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Asalamu alaikum wa rahmathullah,

I have been asked why i embraced Islam, number of times from both Muslims and non-Muslim friends..
I tried to explain them, many of them were not convinced, many of them didn't care, some of them were
okay with my point. There are many reasons why i embraced islam which could not be listed instantly
when they ask me. So here i am writing what they are. Somebody could get offended however that's not
the motive. Here i just write my understandings and experience. Rafeeq.

#1 why did i accept Islam (MONOTHEISM)

- It freed me from the confusion of which god i have to choose to worship
- it freed me from the confusion of which god could give what i ask

- It gave me the superior concept of GOD
- It gave me the understanding that for one world there could be one god.

- if there are more then one god in heaven or on earth, both would surely have fallen into ruin.
- As all scripture in the world says that there is only ONE GOD, Islam is the only religion to practice it.

#2 why did i accept Islam (Religious Expenditures)
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=> It freed me from spending money on
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- Astrology (minimum Rs.100, maximum Rs.1500 for once)
- Fortune telling (min rs.100/for once) & Numerology (same as above)
- Purchasing statues and pictures of GOD n GODDESS (min few thousands)
- Death anniversary -- thithi (minium Rs.2500/year)
- Purchasing huge number of pooja materials for festivals (min Rs.1500/festival)
- number of festivals (min rs.10000/year) & horoscope matching for marriage (minimum rs.500)
- flowers for god's statue n picture everyday (minimum rs.10/day)
- oil lamb and oil for it every day (minimum rs.2000/year)
- because of many gods, many temples, for pilgrimage on every year (minimum rs.5000/year)
- relevant to black magic & sorcery, thayathu, yenthram (rs.1000/life time)
- buying cloths for occasion such as wedding, death & etc to relatives (min rs.10k/year)
- dowry for my baby's marriage (numerous lacks/once in a life time)
- Offering golds and money to decorate statue in the temple (in lacks)
- Offering flowers, oils, vada mala, sundal mala, poo maala, and etc etc to the statue. (min rs.1000/year)
- Dosa nivarthi pooja such as pitru dosham, Griha dosham, Brahmahati dosham, kuja dosham, Kaala
sarpa dosham, chevvai dosham and etc.. (rs.10000/life time)
- special poojas in various temples. (rs.10000/life time)
- Vaasthu sasthira before n after building house. (unpredictable money)
- Ganapathy homam at home (rs.3000/once)
- paying interest for loan. and etc etc...
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=> Islam says,
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- You need a clean place to worship GOD together with others, A mosque nothing else. if u dont have one
when u have to pray, find any clean place near by and pray.
- u dont have to offer anything to god but ask whatever you want from him.
- if u have a problem, spend no money for pooja, dosha nivarthy, homam, astrology, numerology, black
magic and etc. but just pray to god, he listens and answers.
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- The mandatory expenditure of a muslim is charity of 2.5% on the wealth he posses, every year to the
needy which is very small money.
Exception : if u have loan or if u r poor, u dont have to pay, instead you get money from the rich.
- kurubani during EID and distribute to the poor. (max Rs.5000/year)
Exception : if u r poor its not compulsory for you, will get from rich.
- pilgrimage once in a life time (min 25k/life time)
Exception : if you r too poor to go mecca and got no other options to get it done, its not punishable.
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i found Islam is the most simplest religion in the phase of earth.

#3 why did i accept Islam (No superstitious in Islam)

=> It freed me from the fear of superstitious such as

- Ghost
- Dracula
- wolf man
- Dead man's body
- Devil in human's body.
- Aliens

and many others shown in Hollywood movies and Indian myths.

=> it freed me from the craziness of superheros such as

- Superman
- X-men
- spider man
- Hanuman
- Tamil heroes (LOL)

and many other mentioned in Indian and world mythology.
#4 why did i accept Islam (Repentance)

=> For any Mistake or Sins

- Like Hindus, Muslim do not have to do parihara pooja
- Like Christians, Muslim do not have to confess to another man/priest

=> Islam says,

- If u have committed sin, repent right away, wherever you are, to the god almighty.
- Repenting without realizing the mistake is useless in Islam.
- More over unlike other religion, It has given clear explanation what are sins

1. Ascribing Associates To Allah, The Most High (Shirk) 2. Killing A Human Being 3. Sorcery 4. Not
Performing the Prayer 5. Not Paying Zakat 6. Breaking One's Fast During Ramadan Without an Excuse 7.
Not Performing the Hajj When Able to 8. Showing Disrespect to One's Parents 9. Severing the Ties of
One's Relatives 10. Adultery 11. Sodomy 12. Accepting Usurious Gain 13. Wrong Consuming an
Orphan's Property 14. Lying About the Prophet 15. Fleeing From the Battlefield 16. The Leader Who
Misleads His Followers, the Tyrant and the Oppressor 17. Arrogance, Pride, Conceit, Vanity and
Haughtiness 18. Bearing False Witness 19. Drinking Alcohol 20. Gambling (Qimar) 21. Accusing a
Woman of Adultery 22. Misappropriating Spoils of War, Muslim Funds or Zakat 23. Theft 24.
Highwaymen Who Menace the Road 25. The Engulfing Oath 26. Taking People's Property Through
Falsehood 27. Collecting Taxes 28. The Consumption of Haram 29. Suicide 30. Telling Lies 31. The
Dishonest Judge 32. Bribery 33. Women Imitating Men and Vice Versa 34. The Pimp and the One Who
Permits His Wife To Fornicate 35. Marrying Solely to Return to the Previ 35. Marrying Solely to Return
to the Previous Husband 36. Not Freeing Oneself of All Traces of Urine 37. Showing off in Good Work
38. Learning Sacred Knowledge for the Sake of this World or Concealing It 39. Breach of Faith 40.
Reminding Recipients of One's Charity to Them 41. Disbelieving in Destiny 42. Listening to the People's
Private Conversations 43. The Talebearer Who Stirs Up Enmity Between People 44. Cursing Others 45.
Breaking One's Promise or Pledge 46. Believing Fortunetellers and Astrologers 47. A Wife's Rebellion
Against Her Husband 48. Picture-making 49. Loudly Lamenting For the Dead or When Afflicted With an
Adversity 50. Excess Against Others 51. Overburdening and Arrogance Against Others 52. Hurting One's
Neighbor 53. Hurting or Reviling Muslims 54. Harming the Servants of Allah 55. Dragging the Hem of
One's Garment Out of Conceit 56. Men Wearing Silk or Gold 57. Fleeing of the Slave 58. Slaughtering in
Other Than Allah's Name 59. Falsely Claiming Someone is One's Father 60. Arguing, Picking Apart
Another's Words, and Quarreling , 61. Withholding Excess Water From Others 62. Stinting When
Weighing or Measuring Out Goods and Similar Merchandise 63. Feeling Secure From Allah's Devising
64. Despairing of the Mercy of Allah and Losing of Hope 65. Forgoing the Congregational Prayer to Pray
Alone Without A Legal Excuse 66. Constantly Missing the Friday and Congregational Prayer Without A
Valid Excuse 67. Bringing Loss to the Bequest 68. Deception and Evil Schemes 69. Spying on the
Muslims and Revealing Their Weaknesses 70. Disparaging the Companions of the Prophet. (For detailed
study visit : http://www.islamguiden.com/arkiv/majorsins.pdf )
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- When one has clear definition of what is sin, he has the clear understanding and if he follows the
repenting methodology of Muslims as it should be, for sure it will progress him to become a good man.

- Unlike other religion, Islam says there is no point in parigara pooja or confessing to a priest which/who
can do nothing for you and even without realizing the sin.
- Though Islam recommends Patience, it emphasize few things need to be done immediately when the
time comes such as marriage, salah, pay back the loan, funeral, and of-course "Repentance".

- i would be forgiven without revealing my sins to others who pretend to be holy & pure.
- every time repenting with realization would have psychological effect to not to commit the same sin
again
- and finally, i ask forgiveness form the authority who can forgive.

this is perfect, isn't it?

#5 why did i accept Islam (To worship only the creator of all)

The world is one, all the religion talks about the one who is the creator of the entire universe, how is it
possible to be more then one creator for one universe. So I understood there is only one god who is the
creator of everything who alone has to be worshipped. so who is he? Lets see what the scriptures says

=> Hindusim :

- In the beginning all this verily was Atman (God) only, one and without a second. There was nothing
else, He created the worlds. He create world-guardians." Right from the waters He drew forth the man
(purusha) in the form of a lump and gave Him a shape. - Aitareya upanisad, manthra 1-3
- The Supreme Lord has his eyes in every direction. He is the one who has created this whole universe.
He is the One and only, who rewards and punishes. - Rig veda 1.10.81 Mantra 81
- Verily He is one, Single, indivisible, supreme reality. - Atharva Veda 13/4/20
- He is the sole sovereign Of the universe. - Rig Veda 6/36/4
- His form is not to be seen; no one sees Him with the eye." (Svetasvatara Upanishad 4:20)
- There is only One Who ought to be adored (worshiped) By the people. - Atharva Veda 2/2/1

=> Christianity & judaism :

- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth - Genesis 1:1
- Then God said, Let us make mankind, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the
sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.-
Genesis 1:26
- The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good. - Proverbs 15:3
- God Who will render to every man according to his deeds - Romans 2:6
- No one has seen God at any time - John 1:18
- God said to mosus, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." - Exodus 33:20
- Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE
HIM ONLY.- Luke 4:8

=> Islam :
- Allah created the heavens and the earth - 7:54
- It is he who has created man from water - Sura 25:54
- We created man from sounding clay, from mud moulded into shape. - Sura 15:26
- To Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. Whether you show what is
within yourselves or conceal it, Allah will bring you to account for it. Then He will forgive whom He
wills and punish whom He wills, and Allah is over all things competent. - 2:284
- No vision can grasp Him - Surah 6:103
- That is Allah your Rabb (Only Creator and Sustainer)! There is no god but He, the Creator of all things;
then you worship Him - 6:102

all the religions says,

1) the creator who created everything is god,
2) he created world and men
3) he sees everything, every time
4) he is the one who reward an punish
5) no one has ever seen him
6) he only deserved to be worshiped.

Unlike others i did not bother about the names of the god but the definitions as mentioned in the
scriptures. if a book says about a god with the above definitions, we can consider it and can read its
scripture. Yes i red Quran which made me to understand many thing. if u too wanna know what it is?
READ QURAN.

Out of all the above religions mentioned, Islam is the only religion where the followers create no
innovation, no confusion, no multiple gods, practicing monotheism in god concept and stays strong on all
the above concepts mentioned.

- though there are numerous similarities among the scriptures, there are number of differences also exists
and all the data given in one book not existed in another. - -
- this is due to the period gap, misinterpretation, wrong transliterations, reliability of the scholar chain
from the time Scripture revealed to now and many other factors that corrupted the old scriptures.
- we do not know which is corrupted and which is not. So we follow the recently revealed scripture, ie,
Al-quran.
- some historians says, the concept of other religions are influenced Islam and on that basis of historians,
some Hindu and Judaism and Christian scholars claims Muhammad saw copied from them.
- i would say they do not understand the GOD, and his power, Muhammad has been prophesied in Hindu,
Christian and Jew scriptures, hence they have to follow him if they believe in their god and scriptures.

God gives the solution for the understanding in the Quran,

Say: 'O People of the Book (jews, christians, & hindus)! come to common terms as between us and you:
That we worship none but god (Allah); that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from
among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than god(Allah). - 3:64

#6 why did i accept Islam (To obey GOD & his scripture)

Hinduism :
- But ignorant and faithless persons who doubt the revealed scriptures do not attain God consciousness;
they fall down. For the doubting soul there is happiness neither in this world nor in the next. - gita 4:40

Judaism :
- I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go - Psalm 32:8

Christianity :
- All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for
training in righteousness. - 2 Timothy 3:16

Islam :
- when guidance comes to you from Me, whoever follows My guidance - there will be no fear concerning
them, nor will they grieve. - Quran 2:38

- though all the religion says, god will guide every one, every time through his scriptures, Islam is the
only religion is to accept all the scriptures and all the Rishis/prophets are from god.
- In result, Islam founds prophesy of prophet Muhammad in almost all the religions.
- the essence of these verses and prophesies is to follow the gods guidance, whenever it comes we have to
follow it.
- the most recent scripture revealed was Al-Quran which every human-being has to accept and follow.

#7 why did i accept Islam (Holly Quran)

=> PRIVILEGE to touch the holy book

- In Islam, I have the privilege to touch Al-Qur'an which is god's word, But in Hinduism, It has been
practiced that Except Bahamians,people can not touch or study Vedas which is also believed to be god's
word.

=> WORD OF GOD IS TO LEAD LIFE

- Hinduism has number of holy books (Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, manu smrti, artha sasthra, dharma
suthra, epics & etc) and has no clarification of authentic/Superior one.
- If vedas are most superior, how many of Hindus knows it, and had the privilege to study, then how one
can lead his life according to it.
- Ask any hindu, they do not know what is the book they rely upon, or each would say different one, or
simply they dont care.
- In Hinduism, Moreover one would die before read all the sacred books which is actually meant to teach
how to live.
- I have No confusion of what is my sacred book (word of god) in Islam, No Muslim has.

=> Unlike Hinduism, Al-Quran has NO CONTRADICTIONS

For instance,
- Atharva Veda 2/2/1 said for instance "There is only One Who ought to be adored(worshipped) By the
people.
- in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad III-ix-2, Yajnavalkya said, these are but the manifestation of them, but
there are only thirty-three gods. Which are those thirty-three ? The eight Vasus, the eleven Rudras and
the twelve Adityas these are thirty-one and Indra and Prajapati make up the thirty-three.
- the holy quran speaks only about monotheism from 1st page to last.

=> AUTHENTICITY of scared books in Hinduism is questionable, But quran, one can check with the
manuscript even today.

which means,
- The scared books of Hinduism has no original copy that made by the time it was revealed, to cross
check whether alteration made in it.
- Vedas & Purana has no record of history, that is the hierarchy who are all brought to us today or at-least
up-to the time when it was printed as a book.
- The history/biography of almost everyone who brought veda/purana to us is unavailable which coins the
doubt of authenticity of scared books of Hinduism.
- If one single person in the hierarchy had different ideology or understanding, he would set up or adopt
his point with the original or at-least when teach to his student, obviously his further disciples would
buildup to the another ideology. its human nature.
- In the hierarchy, If a person had poor memory, he obviously replace/misplace/delete verses of Vedas
without his knowledge or control.
- If one man in the hierarchy was evil, think about the impact.
- There are lot other scenario that made me to question the authenticity of it, and i simply do not want
build my faith on something which no clarity or authenticity.
For instance,
- the 1 & 10 part of rig Veda written by anonymous, haven't found yet who was the on revealed/written.

=> Vedas and Quran has number of SIMILARITIES.

- If i believe Vadas are from GOD, why i should not believe AL-QURAN is from god.
- I never heard, Veda claims there there will be no other veda would come from god.
- Veda says god created whole world and men, then why not his word could from foreign men. all we
should look at is the content as a whole, not from where it came.
- the word of god can be altered by the people, but there should be number of similarities among the
vedas of god as all are from one single god who created the entire world. fortunately there are numerous
similarities among vedas, bible and quran.
- Instead of looking at differences, if we look at similarities we can understand the whether it is the word
of god or not.
- Differences could be due to two factors:
1) people who did it intentionally or unintentionally
2) God who would give different guidance according to time, place and situation, because the same
teachings would not be suitable for the people who live in different era.
-however the major teachings would have no difference, that's why we go for similarities. yes i did look at
similarities.

=> Regarding Old Vedas and rishis, Quran says,

- And We have sent NO Messenger save with the language of his people, that he might make all clear to
them - quran 14:4
- And verily, We have sent among every community/nation a Messenger (proclaiming): "Worship Allah
Alone (God the creator of everything), and avoid all false gods. - Quran 16:36
- O you who believe! Believe in Allaah, and His Messenger (Muhammad), and the Book (the Quraan)
which He has sent down to His Messenger, and the Scripture which He sent down to those before (him) -
quran 4:136
- Quran givesus the broad concept of god and religion than any other religion across the world.
- Quran talks about all the people, language, rishis/prophets, vedas/scriptures that exists around the world.
- In result, scholars have been discovering the prophesies that world religions foretold about Prophet
Muhammad and showing to the world.

=> Of quran, there are uncountable points to discuss that proves its a word of god.

For instance,
1) numerical miracle of quran
2) signs in quran, 3) science in quran
4) the way it was revealed, 5) the content its possess
6) the way its proclaiming/teaching
7) the way it has been protected so far without modification
8) mesmerizing capability while read
9) history & prophesies and etc etc..
#8 why did i accept Islam (prophesies)

. Almost all the religion across the world had prophesied Prophet Muhammad, some of them by name,
some of them by events and facts that supposed to take place in the period of Prophet.

=> Hinduism : (BHAVISHYA PURANA)

-- "A malecha (belonging to a foreign country and speaking a foreign language) spiritual teacher will
appear with his companions. His name will be MUHAMMAD." said in Bhavishya Purana in the Prati
Sarag Parv III Khand 3 Adhay 3 Shloka 5&6.
ref :
Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7vTRZOmUuA
text : http://www.islamawareness.net/Hinduism/hindu.html

-- The kalki purana, Bhavishya purana and bahavada purana has many other prophesies about Prophet
Muhammad saw.
Raf :
1) video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM9sT80M9pk
2) text : http://www.islamawareness.net/Hinduism/hindu.html

=> Judaism : (TORAH & old testament of bible)

-- His mouth is most sweet; yea, he is (MUHAMMAD). This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O
daughters of Jerusalem. - Song of Solomon 5:16
Ref :
1) video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cur_6aYs_7k
2) text : http://www.mirfatehalishah.com/articles/post.php?id=2040

=> Christianity : (New testament of BIBLE)

-- Uphold my servant, AHMED; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him:
he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. - Isaiah 42:1
Ref :
1) video : http://www.answering-christianity.com/ahmad_in_dead_sea_scrolls.wmv
2) text : http://www.answering-christianity.com/predict.htm

=> Buddism

-- Ananda asked, 'Who shall teach us when thou art gone?'
Buddha replied, 'I am not the first Buddha that came upon the earth, nor shall I be the last. In time another
Budda will arise in the world, a holy one, a supremely enlightened one, endowed with wisdom in conduct,
auspicious, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals. He will reveal to you the
SAME eternal truths I have taught upon you. His disciples will number many thousands while mine
number many hundreds'
Ananda asked, 'And how will we come to know him?'
Buddha answered, 'He will be known as MAITREYA(supreme chief of all Men)' - [Gospel of Buddha,
Carusp 217]
Ref :
1) text : http://www.ilovezakirnaik.com/muhammad_prophesised/buddhists.htm
2) Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdA2CHuH2XQ

- One should have the knowledge of what was the character of the prophet and history of him to
understand these prophesies.
- I have given here very few versus of scared books as an example, however there are lot many other
versus that claims his coming which could be found in the respective link.
- i haven't mention about all the religions which also has prophesy about the prophet Muhammad. So
almost all the scriptures has foretold about prophet Muhammad.
- I do not think these are all coincident or set-up by people, which is highly impossible and i can not turn
my head away from it, just like most of people does, just because the religion didn't originate from my
country.
- There are claims by the different religious groups that these are all fake or lie, yet many religious
scholars/professors who were looking for truth, from different religions have been embracing Islam day
by day.

for example :
1) Yusuf estes (Former christian preachers to islam),
2) josua evens (former christian youth minister to islam),
3) abdur raheem green (born christian => Buddhism => Islam),
4) hussain yee, (born Buddhist => Christianity => islam)
5) periyar dasan (born Hindu => Buddhism => atheism => Islam)
6) Sanjai thivethi (poosari from kaasi to islam)
and many many numbers of scholars who reads quran in justified manner and who has no coward-ness
embrace islam without doubt and hesitation.

What is the reason behind all this prophesy? no reason behind it, simply a game? i dont think so. its all to
educate the people his coming and to follow him.

i dont want to be a fool by neglecting this planed execution of god almighty.