by Syed Soharwardy
(Islamic Supreme Council of Canada)
(sequel of Story of Two Teenagers #1)
“Why can’t I be a Muslim? What’s wrong with me?” John asked as he was now frustrated with these questions. “Yes, I have discussed with my parents several times and last night I told them that I will be becoming Muslim”. “What did they say?” Asked Daniel’s father. “My father does not seem to have problem with it but my mother was not happy. But don’t worry, she will be all right.” What about your other brothers and sisters? Daniyal’s father asked. “They will be OK too” John said quickly as he does not want to talk about them. Meanwhile, Daniyal came down and shook hands with John.
Daniyal still wanted John to think about it further. Daniyal sat on the sofa on the apposite side of the room and said, “I was not expecting you this early morning”. John did not reply. Daniyal looked at his father and asked him if he and John could go for a walk. They both went out. While they were walking down the street John asked Daniyal, “What do I need to do to become a Muslim”. Daniyal said, “You have to take Shahadah”. “What is that?” asked John. “That you declare that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is His last Messenger,” said Daniyal. “Lets do it” John shouted. “Not so fast, you have to be cleaned before you take Shahadah”, Daniyal looked at John and smiled. “I am clean,” said John. “No you are not clean as required by Islam,” said Daniyal. Then Daniyal explained to him how to take shower and clean his body. He asked him not to drink alcohol and eat pig meat. Daniyal asked him to comeback at dinnertime and have dinner with his family.
Daniyal and John went back to their houses. Daniyal told his parents and other three brothers and sisters that John will be coming back this evening and will be reverting to Islam. His mother asked him in Urdu, “Aray Usko Khanay pe Bulaya hota” (You should have asked him to join us on the dinner). Daniyal said, “Yes, I have invited him for the dinner”. Daniyal’s mother raised her hands and thanked Allah for giving this great opportunity. She yelled with excitement at her husband, “Can you please go to the grocery store and bring rice and Halal meat”. It became an “EID” day for the entire family. Everybody was looking forward to the dinnertime.
At about 5:30 PM someone knocked at the door. Daniyal ran and opened the door. John was standing, he smiled and said Hello to Daniyal. “Come in, we have been waiting for you”. Daniyal told him. As John stepped in side the house he smelled the food. “Your mom must be cooking Biryani. This smell makes me very hungry”. John whispered in Daniyal’s ear. “You can eat as much as you can,” Daniyal replied. Daniyal’s father came and hugged John. The other two Daniyal’s younger brothers also greeted John and shook hand with him. While sitting in the drawing room with all men John could hear the conversation between Daniyal’s mother and sister behind the curtain in the living room.
“So, what is your final decision John?” Daniyal’s father asked John. “It is the same, I have taken shower and ready to take “Shada” (he meant Shahadah). Daniyal’s father gracefully stood up and said, “I am not an Islamic scholar. We will go and see our Shaikh (scholar) after the dinner and he can give you some more information about Islam. However, I want to be little selfish. I want that the blessing of Allah should fall on this house and on my family for bringing you in the Islamic community. I want that your friend should bring you into Islam. Please repeat after Daniyal”. John repeated word by word after Daniyal “ASH HA DU AN LA ILA HA ILLALLOH WA ASH HA DU ANNA MUHAMMADAN ABDO HU WA RASOO LOH” ( I BEAR WITNESS THAT THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLAH AND I BEAR WITNESS THAT MUHAMMAD (Peace be upon him) IS HIS SERVANT AND THE MESSENGER).
Everyone hugged and shook hand with John. The love and respect he received from Daniyal’s family touched his heart. They all had dinner together. Behind the curtain Daniyal’s mother and sister were anxiously reminding everyone to make sure that plenty of food is on the table.
Later, at night Daniyal, his father , his brothers and John attended a Dhikr (zikr) gathering in Scarborough where I got the opportunity to answer some of John’s questions and explained to him the lifestyle of a Muslim. I was very impressed with the questions of this young man and the firmness of his beliefs.
Within a week, Daniyal helped another 14-year-old boy to revert to Islam. On some other occasion I will share that amazing story with you as well.
This story reminds us that we must remain optimistic with Allah. On one side, some of the current Muslims have taken Islam for granted and are giving bad names to Muslims. On the other side the enemies of Islam want to destroy Islam and Muslims because it threatens their empires. However, Allah has His own arrangements, which often are not understood by ordinary human beings. I am very optimistic about the future of Islam in North America but I am not optimistic about the future of current Muslims. The biggest problem with us that we do not practice what we preach. We make decisions and judgments about people while those decisions and judgments are the rights of Almighty Allah alone.
But the young Muslims like Daniyal and John have different perspective of Islam, which is based upon rational thinking and fairness. More and more Muslims of such thoughts will bring more and more blessings of Allah upon human beings.
May Allah guide us and make us faithful to Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and the Holy Qur’an. Ameen