Uncle Ibrahim, a Turkish Muslim aged 50 years owned a ration shop in a building which contained a Jewish family in France in 1957.
Every morning the Jewish family sent their son Jade, aged 7, to his shop to buy things, but Jade also used to steal a packet of chocolate every day from Uncle Ibrahim’s shop.
One day Jade bought his shopping in a rush but forgot to steal the chocolate. As he was about to leave, Uncle Ibrahim called out to him saying: “You forgot your chocolate today…”
Jade was scared and asked: “Were you watching me every day?”
Uncle Ibrahim replied: “Yes! And this is your packet for today.”
Jade promised not to steal chocolate again, and Uncle Ibrahim asked him to make a promise that he will never steal anything again forever!
Jade continued to buy from Uncle Ibrahim and picked up his chocolate daily. Over time the relationship became stronger and Jade started telling Uncle Ibrahim his secrets as well as some of his problems.
Uncle Ibrahim would keep quiet and listen to him. He would then go to open his small wooden box to get a book from inside and ask Jade to hold any two pages with his eyes closed. Uncle Ibrahim would then read these two pages and discuss them with Jade.
Years passed by until Uncle Ibrahim passed away at 67 years old. Jade was now a young man of 24 and the relationship between them was very strong. In his will, Uncle Ibrahim had ordered his sons to give Jade the wooden box with the book in it, and so they did as they were instructed.
Jade cried so much in grief upon the loss of Uncle Ibrahim, that people in the street would regularly see his swollen face due to excessive crying. In his mourning, Jade didn’t turn his attnetion to the wooden box he had inherited.
Some time passed and one day Jade faced a huge problem. He remembered his old friend, saying to himself: “Ooooh! I wish you were here Uncle Ibrahim, to open for me your wooden box and read for me that fantastic book and …”
Suddenly, he remembered that he was in possession of the box! He rushed to find it and upon opening it he found a small piece of paper advising him to go to a Tunisian friend who would be able to read the book and explain it to him.
Jade asked this friend about this great book only to be told that it was Al Qur’aan Al Kareem!
Jade became a Muslim and continued his higher studies and changed his name to Dr. JADDALLAH AL QURAANI.
This man became one of the great Du’aat (callers) of Islam in the whole of Europe. At his hands, more than6,000 Jews and Christians returned to Islam.
When asked about his happiest moments he said: “When someone enters Islam, I feel I have compensated part of the good done to me by Uncle Ibrahim”
He also said: “Uncle Ibrahim stayed with me for 17 good years and he never once told me that I am a Jew and he is a Muslim…He never told me that I am a Kaffir. He did not even tell me that the book he was reading was the Glorious Qur’aan until he connected me to the Word of Allah(SWT) with his unique, caring style!”
His motto was: “It is our duty to struggle and it is not a must to succeed!”