They became Muslims after 9/11

Today marks 18 years after the tragedy of 9/11 shook the world.  A tragedy no one would want to be reminded of, a tragedy that lead the world to point fingers to the Muslim community all over the world, and especially to those in America who had to bear the heat waves of hatred, accusation and harassment incurred by those who misunderstood Islam.

Who would’ve thought that anyone would ever want to make peace with Islam after that, especially these figures who have worked with people and met the ‘terrorists’ themselves.

Yvonne Ridley

is a British journalist who was  chairman of the National Council of the now-defunct Respect Party.  She was once abducted by the Taliban – the misrepresentative group of so-called Muslim fighters who represented nothing much that Islam taught it’s followers.

She took shahadah after 9/11 and was voted the “most recognisable woman in the Islamic world” by Islam Online in 2008.

Lauren Booth

is an English broadcaster, journalist and activist.  She took shahadah in 2010, a few years after her visit to Palestine.

She became patron for several charity organizations, and actively advocating for peace and rights to practise Islam until today.

Do you know anyone who became Muslim after 9/11?  Share with us!

Humanity today, only in Islam

“I believe if there is any place left where humanity is still visible, it can not be anywhere else than in an Islamic society. Time would come when the world would be obliged to accept this reality.” – Jermaine La Jaune Jackson aka Jermaine Jackson, an American singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, and member of the Jackson family.

Have you read the Quran today?

“This is the beauty of the Qur’an: it asks you to reflect and reason, and not to worship the sun or moon but the One who has created everything. The Qur’an asks man to reflect upon the sun and moon and God’s creation in general.” Yusuf Islam, (born Steven Demetre Georgiou) aka Cat Stevens – a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

O Allah, gather us with our families in Jannah.

There is no single family in this world that is perfectly without any problems. Husband and wife, siblings, parents and children, all of them must have their ups and downs from time to time. They argue and they fight. They even stop talking to each other at times. 

But, hold on. 

In the end, family is family. The love will almost always be there. Let’s make du’a so that we can all  gather again in the eternal life, in Jannah. Ameen.

Looking beyond the Smiles: Understanding the emotional needs of the Muslim reverts

Upon saying the shahadah, many of their born Muslim brethren would ritually come to them to give their sweetest smiles, their biggest hugs and kisses while saying “MasyaAllah, you have chosen Islam. You are now our brother (or sister)!”. They will even give their contact numbers and invite the new reverts to their homes, offering help, advice, counseling etc.

That seems like a very memorable and nice moment for the revert, right?

But most of the time, it will just end there!

The reverts will most likely end up walking to their new life practically alone, to a new world, a new way of seeing things and a new journey of self discovery. Not knowing what to do and who to trust, they are just like a child wandering around in a big city, alone.

They probably will never go to the homes of other fellow Muslim, and will never get any calls from them.

For all the many people who claimed  to be their brothers and sisters, they probably end up  celebrating their eids and breaking their fast alone. Some people in the Muslim community might even consider them strangers, leaving them with  the pain of rejection. 

They have made a big decision to become a Muslim, yet many of us are unaware of their  predicament. You may sense this when you look beyond their smiles, what can you see? Think about it!