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How I entered Islam?
Madame Fatima Mik Davidson is the Minister of State for Social Development and Local Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In an interview given by her to the renowned Arabic Magazine Men-bar-al-lslam of Cairo, Madame Fatima Mik Davidson (formerly Mrs. Model Donafamik Davidson) talked about the beginning of her encounter with Islam and how she ultimately turned Muslim. She said:
"I totally deny the idea that I accepted Islam in 1975 by renouncing Christianity. Really I am quite unable to understand and explain what the matter was with me. Let me take you back to the 9th March, 1950, the day that was fixed for me to enter Christian Monastery. When I woke up in the morning of that day, I felt that the voice (Allahu-Akbar Allahu-Akbar) was ringing in my ears and it was thrilling my entire inner self. Lo! I had come back to Islam.
'I did not quite know what it was, but the monastery I refused to enter. After that I passed many years, seeking Allah's guidance, until at last I was able to come across a copy of the translation of the Holy Qur' an. Then I readily put faith in it. I happened to meet a Muslim scholar, Maulana Siddiq from Pakistan and an Indian scholar Shaikh Ansari. I had detailed talks with them about nature and what I felt about it in my heart, so much so that these great scholars exclaimed to me: Thank Allah you are a Muslim! You are now a Muslim lady. Read what you like, enter the Mosques and pray. We are prepared to welcome you, whenever you feel disposed to learn anything.'"
Iman is Bliss
"I felt happy. Ever since that day I have been feeling that my heart is overflowing with the bliss of lman (Faith) and with love and high esteem for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SM). Although the date of my formally embracing Islam is sometime in the year 1975, I have been a Muslim for the last 33 years, ever since the day I heard the great mysterious voice and I refused to enter the monastery. My heart proclaimed: (Alldhu Akbar: God is the Greatest).
"I was the first coloured girl to enter the Mosque. This encouraged many Muslim girls to enter Mosques for prayer, particularly the Mosque of the Anjuman Jami' Sanatal which was founded by the great scholar Dr. Shaikh Ansari in the city of Francis in Trinidad. Its present Chairman is AI-Hajj Shafiq Muhammad.
"Prior to ,this, the residents over there thought that Islam was the 'religion of the Indians who followed so many shades of religious tenets and paths. They thought Qadianism and Ahmadism being more important.
"Later on a large number of the islanders, mostly of African origin, embraced Islam, until the ratio of the Muslims rose to 13 percent of the total popUlation of the Republic, as against 31 percent Catholics, 27 percent Protestants, 6 percent Hindus, and 23 percent others."
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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمWith the name of Allah, the All-Merciful,the Very-Mercifulلَا أُقْسِمُ بِهَـٰذَا الْبَلَدِوَأَنتَ حِلٌّ بِهَـٰذَا الْبَلَدِوَوَالِدٍ وَمَا وَلَدَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ فِي كَبَدٍأَيَحْسَبُ أَن لَّن يَقْدِرَ عَلَيْهِ أَحَدٌيَقُولُ أَهْلَكْتُ مَالًا...