A Brush With Jehovah’s Witnesses A Memoir by

At college, we were asked to write a story that had to do with argument theory. I decided to write about an experience I’m sure almost every American Muslim has gone through. Enjoy!

The Jehovah’s Witnesses opened the gate leading to my house and I watched them slowly walking up to my door. “Here comes”, I thought wryly as they started to knock. I sighed as I thought of my predicament; here I was, taking the day off from school because I was feeling sick and instead of being allowed to rest in peace, there were a group of people that were (by now banging) at my door. Instead of using the usual tactics of ignoring the door when a telemarketer comes by, I decided to open the door as it might turn out to be an interesting experience.

Opening the door, I saw a mother with her sons all dressed in suits and in their Sunday best (and mind you, it was a weekday). They decided to begin their persuasion with a question, “what do you think about money?” I was impressed as I saw their latest technique; instead of trying to explain everything about their religion in a comprehensive matter, they were rather approaching me from one subject and going into detail about that. I quickly replied, “Money is a temporary pleasure that doesn’t truly bring happiness. [Surah Kahf - "Wealth and sons are allurements of the life of this world: But the things that endure, good deeds, are best in the sight of thy Lord, as rewards, and best as (the foundation for) hopes."] It should just be used as a means and not as an ends.” The lady’s expression quickly became flabbergasted as it became apparent that she wasn’t expecting this answer. She stuttered, “Well, that’s rather deep from a young man!”

I merely shrugged my shoulders and said, “These are not my own words but they’re rather words that are mentioned in my own holy book, the Quran.” She started to open her mouth in retort, but thought better of it and quickly changed direction by thrusting into my hands two think brochures with images of gold and money emblazoned on the front. She began her tirade of telling me that money is the root of all evils and started quoting from various passages in her bible. Throughout it all, I listened to her politely, smiling the whole time. When I finally started to tire as I was feeling sick, I asked her sweetly, “Would you please like to come in? We can discuss each others’ books and I can show you my own book and what we believe.”

The lady looked at me with a frown; clearly, this was not at all going how she expected. The kids around her were looking at me with curious expressions as I opened my door and gestured for them to come in. The mother quickly put a protective arm around her children and told them to stay back. She looked at me and said, “Maybe another time. I might come back later” as she briskly led her children away. I waved at the kids, said, “Come back anytime”, and as they went to the next household, quickly closed the door and shot back to the comfort of my couch, grinning broadly. Life was good…

The amazing thing was that after I posted it on our college’s message board, I got a reply and it was surprisingly approving of my writings:

I thought that this was a very interesting story. I am not a Muslim, but I admire and see eye to eye with certain issues with the Muslim faith. Another thing that I liked in your story was how you incorporated a quote from the Quran. You defiantly showed your side of the story and stood firm with your opinion.

Alhamdulillah, I was able to do Da’wah on both fronts :)


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  • http://www.muslimhomeschoolers.wordpress.com/ muslimhomeschoolers

    Subhanallah… Very interesting, I didn’t know their women went around doing knock knock dawah :). I’ve had a similar experience… Except they were two elderly men who insisted on coming back (can’t refuse, can you?) and surely they did when I had to accompany my mother to the doctor… and they said they’d return the week after (tomorrow, specifically). I wonder if they will…

    They clearly know nothing about Islam and have their own perception of it [Muhammed wrote the Koran to lead the people back to the Bible (Naudhubillah...)] and they thought we have the same beliefs about Jesus so when I told them what we really believe, one of them was surprised. I actually look forward to them coming back… (though my mom wishes otherwise).

    Do you know the ayah which he was alluding to… that the Quran leads back to the Bible and Torah, or confirms what’s in it… so that I can look up the tafseer and have my argument ready.

  • http://www.muslimhomeschoolers.wordpress.com muslimhomeschoolers

    Subhanallah… Very interesting, I didn’t know their women went around doing knock knock dawah :). I’ve had a similar experience… Except they were two elderly men who insisted on coming back (can’t refuse, can you?) and surely they did when I had to accompany my mother to the doctor… and they said they’d return the week after (tomorrow, specifically). I wonder if they will…

    They clearly know nothing about Islam and have their own perception of it [Muhammed wrote the Koran to lead the people back to the Bible (Naudhubillah...)] and they thought we have the same beliefs about Jesus so when I told them what we really believe, one of them was surprised. I actually look forward to them coming back… (though my mom wishes otherwise).

    Do you know the ayah which he was alluding to… that the Quran leads back to the Bible and Torah, or confirms what’s in it… so that I can look up the tafseer and have my argument ready.

  • http://www.muslimyouthmusings.com/ Arif Kabir

    Hope you also have an interesting time with them :) One thing I would really recommend doing, especially in this ‘defensive Dawah’, is what a scholar recommended to do when being confronted with alien ideas (philosophy, atheism, etc.). He said to not soak up their knowledge like a sponge, but to rather view the knowledge the same way you would look out a window and view the outside, meaning you don’t have to necessarily take the knowledge in – just listen from your own prism of Islamic knowledge.

    Regarding the ayah they were referring to, I believe it may be 2:136 in which Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says, “Say ye: “We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam).” I researched the tafsir of this ayah on tafsir.com and found a page dealing with this verse. One of the things mentioned in the page was this:

    Al-Bukhari narrated that Abu Hurayrah said, “The People of the Book used to read the Torah in Hebrew and translate it into Arabic for the Muslims. The Messenger of Allah said,

    «لَا تُصَدِّقُوا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ وَلَا تُكَذِّبُوهُمْ وقُولُوا: آمَنَّا بِاللهِ وَمَا أُنْزل إِلَيْنَا»

    (Do not believe the People of the Book, nor reject what they say. Rather, say, `We believe in Allah and in what was sent down to us.)”

    Also, if they ever try bringing that flimsy debate that the Prophet was sent to ‘lead people back to the Bible’, use it against them and say that yes, the Prophet was sent to lead people back, but not to the Bible. Rather, he, as well as Abraham, Moses, and Jesus were all sent to bring the people back to Allah and that all of the Prophets were Muslim and all ascribed to one God. Muhammad (salAllahu alahyhi wa sallam) is the final Messenger of Allah and brought the final Book – if they want proof, give them the proof from their own Bible that mention the coming of the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam). Hope that helps!

  • http://www.youtube.com/abdelbaasit1 Abd Al-Baasit

    The Qur`aan confirms the Truths of the previous revelations [which were also sent down by Allah]. But the Qur`aan does not confirm the falsehood, the lies and the distortions of the Torah/Bible, which are not from Allah, but from men. 5:15-17 * In fact, just read the Qur`aan! It actually refutes & rebukes the People of the Book for these lies they have added to their divine scriptures.

    The ayah being referred to could be: 2:97 or 5:48. * Lastly, don’t be deceived by these ignorant people. Knowledge is a shield. For example, right after Allah said that the Qur`aan confirms what came in the Previous Revelations (in 5:48) Allah stated: ومهيمنا عليه “…and this Qur’aan is Muhaymin over the old scriptures.”

    Al-Haafizh Ibn Katheer writes as follows: (quote)

    Meaning, that the Qur’aan is trustworthy over every Divine Book that preceded it. Ibn Jareer said, “The Qur’an is trustworthy over the Books that preceded it. Therefore, whatever in these previous Books conforms to the Qur’an is true, and whatever disagrees with the Qur’an is false.” `Abdullaah Ibn `Abbas said that Muhaymin means, “dominant over the previous Scriptures”. (end quote)

    Also, another verse they may be referring to is 4:47 – but just a glance at this ayah will tell you that it, in no way, implies that Muslims need to go and start following the old scriptures. The verse reads: “O you who have been given the Scripture (Jews/Christians)! Believe in what We have revealed confirming what is with you, before We efface faces and turn them backwards or curse them as We cursed the people of the Sabbath.”

    Finally:

    3:71 “O People of the Scripture! Why do you mix truth with falsehood and conceal the truth while you know?”

    2:146-147 “Those to whom We have given the Scripture, recognize him (Muhammad) just as they recognize their own sons. And indeed, a group among them is surely concealing the truth knowingly! The truth is from your Lord, so do not be of those who waver.”

  • http://www.youtube.com/abdelbaasit1 Abd Al-Baasit

    The Qur`aan confirms the Truths of the previous revelations [which were also sent down by Allah]. But the Qur`aan does not confirm the falsehood, the lies and the distortions of the Torah/Bible, which are not from Allah, but from men. 5:15-17 * In fact, just read the Qur`aan! It actually refutes & rebukes the People of the Book for these lies they have added to their divine scriptures.

    The ayah being referred to could be: 2:97 or 5:48. * Lastly, don’t be deceived by these ignorant people. Knowledge is a shield. For example, right after Allah said that the Qur`aan confirms what came in the Previous Revelations (in 5:48) Allah stated: ومهيمنا عليه “…and this Qur’aan is Muhaymin over the old scriptures.”

    Al-Haafizh Ibn Katheer writes as follows: (quote)

    Meaning, that the Qur’aan is trustworthy over every Divine Book that preceded it. Ibn Jareer said, “The Qur’an is trustworthy over the Books that preceded it. Therefore, whatever in these previous Books conforms to the Qur’an is true, and whatever disagrees with the Qur’an is false.” `Abdullaah Ibn `Abbas said that Muhaymin means, “dominant over the previous Scriptures”. (end quote)

    Also, another verse they may be referring to is 4:47 – but just a glance at this ayah will tell you that it, in no way, implies that Muslims need to go and start following the old scriptures. The verse reads: “O you who have been given the Scripture (Jews/Christians)! Believe in what We have revealed confirming what is with you, before We efface faces and turn them backwards or curse them as We cursed the people of the Sabbath.”

    Finally:

    3:71 “O People of the Scripture! Why do you mix truth with falsehood and conceal the truth while you know?”

    2:146-147 “Those to whom We have given the Scripture, recognize him (Muhammad) just as they recognize their own sons. And indeed, a group among them is surely concealing the truth knowingly! The truth is from your Lord, so do not be of those who waver.”

  • Happyguy

    Hey I was a Muslim but now am a happy Jehovah Witness

    • http://www.muslimyouthmusings.com/ Arif Kabir

      Oh? What made you make the switch?

    • Hafbasto

      sure

  • Tauba Istighfar

    Happy can be sad and vice versa. If you only knew what it meant to truly repent. Virtue is not a feeling or opinion. Virtue is a state of character in accord to objective facts. Don’t talk about opinion. Talk about revision. Islam is the only belief/religion that means what the best virtue means. True humility.

  • Tauba Istighfar

    Qur’an is the only holy book in perfect harmony with monotheism. Belief in One G-d, only. That’s the greatest sign to recognize. Do not idolize. Desist crimes. No Prophet (man of Truth) would say worship him rather than G-d. Nor would he instruct you to take angels and prophets for lords and patrons. Prophets (Moses, Jesus, and lastly Muhammad) preached monotheism as the only true belief. That was their main duty. That’s why the Qur’an is G-d’s final revelation. No holy book succeeded in true monotheism except Qur’an. Previous scripture did not succeed cause the Prophets were tested. G-d is Perfect. G-d sent Prophets (not as helpers but) only as true believers/warners. The final revelation is only cause the Prophets were tested. G-d is not a man. Nor the son of man. G-d is One. Absolute (completely freed from help/fault) and Eternal (has no birth or death). G-d begets not and was not begotten. And none can come near (in quality or being to) the greatness of G-d. And who does more wrong than he who lies against G-d and rejects true belief?