Islam Newsroom UPDATE - March 9, 2015 - "Letter From A Big Fan"
Christian "fan" of ours wrote to me about "converting" and wanted answers to "Questions about Jesus"
(my answers in RED)
Dear Mr Estes,
I'm a big fan of yours. Some Muslims told me you used to be a Christian minister and coverted to Islam.
(music minister & businessman)
What denomination were you?
(Desciples of Christ)
I want to share my feelings with you, to see if you understand the same way I do.
Some Muslims had a table set up outside, talking with people, giving out Qurans (they gave me one too).
I keep meeting with them and watched all the videos of you they gave me.
I'm a Christian without any particular church. I just believe in God.
(Many Christians are like this)
Seems to me God is not happy with Christians these days.
The condition of the church today breaks my heart.
There's no fear of God's punishment.
(Fear of God's punishment is critical part of faith, called "Taqwah" in Arabic)
The Muslims I'm talking to taught me a lot. He taught me a lot, especially something he called "tawheed" (I think it is like monotheism, right?)
I appreciate these guys spending so much time to teach me and help me learn about Islam.
They are really special people.
(YES. I totally agree)
I have decided to accept Allah and be a Muslim now.
(Allahu Akbar! Congratulations! We are so happy for you!)
Here's my problem. I still love Jesus and cannot seem to get him out of my heart. I know about "shirk".
But how to I get away from this love for Jesus?
(MUSLIMS LOVE JESUS - A LOT)
Surah Fatihah is so over whelming and just really makes me feel like something really big.
But what about my love for Jesus?
How can I renouce him as Lord?
(DID HE SAY "I'M LORD"? NO)
So did you feel like this when you came to Islam?
Any fear come to you about the Day of Judgment?
What if we are being deceived?
(WHAT IF CHRISTIANS ARE DECEIVED?)
Many wonderful things in Islam.
Yet, I feel pressure inside when I think of renouncing everything I had in the past.
(KEEP ASKING GOD TO GUIDE YOU)
Did you think of yourself as "born-again" Christian?
Did you have fear in your heart?
(ANYONE WHO COMES TO ISLAM IS - 'BORN AGAIN' - REALLY)
Yours Very Truly,
(A Big Fan)
(We consider all of God's attributes as His Names, 99 of them)
That meaning is in the Arabic word "aslaama", the verb for "Islam"
Dear Sheikh Yusuf Estes,
Thanks so much for all your work and effort to explain everything in so much details to me.
I asked my Muslim friends to come over to my place and they did. One lady I work with came too. I showed them what you sent to me. We talked some more about it all.
You people really do touch me inside and I feel so much love, peace and happiness when I think of Jesus the way you described.
I see I am not giving up or turning my back on Jesus at all.
Now I am getting a chance to be closer to him than ever - in the Heaven.
I am ready to be Muslim to make shahadah now.
I pray for you to be there too. Thanks so much for everything.
[A Big Fan]