Tuesday, 24 May 2011

WHY DID ALEXANDER RUSSEL WEBB EMBRACED ISLLAM ? MD ABUL KALAM AZAD







      
  Muhammad Alexander Russel Webb was born in 1262

[1846 C.E.], in Hudson, United States of America. He

studied in the university of New York. In a short time he

was a very much loved and admired writer and columnist.

He published magazines named ‘St. Joseph Gazette’ and

‘Missouri Republican’. In 1887 he was posted as the

American consul in the Philippines. After embracing Islam,

he thoroughly dedicated himself to the promulgation of

Islam and presided over the organization in the United

States. He passed away in 1335 [1916 C.E.].


     
ALEXANDER RUSSEL WEBB  WRITES:


 " I  was asked by quite a number of people why I, as a person

who was born in the United States, a country with an

overwhelmingly numerous Christian population, and who

listened to the preaches, or, rather, foolish talks, made by

Christian priests throughout his growing years, changed my

religion and became a Muslim. The brief account I gave them

on why I had chosen Islam as my guide in life: I became a

Muslim because the studies and observations I carried on

indicated that men’s spiritual needs could be filled only with the

sound principles established by Islam. Even as a child I had

never had a disposition to completely dedicate myself to

Christianity. By the time I reached the adult age of twenty, I was

completely defiant towards the mystical and annoying church

culture which interdicted everything in the name of sin.
Gradually I disengaged myself from the church, and finally

abandoned it for good. I had an inquisitive and curious

character. I would always search for causes and purposes for

everything. I would anticipate logical explanations for them. On

the other hand, the explanations provided by priests and other

Christian men of religion did not satisfy me. Most of the time,

instead of giving satisfactory answers to my questions, they

would dismiss the matter with evasive prevarications such as,

“We cannot understand these things. They are divine secrets,”

and “They are beyond the grasp of human mind.” Upon this I

decided to study, on the one hand, oriental religions, and on the

other hand, books written by famous philosophers. I read

various works on philosophy, such as those written by Mill
, by

Locke
, by Kant, by Hegel, by Fichte, by Huxley, and

others. The books written by these philosophers always dealt

with such subjects as protoplasms, atoms, molecules, and

particles, and did not even touch on reflections such as “What

becomes of the human soul?” “Where does the soul go after

death?” “How should we discipline our souls in this world?” The

Islamic religion, on the other hand, treated the human subject

not only within the corporeal areas, but also along the spiritual

extensions. Therefore, I chose Islam not because I had lost my

way, or only because Christianity had incurred my displeasure,

or as a result of sudden decision, but, on the contrary, after very

minutely studying it and becoming thoroughly convinced about

its greatness, singularity, solemnity and perfection.

Islam is based on belief in the existence and the unity of

Allâhu ta’âlâ, entire submission to Him, which spontaneously

entails worshipping Him and thanking Him for His blessings.

Islam enjoins fraternity, goodness, and friendliness upon all the

human race, and advises them to be cleanly, spiritually,

physically, verbally, and practically. Definitely, the Islamic

religion is the most perfect, the most superior and the most
conclusive of all the religions known to humanity so far."
 
TAKEN FROM : WHY DID THEY BECOME MUSLIMS? PUBLISHED BY  www.hakikatkitabevi.com

                                  



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