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    Posted: 08 December 2008 at 10:42am

Muhammed Umar Rao, Ex-Hindu, Brahmin

God’s grace that I’m blessed with religion of God, I’m Mohammed Umar Rao from India, I embraced Islam 6 years back at the age of 18.  I wanted to share my story with you all perhaps this would make a difference for non-Muslims to really think over to know what is the truth.  I shared my story with two brothers, All praise and thanks be to God, they were convinced that my decision and choice is best, they started reading Quran and also embraced it few days back.

My Background

I come from a middle class orthodox Brahmin family; my parents worked in private firms (Mother: teacher, Father: textile engineer).  My religious education was at my maternal uncle’s place, that’s how I became orthodox and my whole family education was always against Muslims, which was nailed in me deeply.

I was associated with RSS for few years; I always hated Muslims to the extent that in all public functions I wanted to give high volume for music sound boxes to ensure that the Adhaan [Call to Prayer] should not be heard at all.  I used to go round the town visiting all temples to complete my worship everyday.  I was liked, appreciated in family for being orthodox and encouraged to do more.

My Meeting with Islam

In the summer, my mother asked me to work for a Muslim business firm, which I disagreed, because from childhood I always hated Muslims.  My mother stopped forcing me on this; I worked few summers with a non-Muslim so I was able to satisfy my parents.  Later, I quit that part time job because I did not like the job and started concentrating more on studies aiming for a better job.  Meantime, my mother, sisters worked 2 months in part time for this Muslim brother.  They were highly impressed with him.

I always hated this person because I did not like the fact that my people were praising a Muslim whom I always hated.  I was pushed and insulted for not being useful to the family, so I started working for the same Muslim brother though I hated him before going.  After getting in his shop I started hating more because the non-Muslim employees of that shop embraced Islam, I took this challenge to teach him a lesson claiming my religion is true and from there, I started doing comparative study with whatever common sense which God had blessed me then.

By now, in the verge to know more about Islam, I started reading English translation of the Holy Quran (by Abdullah Yusuf Ali).  This changed my entire student life; I was stuck with fear, doubts, I realized the fact that whatever I’m doing is wrong, my religion is all about imaginations/myths and false stories.  I had many questions, doubts like where am I heading to, what should I do?  What is my duty?  Why has the message of truth not reached all of us?  Many questions came to my mind and my entire student life went in this hunt of truth.

I started questioning my parents, people around that who has seen God almighty to paint /make images of God, all answered me that none has seen God which is so true as it is mentioned in many places in The Quran.  Finally, some mythological stories broke my faith down.  The stories of Ganesha, Chamundeswari, Ram, Sita etc. did not make sense to me.  I could no longer imagine them as gods.

When I questioned my parents that Vedas are against Idol Worship and why do we still practice it, my mother scolded me saying we are supposed to do it as our forefathers did it, the next day I read a verse in the Quran, Al-Baqarah (Chapter 2) which reads:

“When it is said to them: ‘Follow what God has sent down.’  They say: “Nay!  We shall follow what we found our fathers following.” (Would they do that!) Even though their fathers did not understand anything nor were they guided?” (Quran 2:170)

…and:

“That was a nation who has passed away.  They shall receive the reward of what they earned and you of what you earn.  And you will not be asked of what they used to do.” (Quran 2:134)

When I read this I was shocked to see something which I just questioned my mother last night.  This ayah (verse) hit me right deep inside.  I slowly stopped worshipping idols, and stopped doing Pooja [Editor’s note: A Hindu ritual for prayer], since shirk (Polytheism) is the only sin which will never be forgiven.  I started practicing the teachings of Islam in secret in the beginning.  There were few [themes] from chapter Al-Baqarah (Chapter 2) which [mean that] There are few who accept Islam wherever it profits them and not whole heartedly [and that they] are hypocrites.

Also:

“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” (Quran 5:3)

I realized that for all the questions that I have in my mind, the answers are present in the Quran.

By grace of God, I started conveying message of God at my home with little knowledge I had, I wanted to complete my B.E. meantime, conveying the truth would make it easy in the long run for me and my family, but after my final year of diploma I was pushed to wall, then the time came where I had no choice but to quit my family, my sister also embraced Islam and she joined me.  We had to live out of our house for more than a year without a job or regular source of income.  All praise be to God, God made our ways easy to be firm on truth.

As God says in the Quran:

“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: ‘We believe,’ and will not be tested.” (Quran 29:2)

Over a period, Alhamdulillah, God opened doors of opportunities for us, I had quit my previous job as I was unable to perform my five times prayer, All the opportunities that came my way were from the mechanical industry which demanded that I work in shift and compromise my prayer.  After quitting that job/mechanical profession for 1+ year, I did not get any job where I can perform 5 times prayer, Grace of God, I started working as faculty for 2000 rupees for a year and now I’m blessed with a better Job.  By the Grace of God, Almighty God has chosen us, there’s nothing more required.

And, behold, with every hardship comes ease:
Qur'an 94: 5
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Quote seekshidayath Replybullet Posted: 13 December 2008 at 5:59pm
As Salamu Alaikum,
 
JazakAllah for sharing it with us. And you know "truthseeker", Umar Rao, belongs to my state. This story with bit more of his experiences, was published in a newspaper.
 
 
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “All the descendants of Adam are sinners, and the best of sinners are those who repent."
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Quote mdrizwan Replybullet Posted: 31 January 2009 at 12:31pm
Assalaamualikum,

Watch him speak about his reverting to Islam here

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1524244712972484129


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Quote omar rao Replybullet Posted: 09 June 2009 at 6:17am
Jazak Allah Khair,
 
Do pray me , my parents and rest that Allah bestow them with hidayah...Ameen
 
SumAmeen,
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Quote seekshidayath Replybullet Posted: 09 June 2009 at 10:04pm
As Salamu Alaikum
 
What a surprise !!!
 
Welcome to Islamicity Br. Umar Rao. How are the conditions now ?
 
I read your story in Munsif. Was very much inspired by it. I guess this story shared here has little than that was published in Munsif. Is n;t it ?
 
Insha Allah, we shall surely pray for your parents. Do remember us too in your duas.
 
Stay active brother. Am very excited to see you here. Thought, that you belong to my state, makes me more elated. Yahan koi takleef ho tho batha dena Smile
 
Wishing you a happy stay
 
 
 


Edited by seekshidayath - 09 June 2009 at 10:05pm
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “All the descendants of Adam are sinners, and the best of sinners are those who repent."
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Quote Nazleen Replybullet Posted: 31 July 2009 at 2:58am
Brother Umar Roa,assalamualaikum
and welcome to Islam.
Your story is great.I read it on some other islamic sites as well.There was even someone by the name of syed mirza who discouraged you for choosing islam.and confronted you with negatives questions about islam.
I think this man Mirza writes against Islam on anti-muslim web sites, (Mokta-Mona,faithfreedom etc,ect)
But brother ,in return you have refuted all his questions and you have shown him your determination and love for islam.
Now he is nowhere to be seen.
Again brother . welcome to the true and straight path. May Alah bless you ans well as your parents.
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Quote omar rao Replybullet Posted: 16 August 2009 at 10:12am
Ameen & Thanks for duas made ....yes there was a guy who was quite disturbed - Alhamdulillah Allah blessed me with guidance of quran which is so simple yet with strong message of taweed....I thank Allah and seek sabr and taqwa...Ameen

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Quote omar rao Replybullet Posted: 16 August 2009 at 10:18am
walekum Salaam Rehamatu Allah,

Thanks and Alhamdulillah - As Prophet (SAWS) said "affair of Muslim is so beautiful he says Alhamdulillah during time of ease and seeks sabr during the time of trail"

Yes - it is brief here , you can read full in whyislam.org as well (http://whyislam.org/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=5069&PN=1).

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