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“If you ask me why people accept Islam, I can give you two answers: one a very simple human one; the other a most complex unfathomable divine one.

From a human point of view, the process and outcome of conversion from religion to Islam, and, more specifically, from non-Islam to Islam, is the composite function of a billion variables, some known, most unknown or exogenous, each with its own specific value and error component, acting in concert, and the entire result being predictable or explainable within a certain margin of error, provided we have at our disposal all the theoretical models and methodological tools and instrumentations required for the purpose of figuring out these things.

I am calling this human equation simple because there is a way and there is a hope that somehow and sometime we can solve the puzzle. 

The divine answer may appear simple when stated in our daily language but is unknowable in both theory and practice as it transcends the limits of human knowledge and powers of human understanding.

For it means knowing God in all his attributes and understanding the calculus of his mercy and dispensation and his grace with regard to his creation.

Simply stated, it does not lie in human power to know or understand God and the internal dynamics of the way he does things.

Our very humanity is defined in terms of our general inability to comprehend God or the ways in which he dispenses his grace and mercy to his creation.

Wa laa yuheetoona bishai im min 'ilmihi.” (Dr. Pasha)

“I am not saying Muslims should not be “nice.”

And I am not saying civility is not a virtue.

In fact Islam is all about being “nice” and kind and merciful and saying and doing “nice” things as much as you can.

But, at the same time, don’t beguile yourself into thinking that your being “nice” will automatically melt every non-Muslim or unbelieving heart and will necessarily lead to everybody accepting Islam.

If that were true, some of the arch-foes of Islam and Muslims, during the time of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, like Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab, would have been among the first to embrace Islam.

For, they knew first hand, and only too well, what a kind, compassionate, loving, generous and “nice” man Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was.

The fact is that it takes more than a “nice” word or a kind gesture for people to see the truth of Islam and come forward to embrace it.

It happens when the doors of a human being’s heart are opened by God Almighty.

That is why no one, other than God, can take credit for “guiding” people.

People find “guidance” – Hidaayat as the Qur’an calls it – when the divine mercy smiles down at them. Not when someone – a human source for example – wants to “guide” them and not when they want to “discover” the truth for themselves.

That is why blessed and fortunate indeed are those who are guided. For, they receive guidance from above – and not from any other source.

This is not to say others – an identifiable human source – do not play a helpful role in either bringing people closer to Islam or in driving people away from Islam.

We are all perfectly capable of doing that, and we indeed do both those things all the time: helping people to open their eyes to the beauty of Islam or giving them cause to dislike Islam even more than before.

But the “guidance” part that puts people over the top positively or negatively in the form of either accepting or rejecting Islam? That comes from God and no one else.” (Dr. Pasha)