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How she found Islam and some of her activities are as follows: Irene Handono was born on 20th of July in Surabaya, Eastern Java, Indonesia, and was raised in a pious Catholic family. She was baptized when she was still a baby, and attended school like other children, but she also attended private religious courses. As a teenager she was active in the Church organization. It was her wish to serve God with her whole life, and as a Catholic it was living in monastery which was the noblest life.
Becoming a religious sister was the only purpose of her life. Her father was a well-known business man in Surabaya, and one of the maincontributors to the Church. She was endowed with many talents, as her academic achievements were always satisfactory, and she was appointed the youngest chairperson in one of Church organizations. Her parents became astonished, as they would be separated from their only daughter, but as pious parents they eventually consented.
On the contrary, her elder brothers were proud of having a pious sister. It was here that for the first time she learned about Islam.
At the introduction lecture, the lecturer said that the best religion was Christianity, whereas other religions were not good. Who are uneducated, dirty, vile, living at the flooded plain of the river? Who are those who used to lose foot- wears every Friday, who cannot be united, who become terrorists? They are Muslims, so their religion Islam is bad.
She said that other countries like Philippines, and Mexico, where the majority of their peoples are Christians were not better. Even the state of Israel was created by plundering the land of the Palestinians. So, she took its translation, and started reading it, not from its beginning which was at the right side, but from the end which was at the left side of the book. God, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him A.
Three gods in one, one god in three and this is called Trinity or Triunity. He explained that it was one triangle but had three sides which meant that God is one but has three personalities: God the Father has the same authority with God the Son, and has the same authority with the Holy Ghost.
She argued that if it were so, one day with the advance of science and technology God with three personalities would not be able to handle this world, that there should be another personality so that He would have four personalities.
The pastor said that it would be impossible, but she said it could be. She drew a circle and a quadrangle inside it. But the pastor said that it was not allowed because it was a dogma made by Church leaders. She asked what to do if she did not understand that dogma, and the pastor answered that she should just accept it, whereas doubting it would be a sin. One day Irene Handono asked her pastor who made the pulpit, the chair and the table.
As her pastor asked her to answer it herself she said they were made by the carpenter. They would remain made of wood; they would never become a carpenter.
A human being will remain a human being till the Doomsday and would not be able to make himself God, and God cannot be treated like a human being. Her argument with her Pastor was that God created the universe including human beings as His slaves servants. If any human being appointed another human being as God, this appointment would be invalid. She learned from the Church history that Jesus was called God for the first time, and was appointed God by the Roman emperor Constantine in at the Council of Nicaea.
Strangely enough, there was no bible of Mary. However, she converted to Islam six years later. But this did not happen. She had long discussions with her husband who was an activist student. The discussions turned into debate and quarrels, as she always defended Islam. The gap between her and her husband became wider and wider, until it reached its climax. She realized that her marriage is on the rock. She found a Muslim scholar who would teach her about Islam, as she had learned about it through ready only.
His name was the late K. When she told him her intention to embrace Islam, he told her that to become Muslim was easy but she had to be ready to bear the consequence. She declared her shahadah in front of him. It was in the year in the Al-Falah mosque in Surabaya when she was 26 years old. Her 5 years of marriage endowed with two sons and one daughter ended with divorce.
However, all her children became Muslims. One day before Ramadan that year she started praying. One of her elder brothers was looking for her. When he opened the door of her room he was surprised to find a woman praying.
He closed the door thinking that another woman was praying. The next day the same thing happened and he learned that it was his sister, who was praying. He was stunned, shocked, unable to speak his face became red and pale. Since then her family relationship became damaged. Her religion was not acceptable, and she had to leave the house. She rent a modest house in Surabaya. As the only daughter in the family, her mother visited her occasionally.
She did not accept Islam, as she had already had negative thinking about Islam. Six years later her mother passed away, and since then there were no contact any longer with the members of the rest of her family.
In this way I would not have to endure much suffering. Why should my life journey become so intricate and complicated like this? She felt and enjoyed the bliss of faith and Islam, which, according to her, might not have been enjoyed by people who had become Muslims since seven generations. Allah gave her the power and ability to deliver speeches and to call people to Islam, not only in Surabaya, but she was also invited several times to deliver her speeches about Islam in Jakarta.
Allah endowed her blessings including meeting and marrying Masruchin Yusufi, a Muslim scholar, a widower with five children. They both were active in propagating Islam even in remote villages in Indonesia. She said that the challenge was so big, but she had conviction that her life and her death were only for the sake of Allah.
Among Christianization projects in Indonesia are: Jericho and Andalas for Christianizing Java and Sumatra respectively, and Joseph to have a Christian president, at least a Muslim by name only. Bendungan Hilir, Jakarta, Acc. There are over three hundred female converts in her institution.
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