MARYAM JAMEELAH

“I was comparing in my mind what I had read in the Old Testament and the Talmud with what was taught in the Quran and Hadith…”

Maryam Jameelah

Maryam Jameelah

Original name: Margaret Marcus
Birth: May 23, 1934 in New Rochelle, New York City
Ethnicity: Jewish
Nationality: Pakistani
Education: University of Rocheste; Judaism in Islam in New York University (dropped out in 1956)
Occupation: Author, Islamic ideologist, critic of secularism, materialism and modernization.
Spouse: Muhammad Yusuf Khan with five children
Parent: Myra and Herbert Marcus
Works: Wrote some 25 articles and books, among of them: Ahmad Khalil: The Story of a Palestinian Refugee and His Family (novel), Correspondences between Maulana Mawdoodi and Maryam Jameelah, Why I Embraced Islam, Islam and Modernism, Westernization and Human Welfare, Islam and Muslim Woman Today, Three Great Islamic Movemenets in the Arab World of the Recent Past, Islam and Western Society, Modern Technology and the Dehumanization of Man, Islam and Modern Man, and Generation Gap – Its Causes and Consequences
Previous faith: Judaism, humanistic philosophy, atheism, Bahaism
Revert: May 24, 1961 in New York City
Reason: “One morning in November 1954, Professor Katsh during his lecture, argued with irrefutable logic that the monotheism taught my Moses (PBUH) and the Divine laws related to him at Sinai were indispensable as the basis for all higher ethical values. If morals were purely man-made as the Ethical Culture and other agnostic and atheistic philosophies taught then they could be changed at will according to mere whim, convenience or circumstance. The result would be utter chaos leading to individual and collective ruin. Belief in the Hereafter as the Rabbis in the Talmud taught, argued Prof. Katsh, was not mere wishful thinking but a moral necessity. Only those he said who firmly believed that each of us will be summoned by God on judgment Day to render a complete account of our life and rewarded or punished accordingly, will possess the self-discipline to sacrifice transitory pleasures and endure hardships and sacrifice to attain lasting good. While Prof. Katsh was lecturing thus, I was comparing in my mind what I had read in the Old Testament and the Talmud with what was taught in the Quran and Hadith and finding Judaism so defective , I was converted to Islam.” (Quoted from her book Islam and Modernism)

http://maryam–jameelah.blogspot.com; wikipedia

Islamia/The Brunei Times
Friday, 2 March 2012

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