Reporting by Estebsar (Muslim Converts’ website)
I am Amin Ghasemabadi, born in 1987 and living in Mashhad.
Please tell us more about the story of your life.
I lost my father when I was six and we were taken to my mother’s house in Binalood. My brother became addicted and my mother made a living by weaving carpets, which caused her to lose her eyesight. Although our relatives were Sunnis, unfortunately, they did not care about us.
As a teenager, I worked in a bakery where the owner was Shiite and very kind and treated me like his son. I always thought that the behavior of the Shiites was much better than the Sunnis’.
In 2011, pus-filled bumps appeared on the left side of my abdomen. Despite many tests, the doctors could not figure out anything and finally said that a bone marrow biopsy should be performed. They finally diagnosed the cancer and said that you are finally alive for a year unless you have a bone marrow transplant, which is very expensive.
Because I did not have platelets, they had to inject platelets into my body every day. During all that illness, my employer came to see me daily and take care of my work. My wife sold the jewelry she had and my employer suggested that we could pay the cost of the operation with public donations. I did not believe it, but both Sunnis and Shiites helped, and we could pay for the operation.
Despite the operation, the doctor kept saying that there was no hope for me to survive. At that moment, I wished to be in the shrine of Imam Reza (as). Although the doctor did not allow it, I finally obtained his consent with insistence.
In the shrine, I reached the “PanjerehFoolad”(steel window) with difficulty and spoke to Imam Reza (as) with a broken heart and asked God if it was possible for me to get well and if I could walk again.
In the shrine of Imam Reza, I witnessed many people being healed by my own eyes. I had a strange feeling in that place, a voice was constantly saying in my mind “become a Shiite”. I made my decision and chose the Shiite religion. I told myself that from now on, I am a Shiite. I prayed like the Shiites then walked towards my house. I do not remember exactly, but I walked at least 15 kilometers. Whereas before I could not walk at all, even I wasn’t able to enter the shrine without the help of others. I was healed, but I didn’t realize it. I was constantly thinking about what my mother would do after I die, because my brother would not help her.
When I got home, my wife said, “Then why did you come?” I said I do not know. I didn’t want to speak. we live on the second floor. Every time I got home, two or three people had to put me in a blanket and take me upstairs because I could not walk alone. My wife asked “who did you come upstairs with? I said “by myself” and we were both surprised.
I was supposed to go to the hospital in the morning to have an injection. When they took my blood platelet, they saw that it was 800,000. All the doctors were surprised. My doctor said we should have another bone marrow biopsy. The test result came and my platelet count was 900,000. I could not believe it at all. The doctor asked the reason, I said I went to Imam Reza’s shrine last night and …; I explained the whole story to them. It was there that I just realized that Imam Reza (as) had healed me.
I suddenly fainted. I dreamed that I am next to a very beautiful waterfall. I wanted to move but I could not. I saw a gentleman with a moonlit face, a green scarf around his neck, and white clothes.He told me to give him my hand. I said I could not move. He repeated his words. I shook his hand and we walked together. I asked where is it here? He said it is like heaven. I said do I live here? He said no, you will return to the previous life and you will have a good life. Just stand firm on the promise you made in the shrine and never forget it. “What did I say?” I asked. He said you promised that you would become a Shiite.
I was released from the hospital two days later and returned home. My wife was a Shiite from the beginning. I also became a Shiite. For a while, I only prayed Shiite prayers at home. After a while I decided to go to the mosque and pray there.
People refused to talk to me when they heard that I had become a Shiite. Because they were told it was forbidden to talk to me. My friends abandoned me and even told my mother that your son had become an infidel.
One of our relatives had a lot to say behind my back. I went to him and asked the reason. He asked why did you become a Shiite? I said I was healed in the shrine of Imam Reza. He said, “Does Imam Reza heal? He is dead”. I said that Imam Reza has become a mediator between me and God.
When I was healed, some people insulted me, damaged me, and broke the windows of my house. I was so annoyed that I decided to sell my house and move to another place.
My brother was in Tehran and he had an addiction problem. When he found out that I became a Shiite and was healed, he also became a Shiite and quit his addiction. Currently, he has established 3 addiction treatment centers in Mashhad.
My brother was transformed completely after he became a Shiite. We didn’t have a good relationship as brothers, but we have a very good relationship now. My brother has always prayed at night and recited the Qur’an since he became a Shiite. After that, my life changed, and many of my problems were solved.
What was people’s reaction when they realized that you were healed?
Some people insulted me and even hurt me. They broke the windows of my house and said that he was a dead worshiper. Even when I was going to Karbala, Mowlavi of the region called my mother and said that your son wanted to worship the dead. On the contrary, many people welcomed it.
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How did you change when Imam Reza (as) healed you?
I used to do everything before that. I smoked and used drugs, etc., but after I became a Shiite, I gave up everything and told myself that I should change and become a new man.
What are your plans for the future?
I tell everyone about my life and invite them to become a Shiite. It has affected my brothers and many others.