NEW YORK – An American Catholic and survivor of a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India last November overcame hatred and opened his mind to learn and discover Islam and becomes a Muslim.
Dennis Oâ€™Brien Survivor of Mumbai Terror Attack ACCEPTS ISLAM
Dennis Oâ€™Brien, a Catholic, wanted to comprehend the basis of faith of people accused of committing the attack in Mumbai. He discovered in fact, the gunmen were certainly not following Islam at all. In fact, anyone who might take the time to open their eyes, open their minds and open their hearts would have to come to the very same conclusion.
Sunday, just after Eid salat and standing before a crowd of thousands, Dennis Oâ€™Brien embraced Islam.
He declared.. ..his belief – â€œThere is only one God and the Prophet Muhammad is his last messengerâ€.
Oâ€™Brien, who heads up the education committee of St Anthonyâ€™s Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware, says this was a surprise, even to him. But said he was at peace with it.
â€œToday I feel free of sin,â€ he remarked.
After several months of studies and asking questions of Muslim friends and associates, â€œI feel comfort in Islam,â€ he said.
Oâ€™Brien also said he wanted to express solidarity with Muslims, even though extremists who say they practice the faith â€œtried to kill meâ€.
Pastor John McGinley, of St Anthonyâ€™s, said Sunday he had not heard of Oâ€™Brienâ€™s embrace of Islam. McGinley said he knew Oâ€™Brien is inquisitive and has expressed concern about the young men involved in the Mumbai attacks.
He would not say if the declaration of another faith would affect Oâ€™Brienâ€™s position at the church, noting he had not spoken to him about Sundayâ€™s events. â€œI think this is part of his journey of faith and we can work with that,â€ McGinley said.