BELIEF in God is as natural as any instinct can be. An atheist asked Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq
how could he convince him about the existence of God. Coming to know that the man had
gone several times on sea voyages, Imam asked him “Have you ever been caught in a
fierce storm in middle of nowhere, your rudder gone, your sails torn away, trying
desperately to keep your boat afloat?” The answer was `Yes’. Then Imam asked: “And
sometimes perhaps even that leaking boat went down leaving you exhausted and helpless
on the mercy of raging waves?” The answer was again `Yes’.
Then Imam asked: “Was not there, in all that black despair, a glimmer of hope in your
heart that some unnamed and unknown power could still save you?” When he agreed,
Imam said: “That power is God.”
That atheist was intelligent. He knew the truth when he saw it.