(Sri Lankan)

Formerly, I was an arch enemy of Islam. For, all the members of my family and all my friends were telling me that Islam was an absurd and concocted religion that would lead man to Hell, and they were even preventing me from talking with Muslims. As soon as I saw a Muslim I would turn and walk away, and I would curse them behind their back. In those days, if I had dreamt of myself examining that religion closely, admiring it, and finally embracing Islam, I would not have interpreted it optimistically.

Why did I become a Muslim? I shall give a short answer to this question. The greatest Islamic virtue that attracted me towards it was that Islam is an extremely pure, very logical, and easily intelligible religion which contains very profound pieces of advice and divine wisdom. As soon as I began to examine the Islamic religion, it impressed me very strongly and I felt that I was going to accept it.

I received a Christian education. I thought that there was not another religious book more valuable than the Bible, which had been handed to me. Yet, when I began reading the Qur’ân alkerîm, I saw with amazement that that book was far an away superior to the Bible in my hand, and that it taught me so many beautiful facts that the Bible had not taught me. There were many preposterous legends and grotesque credal tenets in the Christian religion. The Qur’ân al-kerîm rejected all such things and taught men facts that they would understand and accept. I gradually took a dislike to the Bible, and held fast to the Qur’ân al-kerîm with both hands. Whatsoever I read in it, I understood it, liked it, and admired it. So Islam was the true religion. When I realized this fact, I decided to accept Islam, thus attaining îmân and the religion of peace and love.

What I like best in Islam, and what attracted me to it most strongly, is the fact that Muslims look on one another as brothers.

Without any discrimination with respect to colour, race, vocation, nationality, or country, Muslims all over the world know one another as brothers, love one another, and consider it as a sacred duty to do favours to one another and to help one another. The rule, “… Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt: 22-39) which remains in theory in the pages of the Bible, has been put into practice only by Muslims. And no other religion contains it even on the theoretical level. The Islamic brotherhood is not only in words. Always and everywhere, Muslims throughout the world cooperate and run to help one another, no matter whether they know one another or not.

The second feature of Islam that I admire is that that religion does not contain a superstition or an unintelligible principle. Islam’s tenets are logical, practical, reasonable, and up-to-date.

The Islamic religion recognizes one Creator. The expression Rûhul-quds (the Holy Spirit) exists in the Qur’ân al-kerîm. Yet its meaning is ‘the divinity of Allâhu ta’âlâ’, or ‘the angel named Jebrâîl’. It does not mean ‘another godhead’. Islam’s principles, i.e. its commandments and prohibitions, are extremely simple, logical, and adaptable to modern life in every respect. Islam is the only true religion that the entire world could accept.

EXPLANATION: The expression ‘Rûh-ul-quds’ exists in a few different sûras (chapters) of the Qur’ân al-kerîm. It is written in books of tafsîr (explanations of the Qur’ân al-kerîm) that it has varying meanings, depending on the context in which it appears. In short, it has meanings such as ‘The angel named Jebrâîl’, ‘the lifegiving and protecting attributes of Allâhu ta’âlâ’, ‘the soul of Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’, and ‘The Injîl (the original, unchanged Bible)’. Its lexical meaning is: ‘The Pure Soul’.