knowing Judaism leads to Islam
A salaam alekum,
The point that a Jew who truly knows his religion will see the truth of
Islam is a good one. Indeed, it was my studies of Judaism that brought me to
Having been brought up in a 'reform' Jewish family I rejected Judaism at an
early age, hating the exclusivity and hypocrisy. I always believed in God,
however, and at the age of 17 began searching for the way to worship Him. I
traveled a lot, I spent time in Palestine during the first Intifada working
on a moshav (farm) near Gaza for harsh Israeli bosses who treated me like
s**t with Palestinians who treated me like a brother - all of whom knew I
was a jew - my eyes were opened to the truth about Zionism and the seed of
Islam was planted in my heart.
But it was not until 10 years later when, having gone through phases of
Bhuddism, Taoism etc I decided to study Judaism - the religion I was born
into. The tradition of prophethood made perfect sense to me but why, I asked
myself, did Jews not accept the prophethood of Jesus? I saw no discord in
the essence of his message, merely a widening of it to all before it was
corrupted. And thus to Muhammad. I was not interested in race or origin,
just truth; so I decided to study this Qur'an to see if it was the pure
revelation Muslims claimed it to be.
As I started to read my heart broke. Here was the Lord of Mankind making
specific calls to the Children of Israel, reminding them of His favours,
calling them back to Him despite all they had done, offering a chance for
forgiveness, for reconciliation. And this offer was an eternal one! Always
open, even now with everything that is going on. Truly the name Al Rahman is
I am not ashamed to say I cried as I read; like a child being called back to
his mother after a long, long period of separation. And still I sometimes
feel that anxiety that is so common in all non-muslims, especially Jews, but
then I pray or do Zikr and am comforted. For is not Islam the ultimate, the
only security? Did not the Prophet, may Allah's blessings be upon him, say
that the prayer is pure solace?
I pray for all non-muslims to come to this deen but I am puzzled for the
most part by 'my' people - the Jews. I have never really spent much time
with them, apart from my immediate family. Maybe some of you can enlighten
me - do they read the Qur'an and yet refuse to heed the call of God to them
so specifically? Why? Are their hearts really so hard? Or may be they are
scared, as I believe some of my family are. What do you think is the best
method of dawah...
Eid Mubarak and may Allah guide us all.