Jakarta | A Catholic priest from the island of Java in Indonesia who has woken up from a 17-month-long coma has converted himself to Islam after the man claims Allah spoke to him and showed him “the beauty of the heavens”.
The 87-year-old priest from Spain has lived and preached on the island for more than 43 years and is fluent in Javanese and various dialects of the different ethnic groups of the island and is a well known and respected figure amongst all religious groups of the area.
The man who has suffered a cardiac arrest while helping local volunteers to fix the roof of his own church and fell an incredible two stories high has managed to survive and come out of his coma, in brittle shape, yet a changed man.
“I know nothing of Islam. Never once have I read the Quran but God spoke to me and asked me to follow him to the heavens and the Holy light shone through my entire being and behold the golden gates of Heaven appeared before me and God told me his name and it was Allah” told the newly convert to a journalist of the Kalimantan Press.
The man who miraculously suffered no spinal injury should be able to walk soon, admits the physician who took care of him at South Jakarta’s Metropolitan Medical Centre.
“This must be the strongest 80-year old I have ever seen. His bones should be smashed to pieces” ponders Jim Won May, who has practiced medicine for over twenty years.
His conversion to Islam took most of his church followers by surprise, but interestingly enough, already half of his Christian followers have shown interest in converting to Islam.
“If Allah is the true God, I don’t want to be misled in the wrong direction on judgment day. I trust Father Eduardo. We all believe in him” explains one of his followers.
The priest who is still under medical attention has already ordered the construction of a new mosque and his followers are already hard at work to find the funds necessary for the task.
“We owe it to Father Eduardo for all he has done for us” comments one of the devotees of the old Catholic church, that is now for sale.