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

Published: January 23, 2012
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Deen Mohammad converted to Islam in 1989. He said when he read the Holy Quran he realised that 360 gods were useless. PHOTO:AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS

Deen Mohammad converted to Islam in 1989. He said when he read the Holy Quran he realised that 360 gods were useless. PHOTO:AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS

Deen Mohammad converted to Islam in 1989. He said when he read the Holy Quran he realised that 360 gods were useless. PHOTO:AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS
Deen Mohammad converted to Islam in 1989. He said when he read the Holy Quran he realised that 360 gods were useless. PHOTO:AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS

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.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 23rd,  2012.

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Reader Comments (101)

  • Lobster
    Jan 23, 2012 - 3:11AM

    You are a great man Mr. Shaikh. Such should be the way, without force, without threat.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jan 23, 2012 - 3:38AM

    Mashallah may allah help u and give u more.

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  • Syed
    Jan 23, 2012 - 4:20AM

    inspirational!

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jan 23, 2012 - 4:22AM

    BABA looking good MashAllah.Recommend

  • faraz
    Jan 23, 2012 - 4:33AM

    Just compare the achievements of this ordinary humble man with the hate spewing sectarian mullahs who have become religious leaders

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  • Ali Khan
    Jan 23, 2012 - 5:53AM

    Why is his name not included in the Guisness book of records?

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  • vasan
    Jan 23, 2012 - 8:25AM

    ““I always loved Islam,” he begins. “I read the Holy Quran and realised that 360 gods were not of any use to me.””
    Whatever he preaches and professes, when he says that “Gods were not of any use to me”, I must admit that he does not understand religion at all, any religion. God is not a creature/being or anything which is meant to be of use to mankind. Period. Only humans will be of use to other humans.

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  • John B
    Jan 23, 2012 - 8:49AM

    The true zeal of new convert.

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  • Letstellthetruth
    Jan 23, 2012 - 9:52AM

    I am saddened by the posters who celebrate this man’s “achievement” on conversions. It proves that minority coreligionists have no chance of survival in Pakistan unless they convert. Minorities have dropped from 25% soon after the Partition to the current figures of 4%. Isn’t that shameful in this 21st century of scientific achievements and emphasis on human rights and humanism?

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  • A reader
    Jan 23, 2012 - 11:12AM

    I count my blessings that I wasn’t born in Pakistan. In America, we are taught to value our individual identities. The difference between there and here is night and day. God bless America. Look at the glee of some of the posters above – brainwashed zombies. No wonder Nehru and Vallabhai Patel agreed for partition.

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  • Samir
    Jan 23, 2012 - 11:23AM

    Why do people above seem so excited? Minorities are treated like animals in today’s Pakistan. Of course people will convert for a job and some security for their family. What a joke.

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  • Jan 23, 2012 - 11:32AM

    MashaAllah, Dawah is also an art that has to be understand and learned.

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  • Jan 23, 2012 - 11:38AM

    Deen Mohammad Shaikh, many many Slam to you, Congratulation you have secured and reserved your place in Jannat-ul-Firdosh where angels of Allah will well come you.

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  • Ahmed
    Jan 23, 2012 - 11:55AM

    This is the perfect way to spread Islam, Islam needs people like him…..All Respect for him

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  • UmEr
    Jan 23, 2012 - 11:58AM

    Now where are all the haters who always cry about “forced” conversions? Oh, well, it’s also a forced one, isn’t it? Thanks a lot, ET, for showing the other side of the story as well, though I never expected.

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  • Kakapataka
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:04PM

    @John B:
    he is not a convert but a revert!

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  • Nazi
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:05PM

    JazakALLAH Kher .

    may ALLAH give wisdom to every Muslim to contribute positive towards Islam .
    Salam to mohammad shaikh sahab .

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  • Observer
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:09PM

    @vasan: Read again. He said that I read the Quran and realized that 360 gods were not of any use to me. Don’t twist someone’s words for your own point scoring. Let’s just appreciate the man’s endeavor and effort and stop the vile comments for once.

    May Allah spread his message far and wide. Ameen.

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  • AK
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:10PM

    Reactions above are so predictable. The secular/anti-religion brigade sees it as an issue of minority rights even though there is no evidence of forced conversion. The Islamists are gloating without even knowing details of what message and method is the guy using. Best is to take the middle approach and wish the converts well in their journey of searching for truth without getting excited about it…

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  • Shahbaz
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:15PM

    My Heartiest prays are for Sheikh Sahib…. and may Allah Subhan-wa-Taallah give every muslim this opportunity..

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  • Mariam
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:15PM

    Well the truth is that every religion tries to convert people to its faith, be it Islam, hinduism or christianity. Even in India there are hindu groups trying to do that. Infact there are christian missionaries in america too who travel all over the world to convert people to their religion. So lets not start dissing pakistan guys because thats all that you guys seem to be doing these days. If a christian missionary converts someone, it must be their goodness that inspired people to convert but if a muslim does so it must be through coercion. Your double standards are appalling!

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  • Mj
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:19PM

    Imagine the outrage if it were a christian preacher claiming to have converted 100,000 Muslims to Christianity. He probably won’t live past his second conversion. Equality? Doesn’t exist

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  • from India
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:29PM

    360 Gods ? this fellow didn’t even know that there are 330 million pantheon of Gods !! so the facts prove that he didn’t understand Hinduism at all but still criticized it. Brother, first know the facts about your religion correctly, then understand its true message and then criticize it.

    When Swami Vivekananda delivered his speech in Chicago’s World Religion of Congress where he brought Hinduism to limelight, few Muslims and Christians approached him to convert them to Hinduism. But, he asked them not to leave their respective religions and advised them to live in harmony with every community. He added that God will be pleased if you become a good human being, not necessarily a good Muslim or good Christian !!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/opinion/sunday/how-yoga-won-the-west.html

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  • antanu g
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:40PM

    @faraz:
    right on spot bro….

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:43PM

    I read the Holy Quran and realised
    that 360 gods were not of any use to
    me

    I respect his right to religious freedom.

    But, he should realize that there can be only one god. Since two gods(or 360 gods) would mean existence of many omnipotent beings and that is self-contradictory. Hindu vedas talk of so many gods, but, the last chant of a formula typically asserts “all are but one”.

    Point is, god is infinity itself and cannot be limited by/to one book/method/way. Since any method or book are finite by definition. Pathway to infinite are infinite by definition.Recommend

  • Syed Shoaib Ahsan
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:55PM

    To the anonymous reader,

    Accepting Islam has nothing to do with your individual identity. It only adds to it rather than diminish it. As for the country you are proud to live in, you should see the number of evangelists over there before you start talking about Pakistan. Work on sorting out your own backyard before even thinking of Pakistan.

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  • mentelisco
    Jan 23, 2012 - 1:15PM

    Thanks ET to finally show the other side too. Really enjoying the indians here :) suddenly how illogical they got about things.

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  • Iron hand
    Jan 23, 2012 - 1:39PM

    No one should be persecuted for their religious beliefs. Religious freedom for all is the only solution. It should be fine if people want to convert TO or FROM Islam.

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  • Jan 23, 2012 - 2:05PM

    great sir
    u are Amazing
    I salute you and love you

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  • V
    Jan 23, 2012 - 2:05PM

    Converting people to other religions basically means that you are telling God that he doesnt know how to do his job. For, you are going against his will of letting a person be born into a particular family and religion.

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  • Jan 23, 2012 - 2:05PM

    @faraz:
    you are 1000% correct

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  • Jan 23, 2012 - 2:26PM

    Why there are many prophets for one God. There are millions of people ready to convert to any religion if you provide them a decent job and assured future. An illiterate man not capable of knowing what is God, Religion and Scriptures can convert to any religion and say hundred stories to justify his decision. Now what is the difference to his health and age to that of people in other religions. In India, the christian missionaries converted Dalits to Christianity by offering them food, education in their schools, jobs in the Army etc. and not by change of their hearts about religion.

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  • Jan 23, 2012 - 2:41PM

    Subhanallah

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  • Lobster
    Jan 23, 2012 - 2:42PM

    @Samir:
    Did you read the article? He was himself abducted by the Hindus. If you have a chance to visit Sindh (don’t come without visa), you would know how influential some Hindus are!

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  • MUNIB
    Jan 23, 2012 - 2:47PM

    How many humans this fellow fed ?

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  • Ahad
    Jan 23, 2012 - 2:50PM

    Good job Saba !
    For bringing up this story.

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  • Indian
    Jan 23, 2012 - 2:51PM

    Hi Guys, by faith I’m an atheist and by way of life I’m a Hindu.(For those who find it contradictory, let me clear: Atheism is allowed in Hinduism).
    Being an atheist & rationalist, i support unforced conversion from religion to religion or from believer to non-believer.
    It’s a nice thing that these conversions were forceful.
    I just want to know how many muslim brothers here will support conversion from muslim to other religion. Please click on recommend if you have no problem if somebody converts from muslim to other religion

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  • John
    Jan 23, 2012 - 3:45PM

    So.. whats the point?? Did the conversion lifted him and others out of poverty? Did the conversion give him better quality of living?? Religions are not going to feed anyone..

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  • antanu g
    Jan 23, 2012 - 4:25PM

    @V:
    THEN THE CHRISTIAN MISSIONRIES SHOULD CLOSE THEIR SHOPS ALSO. What an absurd comment. Certainly God knows how to correct people but still you need your parents to teach the manners, your teachers to teach you science.

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  • Milestogo
    Jan 23, 2012 - 4:46PM

    Tribune –

    You might want to take out this para – doesn’t sound nice – otherwise a nice story –

    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.”

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  • Indian
    Jan 23, 2012 - 5:13PM

    one correction for my above post:
    ‘It’s a nice thing that these conversions were unforceful’.

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  • Element
    Jan 23, 2012 - 5:43PM

    There are no “360 gods” in India’s Sanatan religion. There are just the many different “Avataar” of the holy trinity of Brahm, Vishnu and Shiv who are also described as One. All these “330 million gods” is just mythology!!!!Recommend

  • Ali Tahir
    Jan 23, 2012 - 5:54PM

    Why Indians are criticizing this Great Guy.

    And please stop talking about rights my dear Indians, do your community know the rights of people. You do not respect lower caste hindus the treatment with Christians & muslims is very obvious.

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  • American Desi
    Jan 23, 2012 - 6:36PM

    There is no reason for Muslims to gloat as if choice is given many of Muslims will also convert to other religions to escape the oppression. As far as Hindus are concerned there is no reason to lament as these conversions happen because of discriminatory nature of castism within the Hinduism.

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  • ahalya
    Jan 23, 2012 - 6:36PM

    As a Hindu female I respect this man’s right/wish to revert himself and if he converts/reverts others well good for him/them if thats what they really want. I think Sanatana Dharma is eternal and not easy to follow anyway. We may not have the quantity but i believe we have quality. The number of people converting to a religion shouldn’t be the yardstick to measure that religion. But hey whatever floats your boat!

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  • Nagpuri
    Jan 23, 2012 - 7:04PM

    This is subcontinent disease of lotaism, always be on the side of power. This is the source of all the conversions and this what you see Niall political players still.

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  • kaalchakra
    Jan 23, 2012 - 7:16PM

    A great Muslim! There is no doubt about the power of Islam. Its truth and egalitarianism is irresistible to people.

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  • Passi'
    Jan 23, 2012 - 7:17PM

    @American Desi:
    Much has been said about the “caste system” in India and its “discriminating” practices. It has been sited as a reason for many of India’s dalits to convert to Islam and christianity. People must know that the caste system was a social hierarchy based on “Karma” or profession, not a religious one and had nothing to do with India’s religion.

    Most people forget that, historically, there have been hierarchies and discrimination in every society in the world where Islam and Christianity is practiced. In fact, these societies had far more severe practices on their underclass like subjugation, slavery, bondage and persecution. By that standard, India’s caste discrimination was very mild as it practiced discrimination and segregation but no serious or violent oppression or bondage.

    The concept of “equality” is a product of modern day liberalism, which was introduced on moral grounds in repines to calls for social justice.

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  • John B
    Jan 23, 2012 - 7:35PM

    @V:
    The best philosophical argument I have ever read. Lot of food for thoughts on this matter.

    Simply brilliant!

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  • Vigilant
    Jan 23, 2012 - 8:20PM

    Brave Man…..

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  • BeingPakistani
    Jan 23, 2012 - 8:44PM

    Religion has nothing to do with God. Human created it to make the earth a better and peaceful place to live in and teach people humanity, but today religion is the worst enemy of humanity. If Islam teaches to discriminate and to look down upon others faiths and religions then I am out of it. I have been studying Islam which talks about pluralism and peace and respecting other religions. But I don’t see Muslims doing that.

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  • Dr Saif ur Rehman
    Jan 23, 2012 - 8:48PM

    @express tribune:
    I conradict. I’ve some querries, 1)highlighting this story in paper, which sort of message do you want to convey to minorities of Pakistan?
    2) What is the proof of authenticity of this scribe?
    3) What are hidden motives behind this story?
    4) Did you ever bother to highlight such story in which muslims coverted to other religions?
    5) Are minorities are not Pakistanis? Then jubillions on what?
    Remember, We all are Pakistanis, Pakistan is first. We should not discriminate our Pakistanis on the basis of race, religion, caste, creed and ethnicity. We must be united and we are one, only Pakistani.

    Regards,
    A patriot Pakistani

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  • altaf raja
    Jan 23, 2012 - 10:33PM

    kind of strange to me although am a muslim how many of these so called peace loving muslims will tolerate any muslim getting converted to hinduism or christianityRecommend

  • ankit
    Jan 24, 2012 - 12:09AM

    @nagpuri

    ‘Lotaism’ …very true.
    You have said the absolute truth, my friend. We all are oportunists and that drives us.
    Also, Islam, christianity and upto some extend hinduism are social tools.
    People pray together to be more social.
    I believe religion should be like underwear, wear whatever you want, but keep it inside.

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  • KMR Overseas
    Jan 24, 2012 - 1:53AM

    He got trapped in a country called Pakistan!

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  • Hasan
    Jan 24, 2012 - 2:42AM

    Why anyone would want to convert the “uneducated” is beyond my comprehension. Surely there are already far too many “uneducated” Muslims terrorizing both Pakistan and the rest of the world!

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  • V
    Jan 24, 2012 - 8:43AM

    @ antanu g: Absolutely. I never said that the Christian missionaries should continue their job either. The point is, till the time you are born on this earth, humans have no control, it is only 100% divine. Once the baby is born, God shares his responsibility along with parents and teachers or gurus. Heard about “Maatru-pitru-acharya devo bhava?”. You reap what you sow; karma is not based on the religion that you follow.

    @John B: Thank you :)

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  • Jan 24, 2012 - 8:48AM

    @ahalya:
    Beautiful words sister..

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  • usmanx
    Jan 24, 2012 - 9:08AM

    This man is a shining example for those of us that are born Muslim. More importantly, as someone has stated, he is better than the political, sectarian, violent mullahs in the country.
    This is exactly how Islam spread in the Indus in the first place. Men like Deen Mohammed inspired by Islam inspired others. Amazing story.

    To those complaining, this is not a forced conversion, it is not an incentivized conversion, it is not opportunistic conversion so the best thing to do is…. to not complain.

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  • kaalchakra
    Jan 24, 2012 - 9:29AM

    Hasan bhai

    Let’s not say too much about converting the uneducated. Had there been no converting of the uneducated, there would have been no Pakistan.

    If we work teleologically, since Pakistan is a net gain for humanity, converting the uneducated can’t be such a bad thing.

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  • Onlooker
    Jan 24, 2012 - 10:15AM

    It’s another form of forceful conversion. The same newspaper published a report where Hindus were forced to convert for just getting Watan Card and Ration Card. In a country where constitutionally minorities are lesser than majority, always there will be a conductive atmosphere to seek a better life by adopting majority’s faith. An institutionalized discrimination and humiliation will always work as a catalyst for conversion. When a national psyche has been built on exclusivist narratives and monopoly over truth this is hardly surprising

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  • maiden
    Jan 24, 2012 - 11:11AM

    He told them to convert as you have to be a Muslim or you will burn in Hell..

    What absolute rubbish.. Are we now saying God onl accepts Muslims in Heaven?
    Simply provocative and disgusting. This man knows nothing about Islam.Recommend

  • Jan 24, 2012 - 11:16AM

    @Dr Saif ur Rehman:
    “United we stand, divided we fall.”
    Respects..

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  • Samir
    Jan 24, 2012 - 12:15PM

    “I tell them that I was a Hindu too and that they would burn in Hell if they are not Muslim.”

    Like Ive always said. The only tool religion uses is fear. Therefore the weak will always convert.

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  • Muhammed
    Jan 24, 2012 - 1:48PM

    Quick Facts:

    1)He is REVERTING people not converting them
    2) Before the day of judgement can come the entire humanity will convert to Islam.Recommend

  • The Pointer
    Jan 24, 2012 - 2:37PM

    @Letstellthetruth:
    It is not about majority or minority, it is the HEEDAYA one gets.

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  • Zillur Rahman
    Jan 24, 2012 - 2:40PM

    We have always known that a convert is a person who leaves another religion to join yours while an apostate is one who leaves your religion to join another. It is so really nice that apostasy laws allow conversions of Muslims to any other religion only at the risk of their lives.

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  • FJ
    Jan 24, 2012 - 3:12PM

    People come to him to convert he doest not ask them to convert- it’s their own choice!…what is the problem with the people here on this forum who did not like this man’s effort towards Islam.

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  • pakistani hindu
    Jan 24, 2012 - 3:34PM

    it is very hard to live in pakistan as hindu

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jan 24, 2012 - 4:21PM

    @FJ:

    People come to him to convert he doest
    not ask them to convert- it’s their
    own choice!

    Well, that’s would be an excellent argument even for a conman. Typically, all his victims believe him by their own choice.

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  • Mir
    Jan 24, 2012 - 5:45PM

    what a dichotomy in once place we heartfully accept the conversion of hindus to muslims on the other hand if someone stands for poor christian lady for her rights is not tolerated.

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  • Tehniat Ahsan
    Jan 24, 2012 - 6:42PM

    OMG!!! I can see that people are really offended by his conversion and by the conversions he has made. Get a life people! If a man practices one religion and then decides to follow another one due to ANY reason, it’s his problems.
    Dear Indian and Hindu fellows, who says so that the minorities in Pakistan are living a threatened life? Your media of course. Whereas the truth is that it is in your country that a massive genocide of the Muslims was carried in the province of Gujrat and where even the Australian national Christians were killed because of their religion. Have you ever heard of a Christian genocide happening over here in Pakistan on a constant basis?
    Yes, there are times when minorities are threatened, as there are good and bad people everywhere but it is actually in India where generations are killed! Maybe this is why this Baba decided to give up Hinduism seeing the double standards of the religion!

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  • Tehniat Ahsan
    Jan 24, 2012 - 6:47PM

    @Passi
    Sorry to say but Hinduism is the only religion in the world which supports racism, caste system etc. What we have here in Pakistan, the caste systems etc, has got nothing to do with Islam. It is something underlying in our culture.
    If you still thinkk that equality is something which is the outcome of modern day liberlaism then I am sorry you are wrong.
    Allah Almighty says in the Quran that He hasn’t divided us in different casts so that we can discriminate among ourselves, as only the person who is highest in piety is the dearest to Him!

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  • KPS
    Jan 24, 2012 - 7:37PM

    @Tehniat Ahsan:
    Caste system is a social hierarchy not a religious one. So there is no question that Sanatan Dharm either supporting or rejecting it. As you yourself have said, it is practiced in Pakistan as a “cultural thing”. If it was religious, it would have been extinct with the advent of Islam.

    Islam, Christianity et all have preached that “all are equal in the eyes of the Lord”. But not that they are actually equal, because it is not true in reality. There is widespread disparity and inequality among people based on their physical and intellectual attributes and capabilities which manifest in their very different behavior and achievements. So the practice of “equality” is artificial and a transplant of modern day liberalism.

    If you want to see how equal Islam is, you have to travel to the middle east and see how the native muslim treat muslim converts. No basic fundamental rights, no right to property, no right to citizenship, no marriage with native muslim women etc.. Surely, if they believed in “equality” as stated by Islam, they would have practiced it. The fact is reality is bound to to catch up. If you follow someone else’s culture, language and religion, it makes you subservient to the latter. There is no escaping that fact. And so shall you be treated!!!!

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jan 24, 2012 - 9:34PM

    BTW, this what Mahatma Gandhi had to say (please note the references)

    1)
    I believe that there is no such thing as conversion from one faith to another in the accepted sense of the word. It is a highly personal matter for the individual and his God. I may not have any design upon my neighbour as to his faith which I must honour even as I honour my own. Having reverently studied the scriptures of the world I could no more think of asking a Christian or a Musalman, or a Parsi or a Jew to change his faith than I would think of changing my own. (Harijan: September 9, 1935)

    2)
    I disbelieve in the conversion of one person by another. My effort should never to be to undermine another’s faith. This implies belief in the truth of all religions and, therefore, respect for them. It implies true humility. (Young India: April 23, 1931)

    3)
    When the missionary of another religion goes to them, he goes like a vendor of goods. He has no special spiritual merit that will distinguish him from those to whom he goes. He does however possess material goods which he promises to those who will come to his fold. (Harijan: April 3, 1937)

    @mods, I sincerely hope that you don’t find Gandhi to be against ET policies.

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  • SalSal
    Jan 24, 2012 - 11:07PM

    @John
    If somebody intends to just sit in one place and get food offered to him by Allah without making any effort, then he wont get anything. Allah tells us to work and try to feed themselves by working honestly. Just by sitting and praying to Allah wont do much. Humans are told to do their part and then leave the rest to Allah’s Mercy

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  • Cynical
    Jan 24, 2012 - 11:10PM

    We need more people like him. One day every one will convert to Islam.
    Milk and honey will flow.Hope to live long enough to see it.

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  • s
    Jan 25, 2012 - 12:51AM

    MASHALLAH, may ALLAH help us do the same

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  • Giri
    Jan 25, 2012 - 12:58AM

    The 360 millions are dieties and not Gods. Vedas says there is only one god, Brahman (not Brahmin which is a caste). The vedantas (end of vedas) are of highly philosophical nature and discusses more about this Brahman. Ordinary people are not aware of all this, and think hinduism is just worship of rocks and trees, but that is the degradation seen in the religion. The actual stone is the temple is different, which is established after a pranapathishta (with life force) and has powers which any other rocks or trees lack.

    Even before all these, there were no temples. Just rishis and spiritual seekers doing meditation, which was the ultimate way for God-realisation.

    If anyone is interested, they can read the 3 big philosophers of hinduism, Adi Shankara (Advaita philosophy), Ramanuja charya(Vishishta advita) and Madhava charya (Dwaita).

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jan 25, 2012 - 2:25AM

    @Yuri Kondaryuk
    Is it true Muslims of north india used to called hiim Maulana Gandhi.. i will wait for reply.

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  • John B
    Jan 25, 2012 - 4:14AM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk:
    Unfortunately, very few people read now a days. Religion of modern times measures its success by number of followers.

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  • Indian
    Jan 25, 2012 - 7:05AM

    Music director AR Rehman was born as Dilip Kumar. In his adult life he and his mother converted to Islam, his sister did not, they still are family. Later he went on to become most famous music director in Hindi and Tamil film industry. Nobody can say he was force converted. This brings in glory to Islam truly. Deen Mohammad Sheikh’s conversion to Islam in an Islamic country is a different thing.

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  • micko
    Jan 25, 2012 - 8:09AM

    Article forgot to say how many ex-converts Deen Mohammad killed after they changed their minds and decided to leave …. please update.

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  • Hafeez
    Jan 25, 2012 - 8:56AM

    My salute!

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  • sarita talwai
    Jan 25, 2012 - 9:05AM

    True religion is humanity.Pls convert all you believers and non-believers.

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  • Jan 25, 2012 - 11:15AM

    @Giri:
    I sincerely thank you for sharing your views. Learnt a lot from your post, I really appreciate it.
    Greetings from Pakistani Hindus.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jan 25, 2012 - 1:28PM

    @Ali Tanoli:

    Is it true Muslims of north india used
    to called hiim Maulana Gandhi.. i will
    wait for reply.

    You are possibly talking about the incident at Nagpur Congress where Jinnah adamantly defended British rule of India while Gandhi supported complete independence from the colonial rule. Please read further if you are interested.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jan 25, 2012 - 1:34PM

    @John B:
    @Giri:
    It’s truly sad that people look for feel good quick fixes when it comes to religion while they do extensive research when it comes to investing even a single penny.

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  • Jan 25, 2012 - 5:44PM

    Mashallah i really like your post.

    Mashallah may ALLAH bless you.

    Islam is a great religion.
    Thanks

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  • Jan 25, 2012 - 5:47PM

    We are proud Pakistanis and perfect Muslims. Just now heard that three Shia lawyers were gunned down by Sunni terrorists at Karachi. Who are criminals?

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jan 25, 2012 - 5:47PM

    @yuri kondratyuk
    yes thats it thank u. i have deep respect for Mr Gandhi sahab.

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  • Jan 25, 2012 - 7:29PM

    Aslam O Alikum:

    I really like this useful religious post.

    Jazak ALLAH Kher.

    Regards
    Mohammad Hateem
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  • Nasmajh
    Jan 26, 2012 - 11:21AM

    @vasan: dont you need God ??

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  • hamza khan
    Jan 26, 2012 - 9:42PM

    @ahalya:

    yes…keep telling yourself that. whatever floats your boat, right?!

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  • SD
    Jan 26, 2012 - 10:18PM

    minorities
    minorities in Muslim countries convert and decrease in number, Muslims as minorities convert and increase in number. I see a pattern. And force and freedom has nothing to do with it. Its about the truth and it really strikes those who are open to it.

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  • Himanshu
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:08PM

    After reading the comments (despite the article), as an Indian, I shudder at the thought of going to Pakistan. I have no political or religious leanings; I just want to go on an expedition to Mt K2, but visa refusals and even stronger warnings from some Pakistani friends seem to tell me I may never see that beautiful peak ever. Sad.

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  • Katarina
    Jan 28, 2012 - 11:44PM

    And I guess that if this guy would have made 100 000 to convert to christianity or to become atheists/agnostics that would also been seen as great work?Recommend

  • Hala
    Feb 2, 2012 - 10:06PM

    Masha Allah. May Allah swt reward your efforts. Please remember to make your intention for the sake of Allah swt only.

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  • Feb 4, 2012 - 1:52AM

    Mashallah he is sooo blessed….and Alhamdulillah we are born muslims…

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  • Indians still jealous
    Mar 17, 2012 - 4:49PM

    indians gloat somewhere else……….

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  • Chill
    Mar 17, 2012 - 5:53PM

    I can see so many confused comments. Message is simple one is better than many. If you think like this, you will reach to the truth automatically.

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