Location: Village called Nidusali – Tamil Nadu
This village is mainly Hindu; I did not actually see any Muslims there. I started to talk about the aftermath of death, but some men interrupted and ridiculed me. They argued that after death my corpse would be burned and scattered in the air, so there is no punishment or reward after death. I told them that anyone who would like to have a good life after death must lead a principled life in this world. I reminded them how even the kings and the most powerful people could not escape death.
A woman called Angamma, who was known to the people of the village, was also present. She had converted from Hinduism to Islam after being cured of possession by the blessings of the Ṭarīqa. Angamma is a very active dervish who, among other preaching activities, convinced her three sisters and their husbands to embrace Islam and three Salafi men to take the pledge of the Ṭarīqa. Angamma told the gathered people:
I paid hundreds of thousands of rupees for treatment but even Bangalore’s doctors failed to cure me. This man gave me water after reading Qur’anic verses over it and you all know that I have fully recovered. My husband has also come with me and we are both Muslims now. If this man leaves your house without you availing yourselves of the blessings he has, you will regret it.
Nevertheless, only three women took the pledge.
After giving the pledge, I told all that there is no compulsion in Islam, they are my brothers and sisters in humanity, and I am happy to have met them, and I then left. Suddenly, I heard shouting inside the house. When people rushed to the source of the voice, they found an old Hindu woman, who had objected to my preaching early on, shouting loudly: “Bring the man back to me, bring the man back to me.” I went to see her and found her shouting:
Kadavul, Kadavul, Kadavul. Kadavul ordered me to kiss your foot and join you. Kadavul left our house and said: “Call him and take the pledge. My role has just ended.”
The word “Kadavul” in Tamil means “God.” I gave her the pledge outside the house. All the villagers gathered and I gave them all the pledge. There were two hundred and eighteen people. I was left with no printouts of the dhikrs and chain. There are photos of the villagers after they took the pledge.
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