These are the cities we visited on our tour within the UK, click on the links below to jump to the respective city:
BIRMINGHAM – ALLEN THE ATHEIST
In Birmingham UK, Murtaza got speaking to Allen who was an atheist. Before the discussion, Allen didn’t believe in any organised religion or God.
However, he believed in universal good values such compassion, kindness, co-operation, consideration and above all else having a sharing attitude and approach to life.
After attending an interfaith event, his perception with religion got worse as the vicar he was speaking to was being too harsh in his approach when speaking about Christianity.
However, when Allen engaged with the iERA dawah today he was pleasantly surprised by the warm and welcoming message of Islam. He said seeing the team talking about spreading the peaceful, tolerant and compassionate message of Islam was a breath of fresh air. He really enjoyed the fact that Islam promotes universal values to promote good for humanity.
The discussion went very well and Allen was pleased and took away a copy of iERA’s New Publication Know God Know Good.
BRADFORD – THE DISINTERESTED CHRISTIAN
Imran Hussein had a good conversation with this man who prefered not to be named. He is generally a spiritually inclined person, he went on further to explain that he loves God and spirituality as well as people but didn’t place himself into a specific category when it pertained to a specific faith.
Even though he was brought up as a Christian, he mentioned being disinterested in Christianity but didn’t expand further on why this was the case. However, when Imran explained Islam to him, there seemed to be an immediate connection with his innate disposition (fitrah), once the conversation with him concluded, he took away the Know God Know Good literature away with him, in shaa Allah we’ve been able to a plant a seed into his mind which will help him to find what his soul is truly craving for, the deen!
CAMBRIDGE – ASHTON MAKING SENSE OF ISLAM
Meet Ashton, he visited the iERA table twice in Cambridge. First he came and took a copy of the Quran and the Know God Know Good booklet, then on his second visit, Imran had a really good conversation with him.
Ashton was homeless and he had lived with Muslims before and through living with them he had developed an interest in Islam. Ashton asked Imran about how would someone become Muslim and Imran gave him the simple beautiful message of Islam along with informing him about the Shahada (declaration of faith).
Following on from this, Ashton remarked how the Islamic faith makes sense and we informed him that it would as the beliefs are in line with our nature that Allah (swt) created us upon.
The main reason Ashton was in Cambridge on that day staying with someone, however, circumstances changed and he was left without any money until Monday. Ashton told the team he was leaving Cambridge to travel to London, as there was more support for the Homeless in London.
In the end Ashton, was very pleased with the information he received from us and willing to look into Islam further.
LEEDS – HER COLLEAGUE INSPIRED HER TO LEARN ABOUT ISLAM
A woman approached the dawah table and wanted to learn more about Islam. The catalyst for this behaviour was because her colleague is a Muslim and she was intrigued by our beautiful deen, an iERA volunteer took down her details and we’ll be following with her, whether she’d like to learn more, please make dua that she does so.
LEICESTER – AGNOSTIC GEORGE THE DRIVING INSTRUCTOR
In the city of Leicester, UK, Subboor spoke to George, who was raised as a Christian and left the faith but has continued believing in God.
George is a driving instructor who is originally from East London. He said he is a very spiritual person and he prays to God. George didn’t believe in religion because in his mind, religions divide people.
George has seen and faced a lot of tragedy in his life, his brother passed away when he was young and he has seen several members of his family die due to illness. However, these tragedies have strengthened his belief in God.
George did not know much about Islam but he enjoys reading and he was very happy to take away a free copy of iERA’s Know God Know Good booklet and to learn about the religion of Islam. The discussion went really well and he commented that if God shows him signs that Islam is the truth, he would immediately become a Muslim.
NEWCASTLE – FRANK, AN ATHEIST, KNOW GOOD BUT NO GOD?
Salahuddin Patel was speaking to Frank who was an atheist from Newcastle. In the discussion, Frank believed in universal good, where he highlighted we shared the same values and said that we all know good from what is already within ourselves.
However, when it was explained to Frank that the source of all good is Almighty God and He is the anchor for universal good, he found it thought-provoking.
The discussion went very well and Frank was pleased and took away a copy of Know God Know Good.
OXFORD – THE PRACTICING CHRISTIAN CYCLIST
In Oxford, Murtaza spoke to Clement who is a practicing Christian. When speaking about God, Clement remarked God is the most beloved being in his life, where he further added Christians and Muslims have a lot in common and we should all live in peace.
When presented with iERA’s new publication Know God Know Good, he picked up on the messaging of our materials, pointing out that God does indeed have different names including the All Seeing and All Hearing. At the end of the conversation, Clement gave us some very positive feedback and said “I would love to read this book!” May Allah swt guide Clement to the truth!
SHEFFIELD – PAUL THE EXPAT IRISHMAN
Murtada spoke to Paul, originally from Ireland, he lived through the era of unrest within that region in the 80’s. Paul didn’t believe in organised religion but could completely empathise with the discrimination that Muslims face today, as he faced the same whilst living in Ireland. Paul initially questioned if there is a God why is there suffering in the world, for example a young child suffering from cancer. Murtada explained to Paul that, if there was no evil, people would not know what good is and Paul seemed happy with that response. Murtada then explained the purpose of life and that we are tested by both good and evil by Almighty God.
Paul believes all humans should coexist and live in peace regardless of their background or upbringing and he believes a lot of the religious problems that exist today are due to people misinterpreting and taking teachings out of context.
The discussion went well with Paul and he took away a copy of iERA’s New Publication Know God Know Good! May Allah guide Paul to the light of Islam. Ameen!