J.W. LOVEGROVE (G.B.)
I would like to give the following short answer to your question why I became a Muslim. I shall not attempt to give you a long lecture on religion and belief. Religion and belief make up a virtue that emanates from the human soul and which is unlike anything else.
It is identical with the thirst felt by a person left in a desert. Man definitely needs a belief to rely on as a dependable guide. First I studied a history of religions. I read with attention the lives and the teachings of those personages who had invited people to religion. I realized that the religious essentials that Prophets ‘alaihim-us-salâm’ had taught in the beginning had been changed and turned into entirely different forms in the course of time. What had survived of them was only a few facts.
Various legends had been mixed into the lives of those great, distinguished people, and their deeds had been transformed into myths and reached us as a conglomerate of mysterious stories. In contrast with all these ruins, one true religion, Islam, has preserved its pristine purity and simplicity from the day it was revealed to the present time and, without being polluted with any sort of superstitions or legends, it has survived to our age. The Qur’ân alkerîm is the same today as it was in the time of Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’.
Not a word of it has changed. The blessed utterances of Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ have reached our day in exactly the same literal form as they were pronounced by him, without undergoing any alterations. Allâhu ta’âlâ sent Prophets ‘alaihim-us-salawâtu wa-t-taslîmât’ to humanity whenever He deemed it necessary. They are complementary to one another. In consideration of the fact that the teachings of other Prophets ‘alaihim-us-salawâtu wa-ttaslîmât’ have been interpolated and changed into annoying incongruities, is there another way which one could find more logical than accepting the Islamic religion, which has remained the most intact, the purest, and the truest?
As a matter of fact, a simple and useful religion unsullied with illogical superstitions was what I was questing for. The Islamic religion is that very religion. The Islamic religion shows one by one all my duties towards Allâhu ta’âlâ, towards my neighbours, and towards all humanity. Although this was originally the main objective of all religions, their tenor has been watered down into unintelligible credal tenets. In contrast, the Islamic religion embodies easily understandable, simple, logical, convincing and useful principles of belief. In Islam, alone, did I find the information concerning the requirements to be fulfilled to attain peace and salvation in this world and the next. It is for this reason that I became a Muslim willingly.