Letter to Non-Muslims
Whether you are thinking of converting, looking for information for a school project or are merely curious, welcome. Welcome to a world that may be familiar or unfamiliar, hated or loved, often misunderstand - depending on who you are and what you have been taught but when analysed with pure intentions, it never fails to pleasantly surprise - regardless of who you are and what you've been taught. Islam is for every single human being that walks this earth - whether you are sick or healthy, rich or poor.
If you are one who holds prejudices against this religion, someone who loves to hate and condemn..then, a renowned convert, Gary Miller has these words to say to you...
There is no compulsion for man to accept truth. But it is certainly a shame upon the human intellect when man is not even interested in finding out what the truth is. Islam teaches that God has given us the FACULTY OF REASON and therefore expects man to reason things out objectively and systematically for ourselves - to reflect and to question and to reflect.
Nobody should press you to make a hasty decision to accept the teachings of Islam, for Islam teaches that man should be given the freedom to choose. Even when a man is faced with the truth, there is no compulsion upon man to embrace it.
But before you begin to form an opinion about Islam, ask yourself, whether your existing knowledge of Islam is thorough enough. Ask yourself whether that knowledge has been obtained through non-muslim third party sources who themselves have probably been exposed to only random glimpses of Islamic writings and have yet to reason on Islam objectively and systematically themselves.
Is it fair that one should form an opinion about the taste of a particular dish just by heresay from others who may themselves not necessarily have tasted the dish yet? Similarly, you should FIND OUT for yourself about Islam from RELIABLE SOURCES and not only taste it...digest it well before you form an opinion.
That would be an INTELLECT approach to Islam.
It is up to you to make the next move - to realise the truth, reality and purpose of your existance. In making your move, Islam continuously reassures you that your rights to freedom of choice and freedom to use that GOD GIVEN FACULTY OF THOUGHT AND REASON will be respected. Every man has that individual will. No one else can take away that will and force you to surrender to the will of God.
You will have to find and make that decision yourself.