“I known you for 3 years now,” I told Adam as we were walking from our mosque towards a tram stop. “But you never told me the story of how you came to Islam.”
“I can tell you my story, if you want,” he replied.
Adam was born in an atheist Czech family [as he himself puts it]. In other words, his parents doesnt believe that God exists. His grandmother is a Christian, but she is also not practicing Christianity as much as Muslims do [like praying 5 times a day].
“As a teenager, I had no idea about Islam,” he started explaining to me. “I didnt even know what Islam is. What God is. What even the word “Muslim” means.”
I was listening to him attentively, because I dont meet people like Adam often. I was born in a muslim family. I was raised in muslim majority country. Everybody in Uzbekistan knows what Islam is. Who Allah is. Maybe they dont pray, dont fast, and commit all kinds of sins, but almost everybody believes in God.
“One day,” Adam carried on. “Somebody gave me Islamic music. There was no instruments playing there. The music was mainly vocal. I enjoyed it so much that I started listening to it a lot.”
At the time Adam was 17 years old. He was in high school.
“Then I became simply curious about this religion. What is Islam? I googled it. I got even more curious about Islam when all these ANTI-ISLAMIC movements started popping up in my country. What is this Islam all about anyway?!”
I was fascinated to find out that those anti-Islamic movements, instead of pushing Adam away from Islam, actually gave opposite effect: he was PULLED towards Islam [subhanallah].
“For the next 3 years, little by little, I started learning about muslims from the internet,” he looked down, as if thinking about his next words.
“Which websites did you use? Like wikipedia?”
“No,” he replied. “Mainly Youtube videos. Like videos of Mufti Menk and Nouman Ali Khan.”
I nodded and smiled. I dont watch their videos a lot, but I follow them on facebook. Especially Mufti Menk gives some really nice advice on social media. He is an educated and nice Sunni scholar.
“Little by little, everything what Islam was teaching made total sense to me. I started comparing Islam to other religions. To Christianity. To Buddhism.”
He told me that there is only ONE version of Koran [main source of Islam]. That this book [Koran] was not changed for the past 1400 years. Not a single word was removed or added to the book for 14 CENTURIES.
“I started thinking that there MUST be some ’Superpower’ that created this whole world. This Earth is a miracle. The whole universe is a miracle. Somebody had to create it. Maybe ALIENS? But somebody had to create those aliens too…”
He was totally convinced about what he was talking about. I could feel it.
“As I was learning more and more about Islam, it all made sense. I realized that Islam is the most LOGICAL religion.”
I was listening to him as if I was learning about my own religion for the first time. I already knew at this point that I HAVE TO WRITE ABOUT THIS DUDE ON MY BLOG [which I am doing right now].
“I started praying,” Adam continued. “Making dua to Allah, asking him for things. I believed in him. Then I thought, what am I waiting for? I actually became muslim already in my heart. So I said the words of Shahadah! I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His slave and messenger.”
At this point I couldnt help myself and said out loud “Allahu Akbar! [Allah is Great]”. I said it QUIETLY not to scare people off at the tram stop [I am not an idiot]. People could get me wrong.
Adam became a muslim when he was 19 years old. He then started coming to our mosque. He still prays with us in masjid.
We all love him. And he loves us back. Adam can always come to the mosque, whenever he needs some help. Be it emotional or financial help. And it is our obligation to help our brother. Because when he said the words of shahadah, he became our brother.
This is the kind of experiences that make me realize that I havent wasted my time in the Czech Republic. After all, I left Uzbekistan and lived here for almost 4 years. I didnt waste my time. I met Adam. Who accepted Islam.