As a child growing up Catholic, Sheikh Ali Abdur-Rashid was expected to accept certain beliefs and to not ask questions. He says the church felt spooky with its liturgies in Latin, and the idea that the priest behind the curtain sat in the same position as Jesus never made sense to him. The trinity was another concept for which he had yet to hear a rational explanation – so he went searching. In that time, Abdur-Rashid witnessed the spiritual transformation of a family friend who had embraced Islam.
It was not long before he had received his first copy of the Qur’an. Abdur-Rashid says he read it voraciously, and it cleared up many of the questions he’d had throughout his Christian upbringing. He soon embraced Islam amongst an ethnically and religiously mixed group of Muslims. It was through this experience that Abdur-Rashid first learned about the Islamic Revolution of Iran.