and Allah said "And proclaim the pilgramage among men; they will come to thee on foot and on every kind of camel. Lean on account of Journeys through deep and distant mountain highways" Surah 22 ~ Al Hajj Part 27

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam

Asalaamwalaikum ( Peace be upon you )

Bismillaharakmanniraheem ( I begin in the name of Allah subhanatallah )

The website people from www.deen-al-Islam.org got in touch me to ask me to write in my own words my story as to why and how I adopted Islam. This is my journey in to Islam…

I was born in Lumbini , Nepal , within a strict Brahmin household. As a young man, I travelled to England and settled here. In this day and age it is quite illogical to be worshipping idols and I was uncomfortable with it despite my strict Brahmin upbringing. Deep inside myself, I felt that this path that I was born in to was not my path and I was looking for true path to follow. I had looked at other religions but not found any satisfaction in them. I had no knowledge about Islam at all and never had any friends from that religion either.

One night, I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep so I started listening to the radio, I turned over to Sunrise Radio and heard this man recite “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, ashaduana liillah illa…” My heart started to race as the words touched my very soul. I didn't know what it was, so I sat there transfixed, listening to the program that followed by Mehar Khan. Islam had sliced through my heart like a spear and later I was to find out, what I had heard at the beginning of the program was Muslim call to prayer known as the Athan. The Saheri (Suhoor / pre-dawn meal before closing a fast) program changed my life. From that morning I turned the radio on at every opportunity and listened intently. I also began to study Islam. The more I learnt and more thirst I had for more. Nine years ago, I took Shahada and have never looked back since. Alhamdhulillah all the voids in my life and soul have been fulfilled. I changed my name to Dildar Madani

Two years after marrying my wife in Nepal and going through some very difficult times, we returned to England . Last year Allah Subhanatallah blessed us with our first child. We pray our son Samir will inshallah; grow up in to kind, caring, trustworthy and decent Muslim ameen

I am very fortunate and happy to have moved to Cambridge . Islam thrives in the hearts of all people you meet in this beautiful city. Help kindness, affection and being part of a huge international and global community comes at your from all sides of this city. Alhamdhulillah, every person out there has a verse that touches them in a very special way. I am fortunate that both my wife and I share this special verse and are in agreement, that Allah certainly chose the religion of Islam for us and regardless of the fact that we were not born Muslims, nor the fact that we were raised in a land that has no Islam, nor the fact that Islam did not play any part in our lives. He still instilled a void in us that pulled us towards Islam and made us Muslims.

Allah says “This day, have perfected your religion for you and completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion” [al-Maa'idah 5:3 – interpretation of the meaning]

Allah did not to give this favour just to a one race but to the whole of humanity. Therefore any one can become a Muslim no matter what race or colour he/she is. No matter whether they are single, married, divorced or a child. This is what Cambridge 's Muslim community represents and may this unity live long ameen