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New Muslim American Professor Gary (Mohammad) Legenhausen 

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Professor Mohammad Legenhausen was born in New York in 1953. He grew up in a Catholic Family, and he received his BA in philosophy from New York University. He then received his MA and PhD in Philosophy also from Rice University in Taxes. He taught Mental Sciences for ten years in various universities in South Texas where he met several Muslim students, and he found in himself a desire to know more about Islam as a religion and to carry deep studies and research in this perspective.

Embracing the School of Ahlulbeit (PBUT):

Professor Legenhausen says: “I started my research in Islam just to come know it as a religion; I never thought I will choose it as my religion one day. It always appealed to me to live a kind, moral life, and I found that in Islam, in its righteous lofty doctrines, and in implementing its provisions on the personal and social levels.”

About his Islam, Professor Legenhausen says: “My embracing Islam was not that much easy, as I was first a Christian Catholic. When I went to the university, I lost my faith, and I became an atheist. Several years passed as such until I met several Muslim university students through whom I was introduced to Islam. I admired the comprehensiveness of Islam, and the stories of Muslim scholars and Gnostics. After long researches, Professor Mohammad Legenhausen was honored in 1984 by embracing Islam and adhering to the school of Ahlulbeit (PBUT) and showing loyalty to them.

In fact, two points triggered his interest to search for the truth and then to announce his Islam:

The first point is summed in his saying: “I admired in Islam its comprehensiveness” – though comprehensiveness is not relevant as an evidence according to the Science of Logic, as it is a loose claim. In fact, many people view comprehensive as a point of weakness, claiming that religions are not to interfere in the livelihood and personal affairs of man or in politics, economy, law, and such issues; however, this point in particular was a prelude for his guidance!

The second point that led to his Islam and embracing the Shia sect is the book of “Nahj Al Balaghah” for Imam Ali (PBUH). Legenhausen says: I admire in Imam Ali (PBUH) his political, social, and gnostic personality which was manifested in the sheets of Nahj al Balaghah and others.

As such, we see that the number of paths to Allah Al Mighty is equal to the number of men through all ages and times. One word is enough to guide a man who might turn to be a perpetual figure in Islam. This is exactly what happened to the thief who while he was climbing a wall to rob a house in the middle of night heard someone reciting the Holy Ayah: {Has not the time come for those who believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah} (al Hadid: 15). He was shaken with what he heard. Stunned while still on the wall, he said: “Sure, it is time for my heart to humbly submit to the remembrance of Allah”… Thus he repented and became a good man.

Travelling to Iran:

In 1989, Professor Legenhausen travelled to Iran and continued his researches in Islamic and philosophic sciences especially in wisdom and philosophy. Then he became a professor of philosophy and religious sciences in Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute. He further translated several books in philosophy and literature from Persian into English.

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