Mr. Samir

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My conversion to Islam has been intellectual and emotional. My parents  have  both  been  educated  at  the  university-level.  My mother  is  a  Christian  convert  (she  was  atheist),  and  my  father  has personal  beliefs.  My  family  is  rather  rich.  Ever  since  I  was  very young, I've been interested by political questions. I enjoyed reading history books, although I was confused a little bit between military history  and  politics.  I  called  myself  a  communist,  but  today  I wouldn't say I knew what it means. Over time, I learned real politics and  sociology,  but  when  the  communist  bloc  fell,  I  admitted  my error  and  was  no  longer  a  fan  of  the  communist  states.  I  became agnostic,  and  thought  that  all  human  beings  are  condemned  to egotism  and  to  ignorance  of  some  questions,  like  the existence  of God.  I  learned  philosophy.  I  wanted  to  avoid  doing the  same mistakes  as  in  the  past,  and  so  I  refused  all  dogmas.  At  this  time occurred  the  separation  of  my  parents,  and  also  other  personal problems. To forget all this, I spent a lot of time in laughing with (fake)  friends,  drinking,  and  then  smoking  cigarettes,  then  hash.  I sometimes took hard drugs (heroin, LSD, and some other poisons).  

Despite this, I passed my baccalaureate (this is an exam that ends four years of college and gives the right to continue graduate level study at the university). By chance, I had to go at the army (we do not have the choice in the country I live in). The strict rules I could not  avoid  there  were  a  very  good  thing  for  me;  also,  I  was  tired enough to enjoy simple things as eating and sleeping. Alhamdulillah(praise be to God), my mentality changed.  

Back in civil society, I spent one more dark year: I always had the temptation of my bad habits, and I felt that life was very superficial after the big efforts and the friendship of the army. I began feeling the necessity of something else in my life. Then one of my sisters, back from a journey to Syria, gave me a book. This book, written in my language, is a gift she received there. Its author, who had titled it "The Bible, Quran and Science", wanted to show that there are in the Quran some things that were simply impossible for a human being to know  at  the  time  the  Quran  was  revealed.  Conclusion: the authenticity  of  the  Quran  is  proved, scientifically proved. The first thing  I  thought  after  having  read  the  book  was: "Oh! It would be super!" -- I was ready for a change in my way of life.  

I bought a translation of the Quran to compare. Before having entirely read it, I had become a Muslim, alhamdulillah. As you can see,  a  psychologist  wouldn't  have  any  problem  to  explain  what  he would call my choice. For me, all things come from God and He had written this for me, He had chosen these means to make me accept Islam. Alhamdulillah! What no psychologist can see is what happens in my heart when I read the Quran: faith has little to do with what one feels in front of a scientific demonstration! 


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