Original name: Skip Estes
Birth: January 1, 1944 in Ohio, US.
Occupation: Businessman (musical instruments, radio and TV station), ententainer, Christian preacher turned to Muslim preacher, the founder and operator of GuideUS TV; Director of the Islamic Mission Foundation International.
Activities: Music Minister (in many of churches); Delegate to UN Peace Summit for Religious Leaders (September 2000) and Muslim Chaplain for the US Bureau of Prisons (1994-2000).
Works: Bible: A Closer Look and Islam Cracks the Code – DaVinci
Previous faiths: Catholic, “Born Again” and Protestant.
Reason: “One day in the Spring of 1991, I came to know that the Muslims believed in the Bible. I was shocked. How could this be? But that’s not all, they believe in Jesus as: A true messenger of God; A Prophet of God; Miracle birth without human intervention; He was the ‘Christ’ or Messiah as predicted in the Bible; He is with God now and most important: He will be coming back in the Last Days to lead the believers against the ‘Antichrist.’
After “winning souls to the Lord for Jesus” day after day, this would be a big achievement for me, to catch one of these ‘Moslems’ and ‘convert’ him to Christianity
… So, I went upstairs to think things over a bit and began to talk to my wife about the whole subject. She then told me that she too was going to enter into Islam, because she knew it was the truth. I was really shocked now. I went downstairs and woke up Mohamed and asked him to come outside with me for a discussion. We walked and talked that whole night through. By the time he was ready to pray Fajr (the morning prayer of the Muslims) I knew that the truth had come at last and now it was up to me to do my part. I went out back behind my father’s house and found an old piece of plywood lying under an overhang and right there I put my head down on the ground facing the direction that the Muslims pray five times a day. Now then in that position, with my body stretched out on the plywood and my head on the ground, I asked: “O God. If you are there, guide me, guide me.” And then after a while I raised up my head and I noticed something. .. What I did notice was a change inside of me. I was aware now more than ever before that it was time for me to stop any lying and doing anything sneaky. It was time that I really work at being an honest and upright man. I knew now what I had to do. So I went upstairs and took a shower with the distinct idea that I was ‘washing’ away the sinful old person that I had become over the years. And I was now coming into a new, fresh life. A life based on truth and proof. Around 11 am that morning, I stood before two witnesses, one the ex-priest, formerly known as Father Peter Jacob’s, and the other Mohamed Abel Rehman and announced my ‘shahadah’ …“
Islamia/The Brunei Times
Friday, 28 May 2012