My name is Mariano Ricardo Calle.† I am from Buenos Aires , Argentina, not from the capital but the province.† Before I embraced Islam,
I was a Catholic Apostolic Roman.† I was baptized, entered communion and
†Since my childhood, I was connected with religion
through my mom and my grandmother (her mom).
I read the Bible since seven years old.† I began reading
the Bible for kids in Spanish.† My heroes were David, Nuh and Job.
When I was eleven, I prayed every night.† Sometimes, I
cried while speaking to God.† In my adolescence, I fell into drugs until a
crisis at twenty one years of age.† I have always been searching for the truth.
At twenty four years I began to pray more, so I was
praying twenty four times a day, one for Our Father, Two Ave Maria, One Credo
and One Glory; under the water in the shower bowing on my knees under cold
water (that was because there was no warm water).† This I did for a whole year.†
But that didn't help me too much, but God knows better.
In the beginning of last year, I was studying the Mayan
codices, the Atlantis, the pyramid of Kufu, and at the same time I was studying
the Arabic language just to know what the lyrics of the Arabic songs meant.
I began to study the Arabic language on my own, with the
help of a book from the internet.† In two weeks I could speak something, so
when I made a test in college the teacher elevated me to the second level.† I
saved four months alhamdulillah, then I got into university; but I just took
two classes.† However, I stayed in contact with my teacher, through e-mails.
In the book fair, my mom took two little books for free
about Islam.† I read them, and the subjects of science mentioned in the Quran,
seemed very interesting to me.† And, I read about Muhammad and I felt that
person was a model for me.
So, one day I left smoking and drinking.† I never was a
drunkard, but I left completely whatever was related to alcohol.† That was my
own decision, and I never thought of being a Muslim until the day I said my
I thought of buying a Quran to read something in Arabic
and that way, learn faster.† My teacher told me that I could get one for free,
in the mosque of Palermo (Buenos Aires).
On the same day, I went to the mosque, just to ask for a
Quran and I wondered how such a great place could be so empty.† I understood
that Argentina is not an Islamic country but that this mosque was the greatest
in Latin America.
That day in the mosque a man, who would later become my
brother in Islam -† Ibrahim, gave me a link to the Quran that I could download
from the internet, I later printed it.† It was just an hour, and I had the
I was reading this Quran that I downloaded from the
internet, and I printed some pages.† The Quran I got was in Arabic and Spanish,
that way I could read it in Arabic directly.
Since my childhood I have read the whole Bible twice,
and the Gita from India also twice, and now I had the Quran to read, and much
better, in Arabic.† My first desire was to learn Arabic, but my soul awakened
when I began to read the Quran.† Maybe it was better because I began to read it
in Arabic directly, while I was consulting a dictionary.
Alhamdulillah, I could realise that what the Quran says
was the parts that were missing in the Bible.† And I remember well, I
understood as well when I read it that all that the Quran says could perfectly
be the truth I was looking for.
No one spoke to me about Islam, just the searching of
the truth that God put in me, led me there.† The thankfulness to God I have is
very great.† The more I read the Quran, the more I realised the book was a
revelation from God like the Bible.
Since then, I began to go to the mosque and in two weeks
I said the Shahadah, on the 14th of July.† Because, I was sure that Muhammad
was a messenger of God, like Jesus or Moses.
So, I began to read everything I found about Islam and
began to study Arabic in the mosque.† I read about aqeedah (creed), tawhid (Oneness
of Allah), and I finished the Quran but in Spanish, because I wanted to read
everything as fast as I could.
In the two weeks before I said the Shahadah, I was going
to the mosque to learn, and I felt that the place was full of peace.† I prayed
with the Muslims there while I wasnít a Muslim yet, but I wanted to know how it
feels to prostrate in front of God, because I knew that intention was important
So, in two weeks, I learned the whole salah (Prayer).† I
knew special people there, the people that work there.
I love the Arabic language and I ask God to help me
learning it faster.† I said the Shahadah with sheikh Nasir from Saudi Arabia; he was there in place of sheikh Hamid.
I continued going to the mosque and then came Ramadan,
which was a beautiful experience.† I got to know beautiful people and I think
that 2007 was my best year.† Since I said the Shahadah, I haven't missed a
What was difficult to me was to leave girls, because I
had a girlfriend, but I knew that it wouldn't have worked.† So, I left her and
asked God to grant me a good wife.
I remember that was the first thing I asked God for.† And
I got to know a woman, the same week I said the Shahadah! She never had any
boyfriend, and she was beautiful too.† So, I see what God can do.† I always
have been an obstinate believer, but now, I have no doubts.
I told my mother and father that I now was a Muslim.† My
mother was a little afraid, but I began to treat my parents better.† My
brothers didn't say anything, just, a few jokes but I am more of a joker than
them, so that was nothing.
I got a job and in my first day I asked my boss for a
place to pray, which was not a problem alhamdulillah.† So, my life changed to
the better, because I began to smile more, and try to act good with everybody.
I continued going to the mosque whenever I could, but
since I took college up again, and got a better job, I hardly find time to go.†
But, I take some books to read like Sahih Muslim.
The reaction of my friends was funny.† Alhamdulillah, I
always had very good friends, all types of friends; because I always like to
learn from everybody.† My best friends are Catholic, and practice their
religion.† They go to mass every Sunday and even more since I became Muslim.
I answered all the questions that they asked.† Until
this day they have a lot of questions, especially my best friend and his wife,
she is from Brazil, and they are Adventist.† Also, my other friend who has
strong faith; he and his wife are Catholic.
I ask God to help me be an instrument of his religion,
to guide my parents and friends but I must not be sad for them, it's fate.
Moreover, my youngest brother (I am the big brother) is
agnostic.† He thinks that I am very bad.† I pray for my family.† My mom cooks
to me without ham.† But I have to say that I oppose some things in my family,
but what can I do?
I love God; this love is stronger than the love for my
family.† I love Prophet Muhammad, and I have to love him more than anybody on
this earth to be a true believer.† And I love this religion, this din, because
the best I can do is to adore God.
Actually, I got everything I could ever dream of: I got
the best job that I could have, and I am studying again, and preparing my
marriage with that girl that God brought in to my life.