Challenging God For A Sign

Ruben was a humorous Australian guy. He was an atheist. But lately, he had an urge to find the existence of God. He then studied all the world's major religions such as Christianity, Catholic, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism. He didn't study Islam due to terrorism issue, so Islam wasn't an option for him.

However, strangely enough, his feet sort of brought him to a mosque and he met an awesome individual. "I didn't know what moved me to go there, but I just stepped in, still using my shoes, and just entered the mosque. I just thought, I might die there because I was the only white man there.''

Ruben met a tall and big man from Middle East with his beard and long dress. Ruben saw a terrorist in front of him. But he was shocked that the suspected "terrorist" greeted him very friendly and even served him some food. "His name was Abu Hamzah. I never thought that I would be treated like a guest."

Ruben didn't want to waste his opportunity of asking Abu Hamzah many things about Islam. Ruben asked him why he had beard and why muslim women wear hijab (scarf on the head to cover the hair). He also asked about polygamy and many more. At that time, Ruben was so sure that Abu Hamzah couldn't answer such difficult questions. Yet, Ruben was astonished. In order to answer Ruben's questions, Abu Hamzah took the Qur'an and answered the questions based on the sayings of God (Allah) in the Qur'an. "So, he always opened the Qur'an to answer my questions. Muslims are not allowed to have their own opinions about God's revelation," said Ruben.

Ruben went home bringing a piece of Qur'an from the mosque. He read the translations and he was speechless. He was amazed in how the Qur'an explains about the process of human's creation. It took six months for Ruben to comprehend the Qur'an until finally he concluded, "This is what I have been looking for. This is what I need…"

Despite the conclusion, Ruben had a thought of challenging Allah for a sign before he truly said the confession statement and converted into Islam. He lit a candle, sat down by the window, and said, "Allah, this is the time for me to convert to Islam. But before I do that, I need a sign, just a small sign like thunder or collapsing house."

He waited for quite a long time and there was no sign. The candle wasn't blown off as he expected and seen in movies. "Oh come on, Allah, just one sign," Ruben insisted. Still, there was nothing happened. "To be honest, I was so disappointed,"said Ruben.

With disappointment, he then opened again the Qur'an and there he read a verse, "He has made subject to you the night and the day, the sun and the moon, and the stars are in subjection by His command. Verily in this are signs for men who are wise." (Qur'an chapter 16 verse 12).

Ruben quivered. He quickly ran to his bed and hid under the blanket. He was sweating and was too afraid to do anything. "How arrogant I am. I demanded a sign meanwhile the sun and all the things in the universe are all His signs!"

Finally, Ruben declared his confession statement or syahadah in the mosque. The community at the mosque became the witness of his spiritual change. He had difficulty though, uttering the syahadah in Arabic and he had to repeat many times. The syahadah itself in English means: "I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and I bear witness that Prophet Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."

After the declaration, all the men in the mosque hugged him. It was unforgettable moment as he never experienced such a warm welcome before. Ruben was so happy.

On the other hand, Ruben's family was worried with his conversion. They thought that by becoming a muslim, Ruben joined a terrorist group. But, his parents noticed that their son became a much better person instead. 

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Religion of Islam

Almost everyone of us has a religion to believe and becomes the follower of the religion we chose. But, what is religion exactly? Is it just a 'name' for us to write in our identity card? Is it just a status so that we are accepted in certain society? Or, is it something that doesn't have any meaning at all but since everybody has a religion then we follow one without understanding it…?

What is religion? Basically, religion is a compilation of teachings in which when a person applies those teachings he can achieve his goal in life. The ultimate goal of every human being is undoubtedly being happy in the world and being in the heaven in the hereafter. Every person, whether he is rich or poor, sick or healthy, wants to be truly happy where ever he is. 

Islam is a religion and it is a compulsory 'tool' for human being to achieve the ultimate goal of being truly happy in the world and in the hereafter. The teachings of Islam, as contained in the Qur'an, such as doing shalat (praying), fasting, sincerity, gratitude, charity, honesty, doing good deeds, making effort, destiny, etc, will lead people to the true happiness in this world and in the hereafter. Since it is a 'tool' that can bring us to the ultimate goal, we have to realize that religion is not an obligation. Religion is a need.

Islam is a final religion that had gone through improvements from previous prophets and finally reached its perfection in the time of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Allah (God) says in the Qur'an chapter 5 verse 3: "This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your religion". And the Qur'an is the final scripture confirming the previous scriptures of the previous prophets as God says in verse 48 of the same chapter: "To thee We sent the scripture (Qur'an) in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it and guarding it in safety, so judge between them by what God hath revealed…"

The consequence of choosing Islam as our religion is that we must be willing to be ruled by Qur'an, the holy book of Islam. We must think, speak, and act according to the rules of God. The Qur'an is our life guidance and we need it for our lives in this world, NOT for the life in the hereafter. All the teachings and rules in the Qur'an are for us to be implemented in our daily life in this world. What will happen to us in the hereafter, either hell or heaven, is the result of our implementation or our negligence of the rules of God.

The religion of Islam provide human being the instructions, the 'how to' for achieving the ultimate goal of true happiness in the world and in the hereafter. However, it's up to us whether we want to grab it or not.

"Verily this Qur'an doth guide to that which is most right (stable)…" Qur'an chapter 17 verse 9