‘Read! In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who Created-‘
(Surah Al Alaq, verse 1, the first Revelation)
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, my dear brothers and sisters.
Allahyarham Professor Dr. Muhammad al’Mahdi was a man of great character and charisma and this was seen most clearly in his interactions with children and young people.
I remember one incident where he was invited to speak to about 100 muslim college students in Kuala Lumpur. The students were quite cosmopolitan in their mindset, being mostly from middle to high income families. There was one student who clearly stood out. He was the last student to enter the hall and he swaggered in arrogantly, with his iPod (or some kind of music player) still in his ears, clearly trying to make a statement,’ You can force me to come but you can’t force me to listen.’…
Dr. Muhammad al’Mahdi gave his talk and to the surprise of us all, received a tremendous applause from the students. They crowded him after his talk, to thank him and to shake his hand. And remember that young man earlier? Well, he went up to Dr. Muhammad al’Mahdi and said to him,’ Thank you. I never knew just how beautiful Islam is.’
I am crying because I feel so blessed to have been there when that happened. Now you can see why Professor Dr. Muhammad al’Mahdi means so much to me. Through him and through the knowledge he shared with others, we finally saw and understood just how beautiful Islam is…