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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


 

Mr. Campbell was raised attending both the Christian Church and the Muslim Mosque.  He was always inquisitive about religion. Around the age of 14, he decided that Islam was the path for him. However, he was rather secretive about his belief due to the negative perception many had of the religion. When Islam became the topic of any discussion, he maintained the Islamic sympathizer role as the son of a Muslim, while being careful not to be identified as a Muslim himself. The stigma surrounding Islam and Muslims only intensified throughout the years, but so too did his desire to announce to the world that ISLAM IS THE TRUTH. Throughout his life, he had engage others in discussions on religion and a little over three years ago he realized that the issues that were raised in debate and in dialogue were issues which warranted extensive details, evidence and explanations.  Drawing from all the books, lectures, and debates he come in contact with, and all the talks with Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, atheists and agnostics, he set out to write one book which would convince all of the truth about the God of the universe. This one book blossomed into eight books which are written with the primary goal of proving the validity of Islam. It is with his sincerest effort that he wrote these books, with the hope that all readers will set aside their preconceived ideas and have an open mind.

 

 

Contact Information

 

By Email: contactus@islamisthetruth.org

By Mail: P.O. Box 6031

Norfolk, VA 23508

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPT FROM A UNIVERSITY STUDENT'S INTERVIEW WITH I.D. CAMPBELL:

 

Why did you decide to study the Religion of Islam opposed to Christianity or any other religion?


I was introduced to a lecture by a man named Ahmed Deedat as a teenager. In the lecture, Mr. Deedat asserted that the major difference between the three monotheistic religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism, is their understanding of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him). Mr. Deedat, being a Muslim, provided the evidence that Jesus (pbuh) was a Prophet of Islam. In fact, the lecture was entitled, Jesus (pbuh), The Beloved Prophet of Islam.  This lecture had a profound effect on me. It did not convince me that Islam was true, but that perhaps all religions are untrue. Though I have never wavered in my belief in God, I had to be convinced of my religion. I set out on a quest to disprove all religions based upon criteria that I had about God, as well as certain things that I concluded a religion must include and encompass. I studied every religion and Islam is the only religion which passed my God test. It is the only religion that passed my entire criterion. Islam is a religion which is supposed to convince you of its validity through investigation and research. The Arabic word used in the Muslim Holy Book, the Qur’an, iman is usually translated as belief, but it literally means confirmation. The more I studied, the more I was convinced of Islam. All the knowledge that I attain, from then until now, has been confirmation of my decision that Islam is the religion of truth.  Islam is not just what you know in your heart, but what you know in your mind.

 

Who is/was your mentor? Why?


My greatest mentor was my father and mother. My father was a Muslim and he is, to this day, the most avid reader that I have ever encountered. Though he did not finish his formal education, there was no topic that he did not have some knowledge about. I remember many times coming to him with something which I had just discovered and wanted to shared with him. And he was well-aware of my “discovery,” long before I “discovered” it. His continuous quest for knowledge was a great inspiration to me.  Also, the courage that it took him to become a Muslim at a time when none of his friends or family were Muslims is something which I greatly admired. My father would answer my questions or direct me to the answer. We use to wake up at 5 am and pray at the Islamic Center and knock on doors to introduce true Islam to those who are unaware or misinformed.


My mother is a bit of a skeptic. She is a person who asks many questions. Actually, during my mother and father’s marriage, she was rather critical of his involvement in the Nation of Islam (N.O.I.), which is an American Sect of Islam. The NOI uses the Holy Bible and The Holy Qur’an to support its tenets. My mother’s investigative spirit began to find discrepancies between the NOI’s teachings and their respective books of authority. Though her skepticism led to a strain in their relationship, I believe her questions playing a major role in my father’s rejection of the Nation of Islam and his acceptance of Orthodox Islam. I have had numerous conversations with my mother about religion and I figure if something can pass my skepticism and hers, than it’s probably sound.


I also listen to lectures and debates of Muslims who share their wisdom. They include Gary Miller, Zakir Naik, Shabir Ally and the aforementioned Ahmed Deedat.

 

Which other religious belief are you able to relate to the most? Why?


The religious belief that I relate to the most is what Christians call “the golden rule,” “do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.” This same rule is to be found in all major religions, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, Taoism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, and The Baha’i Faith. I believe this commonality is due to a common source, God. Islam maintains that prophets of God have been sent to every people throughout history to convey the message of God, but man has corrupted that message.  I believe the golden rule is a proof of this claim and it is definitely an excellent rule to live by. The world would be a much better place, if it was adhered to more often.

 

What is your favorite/inspired religious quote? Why?


There are countless verses of the Qur’an which impact me in different ways and for different reasons, but the verse which I am most affected by is

 

Al-Qur’an 33:35
For Muslim men and women,- for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast (and deny themselves), for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah's praise,- for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward.

 

The beauty of this verse is truly personified in its Arabic pronunciation, but its message is one that can be seen in its English translation. This verse is one of equality between men and women, in spite of the way in which many Muslim nations treat women.  It highlights men and women’s duty to God to be virtuous and in return God will grant them forgiveness for their sins and the great reward of Paradise.

 

If you could meet any religious icon, which would it be? Why?


This is truly a difficult question to answer because I have a list of people that I would like to meet who are alive as well as those who have passed away. I would like to meet the prophet with my namesake and because there are varying viewpoints on him. I would like to meet Jesus Christ (pbuh) for the same reason. But if I were only given one choice, I would choose the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) because I have read much about him, more so than any other person and I would like to hear and see the real person for myself. He has been called the greatest man to ever live and the greatest deceiver to ever live.  Such a polarizing figure, that has influenced the lives of more than 2 billion people, is one that definitely intrigues me.


Of the figures that are alive, I would like to meet Gary Miller, Shabir Ally, Zakir Naik and Former President Jimmy Carter.  President Carter leads the list for me.  Because of his efforts during his presidency to resolve the Palestine-Israel conflict, as well as his call for decency, civility, honesty and integrity amongst all Americans, I greatly admire this man. His religious beliefs stir him in a path of righteousness that is very apparent. I recently read his book entitled “Palestine: Peace not Apartheid” and I saw his documentary “Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains” and his courage and his conviction are awe-inspiring.

 

If you could meet any author, who would it be? Why?


The author that I would like to meet is Harun Yahya. He has authored a multitude of books, including “The Miracles of the Qur’an” and “Evolution Deceit.”  These two books were very inspirational for me in my writing.  “The Miracles of the Qur’an” lists and explains scientific facts found in the Qur’an.  The book then begs the question, “Where did Muhammad (pbuh) get this knowledge from?” “Evolution Deceit” has a title which basically explains itself, but there was one chapter in this book which changed my life.  I believe it was chapter 18 which proves the existence of our souls. It proves that man’s soul is experiencing and perceiving this world and this soul is our true self. Our true self, our soul is being tested by God to live a life of righteousness because our every deed and misdeed will be held for and against us.


In my book, I attempt to expound upon this new found knowledge of our souls. I would like to tell Mr. Yayha how much he aided me in my efforts in writing and how he has increased my belief and understanding of and my dedication to righteousness.

 

Who or What was your inspiration for writing the books?


My inspiration for writing my books was twofold. The first was a message board on the internet, where people from all over gathered to discuss Islam and Christianity. The discussions and debates went on for over a year.  In these exchanges, there arose topics that I had very little knowledge of, but upon research and reasoning, I was able to adequately articulate my points and defend my positions. On occasion, I would revisit the countless pages of dialogue and I realized that what we were discussing should be in print and published for others to read. So, I decided that I would write a book which would address the issues mentioned on that message board. I decided that the book would focus on the Trinity of Christianity and slightly delve into other issues. This is where the second inspiration came in.


The Qur’an inspired the expansion from one book to four. I realized that there were at least four subjects that I had enough knowledge about to write a complete book on. And each book is based upon a verse from the Qur’an. So the book serves as my commentary on the Qur’anic verses.

 

What is the title of your first book? How long did it take you to write it?


First, all of my books begin with a subtitle which is “When you read this book you will know…” and the titles are “Islam is the Truth,” “Jesus was not Crucified,” “There is no Trinity,” and “the Jewish Torah is not the Word of God.” This is done intentional to challenge the reader. It is almost a dare. I want the reader to know that I am trying to convince them that Islam is the truth, that Jesus (pbuh) was not crucified, etc, because I believe that the truth is so compelling that it cannot be denied. This challenge is in line with the spirit of the Qur’an. The Qur’an challenges the reader to find a mistake in it, if they think that it is not from God or find a scripture like it, if they think that it is a plagiarism.


Each of my books begins with a quote from the Qur’an and my every word thereafter is used to establish that the Qur’anic position is accurate.  The titles of my books are rather provocative, but this is because the Qur’an presents its claims in such a manner. In no uncertain terms, the Qur’an says that Islam is the religion of truth and that the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) was not crucified. Therefore it would be disingenuous of me to write a book about these topics which suggests that Islam is “possibly” the truth or that Jesus (pbuh) “probably” was not crucified.  Provocation demands attention. And so too does truth. My intention is to provoke readers with the truth, as I see it.


I wrote all four books within a year and a half to two years. But I have been researching these topics for 20 years now, so it really took me 20 years to write them.

 

As an author, which of your book is your favorite? Why?


“Islam is the Truth” is my favorite book and the one that I am most proud of, because it answers every question and criticism that is brought against Islam, from plagiarism, terrorism, sexism, racism, fascism to conversion by the sword. But more importantly, it presents step by step the reason that there is a God, that God is a personal God and that this God has a purpose for man. “Islam is the Truth” serves as a discovery for non-Muslims and an affirmation for Muslims. The other three books are really extensions to this book.  They make claims derived from the Qur’an which are seemingly preposterous to non-Muslims. But upon finishing the book, the reader has to come to grips with the fact the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) proclamations in the Qur’an are true. This stirs them towards “Islam is the Truth.”

 

Do you have any plans on writing another book?


Yes, I plan on writing maybe 5 or 6 smaller books for those who are not avid readers and those with little time to read a full length book. One of them is being printed right now entitled “25 Myths about Islam.” I am working on a small book about God and the proof of his existence as the creator as well as a personal God for mankind. And I am in the beginning stages of books about Jesus (pbuh) in the Qur’an, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the power of suggestion.

 

What would you like readers to get out of reading your books?


I want them to get a greater understanding of Islam from a Muslim source. Islam means submission to the will of God and all of God’s creation, from the plants to the planets, submits to his will, thus they are in a state of Islam. Yet man is given free will to follow God’s will or venture off his path, but he will be held accountable for his actions. I want people to understand the purpose of life. The purpose of life according to the Qur’an is to worship God. And in Islam, every deed that is not a sin is a form of worshipping God. Therefore being a good friend, a good husband, a good wife, a good sister or brother, and being a good Samaritan is being a good Muslim by worshipping God. I doubt that many non-Muslims know these things about Islam. I doubt that non-Muslims know that the God of Islam is one of loving-kindness, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, guidance, beneficence, grace and justice. He is a God of truth and he has prescribed for man the religion of truth. And as reported in the gospels, Jesus (pbuh) said “the truth will set you free.”


I want the reader to know that Muslims respect and revere prophets of God like Adam, Abraham, Moses, Aaron, Lot, Jacob, Jonah and Jesus (pbut), so much that they name their sons and themselves after these great men.  We emulate them. Muslim women are named Mary, after the mother of Jesus (pbuh). Muslim women dress like she did. Muslims greet and pray as the great prophets of the Bible.  Jesus (pbuh) greeted his disciples “Sholom Aleichem" in Hebrew which sounds almost identical to its Arabic equivalent “Salaam Alaikum” and both mean “peace be unto you.” Muslims pray with their forehead touching the ground.  In the Holy Bible, Moses, Aaron, Abraham, Elijah, and Jesus (pbut) prayed in the exact same manner.


And last but not least, I would like the reader to understand that Muslims and non-Muslims can live in harmony. That all of the verses of the Qur’an which mention violence are speaking of self-defense or the defense of the oppressed when read in their proper context. I want the reader to understand that in spite of the violent Muslims on the news, most of the 1.8 billion Muslims adhere to the Qur’an which says

 

Al-Qur'an 16:125 Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious

 

If a person refuses to accept Islam, the Qur’an does not say kill them. But instead, a Muslim is to say


Al-Qur'an 109:6 Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to share my views.
Peace