Mr. Rob Wicks

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[In the following article, "NOI" refers to the Nation of Islam, which in spite of its name, is a group far removed from Islam. -Ed.] 
I grew up Baptist, in a family of ministers, in rural Mississippi. I went  to  college  at  Morehouse  College  in  Atlanta,  so I  was exposed to the NOI, but I had the good fortune to become friends with  an  orthodox  Muslim  who  explained  to  me  the  difference between NOI and Islam, and the lack of knowledge most NOI have of true Islam. Later, after I left school and began working, I got an internet  account,  and  started  to  study  some of the religions of the world. I had never really been a particularly religious person, due to my somewhat scientific nature. I always insist on proof. I started to delve deeper into Christianity, and studied it intently on the Web. I was  somewhat  disdained  however  by  some  inconsistencies  in  the Bible. I principally was troubled by the Trinity, though. I just did not see it. The one passage I saw as being most supportive (1 John 5:7) was partially forged. When I read Mathew 19:16-17, and Jesus (pbuh) says  "Why  callest  thou  me  good?  It  was  clear  to  me  that  he  was saying  that  he  was  not  good,  and  only  God  was.  But  most  of  the Christians seemed to think Jesus was being tongue-in-cheek at this point. I found that I would have to be dishonest to accept this. 

Then fortune smiled upon me. I hit a deer in my car. It was out of service for almost a month. During that time, I was unemployed, but had saved money, so I could live (I also have two roommates). I still had my Internet account, and I decided to study more. After I had  studied  the  Biblical  contradictions,  in  addition  to  the  inherent idolatry  and  unscriptural  nature  of  the  Trinity,  along  with  other things, I rejected Christianity as a religion. Even Jesus did not seem to  teach  it,  he  taught  belief  in  God.  I  went  a  time without  any religion, thinking maybe it was all a sham. I have a friend who is in the 5% NOI, and I saw how much he hated religion, and I decided that I did not want to be like that. I believe that God kept my mind open and my heart from hardening against Him, and I studied Islam. Everything  just  seemed  to  fit:  a  reasoned  faith  which  was  very prayerful  to  keep  us  on  the  straight  path,  yet  did  not  disdain acquisition  of  knowledge  (the  preachers  back  home  loved  to  rail against education, as if ignorance is preferred by God). Islam seemed to be made for me. A good Muslim was the exact sort of person I aspired  to  be.  After another month of study and prayer, I decided that if Muhammad (pbuh) was not a prophet, then there had never been prophets in the first place. The moment of decision came one night when I was reading the Qur'an and I read 21:30, and I read of God expanding his creation. Now, I almost became an astronomer at one  point,  and  I  still  am  interested,  and  these  verses  hit  me like a sledgehammer. I became fearful of God, and wanted to worship him better. 


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