"Get into the Know"
I would have to say that it wasn't one event that led me to As Islam...it was a lifelong process. I remember when I was a kid, I would hear the words Islam, Final Call, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm x, Kareem Adul Jabbar and Elijah Muhammad. These names were unique to me back then, but I was a kid and all I was concern about back then was kid's stuff. I remember my mother taken me and my younger brother to church regularly from the time I was three to about six but for some reason, we stop going. I never could (and still can't) embrace Christianity because I just can not comprehend the philosophy of man being a god or a son of the creator of the universe. I always believe it was more to this massive universe than what I was taught in school and I believed the universe was much greater than anything then what a man or any group of men could ever create. I just couldn't grasp the idea that god would purposely curse all of mankind that came after Addam and Eve because someone ate an apple from a tree. I just couldn't piece together the idea of a god allowing his son or he himself allowing his creation to kill him for he can forgive them...plus I was a kid and religion was the last thing on my mind.
Jumu'ah Khutbah, Masjid Jihad 4-10-2009
Jumu'ah Khutbah (Friday "Gathering "Lecture) at Masjid Jihad, Savannah, Gaeorgia. The Khatieb (Lectuer) is Imam Maajid Faheem Ali. This Khutbah makes a strong appeal for the Establishment of Islamic Community Life! It is upon this obligation that we began to share the wisdom of our Imam (Leader). This effort Insha'llah (G'd willing) will inspire growth, collective in the Muslim Community in America and wherever Al Islam is being Established or (Re)established to make a lasting impression on communities and societies. It should be noted that this is not an effort to promote Masjid Jihad Inc. or Imam Majid Ali, but this is done Independent by individuals who are inspired by Imam Ali's Leadership and the Contributions of the Collective body of believers in Savannah, Georgia. We are sharing this with the Global Community, at this time, for maximum benifit Insha'llah.
When I was in the Army, I had a friend who had some knowledge of Islam but he wasn't practicing at the time.His demeanor was just different than anyone else I knew at that time. In 1989, my unit was sent to Kuwait during the first gulf war and that's where I got my first taste of Islam. I didn't get a chance to socialize with the citizens of Kuwait but I remember the people, by enlarge, being more at peace with themselves. I never seen that before and it always stayed with me. I got out of the service in 91 and move to Savannah, Georgia. Around that time, I started becoming more conscious of global events. I started asking myself questions about life in general and I was just trying to make sense of it all. I started listening to Min Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam and other socially conscious brothers that was feeding my appetite the knowledge I was searching for, but their concept was also about a man who was god and I just couldn't grasp that concept just as I couldn't when I was a little boy. Around 1992, I met a brother name Addam and we became close friends. We had a lot in common and we were going down the same path now that I look back. Around 92 or 93, we went to see the movie" Malcolm X" and for the first time I was able to see a different concept of Islam instead of the Nation of Islam's version. I'm going to say around the fall of 1993, I was channel surfing and The Imam of the Savannah region (Imam Masjid Ali) was on television and he really caught my attention. In the fall of 1994 on a Friday afternoon, I was riding around in my car and I drove pass the masjid in Savannah and as Allah Al Kareem as my witness, it look like everyone was wearing white clothing. Brothers were embracing each other with hugs and the sisters were looking so modest and humbled. Now I come to find out later that everyone wasn't wearing white but the vision that I seen was so beautiful. The next day,went back I meet the Imam. We talk for about twenty minutes and he gave me a copy of the Quran. I found myself hanging around the masjid and getting involved in every conversation that was going on. Two week before Thanksgiving , I made a tearful shadada and became a Muslim. See, the concept of something being greater than any man was always buried in my heart and I truly believe that Allah Ta'ala's mercy and love is instilled in all of mankind.
I give praise and thanks to Allah Ar Rahman for instilling and protecting his truth in my soul.
As Salaamu Alaikum!!!!!