Christian Monk’s Conversion to Islam after challenging a Sufi Saint:
Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem:
From Imam Ghazzali (R.A)’s Ihya Uloomiddin:
Some Learned Men Said: “Some Secrets of the Unseen World are disclosed to men who can remain without food for consecutive 40 days.
One of these sages , while passing by a Christian Monk, invited him to accept Islam and to give up self-conceit. There were much arguments between them over these matter.
The Monk said to him at last: Jesus Christ fasted forty consecutive days. This is a Miracle indeed. Had he not been a Prophet, he could not have done so.
The sage said to him: If I can fast for consecutive fifty days, will you accept Islam?.
The Monk said: I shall accept Islam in that case.
Thereafter, the sage fasted for consecutive fifty days at a stretch. The sage said: I can fast ten days more. He then continued his fast for ten days more.
The Christian Monk was astonished at this and said: “I did not think that any men can surpass Jesus Christ in this Matter. Then he accepted Islam.
(From Ihya Uloomiddin: The book of Destructive Evils , Greed for Food and Sexual passions)
Comments by Sufi Live
Footnote: Gospel of Bible John NIV 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these …
The monk believed that Jesus is God, and it is rational to believe that none can do greater things than God Almighty. But when he realised that the Sufi saint can do greater things than Christ (By the Will of God) , the Monk realise the fallacy of the belief in the deity of Christ (peace be upon him) and accepted Islam.
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