A Mohammedan Brought to Christ: Being the Autobiography of the Rev. Imad-ud-Din ... of the Church Missionary Society's Mission at Amritsar, North India and Honorary Chaplain to the Lord Bishop of Lahore

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Church Missionary House, 1884 - Christian converts from Islam - 22 pages
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Page 14 - I cut out each word separately with scissors, and wrapped them up each in a ball of flour, and fed the fishes of the river with them, in the way the book prescribed. My days were spent in this manner ; and during half the night I slept, and the remaining half I sat up, and wrote the name of God mentally on my heart, and saw Him with the eye of thought. When all this toil was over, and I went thence, I had no strength left in my body; my face was wan and pale, and I could not even hold up myself against...
Page 20 - Christ 1 have had great peace in my soul. The agitation of mind and restlessness of which I have spoken have entirely left me. Even my health is improved, for my mind is never perplexed now. By reading the Word of God I have found enjoyment in life. The fear of death and of the grave, that before was a disease, has been much alleviated. I rejoice greatly in my Lord, and my soul is always making progress in His grace.
Page 13 - Hisb ul bahar. I had a book with me on the doctrines of mysticism and the practice of devotion, which I had received from my religious guide, and held more dear even than the Koran. In my journeys I slept with it at my side at nights, and took comfort in clasping it to my heart whenever my mind was perplexed. My religious guide had forbidden me to show this book, or to speak of its secrets to any one, for it contained the sum of everlasting happiness ; and so this priceless book is even now lying...
Page 10 - Majahida, and the special repetitions of the Koran, and all the various special penances and devotions that were enjoined. I used to shut my eyes and sit in retirement, seeking by thinking on the name of God to write it on my heart. I constantly sat on the graves of holy men, in hopes that, by contemplation, I might receive some revelation from the tombs. I went and sat in the assemblies of the elders, and hoped to receive grace by gazing with great faith on the faces of Soofies.
Page 18 - I began to speak about them, both with Missionaries and Mohammedans. Within a year I had investigated the whole matter, chiefly at nights; and I discovered that the religion of Mohammed is not of God, and that the Mohammedans have been deceived, and are lying in error ; and that salvation is assuredly to be found in the Christian religion.
Page 12 - Soofie mystics. The thought of utterly renouncing the world then came into my mind with so much power, that I left everybody, and went out into the jungles, and became a fakir, putting on clothes covered with red ochre, and wandered here and there, from city to city, and from village to village, step by step, alone, for about 2000 cos (2500 miles) without plan or baggage.
Page 13 - ... lying useless on a shelf in my house. I took up the book, and sat down on the bank of the stream, to perform the ceremonies as they were enjoined, according to the following rules: — The celebrant must first perform his ablutions on the bank of the flowing stream, and, wearing an unsewn dress, must sit in a particular manner on one knee for twelve days, and repeat the prayer called Jugopar thirty times every day with a loud voice. He must not eat any food with salt, or anything at all, except...
Page 12 - ... miles), without plan or baggage. Faith in the Mohammedan religion will never, indeed, allow true sincerity to be produced in the nature of man ; yet I was then, although with many worldly motives, in search only of God. In this state I entered the city of Karuli, where a stream called Cholida flows beneath a mountain, and there I stayed to perform the Hisb ul bahar. I had a book with me on the doctrines of mysticism and the practice of devotion, which I had received from my religious guide, and...
Page 9 - They then tie him by the leg with a rope of deceit, in order to make him sit down and rest contented, by telling him that what he has already learnt consists merely of the outward ordinances of Mohammedanism, and the science of their common-place book ; but that if he wishes to prosecute his studies, and investigate the realities of religion, and thus attain to the true knowledge of God, he must go to the fakirs and the Mohammedan saints, and remain in attendance on them for many years, because they...

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