Mr. Malik Hassan

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Oct. 23rd, 1996. Assalamalaikum brothers and sisters and non-Muslims.First off all, I would like to start by saying that this true story is not for my own fame or admiration but for the sake of my Lord and your Lord Allah. All praises due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, the Beneficent, the Merciful Owner of the day of judgement. I would like to repeat to you something I heard: the journey of a thousand miles has to start with the first step and this is the first part of my journey.  

My  name  is  Malik  Mohammed  Hassan  and  I  have  recently converted  to  Islam.  When  I  was  in  junior  high  school  I  was  first introduced  to  Islam  by  reading  the  book  Roots  by  Alex  Haley.  It taught me a little bit about the strong will that most Muslims possess, myself included. It also introduced me to Allah. I had never heard of Allah in his real form until I read that book and I was very curious. I then  started  reading  about  The  Nation  Of  Islam  (specifically Malcolm  X)  and  it  fascinated  me  how  devoted  he  was to  Allah, especially  after  he  left  the  self  serving  Nation  Of  Islam.  Reading about Malcolm made me think about a God who (for a change) did not have any physical form or limitations and, being a totally blind person, it made me relate to these people: the people who Malcolm and Haley referred to as Muslims. I continued reading what I could about Islam which wasn't as much as it should have been. My reading material  was  very  limited  because  like  I  said  above:  I  am  a  totally blind person and the material available about Islam in Braille or on tape  was  not  only  very  little,  but  also  very  general.  I  believe  the reason was that the material that I had access to wasn't written by Muslims and it kind of painted a dark picture of Islam. I think most of  the  literature  written  by  Christians  or  non-Muslims  about  Islam tends to do that most of the time. And I didn't know that their were even Muslims in Halifax so I obviously didn't know any. I didn't even know about the local Islamic association until I was already a Muslim.  

So,  I  read  what  I  could  until  my  first  year  out  of  high  school around the month of May, 1996, when I received a phone call asking me  if  I  wanted  to  participate  in  a  camp  for  blind  and  visually impaired  people  known  throughout  Canada as Score. I agreed and sent them a resume and praise be to Allah I was excepted for work. At  first  I really didn't want to go but something kept telling me it would be a good idea if I went. So, on June 30th 1996 I boarded a plane from Nova Scotia to Toronto and took my last trip as a non-Muslim; I just didn't know it yet.  

I got to Toronto and everything at first was pretty normal... It was  on  the  second  day  that  I  was  there  when  the  journey  of  a thousand miles first started. I arrived on a Sunday and on the next day I met the person who Allah would use with His divine power to help guide me to the beautiful Religion of Islam. I met a sister named Rizvana and if she reads this I hope she doesn't get mad at me for using her name. When I met her, I immediately wanted to talk to her because I liked her name. I asked her of what origin her name was and she told me that it was Arabic; so I asked her if she was Muslim and she replied with the answer of yes. I immediately started telling her what I already knew about Islam which lasted about ten seconds. I started asking her questions and also asking her to talk to me about Islam.  

One particular incident that comes to my mind is when all of the workers  at  the  camp  went  to  a  baseball  game  and  the  sister and I started talking about Islam and missed pretty much the whole game. Well, anyway, we talked for about three, maybe four days on and off about  Islam  and  on  July  the  fifth  if  my  memory  doesn't  fail  me  I became a Muslim. My life has been totally different ever since. I look at things very differently than I used to and I finally feel like I belong to a family. All Muslims are brothers and sisters in Islam so I could say that I have approximately 1.2 billion brothers and sisters all of whom I'm proud to be related to. I finally know what it feels like to be humble and to worship a God that I don't have to see.  

For  any  non-Muslim  reading  this  just  look  at  it  this way.  It's good to learn, but you never know when you will be tested and if you're not in the class at the time of the final exam no matter how much you know you'll never get any credit. So like I said it's good to learn  but  if  you  want  to  get  credit  sign  up  for  the  class.  In  other words, declare Shehada (testimony to faith) and let Allah teach you everything you need to know. Believe me the reward is worth it. You could say the reward is literally heaven.  

If any good comes out of this story all the credit is due to Allah; only the mistakes are my own. I would like to mention a part of a hadith that has had a great effect on me and that is: "Worship Allah as if you see him and if you don't see him, know that he sees you." - Sahih Muslim, Volume 1, Number 1 


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