This item is available on the Militant Islam Monitor website, at http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/1614
February 2, 2006
MIM: Brokeback Muslims : Video of Texans who converted to Islam
MIM: Wham Bam embrace Islam - the quickie conversion.
In the era of fast food we also get fast faith.
According to this article on a Muslim website it takes about 5 seconds to become a Muslim.
Quicker then ordering a cheese burger at McDonalds or a latte at Starbucks.
No wonder it is the fastest growing religion.
Of course no one is even presented with the fine print, which would state - that opting out and repudiating the faith - is akin to signing one's own death warrant.
Islamic law states that Muslims who reject Islam have to be killed as apostates. Which tends to make the dropout rate quite small, since many who do keep quiet about it - or simply dont live to talk about it for long.
I would like to become a musilim.
Is this possible? And if so, how can this happen. I do not know much.I know some things.
Praise be to Allaah.
Any human being can embrace Islam. You do not need anyone's permission. You simply say and believe that there is No God except Allah and that Mohammad is his Messenger. Once you say this sentence, you automatically become Muslim. From there, you start carrying on with the duties of Islam. You must do what Allah and His messenger tell you to, and stay away from what they tell you to. Islam does not tell you to do anything unless it is good for you. It also does not tell you to stay away from anything unless it is bad for you. You will notice the change in the way you look at things, the minute you become a Muslim. You will feel more relieved and secure only to think that you are fulfilling the orders of Allah. Doing this, you will clearly see the benefits of it for yourself and for mankind. You can embrace Islam in any Islamic center. This is only a formality. Once you say and believe in the Oneness of Allah and in the message of his Prophet Mohammad, then you are a Muslim.
To become a Muslim, simply say the following words:
Ash hadu alla ilaha illa Allah, wa ash hadu anna Mohammadan abduhu wa rasuluhu.
This means I testify and witness that there is no god worthy of being worshipped other than Allah and that Mohammad is his Messenger. You must say it and believe in it.
Assalamu Alaikum (Peace be upon you),
I greet you with the greeting of Islam and welcome you to the best way of life. Allah, the most Beneficent, has shown you the path that leads to His love and mercy.
You've taken the sahada, the declaration of faith. Right now, you are among the most innocent people in the world. Why? Because, as soon as you took the sahada, all your past sins were forgiven. No matter what sin you've committed, all of them are now forgiven. From this moment on, it is very important for you to keep yourself pure and stay away from all types of evil deeds. Try your best to do this, ask Allah to help you in whatever good you want to do.
A Muslim is he who submits himself to the will of Allah. Meaning, you recognize your creator and then you obey Him in every aspect. Allah has created you and He knows what is good for you. The first thing you should do is to start learning how to pray to Allah. Muslims pray 5 times a day to Allah. My dear friend, to a true Muslim, these prayers are not a burden, but a source of pleasure. Say that you love somebody very much but the person lives far away. So, you only communicate with the person by phone. Now, everytime you call that person, you feel a deep sensation of love. The same way, a true Muslim loves Allah more than anyone. And when he stands to offer his prayers, he feels the same way when a lover communicates with the loved one.
My friend, do you have a Mosque nearby? If you do, I suggest that you go there and find a good Muslim friend to teach you Islam.
I hope to hear back from you. May Allah bless you with a life of piety and make you among the people of Paradise. Be steadfast in Islam, and you will be successful.
Contact me at: email@example.com
The Sound Vision website list of 16 Things you can do to help Sound Vision includes waging Jihad through Da'wa if one is not in a position do otherwise and win converts to Islam. One heading leaves no doubt as to the multimedia's company's Islamist agenda:
Introducing Sound Vision
helping tomorrow's Muslims today
16 things you can do to help Sound Vision
Alhamdu lilllah, many Muslims have asked us to tell them how they can help Sound Vision. Here are some ideas about how you can help the cause of Sound Vision:
1. Donate for a worthy cause: Sound Vision
Do you know where Sound Vision gets most of its funding from? No, it's not from any specific country or government. It's from the generosity of hundreds of private donors who support the work we do. There are several ways you can donate.
2. Give your Zakat for Sound Vision
One of the eight categories Zakat can be given for is the cause of Allah. Here's what Muslim scholars Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Dr. Jamal Badawi have to say about this:
"Zakat is for the poor, and the needy, and those who collect the Zakat, and those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to free captives and for debtors, and for the cause of Allah, and for the wayfarer; a duty imposed by Allah. Allah is the Knower, the Wise." (Quran 9:60)
Zakat is a duty imposed by Allah on every financially able Muslim man and woman. This verse from the Quran tells us that one way Zakat should be spent is "for the cause of Allah (Fi Sabili Allah)".
Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi * writes, "Jihad can be with the pen and the tongue just as it can be with the sword and the spear. Islamic Jihad is not limited to military efforts only; it extends beyond this, including several means that Muslims need to utilize now more than ever.
Therefore, Zakat dedicated to the cause of Allah must be directed and channeled toward other means of Jihad, including education, Dawa, the media and other activities, provided that such endeavors are purely Islamic and not contaminated with the spirit of patriotic, cultural or ethnic motivation."
Dr. Jamal Badawi has stated, "Traditionally, for the cause of Allah' has been interpreted narrowly to mean one aspect of Jihad --- Jihad in the battlefield in self-defense or against oppression. But Jihad is a broad concept, which includes the defense of Islam in the intellectual sphere, through the media as well as other Dawa efforts."
* From Fiqh al-Zakat, part 2, pp 666-669, 1981 (5th edition) Al-Risalah Co.
Please give your next Zakat for Sound Vision.
3. Contribute a radio report to RadioIslam.com
Alhamdu lillah, traffic to RadioIslam.com, the audio component of Sound Vision website has greatly increased in the last few months. Currently, we have one dedicated sister doing the work, putting together a daily program on the weekdays and a weekend edition. However, given the number of people visiting RadioIslam.com, there is a serious need for more involvement from Muslims.
All you need is a clear voice, a good idea for the program and the motivation to do it. Don't worry about the technical details, Insha Allah, we'll help you with that. If you ever dreamed of being a radio journalist, this is your opportunity! Send an email to info@RadioIslam.com to learn how to.
4. Write for our website
Have you always had the knack for writing well? Did you ace or get 90s in English? Alhamdu lillah! That means you can communicate with the written word effectively.
That also means you can write for our website. There are so many possibilities here: have you ever wished someone would write practical, realistic articles about the trials and tribulations of Muslim teenagers in America? If so, do this for the teens section of our website.
Did you ever want to see articles about Muslim food that went beyond recipes for ethnic dishes? If so, write for our Halal and Healthy section.
Those are just two examples. We have many more sections which you should check out and offer to write for.
5. Become an intern
If you don't have a job or courses lined up this summer, consider becoming an intern for Sound Vision. Not only will you get paid, but you'll get a chance to taste media and sales work firsthand. Maybe it'll give you a glimpse into journalism, communications and marketing and you'll decide to pursue these fields. And don't forget, you'll be helping us at Sound Vision too with your work by Insha Allah improving the content on our site. How to become an intern.
6. Banner us
Do you have your own website? Or are you the webmaster of one for your Muslim Students' Association (MSA), mosque or Islamic center? If so, why not put a Sound Vision banner on your home page inviting others to visit our website?
This involves no financial or long-term commitment. It's simple and it's a way for Muslims to help Muslims. Download the banners. (400X55Pixal, 468X60Pixal).
7 Distribute our catalog
Do you know a parent looking for an alternative to the material on television? Or do you know a new Muslim looking for a CD on Quranic recitation to help them learn how to recite Quran on their own?
Whatever the case, help us distribute our free catalog, which contains these products and more. Call us toll-free to arrange this at 1-800-432-4262.
8. Use our web info and ideas and tell us about them
With Sound Vision's products and website we try to provide Halal education and entertainment alternatives, as well as practical ideas on how to live Islam on a daily basis. Have you ever tried to implement these ideas?
A number of Muslims informed us they had successfully put our Eid ideas, for example, into practice. If you have done so, let us know how it turned out and how we can add or improve to existing material.
Have you used one of our Adam's World videos or one of our songs or CDs for a class project or community event? If so, why and how did it turn out? Tell us, and suggest ways we can improve content and promotion of these and other materials.
9. Give us your feedback
Sound Vision is a firm believer in an open shura process. Please give us your feedback and comments by sending us an e-mail.
10. Volunteer your time
We are a small team which heavily relies on volunteers. Please volunteer your time.
11. How can you involve your community center
There are many things which Sound Vision and your community center can do together. Why not you become a bridge between the two of us who are focused on helping Muslims. Talk to Masjids where you have influence. Ask them to buy Islamic books and other material from Sound Vision for the use of schools and Masjids.
12. Let your living room promote Sound Vision
Invite Muslims with good hearts to your living room and show them Sound Vision programs which we have. Ask them how they can support Sound Vision. Share some of these ideas with them.
13. Keep the Introduction of Sound Vision with you
Please keep the introduction of Sound Vision and our catalog available to give out to friends and relatives.
14. Tell us about illegal copies of our products being sold
One major problem Sound Vision faces is that there are about 30 illegal copies sold for each one legal copy we sell. Please inform us if you find someone selling illegal copies.
15. Keep an eye on Muslim talent
If you know of Muslims with writing talent, people with good voices, graphics or video interest, do tell us about them.
16. Remember us in your Dua (supplication)
It is only Allah's mercy that this small team of Sound Vision has come together and continues to serve Muslims in the field of communication. Each time you benefit from any of our free services or products please make Dua for us. Any time you find some mistakes please pray for our forgiveness. Thank you.
This item is available on the Militant Islam Monitor website, at http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/1614