SHAFAQNA- An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam, “AdbulMahdi (Markus) ”, from Deutschland by Ali Borna
Interviewer: Let’s start from your life before Islam brother, how was life by then? …
Adbul-Mahdi: I think it was normal. It did much sport, I wasn’t this much into party or something like that in total. I always liked to learn as much as possible about things that interested me. I was raised Christian. But I wasn’t very into it because things like the trinity didn’t make sense for me.
-So didn’t Christianity had any important part in your life or your family?
+my family is half Croatian so I think a bit more than it is regular in Germany, but there weren’t many visits in the church
-Aha, , so not much, just like many other people living in modern societies
Abdul-Mahdi: well I always believed in God, but not quite in Christian prospective
Inerviewer : tell us about your first encounter with Islam , I think the monotheism in Islam has more attraction than in Christianity
Adbul-Mahdi : there were many encounters, I visited a mosque in school and I studied a semester in Indonesia but in the more hinduistic part of Indonesia, but there I was living a mosque and heard the sound of Adhan, I was always interested in discipline Muslims go through the holy Month of Ramadan
Inerviewer : interesting
Adbul-Mahdi : the most impactful encounter was while moving to my current city to do my master degree, because I had a much more Islamic environment
Inerviewer : well brother, at last why did you choose to change your beliefs and religion at all?
Adbul-Mahdi : There where many encounters here . For example I often go for a run in the city and there a mosque is 9n my direction . So one time I encountered a prayer for someone who died . It was interesting . During the beginning of my master degree I started to read the holy Quran and I started to recognize points which I believed in before getting to learn about Islam , like Sura Al-Iklhaas . During this time and because of my surrounding I learned more about Islam and I got to know about the Shia . And I read more
Some time later there was another encounter in the city, where I gave money to an older Arab man, who asked for money in the street. when I gave him some money he said a prayer on Arabic for me and inside of me it moved something. During this time I developed a type of bond to Islam. Another encounter was, when I visited the prayer room of my university and participated in the Maghrib prayer. After the prayer I felt very energized
Inerviewer : so you prayed before you convert, also you knew about Shia.
Adbul-Mahdi : Well I think it was the same time. The conversion and starting to pray. Well I knew that there are Muslims who follow the sunni schools and who follow the Jafari school. But I didn’t really know the differences before. Then one of the first books I read after the Holy Quran was Kitab Sulaym and it had a high impact on my thinking. While reading more I noticed that the Ahlul Bayt, Alayhim al Salam, and the proofs of the Imamate of Imam Ali, Alayhi al Salam, is also stated in Sunni sources. So for me it became more and more clear that the Shia are on the right path. Than I started to visit a Shia center in my city and the first time participated at a Majlis for Fatima Zahra Salamullah Alayha
Inerviewer: That’s great, Allah (SWT) has chosen you like other Muslim reverts
Adbul-Mahdi: I thank Allah (SWT) for showing me the right path directly at the beginning
Inerviewer : you know brother we. Have many Shia and Ahle Sunnah brothers and sisters in this community
But I search mostly for Shia ones, they must had more research on history of Islam
Okay, my last question brother, what do you think about the superiority of Shia belief over other religions and beliefs?
Adbul-Mahdi: Well we follow the Ahlul Bayt, Alayhim al Salam, who are our path of guidance, because the Aimmah are a sort of living Quran. So if we stick to the Koran and the Ahlul Bayt, Alayhim al Salam, we have the true path,like stated at the assembly of Ghadir. There the superiority is that we have a proof of the genuine Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), saw. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t tolerate the believes of others
Inerviewer : Masha-Allah brother you’ve chosen the right path anyway we shouldn’t be like haters for our Ahle Sunnah brothers and sisters, we should debate in the respective and right path, this way we can make them aware about history
Adbul-Mahdi : Yes I know Khutbas in Sunni Mosque don’t talk much about history
Inerviewer : Yes exactly, that’s why we make friendly debates with them, but Wahhabies are astray and wrong sect, their actions are exactly opposite of the Prophet (PBUH)
Adbul-Mahdi: I know . I sometimes pray in a Turkish Mosque in the city, when I’m not at home. The Shia center is just open for Majlis or in the Month of Ramadan. They are always friendly to me. But with the Wahhabi sect it’s something different
Inerviewer: Yes brother may Allah (SWT) bless you, thanks for your time and see you in Mahdi’s (AJ) army
Allah (SWT) bless you brother, Insh-Allah.