Famous Irish Singer, Sinead O’Connor, Converts to Islam

Famous Irish Singer, Sinead O’Connor, Converts to Islam

All scripture study leads to Islam.

By Editorial Staff

Shuhada’, also previously known as Magda, revealed on Twitter last week that she’s ditched the Catholic Church for good.

She wrote:

“This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim. This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant. I will be given (another) new name. It will be Shuhada’,”

Sinead O’Connor posted a video of herself singing the Adhan, the Muslim call to prayer. She wrote in the post:

“Here is my 1st attempt at singing the Azan. I got some pronouncition (sic) wrong because emotions took me from my page… but there’ll be hundreds of others onstage to come …,” she wrote.  “When I’ve practiced it 30 times i’m Gonna make the world stop turning.”

Sinead O’Connor’s decision to convert to Islam has some reaction on social media. Here are some example:

@Yassinebone wrote:

I’m very happy to hear Sinead O’Connor, the famous singer from Ireland, has converted to Islam. May Allah bless our sister Shuhada and make her a role model for her people, and all of us.

@TuckwellAFC wrote:

Sinead O’Connor now has a new name, Shuhada’ Davitt, and a new religion, Muslim. May Allah keep Sister Shuhada on the straight path of Islam. Alhamdulillah.

@KhaledBeydoun wrote:

Wow, Sinead O’Connor converted to Islam.

@BeverlyBurke3 wrote:

SubhanaAllah : I’m very happy to hear Sinead O’Connor, the famous singer from Ireland, has converted to Islam.

@lunabessa89 wrote:

Wow, Sinead O’Connor is a muslimah now..

@gbrockell wrote:

Sinead O’Connor has converted to Islam and changed her name. Have long wished her nothing but peace and hope she’s found it.

@KarimaBihaki wrote:

We all know the singer Sinead O’Connor, she converted to Islam and named herself Shuhada which means martyrs in Arabic, congrats and welcome to our community of 1.7 billion Muslims – I’m here for you when you need any help during this journey

@misswowwa wrote:

Alhamdulillah, Sinead O’Connor is a Muslim. May Allah bless her in this world and akhirah.

@youneshh wrote:

Wow! Sinead O’Connor has converted to Islam. She has changed her first name to Shuhada. Welcome to Islam, Shuhada! Amazing.

 

@ThePakistanGuy wrote:

An Irish singer Sinead O’Connor converted to Islam recently. Indeed Allah give guidance to those who He wants.

@imraansiddiqi wrote:

Welcome to Team Muslim, Sister. First lesson, don’t listen to anyone on Twitter.

@TheDeenShow wrote:

Alhamdulilah , Sinead O’Connor a very famous pop star has accepted Islam.

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How Did Ismaeel Chartier, US. Champion Wrestler, Convert to Islam?

How Did Ismaeel Chartier, US. Champion Wrestler, Convert to Islam?

By Editorial Staff

Imam Ismaeel Chartier is currently the Imam at the Clifton Mosque. He is a social activist and teacher.

What is his religious background? What didn’t he like about Christianity? What is the story of the Jewish rabbi who asked him if his mum Jewish or if he is going to marry a Jewish girl? How did he answer these questions?

What did he start wrestling? When did he stop wrestling and why? Who long did he stay in Greece? What did he study there? How long did he stay in Nepal? Did he like Hinduism and Buddhism? Where did he first know about Islam? What did he say when he saw and English translation of the Quran?

When did he decide to become Muslim? What did he feel after his conversion to Islam? How was his relation with his wife? How did she react to his decision to become Muslim?

Watch this video by Imam Ismaeel Chartier to know the answer to all these questions.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVZutLAVHty2wh4q9iqfLaA

 

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Who Are the First 5 Who Embraced Islam?

Who Are the First 5 Who Embraced Islam?

By Dr. `Ali Muhammad As-sallabi
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The article gives an introduction to the first 5 who embraced Islam in the Islamic history including the Prophet’s family and close friend.

The first set of verses revealed to the Prophet (peace be upon him) conveyed an order from Allah to convey the teachings of Islam. They were meant to motivate the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)  into action and to encourage him to live up to the duties he was being entrusted with, without caring about any obstacle that stood in the way of his fulfilling his mission. The first verse certainly aroused his attention:

O you who covers himself [with a garment]. Arise and warn. And your Lord glorify. And your clothing purify. And uncleanliness avoid. And do not confer favor to acquire more. And for your Lord be patient. (Al-Muddaththir 74:1-8)

After the above-mentioned verses of Al-Muddaththir were revealed, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) began by secretly inviting others to Islam; by “secretly” I mean that he began by inviting a select group of individuals. He  naturally began with the closest people to him – the members of his household and his close friends:

1) Khadijah

Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her) was the first woman, or rather the first person, to believe in the Prophet (peace be upon him). She was also the first person to hear revealed verses from the mouth of the Messenger of Allah, and consequently was the first person (of course other than the Prophet to recite the Qur’an. She was also the first person who learned how to pray from the Messenger of Allah.

The first duty that Allah made obligatory was to believe in Islamic Monotheism (i.e., Tawhid); the second was prayer. Some narrations give an account of how the Messenger of Allah taught Khadijah  how to pray and perform ablution. It began with Jibril performing ablution, while the Messenger of Allah watched and learned. He then performed ablution himself in the same manner. Jibril then stood and led the Prophet in prayer. Afterwards, when Jibril had left, the Messenger of Allah went to Khadijah  and, just as Jibril had done earlier, performed ablution in order to show her how she should purify herself for prayer. After Khadijah  finished performing ablution, the Messenger of Allah led her in prayer, praying in the same manner that Jibril had prayed shortly earlier.

2) `Ali ibn Abu Talib

Shortly after Khadijah embraced Islam, `Ali ibn Abu Talib also entered into the fold of Islam. He was the first child to embrace Islam, being 10 years old at the time, at least according to the strongest view in the matter, two proponents of which are At- Tabari and Ibn Ishaq.

Earlier on in the Prophet’s life, Abu Talib was experiencing financial difficulties. Wanting to lighten the financial load that was holding his beloved uncle down, the Prophet offered to take in one of his children and act as his guardian. The child he took in was `Ali (may Allah be pleased with him).  So even before the Prophet received revelation for the first time, `Ali  was one of the members of his household. “`Ali  was the third person – the first being the Prophet and the second Khadijah- to perform prayer. The people of knowledge mention that, during the very early days of his Prophethood, the Prophet  would, at the time of prayer, go out to the valleys of Makkah. `Ali ibn Abu Talib  would go with him, but in a clandestine manner, making sure not to be seen by his father, his uncles, or, for that matter, anyone else from the Quraish. They performed all the day’s prayers in a valley, and then they would return home at nightfall.

3) Zayd ibn Harithah

Zayd, known as Hibbun (the beloved one of the Prophet), was the first freed slave to embrace Islam. Having first entered the household of the Prophet  as a slave, Zayd , loved the Prophet a great deal, and his love was likewise reciprocated. Zayd, originally a free person from a family of free people, was taken captive as a child during a raid and was subsequently enslaved.

He  was eventually purchased in Makkah, which is how he ended up in the household of the Prophet. His father came looking for him, and found him in Makkah years after he had been taken a captive. When Zayd’s father explained what had happened to his son, the Prophet  said that Zayd should decide whether he wanted to stay or return with his father. Zayd’s father readily agreed to this proposal, for who would choose to be a slave rather than return with his father as a free individual? But by that time, Zayd had gotten to know the wonderful character of the Prophet, and Zayd’s love for the Prophet (peace be upon him) was so great that he chose him over his own father. Zayd  said to the Messenger of Allah, “I would never choose anyone over you. To me, you rank equal to a father and an uncle.’ His father and uncle both said, “Woe unto you! Will you choose slavery over freedom! And will you choose someone over your father, uncle, and family!” Zayd  said, “Yes. I have indeed seen such things from this man that make me say with certainty that I would never choose anyone over him.”

The Prophet then freed Zayd and adopted him. This of course all happened before Islam, for with the advent of Islam, adoption (the practice of changing a child’s name, so that he becomes known by his adoptive, and not birth, parents) became prohibited, so that Zayd ibn (son of) Muhammad once again became known by his original name: Zayd ibn Harithah .

4) The daughters of the Prophet

All of the Prophet’s daughters – Zaynab , Umm Kulthrm , Fatimah , and Ruqaiyyah  – raced to embrace Islam. Even before Islam, they benefited from the noble character of their father, so that, like their father, they were upright people who stayed away from the evils of the polytheistic Quraish society. With their acceptance of Islam, the Prophet’s household became the first family from this nation that believed in Allah and practiced the teachings of Islam, which is one of the reasons why Khadijah is of such a high ranking among the Prophet’s Companions. It was in that blessed household that:

♦ The Qur’an was first recited, after verses of it were revealed in the cave of Hira’.

♦ The first follower of the Prophet resided.

♦ Prayer was first established.

♦ The three first believers gathered together: Khadijah, `Ali, and Zayd ibn Harithah.

♦ Each individual member pledged to support the Prophet, a pledge that each one of them fulfilled.

The way in which the Prophet and Khadijah raised their children embodies the meaning that is alluded to in the Hadith: “Every single newborn is born upon the Fitrah (the inborn disposition of being a Muslim). Then it is his parents who make him into a Jew, into a Christian, or into a Magian.” (Al-Bukhari) The Prophet’s children were born upon the Fitrah (the inborn disposition of being a Muslim), and then their parents raised them in such a way as to keep them upon the Fitrah.

Islam places great importance upon both society and the individual, and the individual is introduced into society by means of a family. It is within the context of a family that an individual develops his characteristics and qualities. Therefore, the family acts as an intermediary between the individual and society. If the intermediary is sound and good, then the entities that are at its furthest edges – the individual and society – will be strengthened and improved. This is why Islam stresses the importance of family. Each family must be a strong link in the establishment of an Islamic society. We can see the importance given to the family in the very early stages of the Prophet’s mission. After all, the first person to embrace Islam was his wife, Khadijah -which also establishes the important role that women play in Islam. Then `Ali , at the time a young child, embraced Islam, which shows the importance of performing Da`wah to the youth, to the next generation of Muslims.

It is most interesting to contemplate the kinds of people the Prophet first invited to Islam: Khadijah, a woman; Zayd ibn Harithah, a freed slave; `Ali, a child. This clearly proves that the message of Islam is directed towards all people – to the young and old, to men and women, to masters and slaves. Each individual member of society has an important role to play in the establishment of a Muslim society and country.

5) Abu Bakr  

Abu Bakr was the first free man to embrace Islam, and even before the advent of Islam, he was one of the closest friends of the Messenger of Allah. Throughout their long years of friendship, Abu Bakr  became very much acquainted with the noble character of the Prophet, which is why it is not much of a surprise that he embraced Islam without hesitating in the least. The Prophet  said, “Every single person I invited to Islam stumbled, hesitated, and considered the matter – except for Abu Bakr. When I invited him, he neither wavered nor hesitated (to the contrary, he raced to embrace Islam).” [As-Seerah An-Nabawiyyah by Abu Shuhbah] Abu Bakr was not just a free man; he was also a nobleman and was well-respected among the Quraish for many reasons:

♦ The people of the Quraish loved him for his manners and agreeable nature.

♦ In terms of lineage, he was one of the noblest members of the Quraish. Also, he knew more about the family trees of Quraish’s individuals than anyone else. In fact, he was a recognized scholar of genealogy, being well- versed in the family trees of not just the Quraish but of all Arabs.

♦ He was a businessman who was known for his fair dealings and good manners.

♦ He was very popular among Quraish’s nobles, who would come to him for his knowledge, his expertise in business – or simply for his good company.

As soon as he embraced Islam, Abu Bakr  sprang into action with the passion of a fresh convert, yet, unlike many other converts throughout history, his passion and enthusiasm never died, and never even waned. Abu Bakr’s Islam shows that a person of status and ranking in society often has more of an opportunity than others do of having a positive impact upon others.

From his Islam, one can also perceive an interesting transformation: Abu Bakr was always a close friend of the Prophet, but prior to Islam, that friendship was based upon an affinity of character and personality; with the advent of Islam, their friendship was based only upon faith in Allah.

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Source: Taken with modifications from the author’s Noble Life of the Prophet, translated by Faisal Shafeeq

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Why Maryam Accepted Islam?

By Editorial Staff

Maryam was raised in a Christian family and she was taught to hate Islam and Muslims.

She had doubts about her Christian beliefs.

She liked the dressing of Muslim women. Finally, she decided to convert to Islam.

Watch the video to see how Maryam converted to Islam.

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Source: The Deen Show Youtube Channel 

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How Aliza Kim Embraced Islam

How Aliza Kim Embraced Islam

Finding Him by Aliza Kim is a vlog series revolving around the journey of Aliza’s reversion to Islam. The series highlights the step-by-step process that she took when she became a Muslim.

Before finding Islam, she was an international model, actress and TV host. Currently, she is an inspirational speaker and active in da`wah to Islam. She was a Christian born and raised in USA.

How did she find Islam? From where did she begin? What was she searching for before finding Islam, and what did she really find in the religion?

Here’s her first episode: Soul Searching…

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Source: DOPStv YouTube Channel

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Bishop Micha Reverts to Islam

Bishop Micha Reverts to Islam

Bishop Micha reverts to Islam

Ex-Bishop Micha was diagnosed with cancer.

Whilst in hospital he did a little research and came across Yusuf Estes’ story.

He sent him an e-mail.

Once home & feeling confused about what he felt, he prayed to Allah for guidance.

The next day, he received a call from Yusuf Estes!

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Source: aboutislam.net.

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