Mr. Michael Yip

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June 23, 1996. I was introduced to Islam in 1995 by an Egyptian classmate who arrived in New Zealand the previous year, and who was  placed  into  my  Chemistry  class.  I  had  no  religion  before  this, though  I  guess  I  was  a  non-practicing  Christian,  since  I  attended Sunday school when I was young, (but mainly to learn Chinese, my native  tongue,  rather  than  religion).  In  fact  I  was uninterested  in much that was taught to me, however I never at any stage discounted the  notion  of  a  higher  being  (i.e.  Allah,  or  God). Because  of  my background in religion, I did not know much about religions other than Christianity and Buddhism. My parents are Buddhists, but my knowledge of it was so weak that I did not even know the proper name for their religion until a few years ago. So I was naive when I met my classmate, Muhammad. 

During  the  first  few  weeks,  another  classmate  of  mine  kept teasing Muhammad about his religion, asking leading questions and the like. I thus became interested in some of the things that this other classmate, James, was suggesting. So I got talking with Muhammad about this religion called Islam, and we became acquainted quickly. 

I requested to see a Quran but did not find the time to read it, during  a  busy  school  year.  So  when  the  workload  became  a  bit lighter, I went to see my friend's father, who is our local Imam. He spoke to me at length about Islam, and planted a seed which in a few months  time,  with  the  blessing  of  Allah,  blossomed into  strong Muslim, alhumdulillah. I took shahada in November 1995. I am often asked why I came to Islam. The question seems logical, and simple, but in fact, I still find it the most difficult question to answer, even though  I  have  been  asked  it  so  many  times.  You  see,  I  saw  many things  in  Islam  that  I  liked.  Included  in  this  were the  strong brotherhood and sisterhood in Islam, the way fellow Muslims looked after each other, and the logic in Islam. The logic in women wearing
 
Hijab to deter from that which is haram, the logic in the forbidding of alcohol, which harms more than it ever will heal, and the logic in many other areas of our lives. I have been told that many people who revert to Islam find they fit right in with the religion. Indeed this was the case with me. Coming from a kafir country such as New Zealand (I have lived here most of my life), it is rare for a person to be good religiously   like   myself, alhumdulillah, mashaAllah.   You   see, alhumdulillah, I made intentions in my heart never to drink in my life, and  never  have;  I  made  intentions  not  to  fornicate,  even  though everyone around me in school was either fornicating or planning to. So you see, alhumdulillah, Allah blessed me from the beginning, and I felt Islam was the next obvious step for me to take in my life. 

I decided in November of 1995, with the encouragement with some brothers and sisters on the Internet, to take shahada as a first step in Islam, and then take further steps to learn more about Islam, after  all  we  are  all  in  a  constant  state  of  learning  about  Islam. Alhumdulillah  since  then  I  have  progressed  slowly  but  surely, learning  some surats from  Quran  during  a  very  busy  school  year. Allah blessed me with some amazing results last year, alhumdulillah, and now I want to thank my Allah by increasing the time I spend learning Quran and about Islam this year, inshaAllah, while I pursue entry  into  a  Medical  degree.  May  Allah  give  me  the strength inshaAllah to enter Medical school next year. May Allah help us all to learn more about Islam, and let us all undertake to live our lives in the correct way, and follow the one true and surely straight path, that of Islam. Ameen. 


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