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WHY I EMBRACEDISLAM?
A prominent Hindu
personality, Acharya
Mahant Dr. Saroopji
Maharaj, embraced
Islam under the
auspices of Maulana
Abul Hassan Ali Nadvi. Saroopji's Islamic name
is Dr. Islamul-Haq. He embraced the Islam with
his wife and daughter. Listed below is an
excerpt from Dr. Islamul-Haq's interview with
the Indian publication, Islamic Voice.
Q:
How do you feel after declaring your entry
into the Islam?
A: It
IS
an infinite favor of The Almighty upon
me that He has blessed me with this invaluable
wealth of the true Faith that is Islam. I feel that
I am one of the most successful and fortunate
persons in the world. While groping in the
darkness of disbelief, I was regarded as
"Bhagwan" (God), whereas in this new world of
light I have attained my rightful status of "man".
Q:
You have been very close to the Hindu
trend of thought.
Do
you think that they are
scared of the Muslims?
A: The Hindu society in India is not scared of
the Muslims.
It
rather fears Islam for its exalted
merits as compared with the deficient and weak
religious tenets of Hinduism. Islam's greatness
consists in the fact that it liberates man from the
shackles of color, feature, race, clan, language,
land, riches, class, rank and status. Islam
provides lasting and firm entity. Islam calls men
to bow down before The One and Only One
Almighty. That is why they dread the might of
Islam which liberates man from every sort of
slavery and bondage, except the aspect of
subservience to the Almighty. Islam is free
from all the man-made formalities and rituals.
The Islamic Bulletin
Q:
Did you ever admit the greatness of Islam
even before embracing it?
A: In early 1981, Acharya Vinoba Bhave
(translator of the Holy Qur'an in Hindi language)
invited me to his Ashram, to deliver lectures.
One of those present on the occasion was Dada
Dharm Adhikari. He posed an intriguing
question: "Swamiji, you have studied many
religions of the world. Which one do you fmd
the best for man?" I replied: "Islam." "But", he
said "Islam is a very much tied up religion." I
replied: The very one that is considered free ties
down man to continual slavery. Man is in need
of a religion that has remained 'tied-up', a
religion that keeps man under restraints in this
world life but sets him free in the world
hereafter. In my opinion, it is Islam alone that
qualifies to be the best religion.
Q:
As
a soldier of Islam, what message would
you like to convey to the Muslims of the
world?
A: It is my solemn request to the Muslim world
that they should constantly keep in view and
fulfill the conditions laid down by the Holy
Prophet (Pbuh) for walking across the river of
this world so as to reach safely its other side. If
they make the slightest deviation, they are bound
to drown themselves in the river, never to be
rescued. There is still time for the Muslims to
concentrate their vision on the right point.
If
they act so, they shall, Almighty willing, be
crowned with success in all that they do.
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February 1991 / Shaban 1411