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Posted on Fri, Apr 20, 2007 08:12

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. CHRISTIAN MINISTER OF UNITED METHODISH CHURCH, USA, EMBRACED ISLAM.(JERALD F.DIRKS) STORY BY JERALD F.DIRKS: (I skipped a few paragraphs, the childhood story of Jerald F.Dirks in the Christian family). EXTRACTED FROM RELIABLE ARTICLE: The early life and education of a Harvard Hollis scholar and author of the book "The Cross and the Crescent", disillusioned by Christianity due the information learnt in its School of Theology. By age 17, when I began my freshman year at Harvard College, my decision to enter the ministry had solidified. During my freshman year, I enrolled in a two-semester course in comparative religion, which was taught by Wilfred Cantwell Smith, whose specific area of expertise was Islam. During that course, I gave far less attention to Islam than I did to other religions, such as Hinduism and Buddism, as the latter two seemed so much more esoteric and strange to me. In contrast, Islam appeared to be somewhat similar to my own Christianity. As such, I didn't concentrate on it as much as I probably should have, although I can remember writing a term paper for the course on the concept of revelation in the Quran. Nonetheless, as the course was one of rigorous academic standards and demands, I did acquire a small library of about a half dozen books on Islam, all of which were written by non-Muslims, and all of which were to serve me in good stead 25 years later. I also acquired two different English translations of the meaning of the Quran, which I read at the time. TO BE CONTINUED.........INSYA'ALLAH. ALLAH KNOWS BEST.


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