So there’s this non-Muslim student I’ve become friends with over the course of the semester, and I asked to meet with her for breakfast a few days ago just to talk about .. Islam. :) The reason I wanted to catch up with her was because she hasn’t missed a single MSA event at school since last semester! She’s met so many MSA sisters and she never brought up any reservations she had with Islam. So me being me, I’m like, “Yo!! What are we waiting for?! Let’s do a da’wah intervention!” My friends agreed. :) So we met up and talked about the semester for a bit. I asked her about school and life and then.. got to the meat of the matter. (Names have been changed for confidentiality purposes)
“You know, I think it’s incredible that you’ve taken the time to get to know Muslims and really engulf yourself in a different religion. If you don’t mind me asking, what made you gravitate towards Islam?”
“Not at all. I really appreciate the open dialogue that’s always welcome with Muslims. I believe all paths have some truth and that everyone has their journey to God. With Islam, I feel like it’s so misunderstood and after 9/11, I wasn’t getting accurate answers to I decided to do some learning on my own. I was in meditation class when a Muslim first asked me to come to an MSA event about the Prophet Abraham and I absolutely loved it.”
“I’m glad to hear that! How have your family and friends reacted to your interest in Islam?
“My friends sometimes ask why I choose to hang around you all and I tell them about everything I’ve learned. I don’t think they understand though, so that’s hard.”
“And your family?”
“Well, with them, I just don’t like the fact that I’ve been lied to through Catholicism.”
“It’s great that you’ve reached a point where you feel comfortable exploring other paths and seeking knowledge to get to know God. This is a bit sensitive, but .. I think it’s really interesting that out of the thousands of students at this University, you’re somehow chosen to constantly take time out to learn about Islam and be around Muslims. Is there anything in particular that’s keeping you from accepting Islam?”
*Smiles* “I love Islam, and in particular, all the teachings and the emphasis on purifying the soul, but I think there’s so much beauty in life that I just can’t restrict myself to just one path. You know, after I started to get out of my atheism phase, I looked into Buddhism, Hinduism, and now I’m looking into Islam and I think there are parts of the truth in every religion.”
… and the conversation went on for another hour-ish. I’ll summarize the rest below.
I started to get an idea of where she was at. I explained to her that it’s quite possible that other religions have parts of the truth, but why not follow the complete truth..?? Her response was that she needed more time to read and understand the Qur’an. Fair enough, but get this! She has all the ingredients of a Muslim. All of them. Seriously.
I asked her if she believed in Allah, without any partners. She said yes.
I asked if she believed anNabi (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was a genuine Prophet of Allah. She said yes.
I asked if she had any issues with fasting, Hajj, Zakah. She said no, she said she loved all of them.
“You know that makes you a Muslim, right?” She smiled and took a pause before saying that she had one question.
“Why does the Prophet Muhammad have to be the last Prophet. Why can’t there be any others after him?
“Jenny, you told me earlier that you’ve been reading the Qur’an, right?:
“Yea, I have.”
“Okay, when you get a chance. Read some more, as much as you need to or are able to at the time. Read it and as you read it, I want you to sincerely ask yourself if you think the Qur’an is a divine Book from God. Can you do that?”
“Yea, I plan to do that over break”
“Awesome. Once you do that, if you can come to the conclusion, on your own, that this book is a divine book from Allah, then that automatically means that everything in it is pure and true. Does it not?”
“Yea, I guess it does.”
“Now in the Qur’an, Allah says that Muhammad (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is the seal of the Prophets and no Prophet will come after him till the last day, so if you are convinced that the Qur’an is from Allah, then we must accept Allah’s way of planning things, whether we understand them or not. If Allah wanted Muhammad (S) to be the final Messenger, that’s how He wanted it.”
After this, we went on to discussing the misconceptions with ‘Esa (‘alayhis salaam), and subhanAllah, she completely denies the trinity and understands why he cannot be the son of God. I also talked about the analogy of a 2nd graders’ writing (other books) compared to Shakespeares writing and how no one would hesitate to point which writing belonged to Shakespeare. Same with the Qur’an, it stands out from the falsehood. She said she thinks prayer is wonderful and how she loves the fact that Muslims wash themselves before Salah.. and I’m thinking, “Okay, what am I doing here, she’s Muslim!”
We ended the conversation on a very positive note, alhumdulillah. I invited her to watch us pray in the musallah any time she’s free. She actually mentioned her fascination with extreme sufism so I tried to explain the need for balance :). Alhudmulillah, she understood everything and barely had any objections! Which, left me extremely confused…
What else should I talk about the next time we meet? At one point, I found myself proving that Muhammad (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was not an imposter and she had to stop me, saying that she believed in him. SubhanAllah.
She believes in all five pillars but feels the need to keep other religions or ‘paths’ open for exploration.
What am I missing? Help me understand what her actual issue is, because there really doesn’t seem to be one. I told her again before leaving that she’s Muslim, just needs to take the Shahadah.
Please make du’a for her. She’s really an amazing individual, just needs some clarity.
So help me out, what other convincing arguments should I bring up?
JazakumAllahu Khair in advance.