IMAM HUSAIN ISLAMIC CENTRE “Light of Guidance and Ark of Salvation”
January, 17 2018 - 1:43 PM 28 Rabi'u Thani 1439

Paul Stevenson

In the Name of God; the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

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Asalamu aleikum brothers and sisters.

I am happy to be here tonight and tell you the story of my search for truth.

It was a very long story but I will try and tell it in a few minutes.

When I was very young I became aware that I was living in a world of immense beauty and power. As the days and years went by I became increasingly in awe of our surrounding universe .With every new discovery that I made in regard to our universe my conviction that there was indeed but one God became deeper.

I studied many different religions; Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and others. I also studied various sub orders of these religions. Of course the idea of multiple gods soon became extinct with the application of reason. My studies in this area soon faded away to zero. 

I studied Christianity more than any other religion for the simple reason that most of the population here in Australia were Christians and literature was readily available.

When I was a teenager I met and worked with some people who were Seventh day Adventists.  It was my good fortune that they introduced me to the fact that many of Gods rules from the bible were changed by mortal men for their own political needs and their own low desires. Of course the first thing I learnt from them was about the changes made to the Sabbath day brought about by emperor Constantine  of Rome in 325 ce.  However the laws and rule changes were many and varied with no consideration given to Allah or humanity. The only thing of importance to these dictators was power and low desires.

After I had found out about many of the inconsistencies with the bible and the organisations that were controlling Christians, for the sake of political and financial power I was left with a great sense of loss. What was I to do?   I knew I had to keep searching.

I did not belong to any religious group and I was searching for the truth when I met an Muslim lady about six years ago. She advised me to continue my search in the Quran and find the truth there.

A few years passed and it turned out that she was right with her prediction.

When I first started reading the Quran I was completely shocked by what I found inside. I was completely unprepared for what I was about to discover because I had been subject to anti Islamic propaganda for most of my life, on Television, newspapers and Christian literature. 

Twice, I went to Iran to explore the country and the culture and I was taken to many places of Islamic significance by my Iranian Friend .These trips had a large impact in my life and influenced my decision to become Muslim. 

In 2002, on returning to Australia I went back to my job in the western Queensland desert and with a bit of luck I discovered the IHIC website. Since then Sheikh Mansour and Feruzan have always helped me with books and emails from the centre. 

In February 2003 I officially became a Muslim and soon after I got married to the Muslim lady at the centre.

I know that our lives are a full time learning  experience and the more I learn about Islam the more I want to learn and I pray to Allah that I will walk on the right path for the rest of my life ,be it short or long .

I appreciate all the people who have had a great influence in my journey, especially I appreciate Sheikh Mansour who always was my best teacher, Sister Feruzan and my wife, #######.

As-Salamo Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatoh
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