Islamic Perspectives

Indian Atheist, Prof. Periyadarshan embraces Islam

Riyadh: A well-known Indian psychotherapist embraced Islam on 11 March. Dr. Periyadarshan, who has changed his name to Abdullah, told Arab News that Islam is the only religion in the world that follows a book directly revealed from God. He said that as a student of comparative religions he believes books of other faiths have not been directly revealed to mankind from God. He said the Holy Qur’an is still in the same format and style as it was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) from Almighty Allah.

Dr. Abdullah is a visiting professor at the University of California in Los Angeles. He also acted in the famous Tamil film “Karuthamma” about the killing of newborn baby girls in some remote villages in India. The production received national award from the Indian government. “I was well-known in India for my atheist theology and later I became to realize that religion is the only way out for human beings both in this world as well as in the hereafter,” he said. Dr. Abdullah performed Umrah on 13 March on his first visit to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.  (Md.  Rasooldeen -

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2010 on page no. 28

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