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How I Found the Right Path
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How I Found the Right Path

My journey began when, on starting a new job, I first met a follower of Ahl ul-Bayt. Up until that time, I knew little about those who were called Shi'as - except what I had heard from Sunni brothers, which to say the least was not very complimentary. I had read nothing about them, for I had never found anything to read: all the books on Islam I came across over a period of many years were about Sunni Islam, written by Sunni Muslims. All the Muslims I had met, in my country of residence and in places like Egypt, were Sunni, and even on that modern medium of communication, the Internet, I had not come across any Shia sites, probably because I had not looked for them specifically and just followed links from one Sunni site to another Sunni site. 

 How I Found the Right Path

by Brother Muhammad Yusuf

BisMillah Hir Rahman Nir Rahiim

In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful

How did I, a Sunni following Hanafi fiqh, come to find and embrace the Right Path of Ahl ul-Bayt? All Praise and all Thanks are for Allah (Subhana wa'tala) who in His Mercy and Compassion guided me toward the truth.

My journey began when, on starting a new job, I first met a follower of Ahl ul-Bayt. Up until that time, I knew little about those who were called Shi'as - except what I had heard from Sunni brothers, which to say the least was not very complimentary. I had read nothing about them, for I had never found anything to read: all the books on Islam I came across over a period of many years were about Sunni Islam, written by Sunni Muslims. All the Muslims I had met, in my country of residence and in places like Egypt, were Sunni, and even on that modern medium of communication, the Internet, I had not come across any Shia sites, probably because I had not looked for them specifically and just followed links from one Sunni site to another Sunni site. I also knew very little about the early history of Islam, except of course what I had read in Sunni books about how wonderful the 'pious Caliphs' were.

And yet I had already begun to think seriously about certain questions, such as predestination, and begun to be a little concerned about some Hadith which I read in Bukhari and Muslim which seemed to me in my innocence and with my lack of knowledge to contradict the words of the Holy Quran. I had concerns also about following scholars, for I was always being told that I could choose which Madhhab to follow, and that if I personally was not happy with something, I could follow another school in certain matters just as I could take advice from, and follow the advice of, any scholar of any School. This just did not seem to be right.

Perhaps I should add that at this time I was a relatively recent convert to Islam, having over a period of some years come to discover the truth about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) and having become convinced that not only was Allah the one and only God, but also that Muhammad (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) was his Messenger and Prophet. [ I had previously been a Christian, and indeed, a Catholic monk for a while.]

The Shia brother and I were the only Muslims in our place of work so it was natural that we prayed Zuhr and Asr together. He was kind, considerate and well-mannered - in fact, an example of what Muslims should be - and it did not matter that he prayed in a slightly different way from me. I just assumed in my naivety that he was simply following a different Madhhab.

Then I mentioned that I was praying with a Shia to a brother at the local Masjid. His negative reaction just made me interested in finding out more about them. So I asked some questions of my Shia brother. He answered simply, always stressing that I must make my own judgement and use reason as a guide.

One incident I remember vividly. I had been sent several articles by a group, who were influenced by the Wahhabi, which were vehemently anti-Shia, and which made all sort of allegations about the followers of Ahl ul-Bayt. I mentioned this group to my Shia brother, and he said, calmly and simply: "What you you think about them?"

I replied that I could not see the Prophet Muhammad (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) acting in such an intolerant way, for I remembered the Hadith about how the Prophet treated the man who was ill-mannered enough to urinate in a Mosque while the Prophet himself (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) was there.

My Shia brother said nothing, but a few days later (as I remember it) he leant me a copy of an English translation of Nahj al-Balagha containing some of the wisdom of Imam Ali (Alayhi salaam). I read it, and marveled at his wisdom, and decided to try and find out more about these Shia's - at this time, I still knew so little I did not even know that Shia meant follower, and that the Shias were followers of Ahl ul-Bayt, a term which again meant nothing to me.

Then, not long after, I left my job to take up new employment and so lost contact with my Shia brother, although I did try to contact him, once, but my E-mail was returned as I obviously had not remembered the right address. Several months went by before I began a more serious study, prompted by reading about the sermon of Ghadeer Khumm as related in Tirmidhi and Muslim: Sunni sources which I still implicitly accepted. For were they not Sahih - second only to the Holy Quran itself?

Here was the Prophet (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) stating that we should follow and hold onto his Ahl ul-Bayt, just as I had read how he had many times praised Imam Ali (Alayhi salaam) in such terms that surely meant he saw or wanted Ali (Alayhi salaam) to be his successor.

I discovered some of the basic beliefs of the followers of Ahl ul-Bayt, such as Taqlid and the Fourteen Infallibles and the more I considered these, the more rational and logical they seemed. They were natural, logical consequences of the Holy Quran itself. This really enlightened me about the Shia: it was as if I had come across a fundamental truth for the first time, something simple and yet profound.

A few days later, on an Internet site, I read about Karbala. I admit I cried. How could those who called themselves Muslims treat fellow Muslims as they did - and in particular how could they fight, and kill, the grandson of the Holy Prophet himself? I found this fact quite astonishing. How did this tragedy come about? And then, I read some of the words spoken by the fourth Imam (Alayhi salaam) about this tragedy, and what it meant and would always mean.

I then spent several days reading about the early history of Islam - about the Umayyads and Abbasids and how they viciously persecuted the followers of Ahl ul-Bayt. I read Muhammad Tijani's Then I Was Guided and his Shia are the Real Ahl al-Sunna, several other books and many, many articles written by followers of Ahl ul-Bayt. I read the sermon of Imam Husain (Alayhi salaam) at Mina which described the appalling state of Arabia only fifty years after Muhammad's death (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) - the corruption of Yazid, and the corruption of the scholars of that time. And I remembered a saying I had read somewhere: "Every day is Ashura and every land is Karbala."

I thought deeply about the issues my reading had raised, and became convinced that it was my duty, as a Muslim, to follow Ahl ul-Bayt - for that was clearly the wish of the Holy Prophet (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) who was revealing the will of Allah, which as a Muslim I must submit to. There were simply no rational arguments against the beliefs of the followers of Ahl ul-Bayt, since it seemed to me that these beliefs not only expressed what was reasonable, and logical, but were also based on the teachings of the Holy Prophet himself (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad).

So it was that I tried to find my Shia brother. I found a name similar to his in the telephone directory of the city where I knew he lived, and telephoned. A fax machine answered, so I sent a brief fax, asking him to contact me, not knowing whether he would ever receive it.

Alhamdulillah, the fax machine belonged to his Uncle and less than a week later I was with him, and the Imam, at his local Masjid, affirming that Ali (Alayhi salaam) was the rightful successor of the Prophet (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad).

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Comments

- i found ABNA.ir packed with knowledge, wisdom and truth. obviously takes my heart in the feeling of, i've to read and acquire every part of all. I used to read some books fr the ahlibait sources but some of them were not in my possession any more and they aren't available in our market. I hope that if somebody can tell me where I can find books for instance Peshawar Nights, And I Found
The Truth, Tafseer al-Mizan' Tafseer Kafi, al-Mujri'at, bibliography of the Holy Imams alaihim al-salam. etc. tq.


- Very interesting story.


- Dear Brother in Islam,

Assalamu alaikum warahmathullahi wa barakath.


It is nice to hear that you reverted to Islam from Christianity. Hope you learned Christianity well and got to know they worshiped Jesus (pbuh) elevating to the status of Allah (GOD).


- This is one of blessings of the hidden gravity of the real Islam ( Shia) where people are in the special care of Allah and always under the eternal guidance ..

May Allah save you all ..


- alhamdolillah,gr8 article.


- Almighty Allah guides whom He wills by the Grace of 14 Masoomeens.

may Allah reward him for his research for the truth and the right path.

May Allah guides the other Muslims who are misguided by their half knowledge Ulemas


- everybody has to finally reach the doorsteps of the moula Ali (as)


- Assalam-oAlaikum!!
It's realy so nice after reading your journey and atlast you find a right way. And if you need some more knowledge about Shiaa and AHLEBAIT so do contact with me. I'll provide you matter. MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU. AND ALWAYS KEEP YOU ON RIGHT PATH!!
ALLAH HAFIZ


- Alhamdolillah, it is really an article.
MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU. AND ALWAYS KEEP YOU ON RIGHT PATH!!
ALLAH HAFIZ


- I am really surprised to read your new theories of Islam and the shia interpretation. We follow the guidance of Holy Quran and the Hadith the sayings of Holy Prophet [peace be upon him] There is no theories of pre-Karbala or post karbala in our belief. We pray to the Lord to bless all the Kalifas including Ali raliallah Anha. If not for the first three Kalifas, the Holy Quran would not have been preerved in a book for for the rest of the generations to be guided.

We in Sri Lanka follow only one sect - sunni. the guidance of prophet Muhammad [pbuh] He is the last prophet. Ali Rali is not a prophet and that is in our IMAN. May Almighty Allah protect you and guide according to the Holy quran - M.A.C.Mohideen.


- I was so much moved to reading this.


- assallamunallaikum!
may allah bless u
plz try to pass the true message of Karbala to ppls who dnt knw


- I just wana to become shia so kindly help and i also want to change my name from Asim i want to Hussain kindly help
with regards


- Assalaamu-alaykum to all my muslim brothers ,

For becoming shia you have to just testify that Ali(a.s) is the rightfull caliph of Prophet Muhammad (saw) by ur heart and tongue and go to this site for learning about islam from Great scholar Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi (his website:www.makarem.ir) and also see this site www.answering-ansar.org.


- very heart touching reality . MAY ALMIGHTY ALLAH make us true fpllowers of AHL UL BAYT


- Heart touhing, mind blowing and very well written !
No doubt you are more pious than me (traditional shia).

May ALLAH bless you with success on each step



For ABNA

May ALLAH bless you to. Its good to see such a wonderful site.
I regret not being a part of it.


WaSalam

Syed Fazal Abbas Baqueri


- AOA , i really appricite such a nice article , may Allah bless him


- Very Good Article.....


- Subhan'Allah and congratulations to brother Muhammed Yusuf. Life has true purpose when following the true path. Allah humma salli Allah Muhammedin wua Alihi Muhammed.
Truth is just around the corner, we only have to seek it out and embrace it with a clear heart and mind and no preconceived notions. I am a European Shia revert and I thank and praise Allah(swt) for the greatest gift one can possibly ask for, which is the blessing of being guided to the ultimate truth alhamdullilah. Thank you very much for sharing your story.


- " There is enough light for those who want to see "

-Imam Ali (as)



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