The role of traders in spreading message of Islam

To call people to Allah is the duty of every responsible and conscientious Muslim. Since there is no priesthood in Islam or sacerdotal class among Muslims, the duty of the call to Allah cannot be limited to an ill-conceived and imaginary group called the “men of religion as is the case with other religions.” In Islam, everyone is a man (or woman) of religion and everyone will be accountable to Allah as to whether or not one fulfilled their obligations sincerely and to the best of their abilities.
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Finding Islam from Alabama to Seattle, Fatimah’s Journey to Islam

970154_521713911223682_914264259_nI grew up in a very small southern town in Alabama; so small that most people have never heard of it.

I was born in an era where tensions between white and black Americans were great. These racial tensions affected people of both races greatly.

Added to these social and racial tensions was the involvement of America in the Vietnam war. There was a law in place at this time which was a mandatory draft law, meaning any male 18 years or older could be sent to the war without his approval. My father was one of these men sent in the prime of their lives never to be the same again. Lives changed forever.

Most African American men detested going to the war. They considered themselves fighting for a country that oppressed them and their ancestors; and was using them to conquer and oppress yet another group of people of color. Continue reading “Finding Islam from Alabama to Seattle, Fatimah’s Journey to Islam”

An American Young Man’s Journey From The Bible Belt to Islam

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An American Young Man’s Journey From The Bible Belt to Islam::

I converted to Islam about 21 months ago.

My journey to Islam was a long one that spanned over more than 2 decades.

Allah is a permanent reality that works in the lives of those who hear His message. Not having a personal relationship with my Creator tugged at my heart and mind for nearly two decades. Then, I discovered Islam.

I would not be considered in the West as a stereotypical Muslim. I believe the popular Western stereotype of a Muslim male is something like the following: dark skin, dark hair, bearded, Middle-Eastern or Asian descent, dressed in modest clothing and possibly a head covering.

No, I’m the complete opposite of this. I am in many ways the epitome of the “all-American boy”: blond-hair, blue-eyed, corn-fed Protestant/Christian background. However, Islam and Muslims take on many faces, many backgrounds, many cultures, many nationalities and many tongues. Continue reading “An American Young Man’s Journey From The Bible Belt to Islam”

Nigerian Pastor’s Daughter Finds Islam

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The conversion of a pastor’s daughter in Nigeria’s mainly Christian South-eastern region has ignited a row between Nigeria’s umbrella Christian and Muslim groups, raising questions about freedom ofreligion in the volatile tribal region.

“I joined Islam purely on my own terms. I love the character of Muslims that I have related with, particularly the way they behave. You know Muslims believe in God,” Charity Uzoechina, a 25-year-old daughter of a pastor, whose conversion has attracted nationwide debate, told OnIslam.net.

“I have Muslim friends and I watched what they do, that enticed me to join Islam.”

The conversion of Charity, the daughter of Pastor Raymond Uzoechina of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has stirred a controversy about Islam acceptance in Nigeria’s mainly Christian South-eastern.
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Guidance in Boarding School

1170729_558130984248641_1680264559_nAllah guided me to Islam when I was 14 years old.

My initial readiness to accept Islam and my reversion to din al-fitrah (the religion that conforms to human nature) at such an age seems to imply that I was all but a Muslim already.

But if we were to examine it as a cause and effect relationship, we must first start with the conversion of my friend Nabil in the summer of 1992.

Nabil was born in Africa to Isma‘ili Shiite parents of Indian descent, but he spent his childhood in Canada.

The only contact he had with anything even remotely Islamic was his infrequent visits to the Isma‘ili Jamaat Khana with his parents. Essentially, he knew nothing about Islam.
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The First Jewish Rabbi Convert to Islam, Abdullah ibn Salam

1005378_561234753938264_365860860_nAl-Husayn ibn Salam was a Jewish rabbi in Yathrib [Madinah] who was widely respected and honored by the people of the city, even by those who were not Jewish. He was known for his piety and goodness, his upright conduct, and his truthfulness.

Al-Husayn lived a peaceful and gentle life but he was serious, purposeful and organized in the way he spent his time. For a fixed period each day, he would worship, teach and preach in the temple.

Then he would spend some time in his orchard, looking after date palms, pruning and pollinating. Thereafter, to increase his understanding and knowledge of his religion, he would devote himself to the study of the Torah.

In this study, it is said he was particularly struck by some verses of the Torah which dealt with the coming of a Prophet who would complete the message of previous Prophets. Al-Husayn therefore took an immediate and keen interest when he heard reports of the appearance of a Prophet in Makkah. Continue reading “The First Jewish Rabbi Convert to Islam, Abdullah ibn Salam”

Islam is the fastest growing religion in England and Wales- CNS News

557367_527521627318233_943019257_n(CNSNews.com) – New census data released in Britain show that Islam is the fastest-growing religion in England and Wales, as the number of people identifying with no religion has almost doubled over the last 10 years, and the number of those describing themselves as Christian has dropped to 59 percent, down from 72 percent in 2001.

Of the total 56.07 million people counted in the census, 33.24 million described themselves as Christian. The number of self-identified Muslims rose to 2.7 million–an increase from 3.0 percent to 4.8 percent over a decade, making it the fastest- growing religion. Continue reading “Islam is the fastest growing religion in England and Wales- CNS News”

From Darkness to the light..

We sent Moses also before this with Our Signs: and We commanded him, “Bring your people out of all kinds of darkness into Light and admonish, them to learn lessons from the Divine History.” There are great Signs in this for every steadfast and grateful person .
[Quran 14:5]

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5 year old Miraculous Tanzanian boy converts thousands of people to Islam

1003764_10151628589112897_116268828_nSharif-uddin (or Sharif-iddin) Khalifa, is a miraculous boy, born in in Arusha, in the Northern part of Tanzania (a country in East Africa), in December 1993. Muslims are only a minority in Tanzania and Arabic language is not a native in Tanzania. His parents were Catholic Christians. Their native language is Swahili and they did not know Arabic. Continue reading “5 year old Miraculous Tanzanian boy converts thousands of people to Islam”

Meaning of The Shahadatayn (The Two Declarations of Faith)

73616_10151439838852049_1156746984_nBy: Sh. Shaibu Asali

The shahadatayn are the two declarations of faith that mark the entry of a person into the fold of Islam. As such it is vital to know their meaning and implication because they are the bedrock upon which our faith is built. Declaring our faith done by saying:

أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وأشهد أن محمداً رسول الله

the  transliteration of which is: Continue reading “Meaning of The Shahadatayn (The Two Declarations of Faith)”