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Stories Of Converted Muslims > Males > Mr. Malik Hassan
Assalamalaikum brothers and sisters and non Muslims.
First off all, I would like to start by saying that this true story is
not for my own fame or admiration but for the sake of my Lord and your Lord
Allah. All praises due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, the Beneficent, the
Merciful Owner of the day of judgement. I would like to repeat to you something
I heard: the journey of a thousand miles has to start with the first step and
this is the first part of my journey.
My name is Malik Mohammed Hassan
and I have recently converted to Islam. When I was in junior high school I was
first introduced to Islam by reading the book Roots by Alex Haley. It taught me
a little bit about the strong will that most Muslims possess, myself included.
It also introduced me to Allah. I had never heard of Allah in his real form
until I read that book and I was very curious. I then started reading about The
Nation Of Islam (specifically Malcolm X) and it fascinated me how devoted he was
to Allah, especially after he left the self serving Nation Of Islam. Reading
about Malcolm made me think about a God who (for a change) did not have any
physical form or limitations and, being a totally blind person, it made me
relate to these people: the people who Malcolm and Haley referred to as Muslims.
I continued reading what I could about Islam which wasn't as much as it should
have been. My reading material was very limited because like I said above: I am
a totally blind person and the material available about Islam in braille or on
tape was not only very little, but also very general. I believe the reason was
that the material that I had access to wasn't written by Muslims and it kind of
painted a dark picture of Islam. I think most of the literature written by
Christians or non Muslims about Islam tends to do that most of the time. And I
didn't know that their were even Muslims in Halifax so I obviously didn't know
any. I didn't even know about the local Islamic association until I was already
So, I read what I could until my first year out of high school
around the month of May, 1996, when I received a phone call asking me if I
wanted to participate in a camp for blind and visually impaired people known
throughout Canada as Score. I agreed and sent them a resume and praise be to
Allah I was excepted for work.
At first I really didn't want to go but
something kept telling me it would be a good idea if I went. So, on June 30th
1996 I boarded a plane from Nova Scotia to Toronto and took my last trip as a
non Muslim; I just didn't know it yet.
I got to Toronto and everything
at first was pretty normal... It was on the second day that I was there when the
journey of a thousand miles first started.
I arrived on a Sunday and on
the next day I met the person who Allah would use with His divine power to help
guide me to the beautiful Religion of Islam. I met a sister named Rizvana and if
she reads this I hope she doesn't get mad at me for using her name.
I met her, I immediately wanted to talk to her because I liked her name. I asked
her of what origin her name was and she told me that it was Arabic; so I asked
her if she was Muslim and she replied with the answer of yes. I immediately
started telling her what I already knew about Islam which lasted about ten
seconds. I started asking her questions and also asking her to talk to me about
One particular incident that comes to my mind is when all of the
workers at the camp went to a baseball game and the sister and I started talking
about Islam and missed pretty much the whole game.
Well, anyways, we
talked for about three, maybe four days on and off about Islam and on July the
fifth if my memory doesn't fail me I became a Muslim. My life has been totally
different ever since. I look at things very differently than I used to and I
finally feel like I belong to a family. All Muslims are brothers and sisters in
Islam so I could say that I have approximately 1.2 billion brothers and sisters
all of whom I'm proud to be related to. I finally know what it feels like to be
humble and to worship a God that I don't have to see.
For any non Muslim
reading this just look at it this way. It's good to learn, but you never know
when you will be tested and if you're not in the class at the time of the final
exam no matter how much you know you'll never get any credit. So like I said
it's good to learn but if you want to get credit sign up for the class. In other
words, declare shehada (testimony to faith) and let Allah teach you everything
you need to know. Believe me the reward is worth it. You could say the reward is
If any good comes out of this story all the credit is
due to Allah; only the mistakes are my own.
I would like to mention a
part of a hadith that has had a great effect on me and that is:
Allah as if you see him and if you don't see him, know that he sees you." -
Sahih Muslim, Volume 1, Number 1
Oct. 23rd, 1996
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