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How I came to Islam – by Yusuf Islam From Musician to Muslim by Allah’s Will

All I have to say is all what you know already, to confirm what you already know, the message of the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) as given by God – the Religion of Truth. As human beings we are given a consciousness and a duty that has placed us at the top of creation. Man is created to be God’s deputy on earth, and it is important to realize the obligation to rid ourselves of all illusions and to make our lives a preparation for the next life. Anybody who misses this chance is not likely to be given another, to be brought back again and again, because it says in Qur’an Majeed that when man is brought to account, he will say, “O Lord, send us back and give us another chance.” The Lord will say, “If I send you back you will do the same.”

MY EARLY RELIGIOUS UPBRINGING

I was brought up in the modern world of all the luxury and the high life of show business. I was born in a Christian home, but we know that every child is born in his original nature – it is only his parents that turn him to this or that religion. I was given this religion (Christianity) and thought this way. I was taught that God exists, but there was no direct contact with God, so we had to make contact with Him through Jesus – he was in fact the door to God. This was more or less accepted by me, but I did not swallow it all.

I looked at some of the statues of Jesus; they were just stones with no life. And when they said that God is three, I was puzzled even more but could not argue. I more or less believed it, because I had to have respect for the faith of my parents.

POP STAR

Gradually I became alienated from this religious upbringing. I started making music. I wanted to be a big star. All those things I saw in the films and on the media took hold of me, and perhaps I thought this was my God, the goal of making money. I had an uncle who had a beautiful car. “Well,” I said, “he has it made. He has a lot of money.” The people around me influenced me to think that this was it; this world was their God.

I decided then that this was the life for me; to make a lot of money, have a ‘great life.’ Now my examples were the pop stars. I started making songs, but deep down I had a feeling for humanity, a feeling that if I became rich I would help the needy. (It says in the Qur’an, we make a promise, but when we make something, we want to hold onto it and become greedy.)

So what happened was that I became very famous. I was still a teenager, my name and photo were splashed in all the media. They made me larger than life, so I wanted to live larger than life and the only way to do that was to be intoxicated (with liquor and drugs).

IN HOSPITAL

After a year of financial success and ‘high’ living, I became very ill, contracted TB and had to be hospitalized. It was then that I started to think: What was to happen to me? Was I just a body, and my goal in life was merely to satisfy this body? I realized now that this calamity was a blessing given to me by Allah, a chance to open my eyes – “Why am I here? Why am I in bed?” – and I started looking for some of the answers. At that time there was great interest in the Eastern mysticism. I began reading, and the first thing I began to become aware of was death, and that the soul moves on; it does not stop. I felt I was taking the road to bliss and high accomplishment. I started meditating and even became a vegetarian. I now believed in ‘peace and flower power,’ and this was the general trend. But what I did believe in particular was that I was not just a body. This awareness came to me at the hospital.

One day when I was walking and I was caught in the rain, I began running to the shelter and then I realized, ‘Wait a minute, my body is getting wet, my body is telling me I am getting wet.’ This made me think of a saying that the body is like a donkey, and it has to be trained where it has to go. Otherwise, the donkey will lead you where it wants to go.

Then I realized I had a will, a God-given gift: follow the will of God. I was fascinated by the new terminology I was learning in the Eastern religion. By now I was fed up with Christianity. I started making music again and this time I started reflecting my own thoughts. I remember the lyric of one of my songs. It goes like this: “I wish I knew, I wish I knew what makes the Heaven, what makes the Hell. Do I get to know You in my bed or some dusty cell while others reach the big hotel?” and I knew I was on the Path.

I also wrote another song, “The Way to Find God Out.” I became even more famous in the world of music. I really had a difficult time because I was getting rich and famous, and at the same time, I was sincerely searching for the Truth. Then I came to a stage where I decided that Buddhism is all right and noble, but I was not ready to leave the world. I was too attached to the world and was not prepared to become a monk and to isolate myself from society.

I tried Zen and Ching, numerology, tarot cards and astrology. I tried to look back into the Bible and could not find anything. At this time I did not know anything about Islam, and then, what I regarded as a miracle occurred. My brother had visited the mosque in Jerusalem and was greatly impressed that while on the one hand it throbbed with life (unlike the churches and synagogues which were empty), on the other hand, an atmosphere of peace and tranquility prevailed.

THE QUR’AN

When he came to London he brought back a translation of the Qur’an, which he gave to me. He did not become a Muslim, but he felt something in this religion, and thought I might find something in it also.

And when I received the book, a guidance that would explain everything to me – who I was; what was the purpose of life; what was the reality and what would be the reality; and where I came from – I realized that this was the true religion; religion not in the sense the West understands it, not the type for only your old age. In the West, whoever wishes to embrace a religion and make it his only way of life is deemed a fanatic. I was not a fanatic, I was at first confused between the body and the soul. Then I realized that the body and soul are not apart and you don’t have to go to the mountain to be religious. We must follow the will of God. Then we can rise higher than the angels. The first thing I wanted to do now was to be a Muslim.

I realized that everything belongs to God, that slumber does not overtake Him. He created everything. At this point I began to lose the pride in me, because hereto I had thought the reason I was here was because of my own greatness. But I realized that I did not create myself, and the whole purpose of my being here was to submit to the teaching that has been perfected by the religion we know as Al-Islam. At this point I started discovering my faith. I felt I was a Muslim. On reading the Qur’an, I now realized that all the Prophets sent by God brought the same message. Why then were the Jews and Christians different? I know now how the Jews did not accept Jesus as the Messiah and that they had changed His Word. Even the Christians misunderstand God’s Word and called Jesus the son of God. Everything made so much sense. 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. Do you realize how different the sun is from the moon? They are at varying distances from the earth, yet appear the same size to us; at times one seems to overlap the other.

Even when many of the astronauts go to space, they see the insignificant size of the earth and vastness of space. They become very religious, because they have seen the Signs of Allah.

When I read the Qur’an further, it talked about prayer, kindness and charity. I was not a Muslim yet, but I felt that the only answer for me was the Qur’an, and God had sent it to me, and I kept it a secret. But the Qur’an also speaks on different levels. I began to understand it on another level, where the Qur’an says,

“Those who believe do not take disbelievers for friends and the believers are brothers.”

Thus at this point I wished to meet my Muslim brothers.

CONVERSION

Then I decided to journey to Jerusalem (as my brother had done). At Jerusalem, I went to the mosque and sat down. A man asked me what I wanted. I told him I was a Muslim. He asked what was my name. I told him, “Stevens.” He was confused. I then joined the prayer, though not so successfully. Back in London, I met a sister called Nafisa. I told her I wanted to embrace Islam and she directed me to the New Regent Mosque. This was in 1977, about one and a half years after I received the Qur’an. Now I realized that I must get rid of my pride, get rid of Iblis, and face one direction. So on a Friday, after Jummah’ I went to the Imam and declared my faith (the Kalimah) at this hands. You have before you someone who had achieved fame and fortune. But guidance was something that eluded me, no matter how hard I tried, until I was shown the Qur’an. Now I realize I can get in direct contact with God, unlike Christianity or any other religion. As one Hindu lady told me, “You don’t understand the Hindus. We believe in one God; we use these objects (idols) to merely concentrate.” What she was saying was that in order to reach God, one has to create associates, that are idols for the purpose. But Islam removes all these barriers. The only thing that moves the believers from the disbelievers is the salat. This is the process of purification.

Finally I wish to say that everything I do is for the pleasure of Allah and pray that you gain some inspirations from my experiences. Furthermore, I would like to stress that I did not come into contact with any Muslim before I embraced Islam. I read the Qur’an first and realized that no person is perfect. Islam is perfect, and if we imitate the conduct of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) we will be successful. May Allah give us guidance to follow the path of the ummah of Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). Ameen!

— Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens
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Yusuf Estes Story Towards Islam

In stead of me writing long winded story about his reversion,I rather let you watch his video where he shared his story.It is a 47.16 minutes video.

World’s Famous Reverts

Each and every second there is at least one person some where in this world saying

Ashadu ala ilaha illa’llah.
wa Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasul Allah.

I bear witness that there is no God to be worshiped but Allah,
and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger

Now lets see the world’s famous people who have accepted Islam.


Repentance-do it now before too late-

It is necessary to repent from every sin. If the offence involves the right of Allah, not a human, then there are three conditions to be met in order for the repentance to be accepted by Allah

Conditions of repentance

To stop committing the sin

To feel sorry for committing it

To resolve not to recommit it once again

Any repentance failing to observe any of the above mentioned conditions will not be sound.

But if the sin involves a human right, a fourth condition is required, i.e, to absolve oneself from such a right. If it’s a property, it should be returned to its original owner; if it’s slandering or backbiting, one should seek the forgiveness of the offended. Allah the Exalted says

“Seek the forgiveness of your Lord and turn to Him in repentance.” (11:3)

“O ye who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance.” (66:8)

HADITHS ON REPENTANCE

First Hadith

The Prophet pbuh said, “By Allah I seek Allah’s forgiveness and repent to Him more than seventy times a day.”

Commentary

* The hadith is an inducement to repent and seek Allah’s forgiveness. The Prophet (pbuh) whose past and future sins were forgiven,was always asking Allah’s forgiveness. So how about us who commit sins on a regular basis? How much then should we repent?

  • Sincere and ceaseless prayer for pardon is essential so that any sins that we may unintentionally commit are forgiven.
  • Seeking pardon is by repeating the following words : ” Astaghfirullah-al ‘adheem” i.e., I seek forgiveness of Allah The Great

Second Hadith

Abu Sa’id ibn Sa’d ibn Malik ibn Sinan al-Khudri reported that the Prophet of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Among those before you there was a man who killed ninety-nine people. He asked who was the most knowledgeable man in the world and was directed to a monk. He went to him and said that he had killed ninety-nine people and was repentance possible for him? The monk said, ‘No,’ so he killed him and made it a hundred. Then he again asked who was the most knowledgeable man on earth and was directed to a man of knowledge. He said that he had killed a hundred people, so was repentance possible for him? The man said, ‘Yes, who can come between you and repentance? Go to such-and-such a land, where there are some people worshipping Allah Almighty. Worship Allah with them and do not return to your own country. It is an evil place.’ So he went and then, when he was half way there, he died. The angels of mercy and angels of punishment started to argue about him. The angels of mercy said, ‘He came in repentance, turning with his heart to Allah Almighty.’ The angels of punishment said, ‘He has not done a single good action.’ An angel came in a human form and they appointed him arbitrator between them. He said, ‘Measure the distance between the two countries and whichever one he is nearer to, that is the one he belongs to.’ They measured and found he was nearer to the land to which he was going, so the angels of mercy took him.” [Agreed upon]

In another narration, “He was a hand-span nearer to the virtuous land, so he was put among their people.” Another version says, “Allah revealed to this country to distance itself and that one to come nearer. He said, ‘Measure the distance between them,’ and they found that he was nearer to the good one by a hand-span and He forgave him.” It is also narrated that he drew closer by a slight movement on his chest.

Commentary

· The hadith shows that the gates of repentance are open even for the worst of sinners; and Allah forgives everyone provided they repent sincerely. (See conditions of repentance).

· A scholar is far better than a mere worshipper: He would be more knowledgeable and would bear in mind the psychological aspects of the questioner in a way that would not make him reckless in his sins out of frustration.

· In some situations, Allah makes angels appear in human form to support His sincere slaves.

· Bad company should be abandoned: the least evil they can cause is that they don’t induce one to do good deeds or abandon evil ones.

· Good company is essential for the salvation of anyone seeking Allah’s pleasure: they constantly remind one of what is good and forbid what is bad.

· Allah rewards according to one’s final deeds, so make sure your final deeds are the best in the sight of Allah.

· If one dies among bad people, he will definitely be gathered with them in the Hereafter, unless he was accidentally among them, hating all their deeds.

· If one dies in the midst of good, pious people, he will definitely be gathered with them in the Hereafter and will probably benefit from their intercession for him on the Day of Judgment.

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Heart Trembling Convert Story

I have posted my convert story here :

My way towards Islam

Why I chose Islam

Here are some great stories toward Islam which will trembles your heart inshaAllah. All the videos I post here are very well selected which brought tears to me. I hope these videos will begin your journey to the light InshaAllah.

This a true story that happened with a caller to Islam from Egypt called Amr Khalid.I will let you watch the video for the rest of the story.

This is a video of a British brother who accepted Islam and all are crying after his shahadah.

This is a video on various convert event.

What are you waiting for?

What else need to be proved to you to accept Islam?

Isn’t this whole creation is an evidence for you?

This is the time for you to change.If  you don’t do it now,you will never be able to do it later.Off the TV,off the radio,stop reading newspaper and off all kind of media which might distract your concentration.Open the Quran Translation and start reading what The Creator of the world has to say.Read each of His word which was sent to the final Prophet Muhamad pbuh 1430 years ago.

Quran is not written by anyone not even the prophet pbuh.It was “written” by Allah and it is all His words.

Why do I ask you to accept Islam?

And I (Allâh) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone).

[51. Az-Zâriyât verse 56]

O ye who believe! bow down, prostrate yourselves, and adore your Lord; and do good; that ye may prosper.

[ 22. The Pilgrimage verse 77]

This strongly proofs that in order to worship The Creator,you need to perform the 5 daily prayers where you bow down and prostrate yourselves to Him and only Islam teaches you how to bow down and prostrates.

Even the trees and stone prostrate  and sujud to Allah and testify there is no God but Allah,why not we the humans where Allah has promised Paradise to those who are obedient to Him?

I cannot make you convert.All I can do is just to convey the message of Allah to you as how others have done so to me.The world that we are living now is not eternal and it will end.Each creation will come to an end and will be judged on the Judgment Day.Allah will question you why you did not accept Islam even after the message has been conveyed to you.

Think about it deeply and you will find your light InshaAllah and all my dua(prayer) is with you.

I will conclude my article with this beautiful video where you can see how  Muslims worship The Creator of the world.No matter where we are ,what we do,we will stop everything to worship Him, thank Him and ask forgiveness from Him.

Ashadu ala ilaha illa’llah.
wa Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasul Allah.

I bear witness that there is no God to be worshiped but Allah,
and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger

I suggest that you download this book and see the evidence found in Quran which was sent to Muhamad pbuh 1430 years a go

Downlaod this book and search the truth

If you want to convert,just leave me a comment and InshaAllah I will get back to you

Arabic in a Flash Volume 1&2 (Tuttle Flash Cards)

 

 Arabic in a Flash Volume 1 (Tuttle Flash Cards)

Arabic in a Flash: Volume I is an excellent new language learning resource for beginning students of Arabic. This unique set of flash cards enables learners to acquire basic Arabic words and their derivatives in an easy-to-use manner at whatever pace the learner prefers.Each card has Arabic script on one side, with romanized forms and English meanings/derivatives given on the other. Also included is a 32-page reference book with three indexes (an Arabic-English, Arabic, and romanized Arabic listing), as well as useful notes on pronunciation and grammar.
Featuring a convenient, portable size and the 2,240 most common verbs, nouns and adjectives likely to be used in everyday conversations, Arabic in a Flash Volume 1 is the perfect learning tool for anyone interested in Arabic.

 Arabic in a Flash Volume 1 (Tuttle Flash Cards)(Fethi Mansouri)
Tuttle Publishing | 2006 | 927 pages | PDF | ISBN: 0804837279 | 17.1 MB

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Arabic in a Flash Volume 2 (Tuttle Flash Cards)

Hot on the success of Volume 1, Arabic in a Flash Volume 2 continues to develop the language skills of the beginning students and others interested in learning Arabic. While Volume 1 has a strong focus on basic communication and vocabulary-building, Volume 2 works to further develop vocabulary and introduces everyday activities, travel and leisure and economic and employment issues.

Arabic in a Flash Volume 2 (Tuttle Flash Cards)(Fethi Mansouri)
Tuttle Publishing | 2006 | 944 pages | PDF | ISBN: 0804837279 | 33 MB

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Download Books about Salah

Here are some great books about Salah.You may download them and perfect your Salah.

ABLUTION

Ablution -Wudoo

SALAH

Salah The Muslim Prayer

Kitab-AlSalah-The Book of Prayer

Prophet Muhamad’s Manner of Performing Salah

Gaining Khushuu(Concentration in Salah)

Khushuu by Ibn Rajab

How to Gain Khushuu

33 Ways of Developing Khushuu in Salah



A House in Paradise

Many people are confused regarding sunnah prayers.I would like to elaborate further with these  terms-Fard,Sunnah Muakkadah ,Sunnah Ghair Muakkadah,Nawafil, and Wajib

Fard  :

Obligatory and every Muslim should perform it.The five  daily prayers are obligatory-Fajr,Dhur,Asr,Maghrib and Ishaa

Sunnah Muakkadah  :

It is an act that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, always used to do. These rakats must be offered. (However if missed, there is no makeup or qada for it).

Sunnah Ghair Muakkadah  :

It is an act that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to leave sometimes without any reason. These are not obligatory.

Nawafil  :

Voluntary prayer such as salat ad-duha ,tahajjud,qiam al lail

Below are the sunnah prayers

Fajr/Subh:

2 Sunnah Muakkadah
2 Fard

Zuhr/Dhur:

4 Sunnah Muakkadah
4 Fard
2 Sunnah Muakkadah
2 Nawafil

Asr:

4 Sunnah Ghair Muakkadah
4 Fard

Maghrib:

3 Fard
2 Sunnah Muakkadah
2 Nawafil

Isha:

4 Sunnah Ghair Muakkadah
4 Fard
2 Sunnah Muakkadah
Nawafil (it is the tahajud,qiyam layl….performed 2 by 2 and you may do as much as you want)
Witr (witr is done in ways either 2 rakaat and salam and 1 rakaat salam.When you do 3 rakaat,there is no tashahud in the 2nd rakaat.)[Sunnah surah to be recited are Al-Alaa chapter 87,Al kafiroon chapter 109 and Al Ikhlas chapter 112]

The Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam usually prayed 12 rakaat of sunnah prayers.

Concerning their virtue, it was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays twelve rak’ahs during the night and day, a house will be built for him in Paradise: four before Zuhr and two after, two rak’ahs after Maghrib, two rak’ahs after ‘Isha’ and two rak’ahs before Fajr prayer.”


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