|Yuri reciting Qur'an|
19 year old Japanese/Vietnamese brother Yuri Hayamato (now Mohammed kamarov ) accepted Islam. He is a student and born in an Atheist family. Read how hatred, anger, false media reports and curiosity made him to finally accept Islam...a Amazing journey in his own words
Assalamualaykum. I reverted to Islam on 4th June,2012. Alhamdulillah. I'm Vietnamese-Japanese
I was born in an atheist Family, which has been worshiping our ancestors. Well, Atheist also have some beliefs, but rather then belief I will call it more of a old tradition and culture. But I was never comfortable with it, as it made no sense to me. I never thought that i was getting blessed by doing it.
My early life was bad and I was always a troubled child and was mostly a sad and it resulted in lots of sorrow and pain. I was a naughty boy and my mother used to beat me up, sometimes harshly. In my class, my classmate always picked on me and bullied me because I was small in size and different ( I am still small and look more younger then my age). the combination of these problems at home and school had a negative impact in my mind. I felt like I had to take revenge from them and be an evil man. My aim was to smash and kill all the people who were bullying me. So I started planning and plotting,but failed miserably.
At 9th grade,I learned about religions in our history class and initially thought that Hinduism is coo, but the whole idea just worn off over sometime.
At 10th grade,while chatting with my classmates, I joked with my friends that my birth place was Iraq and they immediately started picking on me again , some called me terrorist, some called me Osama bin Laden, some Taliban. I knew very little about them like Taliban, Osama Bin Laden , Al Qaeda. I used to think Muslims are terrorist. But I left it there as I got engrossed in other things in life. But then was always a question in mind that why do Muslims do bad things. I started doing little research and leaned that it was not that simple and straight as media told Then I knew they were a victim of American government. CIA created all of them. So I felt a little comfortable with Islam and changed the views that Muslims were more victims. My views were little changed about Islam and Muslims
The 2012 rumor that the world will end also played its role as I only believed in science and scientist explained about 2012 incident and the existence of God. I always asked myself, how did everything exist, how could there was a Big Bang Explosion. I started using Facebook in 2011 and added a few of friends. I knew that Indonesia and Malaysia are two Islamic country so I made friends with several Indonesians and few Malaysians. I learned a lot of things from them about Islam. I saw the way theywere proud to be a Muslim,the way women dress Hijab the way Muslims treat to each others as brothers, the way they worship Allah. My views about Islam changed further and I started believing that only Islam could be the true religion I wanted to be a Muslim, but I thought there is no Islam in Hanoi,Vietnam because Islam is not popular in Vietnam. But I found out in Sai Gon there are a lot of Muslim. So I decided I would move there so that I can revert to Islam! Alhamdulillah, I googled: Islam in Hanoi. And I found out there is only one masjid in Northern Vietnam.
Thanks to my Indonesian friends who explained me about Islam. I tried to Email the mosque, but got no response. Second time I sent a email again on 31st May,2012. I send them a email for the third time.
Alhamdulillah, on 2nd June,2012 they responded my request and on 4th June 2012. My Imam Abbas called to me and told me to come to the Masjid and be a true Muslim. Alhamdulillah, after finishing the Shahadah, I became a Muslim. Alhamdulillah.
But I had to face my family. My dad was really upset about me, he tried to make me leave Islam but failed. My mom mocked Islam in front of me, telling that Muslims are terrorist and insane. But I just let it go. I told them that I won't worship our great ancestors anymore, but only Allah(God). They insulted me on the 22nd day of Ramadan. But I just came to the Masjid and Prayed. Now I feel my life is much better. I have Allah who is always with me. Initially, I was lazy on praying and had some difficulties in praying as well. Astaghfirullah, I read Qur'an and know that I have to pray 5 times a day. So I try never to miss any of prayers. My life has so many challenge, sometimes I felt I lost my faith but I kept up with Islam! Because I learned from Qur'an that life is temporary. The life after is much more important, Of course,there were some of defect in my character but I always try to fix it, Insha'allah. Becoming a Muslim I feel I have to be a good boy,so I always want to be good. Unlike me in the past. I always smile at people with my aim is to make me and people feel happy. Because Smile is Sunnah. I met a lot of friends who are Muslims on Facebook. Even sometimes they misunderstood me, but I always kept forgiveness thinking in my mind. I am always ready to forgive people and no longer want to take revenge. I saw some Islamic haters tell something bad about Islam and I tried to find the reason why they did that. I started debate with them but failed because my Islamic knowledge is not so good,and due to my entrance exam this year I can't learn Islam much. But I never leave Islam because of some Islamic haters. Islam has changed my life from bad to good, Islam teaches me to live happily even in sorrow, poor or bad condition. Always have to be graceful and don't complain about everything. Never think that wealth is the only way, avoid drinking Alcohol, avoid looking at women and have to lower gaze in front of them. Alhamdulillah. I'm still not a good Muslim but I always want to be a good Muslim Insha'allah. My dream is to be an Islamic teacher by learning Arabic learning Islamic rules or to be a translator. Insha'allah. After taking an entrance to university this July I also want to learn Russian. Please pray for me my Muslim brothers and sisters. I love you all for the sake of Allah. Islam is just, Islam is not about enjoying this life, is about how to worship God and live well, that's why this life is called temporary! That's why we have to spread the Shahada by giving Dawah. Saying that Allah is the only God and Muhammad is his last prophet. Islam is the only way to access Paradise. To Islamic haters, Islam never teaches men to oppress their wife. It's Haram. Oppression of women happens everywhere in this world. It's based on bad behaviour of their husband not their husband religion! Islam never teach people to do suicide bombing or kill innocent people. Bad people are everywhere and in every religion, some use Islam for their own benefit is the transgressor. They never fight for Allah they just want power and Allah knows best. Forcing people to accept Islam is also Haram! So as a Muslim I invite you to Islam. If you have time,please learn Islam carefully and with a kind heart. I will always pray for you. My revert name is Muhammad Kamarov (Kamarov is my Russian name by choice). Allah hafiz, may Allah bless all of us and also do apologize for my English as it is not by native language