French Rapper Abd Al-Malik who Accepted Islam

Abd Al-Malik

As a rapper, in early Islam, Abd al-Malik was upset when I heard Islam is not in line with his chosen musical art. In his autobiography, titled Sufi Rapper (2009), Abd al-Malik said the French rap culture born in the context of racism and xenophobia (fear of foreigners in excess) are widespread.

He lived in a ghetto (the neighborhood immigrant minorities) in France. “When I was a student, I often see politicians saying ‘We are all French,’ but I never saw a black man was on television. There was no French politician who is black, “he said.

He still remembers how he criticized the lack of opportunities for immigrant children, as well as the climate of poverty and crime in their homes. This was further exacerbated discrimination that occurs in various ways, also abuse by police. Therefore, when it became popular in the 1990s, criticized rap music as an art that glorifies violence and heightened racial tensions.

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Before embracing Islam, he was named Regis. Born in Paris on March 14, 1975 under the name Régis Fayette-Mikano. In 1977, a bloody small Regis Kongo parents take them back to their home country and live in Brazzaville (the capital as well as the largest city in the Republic of Congo). Régis spent his childhood there, before he and his family returned to France and settled in the district of the ghetto called Neuhof (southern city of Strasbourg) in 1981.

When Regis enters adolescence, her father had left home. Since then, his mother struggled alone to raise and educate his children Regis. And since then also, Regis began to grow into petty criminals.

In a harsh new environment, without a father, Regis learning to meet the limitations and deficiencies that he found at home. From the petty crimes he did, he continued to grow into criminals who managed to establish dominance with some friends.

He grabbed and stole the car, in order to generate money that can not be obtained from the home. In that condition, Regis serving three life roles at once. He was a child who struggled to maintain his family life, students who excel in school, and a wily street criminals.

Regis chose to channel the frustration of rap music, also spoke and expressed social criticism of all that happened. Inspired by American rap in the 1980s, Abd al-Malik joined a group of relatives and friends and create a New African Poets, abbreviated as NAP.

In the middle kekritisannya, Régis enamored of the Black Power movement and idolize Malcolm X as a black Muslim hero who had dared to oppose injustice. For him and a number of young immigrants in France at that time, Islam offers an identity that is challenging.

Obtaining knowledge about Islam from Muslim preachers who preach in the streets. At the age of 16, Regis decided to convert to Islam and changed his name to Abd al Malik. For several years thereafter, with the Muslims, he toured France for calling young men to go to the mosque, and lengthen the beard grow, and stop drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

Some time involved, Abd al Malik saw that the popular doctrine in the French ghettos are explicitly not something hard. However, he said in Sufi Rapper, is a fanatical teachings encourage young immigrants to lampoon all things secular, modern and westernized. “And that just deepens our sense of alienation,” he said.

That’s where he re-discovered in his inner turmoil. As a teenager, Abd al Malik feel the sincerity and spirit of Islam as great as his desire to rap, an art that must he insult and stay away. “Because rap music is modern, and his westernized.”

Abd al Malik caught in the paradox that until a few years. “That hurt,” he said. It is increasingly becoming a pain because he committed crimes to finance his music and became a drug dealer. “These actions were not very religious.”

Until finally, one day, Abd al Malik went to a local criminal leaders and ask for a loan. After that, holding a garbage bag full of money, Abd al Malik sat down and cried alone in her apartment.

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Inner turmoil that prompted him to gain a deeper understanding of faith. In that quest, he received an answer from mysticism, contemplative branch of Islamic Sufism.

He met a spiritual teacher from North Africa who taught that the essence of religion is love and awareness of the spiritual nature of every human being. “So, Islam is a religion of love. Islam is peace with yourself and others,” he said.

He came to the conclusion, that the position of Islam as a religious minority with a minority within Islam itself. “And it’s not the real Islam.”

Paradigm shift that expands the view of Abd al Malik on rap music and its role through the arts. He began writing songs for his solo album, and brought the message that called for racial understanding. One song, “12 September 2001,” is a request to separate politics and religion. An other song, “God Bless France,” describes the evolution of his personal hatred of patriotism.

In his autobiography, Abd al Malik wrote that in his music, he was just trying to translate the language of the heart. He decided to leave the hard rap and began collaborating with various musicians to develop a new sound that blends jazz music, singing, and poetry criticism that is aesthetically pleasing.

When the rapper continues to create another ‘angry music’ and – some of them – were accused of inciting violence, Abd al Malik stick with his choice. Rather than criticize the French system, Abd al Malik pushed the country to live in accordance with the ideals of democracy. Through his music that has won numerous awards, he pointed out that Muslims do not have to stay away from things modern. “Especially if we could do something with it.”

Why Women are Accepting Islam?

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Table of Contents (of the Book)

Publisher NoteIntroduction.

1. O Muslim Women – Allama Iqbal

2. Why Islam is my only Choice? – Aisha Cassana Maddoz Nablisi (USA)

3. From edge of despair to glory in Islam – Aesha Lorenz Al-Saeed

4.African Missionary finds Truth in Islam despite unbearable hardships – An African Missionary

5. Islam has done me a world of good – Aisha Ong

6. Everybody desires world peace, well, there is nothing which will better accomplish that than the festival at the end of the Pilgrimage at Arafat!!! – A’isha Wen tworth-Fitz-William

7. Why I embraced Islam – Begum Amina Lakhani (Ohio, U.S.A)

8. Islam: My own Choice – American Muslimaa

9. This is the story of how I became Muslim. – Amirah

10. American woman’s search ends with the Qur’an – Hanan Abdullateef

11. Her intellect brought Amnah to Islam through Arabic. – Amnah

12. Islam religion of tolerance, good behavior, love and mercy. – Ann Rockfeller (A British Physician)

13. Why I Embraced Islam – Asyia Abd14. Got the guidance from Allah! – Ayishah Hassan Jacoueline Ruth Pugh

15. Islam Changed My Life – Bahria Amanullah

16. The Choicest find: Islam – Bar’rah Islam of (TalaseaNew Britain)

17. I was totally convinced by the Truth of Islam – Bushra Finch

18. Our Daughter’s Choice: Islam! – Carol L. Anway

19. Islam is a blessing to Me – Chi Mei-fong

20. Muslim prayers sing nothing but God’s Mercy and Greatness! – Carol L. Anway

21. Journey to Faith! – Emily B. Assami

22. Fatima discovers the true spirit of Islam – N. Hashim

23. Why I embraced Islam – Fatima Heeren (West Germany)

24. Islam: Our Choice – Fatima Martin

25. My Transformation to Islam – Fitra (Osaka Muslim Union, Osaka, Japan)

26. Suddenly I felt safer on the street!. – Georgina Noueiri

27. How farcical could be Media Images – Md. Karim Ghazi (formerly Gain Chand Ghosh)

28. I have found Dignity for Women in Islam. – Hina Begum Ghazi, formerly Vinitha Gupta

29. Islam: Our Choice – Huda Khattab30.I found true freedom in Islam – Ibnantu Adam

31.My years in a Mission School. – Ida Yezmin Bachtiar

32.I was dong things that are normally done by a Muslim! – Jane Nader

33.Heart of a Muslim. – D. Jacqualine Cosens

34.Impressions of Hajj. – M. Janes (U.S.A.)

35.Conversion to Islam my own Choice!. – Jemima Imran Khan (Pakistani Sportsman’s wife)

36.Faith in Allah is a big advantage! – Jewellee

37.In Search of Truth – Josephine Ivy janeezko

38. Religion of New Millennium! – Dr. Kamala Surrayya

39.The Hijab – Katherine Bullock

40.My story from Christianity to Islam – Khadija Zafar (Washington, USA)

41.Khairunisa dedicates herself for Islam in Germany – Muslehuddin Ahamad

42.I was never convinced with the concept of ‘Trinity’ in Christianity! – Khalida Hamilton

43.How did I come to Islam and Why? – Laure

44.How I Embraced Islam – Lee Cooper (UK)

45. Islam led A British couple to the Right Path – Leila Rajab46.The Call to Islam: A revert’s Tale – Maimuna (formerly Joan Dixon)

47.Islam: My Personal Experience! – Mardijah Aldrich Tarantino

48.I have Finally found Peace in Islam – Maria Esther Roman (former U.S. Model)

49.Allah opened my heart to the Truth and guided me to seek knowledge! – Mariam Velasco

50.My Heart felt Strong especially as I read the Holy Qur’an!. – Mariola Laila Szczesny

51.Ramadhan: The First Fulfilling Days – Mariola Laila Szczesny

52.Convert devotes Time for Dawa – Jannah Felesmenia

53.Beauty of Salat brings Canadian lady to Islamic fold – Maryam Fisher

54.Behind the Islamic veil – Maryam Wannaenburgh

55.What led a Hindu woman to Islam – Mona Panicker

56.Blessings of Islam! – Nadia Shaukat Ali (U.S.A.)

57.Why Islam – Nishani (previously Indrani)

58.My journey from the Darkness of Unbelief to the Light of Islam – Natassia Kelly

59.How I chose Islam? – An American Woman’s conversion story

60.I am a Muslim woman – Rabi?a K. jabbar61.Proud to be a Muslim woman Hijab a liberator; not an enslaver – Rosina Samadani

62.When minds are ventilated by liberty and rationality. – Sabiha Khan (formerly Carole Botes, South Africa)

63.I realized that what I had searched for Was Islam! – Shahin Gulam

64.I seemed by some mysterious Agency to be brought to Islam! – Saida Miller Khalifa

65.Hajj is the supreme and profound experience, which cements the Brotherhood of Islam! – Sakeenah Catherine Quicker Al-Beiruti

66. Discovering faith; belief in Monotheism draws Hindu lady to Islam – Dr Salma K. V Vijayalaxmi

67. Truth of Islam forced me to embrace Islam! – Dr. Salama Siddiqui (written by Muhammad Haneef Shahid)

68.My Experience as a Muslim female in a Western Society – Samia Itani (Student, University of Western Sydney)

69.I Found Myself – Sara BTE Muhammad

70.It seems that I have always been a Muslim! – Lady Zeinab (Evelyn) Cobbold

U.S film maker Sean Stone from a Jewish father and christian mother reverted to Islam


U.S. filmmaker who has a Jewish father and Christian mother today decided to convert to Islam.

But Sean Stone, 27, son of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, insisted the switch did not signal him abandoning the faiths of his parents.

He became Muslim on Tuesday 14 February 2012.

‘The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with,’ Mr Stone told news agency Agence France-Presse.

‘It means I have accepted Mohammad and other prophets,’.

The Princeton University graduate appeared in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in 2010, Nixon in 1995 and JFK in 1991 – all worked on by his dad.

‘The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with. It means I have accepted Mohammad and other prophets’.

Mustafa Davis Embraced Islam after reading Surah Maryam (Mary)

Mustafa Davis was born and raised in the bay area in northern California. He is now known as a filmmaker and artist of the world. As an artist, Davis loves beauty. And the beauty of the most beautiful smile in his eyes is a simple, sincere man, who took him to Islam 16 years ago.

It all began on a Wednesday in the month of May 1996, Davis met a friend on his way to campus. Belakangan Davis knew he and man named Whitney Canon is learning French in the classroom sama. Then, knowing that Whitney is an artist and musician seems, Davis often spent time with him after that, especially in the chamber music hall piano in college.

During one semester, by way of sneaking, he and Whitney spend time in the room, and playing music or talking about spiritual matters there. On a Wednesday in the same year, with one of his friends, Whitney Canon (now Muslim), Davis was eating sushi at a Japanese restaurant near campus. On that occasion, Davis presented a confession that he was tired of life she lived.

“I want my life back on track,” he wrote in a note in his Facebook account, Becoming Muslim in America (reprinted by isamicsunrays.com in an article entitled Becoming Muslim: Five Words That Changed My Life). According to Davis, his lifestyle at that time away from success, and the only religion that might change his life. “I have to go back to church,” said the former adherents of these Catholics.

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Whitney suddenly asked if he ever thought about Islam. Davis replied “no” and told Whitney that Islam is the religion of the Arab or black separatist movement. From a lot of information and events, Davis only has a negative stigma about the religion in his brain. “Besides, I have never seen a good and devout Muslims at the time,” he said.

Found a negative response from Davis, Whitney then tells the story of her brother who converted to Islam. Of her sister, Whitney (who was not a Muslim) said that Islam is not just for Arabs as well as a universal religion. Whitney then asking new questions in Davis, “Do you know Muhammad?”

Davis claimed to only know one person with the name of Muhammad, that Elijah Muhammad (one of the main leaders of the Nation of Islam). Whitney went on to explain there is a man named Muhammad who is the true prophet of Arab origin. “You’ve got to know him,” said Whitney.

Hearing the word “Arab,” Davis was not interested to enter into further discussions about Islam. He then end the conversation and move it to where it works, because Davis worked at night.

Home from work, Davis stopped by a bookstore to buy a Bible. As he passed a row of shelves themed “Eastern Philosophy,” Davis outlook suddenly fixed on a green book. The name “Muhammad” written with gold embossed on the cover. “I stopped, thought for a moment, and took the book off the shelf,” he said.

Davis excited curiosity when I read the small headline in the paper MUHAMMAD: His life based on the Earliest Sources. “The word” source of the earliest “menggelitikku because I’m very aware of the theological debate about the number of errors found in the Bible. The fact that bothers me, “said founder and Mustava Davis Media Cinemotion this Incorporation.

Davis opened the book and with some difficulty trying to read a lot of spelling words in Arabic. “Four or five sentences that I read mentioned the word” Koran “a few times,” he said. Arabic spellings are difficult to justify it and then felt his understanding that Islam is the religion of the Arabs. Davis then returned the book to the shelf.

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When moving left, the gold writing on the cover was pulled back view of Davis, so he turned back to the book. At that time, he saw another book called The Koran, and the thought of some new words that he read in a book called Muhammad.

After retrieving and opening it at random, Davis faced with the first page of Surah Maryam. “I read chapters from beginning to end and feel my body shiver when I read a detailed explanation of the birth of Prophet Jesus (Isa as) is amazing,” he said.

“I do not think that Muslims believe that birth is amazing, and that they do not believe in Jesus as the son of God. As a Christian, I could never accept the claim that God has a son, “he added. Davis cried with a translation of the Koran in his hand. He decided to buy the book, forget the purpose to buy the Bible, and leave the bookstore.

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The next day, Thursday morning, while walking toward the campus, Davis passed a small booth Senegal belonged to a man who sells crafts, purses, and stuffed Africa. He was busy with shoppers when Davis approached a booth and see a wallet. When the customers left, the black man approached Davis with a friendly smile.

“His smile was something that had never found before. I can only describe that smile was full of light and love, “Davis writes with great amazement.

Khadim was a man named Davis greeted, “Hi, my brother, how are you?” And continue with another question after Davis answered, “Brother, are you a Muslim? You look like a Muslim. “

Not yet finished with a smile of admiration Khadim, Davis made was surprised by the question. He replied that he was not a Muslim, but only buy the Koran on the night before they met. Khadim smile growing. He approached Davis and gave him a hug as she kept saying, “It’s very beautiful, my brother. It’s great. I’m happy for you. This is a sign from God. You make me so happy, my brother. “

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Wonder Davis has not ended. When entering the time of midday, Khadim asked for his help to keep his booth while he prayed. Davis is willing and missed two classes that day. “I’ve never found the person he was as sincere, who smiled at me, hugged me, and said he was happy for me.”

As with Khadim’s, a student approached Pakistan and Senegal that greeted him. As Khadim, he thought Davis a Muslim, and happy to hear Davis had read the Koran. He then offered himself to accompany Davis offers a look around the mosque. And Davis accepted his offer.

The next day, students were picked up Davis and brought him to a mosque belongs to the Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara California after the first he invited Davis to lunch at his house. On arriving at the mosque, Davis greeted about 40 men who greeted him with a smile.

After sitting down and join the men, Davis was asked if he knew anything about Islam. She described the Koran had bought and delivered the things he knows about Islam through the book. “Then one of them asked me if I believed in the Prophet Muhammad and without hesitation I said ‘Yes.’ I asked if I believe that Jesus is God or son of God, I said ‘No’.”

He went on to explain many things about Islam at Davis; angels, the books of Allah, the day of judgment (yaumul reckoning), and many others. After giving that explanation, he asked if Davis believe any of it. Davis again said “Yes,” then he said, “That is what Muslims believe and you believe it. So if you want to become a Muslim? “

Davis again said ‘Yes’ without doubt. The man then led her to read the creed. “I remember that day on 17 Ramadan 1416 H,” he said.