2 years ago, it clicked in my heart to become a true Muslim. And by true I mean, following the authentic teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). When I made this my goal, becoming a Salafi was a natural thing to do, not unusual or strange. Because when you make it your goal to worship Allaah as the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) worshiped Him, that is when you learn to avoid deviated sects and their bid’ah.
I did not even know what the words Tawheed and Bid’ah meant. But when their meaning and importance became clear to me, it became possible for me to filter out the deviated sects and scholars from the pure Islaam that I was searching for.
2 years ago I saw a video on YouTube, it inspired me to become a practicing Muslim, it inspired me to truly trust and believe in Allaah, that video completely changed me from the inside. So much that I started praying 5 times a day in the mosque with the congregation [which I still do today]. That video featured a deviant speaker, a Soofee Deobandee, back then I did not know any better. And eventually I was directed to other related videos on YouTube, eventually coming across the relatively high quality channel called “TheMercifulServant”, and similar channels.
These channels which I now label as deviated from the straight path, introduced me to speakers such as Yasir Qadhi, Hamza Yusuf, Tawfeeq Chaudhry, and many other Soofees, Ikhwanees and Khawaarij. These channels never ever featured a Salafi scholar or da’ee, such as Shaykh Rabee Al Madkhali or our brother Abu Khadeejah (may Allaah preserve these men). I did not even know that there was a salafi group. As a result, I began to love and respect these men such as Hamza Yusuf, Kamal El Mekki and Nouman Ali Khan.
Whenever I used to go to Sujood in my prayer, I would make a sincere Du’aa to Allaah, that I be guided to the straight path, because deep down, I had a feeling that perhaps I might not be rightly guided. Then one day, while browsing on YouTube sects that were deviated, I came across this video that was exposing Yasir Qadhi. The video highlighted exactly why Yasir Qadhi was deviant. I clicked on the channel and further inspected the videos over there. To my utter shock the likes of Zakir Naik, Yusuf Estes, Nouman Ali Khan and others were all refuted. What’s more is that the videos presented evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah.
At that moment, I never second guessed becoming a Salafi, it was natural to me. The very people who I looked up for guidance, became the worst enemies of Islaam in my eyes. In other words, just a single video completely changed the way I looked at Islaam.
I have become a Salafi, Alhamdulillah.
My journey to Islaam can be summed up this way, “Completely Ignorant”>>”Mildly Interested”>>”In Love With Islaam”>>”Unaware Soofee”>>”Unaware Ikhwanee”>>Salafee.
In other words, the Sufi-ish videos were responsible for me to think about Islaam more seriously, however as I became guided, I started to hate them for the sake of Allaah… naturally.
Edit: Link to the YouTube channel that exposes deviant sects and scholars, also has humor to keep you entertained and enlightened!