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Re: Dr. Laurence B. Brown's Conversion
By:Jawaid Ahmed
Date: Monday, 8 March 2010, 5:21 pm
In Response To: Dr. Laurence B. Brown's Conversion (Zakira H)

Quoted from above post:-

[whoever believes in Allah – He will guide his heart" (TMQ 64:11), "Allah chooses for Himself whom He wills and guides to Himself whoever turns back [to Him]" (TMQ 42:13), "And Allah guides whom He wills to a straight path." (TMQ 24:46)]

Allah only guides those who are able to see for themselves the truth. It is man himself that must remove the hindrances to seeing, hearing and speaking the truth, not Allah doing anything to lead us in that direction.
The above translations are misleading in that it makes Allah the originator of this guidance, but they are better translated as:-

64:11 (Nothing happens haphazardly in the Universe.) No calamity befalls but according to the Laws of God. Whoever (understands this and) believes in God guides himself deep down in his heart. God is the Knower of all things (and events).
[Nations that understand the Laws in Nature are better equipped to take preventive measures against natural disasters. Izn = Leave = Permission = Laws]

42:13 He has ordained for you all, the same System of Life that He enjoined upon Noah - And We have revealed to you (O Prophet) the same Message as We enjoined upon Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: "Establish the Divine System of Life and make no sects in it.” (O Prophet) Hard it is upon the idolaters (those who worship false 'authorities') the unity you call to. God draws unto Himself everyone who is willing, and guides unto Himself everyone who turns unto Him.” [Sects vs. Unity: 3:32, 3:104, 6:160, 30:31, 42:13, 45:17-18]

24:46 Surely, We have sent down messages clearly showing the Truth, but God guides onto a Straight Path one who wishes to be guided.

Sometimes the conversion can lead to a whole lot of false beliefs, e.g. Yusuf Estes.

Messages In This Thread

Dr. Laurence B. Brown's Conversion
Zakira H -- Friday, 5 March 2010, 4:09 pm
Re: Dr. Laurence B. Brown's Conversion
Jawaid Ahmed -- Monday, 8 March 2010, 5:21 pm