Former Hindu, converts over 100,000 to Islam in Pakistan

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  1. Singh

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    100,000 conversions and counting, meet the ex-Hindu who herds souls to the Hereafter


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    MATLI: Such are Deen Mohammad Shaikh’s powers of persuasion that he has converted 108,000 people to Islam since 1989, the year he left his birth religion Hinduism behind.
    His multi-coloured business card describes the Matli dweller as the president of the Jamia Masjid Allah Wali and Madrassa Aisha Taleem-ul Quran – an institute for conversions to Islam.
    The reedy 70-year-old brandishes an embellished cane. A red-and-white keffeiyah perched on his shoulder offers people a hint to his theological leanings.
    As he speaks to The Express Tribune, his arm slices an invisible arc through the air. He is gesturing to a vast expanse of nine acres of donated land where converts are invited to pitch a tent and stay. “My heartfelt wish is that the entire world becomes Muslim,” comes his response, when asked about the en masse conversions. His piety is matched only by its ambition.
    But contrary to the grandiose proclamation, this preacher isn’t a repository of rehearsed sound bites. It is only after he settles down on a charpoy that he deigns to embark on the journey of a Hindu named Jhangli who became an expert in evangelism.
    “I always loved Islam,” he begins. “I read the Holy Quran and realised that 360 gods were not of any use to me.”
    At first he had to study the Holy Quran in secret. There was the risk of being misunderstood if a Muslim caught him with the holy book. He started fasting and in fact he would begin a day before Ramazan started.
    Shaikh’s mother grew alarmed at her son’s forays into another faith. She thought that if she married him off, he would not ‘leave’. Thus, he was barely 15 when his wedding took place, followed by a quick overtaking by nature – four girls and eight boys.
    But despite this, he was drawn back to his curiosity and managed to find a teacher, Sain Mohammad Jagsi, who instructed him in the Holy Quran and Hadiths or sayings of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh).
    Fortunately, Shaikh’s uncle was of the same mind and the two men agreed that they would give each other the strength. Shaikh held off until his daughter was married to a Hindu as planned, since he had already “given his word”. Then there was no turning back.
    After his conversion, Deen Mohammad Shaikh made it his mission to woo others. He began in his own backyard, preaching to family, before venturing beyond this comfort zone. Encounters with the rich and powerful helped pave the way. Retired Pakistan Army general Sikandar Hayat, who owns a sugar mill in Matli, offered Shaikh money, which he turned down. Instead, he urged Hayat to give jobs to some of the new converts. Hayat and his daughter proved extremely helpful in providing assistance.
    Now, Shaikh says, his fame has spread and people come to him from as far as Balochistan, members of all religions and sects, who would like to convert. A small mosque has sprung up in his residential compound along with a number of rooms where children – mostly girls – are taught how to say their prayers and recite the Holy Quran.
    One of the teachers is 14-year-old Sakina, who is just 15 days into the job. “Only a few students are difficult to teach,” she says while commenting on their ability to recite a text in an unknown language.
    Shaikh is aware of the difficulties converts face while taking on what appear to be the initially daunting rigours of a brand new system. He makes life easy for the first 40 days. “They only have to pray farz!” he says while referring to the mandatory parts. This relaxed schedule ensures that they can ‘confirm their faith’. He understands that if he demanded they start out with praying five times a day to offer even the optional and ‘bonus’ parts, “They would run away!” as he puts it with a look of mock horror on his face.
    Other than this, he is reluctant to actually explain how he influences the people. All he offers is a nugget of fire and brimstone: “I tell them that I was a Hindu too and that they would burn in Hell if they are not Muslim.”
    More than saving a soul
    There are other practical considerations that accompany conversions. In order to ‘save’ the converts from influential Hindus in other districts, Shaikh packs them off to Hub Chowk while the Kalima is still moist on their lips. “Their families would beat them up (for converting) otherwise,” he explains.
    This trick of the ‘trade’ he learnt from personal experience. He alleges that he was kidnapped along with his daughter-in-law by influential Hindus who threatened him so that he would stop converting people. “They don’t want these poor Hindus to stand up to them when they become Muslims,” Shaikh maintains.
    Despite 108,000 conversions, for which a record is kept, Shaikh still doesn’t feel his work is done. He wants everyone to be a Muslim and learn from his example. He also attends the Tablighi Jamaat’s annual congregation in Raiwind, although he doesn’t believe in sectarian divisions. “All groups are like brothers to me,” he declares.

    100,000 conversions and counting, meet the ex-Hindu who herds souls to the Hereafter – The Express Tribune
     
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    Jolly thumping!

    Loveable chap!

    He is doing a better job than the Mullahmen!

    Or the Tablighi.

    If he is too zealous, then these frontrunner organisations and men of Islam would get unemployed! :rofl:

    Also a great way to finish the Taliban promoting Islam 'through other means'!

    Zakir Naik could take a tip or two or else he will go into oblivion and not earn the moolah!
     
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    Should not Ali Sina know about this and burn in hell? :lol:
     
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    Already Muslims are 98% and soon it would be 99.9%. A Pre-Planned ethnic cleansing in Islamic state.

    Unfortunately, Staying in Pakistan was biggest blunder for Hindus. :tsk:
     
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    Nothing much our government can do, but favourably consider request for asylum from such people..
     
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    For Christians too. I have some distant relatives who lived in Karachi for several generations but were originally from Goa. Today only one person remains. The rest have left the country. One of these emigres was a classmate of Musharaff when he was at St. Patrick's School in Karachi.
     
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    soon my community will be in wwf endangered list
     
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    One has to marvel at this blokes perseverance to serve his God!
     
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    KS Bye bye DFI Veteran Member

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    What a douchebag !
     
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    It is just a question of existence. Even after conversion, one can not get over the bloody existential threats !! Religion adds to those threats rather than decrease. See the conditions of Indian Muslims? what have they got by conversion ??
     
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    Converting to Islam? Not so hard!

    I doubt he says "“I tell them that I was a Hindu too and that they would burn in Hell if they are not Muslim.” It probably is I will make your life miserable if you don't convert. Anyway after over 60 years of persecution and being detached of the feeling and knowledge of what being a Hindu means, it wouldn't be hard for people to embrace Islam just to be rid of the daily persecution. I read somewhere that Pakisatni Hindus and Christians take Muslim names even.

    btw, this what happens if you are not Muslim in Pakistan. Asia Bibi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  13. Mikkis

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    People converting to Islam is way faster in India and west then Pakistan..
     
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    Never convert for the right reason, just for the sake of oppression or reward..Truth is neither in forceing or in getting silly childish rewards..
     
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    There is a saying in Bihar.... Naya muslim namak bohoot le ta hai

    (New Muslims eat a lot of salt)
     
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    In india people convert throgh oppression or for the reward??????? Really, you are now super power''''''''''''''''''
    OK, you mean in US and UK or in EUrope people accepting or converting to Islam for money or oppression,,AHHHHHH.
    Can you give me some proofs...
     
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    bhayya is tarah to india musalman ban jayega kiunki indian to namak, mirch masala boht khata hai.....
     
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    More outsiders joining ISLAM will slowly corrupt the core ISLAM values
     
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    Aww Shyt...I'm done for.
     
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    New converts usually have this bug up theirs.. Have seen this a lot among Bangladeshi (illegal) migrants. :lol:. One thing I was pleased to listen to was that Sri Lanka recently kicked a lot of mullahs out. They have the guts to do what our pathetic government shirks from giving cock and bull stories of "multiculturism and plurality" crap.
     
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    it's not good :mad2::mad2::mad2:

    Hindus are converting to Islam in pakistan, let's see what can we do about it either can invade pakistan are we can nuke it.
    are we can ask them :alien::alien::alien::alien: for help. :laugh:
     

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