I recently heard about an African American man who converted to Islam and his story really stood out to me. I’ve heard lots of conversion stories and they always give me an iman boost Alhumdulillah. So this MSA brother was standing outside in the street, handing out free copies of the Quran to anyone who passed by. The brother walked by and took a copy not knowing what it was or the purpose behind it. When he opened up to the Fatiha, he skipped it, thinking “who reads introductions” so he went straight to Surah Al-Baqarah. All he read was Bismillah… and began reading “Alif Laam Meem. This is the Book (the Quran), whereof there is no doubt.” That’s all. He didn’t even finish the ayah.
He flipped to the front again to find the author and publishing information. Nothing. Then he flipped to the back and found no author again. SubhanAllah, he was so overtaken by the Power and Confidence of Allah (swa) in just these few words that he automatically knew this could not be from a human. Usually, authors begin their books with a preface or introduction apologising for their mistakes and shortcommings, but here you have an Author who is so clear and Powerful in His divine speech that it is impossible for someone with a decent fitrah not to be overwhelmed by the signs. Soon afterwards, the brother found the nearest masajid and converted to Islam. Now, MashAllah he is an Imam and many people have converted through him.
This came to mind because I got a book from the library yesterday, Imperial Hubris and SubhanAllah, as I was reading the Introduction, the author said, “I am responsible for any errors herein, but as I do not intend to write again on this issue, others will have to correct any mistakes.”
“Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.”–Ayat-ul-Kursi: The Verse of the Throne