This is a record of my journey as a Muslim. I used to be Catholic and belonged to a missionary organisation. After my conversion, I sat on the board of a Muslim converts' organisation and specialised in da'wah programmes, convert management, interfaith issues and apostasy cases. I am an initiate of a Sufi order. As such, the articles and writings tend to cover these areas.
Muslims Learning Christianity
ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
who are serious about understanding Christianity should not be taking their
notes from people such as Shaykh Ahmad Husayn Diydat (r.a.) or Zakir
‘Abd al-Karim Nayk.They are not
scholars of the religion.They did not
avail themselves to the theological, liturgical and ecclesiastical writings of
the Church Fathers and the great thinkers of the Christian tradition.They do not read the works we have in Koine
Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Latin.Their
criticism is limited to mere translations of a version of the Bible with no
understanding of context and the rich tapestry of history behind it.It is hypocritical for Muslims to do that,
and then complain that Christians take the Qur’an out of context.
not met a single Muslim scholar of Christianity who has impressed me.I have met a lot of pretenders, and more than
a few outright frauds.No real scholars.Memorising portions of the Bible, for
example, does not make him a scholar of the Christian tradition any more than
being a hafizh of the Qur’an qualifies the person to issue a fatwa.These people may impress the unlearned masses
of the ummah, but they will not be taken seriously outside of it.
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ The following was compiled from various sources from amongst the muridun of Shaykh Ibrahim ibn ‘Abdullah Niyas al-Kawlakhi ( q.s. ). Shaykh Ibrahim Niyas ( q.s. ), as the name is transliterated here from the Arabic, is more commonly known “Ibrahim Niass”. It also written as “Ibrahima Niasse” in French, and “Ibrayima Nas” in Wolof. Formally, he is Shaykh al-Islam al-Haj Ibrahim ibn al-Haj ‘Abdullah at-Tijani al-Kawlakhi Niyas ( q.s. ) in Arabic. He was a major leader of the Tijani Sufi order in West Africa. His followers in the Senegambia region affectionately refer to him in Wolof as “ Baye ”, or “Father”. He is the founder of the Ibrahimiyyah branch of the Tijaniyyah . In Arabic, we designate ourselves as the people of al-Faydhah at-Tijaniyyah , “The Divine Flood of the Tijani”. In Wolof, the Tijani of Senegal call themselves Talibe Baye , meaning “Disciples of Baye ”. Outsiders often refer to his disciples as Naseen , w
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ It is narrated, from a hadits , that a blind man approached the Prophet ( s.a.w. ), and asked for a cure from his blindness. This hadits is recorded in Jami’ at-Tirmidzi ; Sunan ibn Majah ; Musnad ibn Hanbal ; Mu’jam al-Kabir , by Imam Abu Ja‘far Muhammad ibn Jarir ath-Thabari ( r.a. ); and Mustadarak ‘ala Swahihayn , by Imam Abu ‘Abdullah Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah al-Hakim an-Nishaburi ( r.a. ). The version from Sunan ath-Thabari has slightly different words but has the same general meaning. This du’a is a du’a for hajat , when there is a need. It is also a du’a asking for spiritual sight in this world, for those who are blind to Allah ( s.w.t. ) in this world may be blind to Him in the next. How can we see His Majesty and be in the Divine Presence when we are blind to His Presence in this world. One cannot look at the shadow and still see the light. One cannot look at the world and expect to find Him. The blind man came
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ We consider this verse: سُوۡرَةُ الطّلاَق ... وَمَن يَتَّقِ ٱللَّهَ يَجۡعَل لَّهُ ۥ مَخۡرَجً۬ا (٢) وَيَرۡزُقۡهُ مِنۡ حَيۡثُ لَا يَحۡتَسِبُۚ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلۡ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسۡبُهُ ۥۤۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ بَـٰلِغُ أَمۡرِهِۦۚ قَدۡ جَعَلَ ٱللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَىۡءٍ۬ قَدۡرً۬ا (٣) … And for those who recognise Allah, He (Ever) Prepares a way out. And He Provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah Will surely Accomplish His Purpose: verily, for all things has Allah Appointed a due proportion. (Surah ath-Thalaq:2-3) This verse is the affirmation that the one who recites finds sufficiency in Allah ( s.w.t. ) only. The story behind the verse, is that there was once a poor man working on a ship who received this verse from Khidhr ( a.s. ). By the constant recitation of it, he became wealthy enough to be a king. There is no independent veri