I’m a 29 year old guy from the Philippines. I was born and brought up in a Catholic family. Since my elementary years I almost expended my time in the church. I began as an altar server, then I became band member of the choir in my teenage time and since then I served the church as a Parish Youth Ministry and the band leader. I’ am a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and the Cursillo for Christianity (once been a Vice rector in a junior class). I do have two friends that are catholic priest and one is my compadre. Sometime my compadre Rev. Fr. Benjie and I talked about Islam on how Islam honors Jesus and his mother .
I almost expended my time serving the Catholic Church before I embraced Islam. Being a catholic there was a question always in my mind, why does the faith of the Catholic Church or other Christian Churches are focused to Jesus ? Why not Yaweh the creator? Sometimes I asked this my friends in the church but no answers from them satisfied me. I stopped questioning because they told me that I was having a doubt about God or Jesus . But still I had a doubt and I kept it.
One time I met my former drummer and had a chat with him. He told me that he converted to Islam (Balik Islam in our Philippine language) and I laughed at him and told him that he had poor faith to Jesus . He only smiled at me. Again, another question in my mind, “Why this man (a former church volunteer worker since teenage time) embraced Islam?” After that I started to research about the doctrine of Islam. It was interesting and I borrowed some booklets from a friend. I also borrowed books from my Muslim co-employee. She gave me the booklet named Christ in Islam, by Shaykh Deedat and “Islam in Focus” by Hammudah Abdalati.
I found the answers to my question and I was truly satisfied, then I started to decide if I would go and embrace Islam. I told my family about it. My mother was sad and my uncle cried and told me, “I don’t want you to go in hell”. I just smiled on him and tried to explain to him Islam. I quitted serving the church also. I and my Pastor cousin also had a debate about it. Many of my friends tried to stop me for my decision about Islam, and I told, “If any one of you can answer my question you can stop me.” (My question was, “Did Jesus ( may Allaah exalt his mention) claim to be a god and to be worshipped?”
Months later, my friend (former Altar Server of the church) came from Saudi Arabia, we had a chat and I found out that he also converted to Islam. I was so satisfied about our chat and all of my questions were answered.
I made the decision to embrace Islam. There was an Imam in our hometown. I tried to find and contact him so I can declare may Shahaada (Testimony of Faith) but I couldn’t find him. In the 100% people in our hometown there were only 1% Muslims. Months went and still I couldn’t find an Imam. Then my cousin in Dubai called me and I went to Dubai. I declared my Shahaada there with a Filipino Imam.
Now I am a Muslim and in my family I am the only one, it is sad that if I die even my mother or kids can’t touch my dead body. But this is my faith.
“La ilaaha illallaah, Muhammadur Rasoolallaah”
I declared my Shahaada in Dubai on May 23, 2008 after almost a year of deciding and self studying Islam.