and it will raise them to a higher level.