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They have much money, welfare, high technology, good education, many ways of entertainment.
And many spend their lives as machines who work all the day and have no time to think in any other matter than their own lives.
What can make such people think about Islam and accept it?
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My question is, what makes so many people in the West or in rich countries accept Islam?
Bismillah Rahman Raheem, Al Hamdulilah Rabbil Alamee, was salat was salam ala rasool al kareem, amma ba'd.
Thank you brother, for a very interesting question. Actually, this is a very good question. I have often pondered this exact same idea.
Why would anyone who is so totally distracted with the wealth and succes of this world be interested in Islam?
I know I wasn't. The fact is, I considered myself as much an enemy to Islam, as any good red-blooded American should be.
But then I met a Muslim (from Egypt) and I tried to convert him to my version of Christianity. And the rest is history. But that is another story... (www.islamtomorrow.com/yusuf )
The answer may be within the question itself.
Consider those folks who spend all of their waking hours chasing after the dollar and then throwing it away on the nonsense of the material world and then going after more dollars to do the same thing again, week after week, month after month and year after year until they run out of time.
Why do they do this? Could it be they are actually trying to deny the thing inside of them that is trying to remind them of a Day that is coming? (I know I was).
Are they looking for distractions and pleasures of this world and trying to make it last? (I was).
Do they think they will be able to amass enough wealth and property and position on this earth that somehow they will be able to defeat the Angel of Death? (some have told me they have this notion).
Frankly brother, I cannot speak for all of the non-Muslims even though I was one. But, I feel confortable to say that you would most likely find a different reason inside the head of each person.
Just as there are no two fingerprints that are exactly alike, I feel sure many people are doing what they are doing for different reasons
But generally I think we could say what Allah has told us about people in the Quran, and that seems to fit the question best.
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Here are some verses from Allah's Book, which you probably know better than me, after which I will make a closing comment:
After reading the Quran, I came to better understand a lot of things about myself and perhaps about others like me as well.
It could well be that inside all of us have an idea that there is something out there and yet we are trying to deny it for fear it would interfere with what we are doing here in this world.
It clearly seems to me all of us are going through pretty much the same thing here on earth.
We all have desires and goals here in a place where we can see, hear, smell, taste, touch and experience what we call realtiy.
It becomes a bit of a test for us to consider giving things up here for something that is in the future that we cannot see, hear, smell, tastet, touch or experience.
And to make matters a bit more difficult for the one who doesn't really want to sacrifice here, there is the advocate (the devil) who is unseen and always ready to misguide us all.
Now to your question:
What then would make a person come to Islam after having so much wealth and worldly things?? . . .
Sometime in our lives we must admit what we know deep down inside of us.
That is to say, we're not gods and we must make some sacrifices for others to satisfy the Real God.
So, I can only give you the same answer that I have heard over and over from every new Muslim when they are asked me similar questions . . it's the same answer I hear myself saying;
After thinking it over carefully, I knew I must call to the One Above -
Truly, it is only by the Grace and Mercy of Almighty Allah, Al Rahman (The Most Merciful) that I was guided to Islam.
It is after all, only Allah who guides to this precious and beautiful deen of Islam. And it is only by His Grace, Mercy (Rahamah) and Forgiveness (maghfir) that we are guided and saved from our own wrong thinking and actions.
This Muslim lady represents the true happiness of this life -
Islam teaches us to . .
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