Location: Village near Yapanpalli – Tamil Nadu
I saw processions that paraded a huge statue of an elephant with the body of a man and were accompanied by loud music and dance. When I asked about it, I was told that it is the god Ganesha, whom people have various stories about.
Strangely, many people came to greet me, some sat and listened to what I was talking about, and others took the pledge from me. I asked one of them, who was a handsome young man, about what they were doing. He replied: “This is our god. We pray to him and offer him sacrifices.” He sounded to me as if he was talking about the Quraish before the mission of the Prophet (ṣallā Allah ʿalaihi wa sallam). I said to him: “Would you like to embrace Islam?” He was surprised and refused. I asked him about the reason, so he said: “All I know is that it is the source of all problems in the world.” I was surprised by this impression and asked him: “Have you heard of Shaikh ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Gaylānī?” He said: “Yes, he is a god or semi-god for the fakirs.” I said he is only a servant, not a god, but God supported him with karāmas because he was one of the greatest Walīs. He asked: “Would you be able to show me any such karāmas?” I said: “Yes, but what would you do after witnessing it?” He replied: “What would you want?” I said: “I want you to embrace Islam, abandon the gods and idols you worship, and become a good servant. After death you will stand before Allah, naked, barefoot, and powerless. He will ask you about your deeds. If they were good, you will enter Paradise, otherwise you will go to Hell.” He was immensely touched by these words and his eyes became tearful, which I understood when he revealed the following:
I am not lying to you, but yesterday I saw a dream in which I was naked and barefoot in an accused box. A voice I could not tell the source of was questioning me. I now understand. Give me the pledge and I will embrace Islam even before seeing the dhikrs.
He took the pledge.
 The Quraish was the tribe of the Prophet (ṣallā Allah ʿalaihi wa sallam). They were worshipping several gods besides Allah when the Qur’an was revealed.
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