بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,
Yesterday I came across a post by Br. Paul Bilal Williams, a Christian apostate, Islamic convert. You can view that post here. In this post, he claims that Sam Shamoun, an author at Answering Islam had abused and insulted him. In a most professional manner, Paul expressed his discontent with Sam’s behaviour and then he provided the contents of the insult for all to see. Undoubtedly, Sam Shamoun’s intent of perusing a Muslim’s blog, is to further his cause of converting Muslims to Christianity. Despite all the claims of alleged former Muslims writing for his website, none of them have attained the popular status of any Christian convert to Islam’s status. One such example, is that of Paul Williams. Thus, there is often a lot of enmity and disdain that is often cast upon these new Muslims by Sam Shamoun and his ilk. When we read Paul’s response to Sam’s abuse, there is a clear dichotomy, whereas Sam expresses his emotions with curses, abuses and improper public decorum, it’s quite a contrasting event to see Paul’s eloquence, and mild mannered posts in response to such hate. In reading his article about Sam’s abuse, I was reminded of a verse from the Qur’an:
“O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion – Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the favor of Allah; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” – Qur’an 5:54.
It is striking how true God’s words are. While Sam searches to apostate Muslims, and whether he is successful at this or not has yet to be known, it is apparent that the Christians who do apostate from Christianity and turn to Islam, find themselves loving Islam, loving Allaah, who are humble in character, but their simple words cause great emotional distress for persons like Sam Shamoun. Paul strives in the way of Allaah, by speaking about his new faith and discussing his former faith in public dialogues, he often engages in discussions with Christian laymen on his blog as well, yet he most certainly, as the Qur’an says, he does not fear the blame or abuse of a critic. In this light, Sam Shamoun, his biggest critic, does not affect the temper, the decorum of our beloved brother. This incident, between Paul and Sam, therefore demonstrates the authenticity of God’s pure word as being truthful, while casting a shadow upon Sam’s incredulous nature. In fact, this form of behaviour is repeated in respect to Br. Shabir Ally who openly hugged and greeted Sam. Yet, after Sam’s glowing show of respect to him, he reverted to insulting and abusing Br. Shabir without due cause. Br. Shabir himself has never insulted or abused any Christian speaker, yet Sam saw it fit to do so to him:
Despite his writing against Islam, debating against Islam, alleged studying of Islam, after 10+ years of successive Islamophobia, he has once again proven one more verse of the Qur’an to be true:
And We have certainly diversified [the contents] in this Qur’an that mankind may be reminded, but it does not increase the disbelievers except in aversion. – Qur’an 17:41.
God mentions that those who disbelieve in the Qur’an, increase in their aversion to it, that they are blind to understanding it and they will only increase in being blind to it. After 10+ years of abusing Muslims, and falsely studying the Qur’an, Sam has only persisted in his disbelief, thus proving the Qur’an to be true. How ironic, that the same Qur’an which Sam argues against, describes him and his behaviour, as well as those he fights against, perfectly? It is indeed a telling sign of God’s mercy upon us and of His intimate knowledge of human behaviour.
wa Allaahu ‘Alam.