1Sahil Badruddin = ""A WONDERFUL STORY is told about the conversion of the Caliph Umar to Islam. Umar’s fierce pride in his pagan ancestry and his tribal heritage initially led him to lash out violently against Muhammad and his followers. In fact, Umar had at one time planned to murder Muhammad in order to put an end to his disruptive movement. But as he was on his way to find the Prophet, a friend informed him that his own sister had accepted the new religion and was, at that moment, meeting with one of the believers in her home. Furious, Umar drew his sword and rushed to her house, determined to kill her for betraying their family and tribe. Before he could enter, however, he heard the sacred words of the Quran recited from within. The power and elegance of the recitation fixed him to the spot. He dropped his sword. “How fine and noble is this speech!” he declared, his eyes filling with tears. And like Saul of Tarsus, who was struck blind by the vision of Jesus admonishing him to stop his persecution of the Christians, Umar was transformed by divine intervention: not because he saw God, but because he heard God."-No god but God, Reza Aslan "