The mannerisms of Muslims led a Hong Kong Chinese Atheist to embrace Islam

In recent years, there’s been a big push to prove the existence of this world through merely science and theories. It has led many to believe there is no God, no Creator and no Sustainer, as they feel religions are for old-ages and has no space in the 21st scientifically technologically driven world. Yet, we continue to find these very people embracing Islam after studying the religion from it’s original sources.

Abdullah (alias name), now a 27-year-old Chinese Muslim, was once an atheist. He was born in Hong Kong and lived some part of his life in the UK, around 4 to 5 years. Here is his inspiring journey to Islam.

For the first 23 years of my life, I have been a strong believer in atheism. I was brought up in a typical God-less Chinese family and conveniently mingled with fellow atheists.

However 7 years ago, I embraced, what is believed to be a controversial religion by the masses, Islam.

This is my story in a nut shell.

During my time as a student in the UK, I made several Muslim friends. I was able to get a better understanding of the religion and its practices after being tainted by the media post-9/11.

I was in absolute awe with the mannerisms displayed by Muslims. I was witnessing impressive behaviours and practices; aspects of Islam that you never see in the media.

Whilst still in a state of firm atheism, I told myself that if I was to ever believe in a religion, it would be Islam.

So what brought me into the fold of Islam as oppose to others or any at all? One word: science.

“One must either believe in God or in science”. It is one or the other; this was implanted in my head ever since I was a small child. Thus as an atheist I believed and had a strong interest in science, especially in the field of cosmology.

Upon receiving da’wah (the conveying of the Islamic message), I was told about all the different 20th century scientific facts and theories.

I was astonished by the various verses found in the Qur’an relating to physics, biology, chemistry and geology.

What struck me the most were the parts regarding the Big Bang/Big Crunch theory and the expansion of the universe:

Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, then We separated them, and made from water every living thing?  Then will they not believe?

[Qur’an 21:30]

Talking about the orbits:

(God is) the one who created the night, the day, the sun and the moon. Each one is traveling in an orbit with its own motion.

[Qur’an 21:33]

Creation of the embryo in the mother’s womb:

I (Allah) fashioned the clinging entity into a chewed lump of flesh and I fashioned the chewed flesh into bones and I clothed the bones with intact flesh.

[Qur’an, 23:14]

I was not able to bring myself to a conclusion as to how a mere human being, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), could have known all this 1400 years ago, except with the help of the divine.

A month of research and da’wah later,

I embraced Islam and have never looked back.

Written by Adeel Malik

Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Scotland and ethnically Pakistani, Adeel primes himself to be a multicultural individual who is an advent social media user for the purpose of learning and propagating Islam while is also a sports fan. Being an English teacher himself, he envisions a bright future for Muslims which he strongly believes can only be done with education.

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