Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(488)

Jan 30, 2013

Dear Professor Dawkins,

I was born and raised a Shiite Muslim. At the age of 17 years, I began taking religion seriously and was on the quest for the “meaning of life” and “truth”. I read the Koran almost inside out (5 different translations from the various muslim sects plus their commentaries). I even learnt some Arabic and was reading the book from its original language.

At age 19, I left mainstream Shiite Islam and became a so called “reformist muslim” who forsook all the Islamic traditions but still considered the Koran to be divine in origin, and tried to interpret the Koran from a modern perspective. That led to various inconsistencies with the core teachings of the book, that I was already on the road to Agnosticism. That was when I was 21. At the same time, I started reading the Bible and the hindu scripture the Bhagvad Gita. I then came across a book that changed my life. It was the late carl sagans Cosmos (a book version of the famous television documentary series). I was an Atheist.

I then read Richard Dawkins' Climbing Mount Improbable and that nailed God in to the coffin as far as I was concerned. To date, I have read most of Dr. Dawkins' books. It has truly been a pleasure and an honor.

Dr. Murtaza Hameer

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