Why I became Muslim: My letter to a Christian

So, a few years ago I was given a pamphlet from a orthodox Christian group. I have been given these types of pamphlets before, as I am sure most people have, but this one was different as it was specifically directed at Muslims. When I read it I was actually saddened not because they were trying to preach or anything but more so because they were so inaccurate in their understanding of Islam. Although my journey to Islam has a personal component to it, there was also an intellectual process involved and so I wrote a response sharing my journey to Islam.




In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

To my dear brothers and sisters of faith,

I recently read your pamphlet, “Letter to a Muslim”. I have heard a lot a beautiful things about your community from my sister and upon reading the little pamphlet that she showed me, I felt it my duty to respond,“You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers [to be] the Jews and those who associate others with Allah; and you will find the nearest of them in affection to the believers those who say, “We are Christians.” That is because among them are priests and monks and because they are not arrogant. And when they hear what has been revealed to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of what they have recognized of the truth. They say, “Our Lord, we have believed, so register us among the witnesses. And why should we not believe in Allah and what has come to us of the truth? And we aspire that our Lord will admit us [to Paradise] with the righteous people”[1].

Just as it is a practice of yours to ‘witness’ and spread the message of your faith, it is my duty as one who submits to the One God, as a Muslim, to spread the message of Islam which is the message conveyed through Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and all of the Prophets before him, including the Prophet Isa (Jesus) (pbuh),” Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided”[2].

I thought I might share with you my journey and pursuit of the Truth and how that led me to Islam, just so that you can perhaps understand the process of how many people are embracing Islam and at the moment, particularly how many Christians are embracing Islam.

I was born in Melbourne Australia to my parents who originate from India. While my mother’s side was brought to Fiji by the British, my father’s side is from a small but very politically significant Hindu nationalist town called Meerut in northern India. I was raised as a Hindu more in theory but less in practice. I never really connected with the faith firstly because of all the idols and hundreds of gods and secondly because of the triad structure of the main Godhead, who was Brahma but also consisted of Vishnu and Shiva. It was all too confusing and contradictory for me to understand. I was educated in a catholic primary school and again didn’t really connect with the Trinitarian structure of Jesus as the Son, Father and Holy Spirit in three but also as one, but learned of someone who I really respected, Jesus ( peace be upon him). By the time I got to high school I would say I became a non-religiously affiliated believer of One God. By the time I got to University I started to question what I believed, partially because I was around people who believed but they all believed in very different things. So, I read and studied Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism, Atheism, Tibetan Book of the Dead (had no idea what that was about) and gave considerable attention to Christianity. I didn’t even consider Islam, all I knew is that I believed in God and that Muslims were oppressive (social and familial conditioning).
What was I looking for?
All I knew is that there was One God. I was trusting my heart to guide me with the rest. And with everything that I read there were inconsistencies. Of all the religions I looked at, finding the original text was virtually impossible and finding one version of the available texts was just as hard. With everything I studied I felt doubt and resistance.

Whilst I didn’t reject the existence of Jesus (pbuh) or the remarkable historical figure that he was, I was very doubtful of the nature of his existence that I came to read of in the Christian faith. I had no problem with accepting his miracles, but my doubt arose in the structure and philosophy of what Christianity had transitioned into today and how different the fundamental teachings of the Old Testament were to the New Testament.

I might make something clear here. Growing up when I would ask my mother and later my grandmother questions about their faith, they would always explain to me that in the presence of faith, you shouldn’t ask questions and that a whole part of faith is just believing. That doesn’t make rational sense. Even then I thought God created us with minds that question and that is how our souls return to the Truth. Where there is Truth, there shouldn’t be any doubt, and that was core to my searching process.

I was so confused with the concept of the Holy trinity, which is unarguably a pagan concept, because when reading the Old Testament it appeared to be strictly monotheistic.

“Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God, The Lord is One “[3]

“To you it was shown, that you might know the Lord Himself is God, there is none other besides Him”[4].

“Therefore know this day and consider it in your heart that the Lord Himself is God in the Heaven above and on the Earth beneath, there is no other” [5]

“God is not a man that He should lie nor the son of man that He should be changed.”[6]

“You are my witnesses,” says the Lord “And My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after me.”[7]

“I, even I, and the Lord and besides Me there is no Savior.”[8]

The concept of the holy triad is something that exists in the ancient religions of the Hindus, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Babylonians, etc. These were people who were pagans and polytheists. I couldn’t understand how God would change His stance,one that seemed unmovable and suddenly reduce Himself to human form and spread a practice which contradicted the monotheistic structure of the Old Testament and the message of all of the previous prophets that came before Jesus (pbuh).

I then saw The trinity although not explicitly mentioned,but implied through the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Galatians and Corinthians and I’m sure elsewhere in the New Testament. But what about authorship? Who were Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? I couldn’t find out definitively what the identity of each narrator was. They agreeably weren’t around during the life of Jesus (pbuh) so they didn’t witness his message or miracles directly.

Historically, this is what I did learn. The New Testament is supposed to have been first collated during the first century in Greek[9]. The concept of the trinity first started gaining circulation by an early church father Tertullian (c.144-230). He was a pagan until midlife and later helped to develop the Latin bible[10].

Then there was the Nicene Council of 325 to debate the nature of God which was overseen by the Emperor Constantine who was a worshiper of the sun god. Some say he converted to Christianity later in life and others doubt his conversion altogether. This council led to the development of the Athanasian Creed of Trinitarianism and the rejection of Unitarian view of Arius of Alexandria that Jesus (pbuh) was not divine[11]. Later in 381 the Cappadocian theologians who were all trained in Greek philosophy further developed the Nicene-Athanasian Creed. The result, it seems, was a concept of the nature of Jesus which was more rooted in the theologies and tradition of Greek and Pagan philosophy than the nature of God’s other Prophets and Jesus’ actual Hebrew origins[12]

And then finally after various revisions and translations, in 1611 under the guidance of King James, the King James Bible was produced in line with the ecclesiological structure of the Church of England.[13].

To me, similarly to why I couldn’t full accept the validity of the books I had looked at before, I had trouble comprehending a book that has the fingerprints and evidence of man all over it, has clearly been manipulated throughout time and also been subject to human error and bias. I can understand that in translation things may translate slightly different to its original language but even through the recent findings of the Dead Sea Scrolls it is quite evident how easily manipulated the religious texts had become[14] I also couldn’t understand the crucifixion of Jesus (pbuh).
Firstly, the Jewish practice of crucifixion is well known to be something reserved for criminals who they believed to have been cursed by God for their sins“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written) , cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”[15]. Also why does the bible keep referring to a tree? So, why would God crucify and humiliate Jesus in such a way? Why would Jesus then ask God in the garden of Gesethame, “And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup (of suffering) from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.”[16]I’ve heard some argue it was the Romans, but is it possible that those Jews, who did not want to believe that Jesus was the Messiah, thought that to crucify him would prove to their people that he really was not the Messiah? Why would God allow that to happen?

Please don’t get me wrong, I loved Jesus (pbuh) from the time of my catholic schooling and I never doubted that he was the Messiah. But even as an 18 year old girl with no religious affiliation, bias or prejudice, I was not able to reconcile message of Jesus (pbuh) with the inconsistencies in the bible.
Furthermore, how is it that Jesus said “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” [17]which is understood to be the ten commandments, but then the concept of the trinity undermines and contradicts significant parts of the commandments ,  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.You shall have no other gods before Me.You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,  but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”[18]. I was always a firm believer that the truth is very clear and very simple, everything that I had learned so far, seemed very confusing.

So, then I thought,’what’s the point?’.
I believed in One God but I was coming up with all these inconsistencies, maybe there wasn’t one true religion, maybe I should just stick to being non-religiously affiliated. But as people of God, you know that people need order, structure and a purpose and you can see how this idea didn’t really work for long.  So, I gave up for a while. I got a little lost, fell into the darkness for a bit. Then one day, I picked up a book that I had found at the bookshop about the historical life of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). I honestly never even considered Islam before then. I believed the misconceptions that I had been raised with and for a while wasn’t even willing to look into the faith. But one day I picked up that book, and never looked back. Why? Because what I read through the message of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and through the Quran reconciled everything my heart had already known. All my doubts that I had about the Christian faith were reconciled without reducing the status of Jesus (pbuh). I read the chapter called Maryam (chapter 19) of the Quran and everything that felt true about Jesus (pbuh) became very clear. I felt no doubt, no confusion and there was no need for any convincing and forceful rationalizing.

Islam is very simple, it is the message conveyed by all the Prophets, starting with Adam (pbuh) including Jesus (pbuh) and finally by Muhammad (pbuh).

As a Muslim, let me tell you a little bit about what we believe as was originally communicated by all of those Prophets, as sent from Allah.

There is no god or deity worthy of worship except the One God, Allah.

[He is] Creator of the heavens and the earth. He has made for you from yourselves, mates, and among the cattle, mates; He multiplies you thereby. There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the Hearing, the Seeing.[19]

Say, “He is Allah , [who is] One, Allah , the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.” [20]

There are the Prophets (peace be upon them all):
Adam, Idris (Enoch), Nuh (Noah), Hud (Heber), Salih (Methusaleh), Lut (Lot), Ibrahim (Abraham), Ismail (Ishmael), Ishaq (Isaac), Yaqub (Jacob), Yusuf (Joseph), Shu’aib (Jethro), Ayyub (Job), Dhulkifl (Ezekiel), Musa (Moses), Harun (Aaron), Dawud (David), Sulayman (Solomon), Ilias (Elias), Alyasa (Elisha), Yunus (Jonah), Zakariya (Zachariah), Yahya (John the Baptist), Isa (Jesus), Muhammad[21].

“And We have already sent messengers before you. Among them are those [whose stories]. We have related to you, and among them are those [whose stories] We have not related to you. And it was not for any messenger to bring a sign [or verse] except by permission of Allah . So when the command of Allah comes, it will be concluded in truth, and the falsifiers will thereupon lose [all].”[22]
As a Muslim, I accept and love all the Prophets that have been revealed to us.

Allah has revealed the Quran, Torah, Gospel of Jesus and Psalms of David. With His wisdom none remain intact and unaltered by man except the Quran which was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

“This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah -Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them,And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith].”[23]

We will all be held account for our deeds on the Last day.

“The Day every soul will find what it has done of good present [before it] and what it has done of evil, it will wish that between itself and that [evil] was a great distance. And Allah warns you of Himself, and Allah is Kind to [His] servants”.[24]

In the Hereafter there is Heaven and the Hellfire.

“On the Day you see the believing men and believing women, their light proceeding before them and on their right, [it will be said], “Your good tidings today are [of] gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein you will abide eternally.” That is what is the great attainment”.[25]

Jesus (pbuh) was a Prophet born to the pure and chaste virgin Maryam (pbuh). He was a human, a worshipper of Allah and came not only to spread Allah’s message but also to mention the coming of the final Prophet, Muhammad (pbuh){See Surah Maryam in the Quran, chapter 19}.

“Then We sent following their footsteps Our messengers and followed [them] with Jesus, the son of Mary, and gave him the Gospel. And We placed in the hearts of those who followed him compassion and mercy and monasticism, which they innovated; We did not prescribe it for them except [that they did so] seeking the approval of Allah . But they did not observe it with due observance. So We gave the ones who believed among them their reward, but many of them are defiantly disobedient”.[26]

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.”[27]

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.” [28]

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you”[29]


“And [mention] when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, “O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad.” But when he came to them with clear evidences, they said, “This is obvious magic.”[30]


Finally, I would like to make mention of the reference of the relationship that a Muslim has with Allah in the pamphlet “Letter to a Muslim” [they stated that in Christianity they rose in a relationship of love with Jesus and that Islam was not a relationship of love with God]. As a Muslim, my understanding is that it is in truly knowing Allah that we achieve closeness to Him, that is, in worshiping, loving and fearing Him the way He has ordained through His final book for all of mankind, the Quran, to His Prophets and through the example of His Prophets.


“And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein”[31]

“Allah (mighty and sublime be He) said:Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him.”[32]


One last point, the word “Christian” describes those who are followers of “Christ” or Jesus (pbuh). The word “Christ” relates to the old English word “Crīst” which relates to the Latin Christus, from the Greek Khristos which are all a noun use or name of the adjective or description of the word khriein which means to ‘annoint’ and translates to the Hebrew word māšīaḥ. So, in other words, Christians are followers of the Messiah, Jesus (pbuh).
As Muslims, we also believe that Jesus is the Messiah, except we do not make distinction by following just Jesus, or Muhammad (pbuh), but we follow all of the Prophets under the command of Allah. We worship the Creator and not the creation. A Muslim, is one who follows the religion of Islam. The word Islam, comes from the root s-l-m or in Arabic seen-lam-meem. The verbal root of the word Islam or the forth form of the verb literally means to be safe and secure, but as a second form verb as well it can also mean submission, or to forsake and to abandon. Both forms of the verb are almost identical in the Arabic language and both have the connotation of becoming full or causing fullness[33]

As a Muslim, especially as I become closer to my Lord, I experience this fullness. I love Jesus (pbuh), as I love all of Allah’s Prophets, but I love nothing greater than Allah. Islam is a complete way of life and the Quran is the preserved word of the One God, the God of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon them all). I invite you to Islam, because in practice, you seemingly already are but it is only in the complete and fundamental submission to Allah without pagan Trinitarian notions of God and with the following of the examples of His Prophets including Jesus (pbuh) and finally with Muhammad (pbuh) that you will achieve the ultimate sense of fullness, both in this life and the Hereafter. InShaAllah (God Willing).“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut(false dieties) and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing”.[34]

I pray that Allah forgives you and I for our shortcomings, that He guides us on His Straight path and makes us companions of Paradise and of those whose faces will be bright on the Last day with the pleasure of looking at Him[35], the Most Merciful, the Ever-Loving. Ameen…”


[1] Quran 5:82-84 Sahih International
[2] Quran 16:125 Sahih International
[3] Deuteronomy 6:4 NKJV
[4] Deuteronomy 4: 35 NKJV
[5] Deut. 4:39 NKJV
[6] Book of Numbers 23: 19 NKJV
[7] Isaiah 43:10 NKJV
[8] Isaiah 43: 11 NKJV
[9]History of the Bible Timeline, http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlists/a/History-Of-The-Bible.htm
[10] The Trinity in Christian Theology, http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/beliefs/trinity.htm;
[11] Encyclopedia Britannica, search “Council of Nicea”
[12]The Origin of the Trinity: From Paganism to Constantineby Cher-El L. Hagensick, http://www.heraldmag.org/olb/Contents/doctrine/The%20Origin%20of%20the%20Trinity.htm
[14] Biblical Manuscripts, The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, http://www.deadseascrolls.org.il/learn-about-the-scrolls/introduction
[15] Galatians 3:13 NKJV
[16] Mark 14:36 NKJ
[17] Matthew 5:17 NKJV
[18]Exodus 20:2-6 NKJV
[19]Quran 42:11 Sahih International
[20] Quran 112:1-4 Sahih International
[21] Quran 4:163-65; 6: 84-6; 21:85-8; 7:73; 26: 123-5; 7:85; 21: 107 Sahih International
[22] Quran 40:78 Sahih International
[23]Quran 2:2-4 Sahih International
[24] Quran 3:30 Sahih International
[25] Quran 57:12 Sahih International
[26]Quran 57:27 Sahih International
[27]John 14:16 NKJV
[28] John 15:26 NKJV
[29] John 16:7 NKJV
[30] Quran 61:6 Sahih International
[31] Quran 50:16 Sahih International
[32] On the authority of Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had said… (related by al-Bukhari)
[33]The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Arabic; J. Milton Cowan
[34] Quran 2:256 Sahih International
[35] Quran 75:21-23 Sahih International


Insha’Allah I will share the various other aspects of my journey to Islam in my upcoming blogs.

Until then,

Wa Asalaamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

Umm Summi xx

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  1. I like your attitude. I too struggle with the trinity. I’m reading ‘delighting in the trinity’ by Michael Reeves. It is simple and I understand it. It is good that you have faith in God and examine your beliefs. i think this is better than just accepting any garbage that some church or ‘holy’ people try to feed others.


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