614310 Nigerians Revert to Islam, Doubling `Eid Joy
- Jan 12, 200610 Nigerians Revert to Islam, Doubling `Eid Joy
By Khedr Abdel Baki, IOL Correspondent
ABUJA, January 12, 2006 (IslamOnline.net) A
Christian family has declared reverting to Islam
during `Eid Al-Adha prayers in the Nigerian capital,
doubling the joy of Muslims, raising the number of
reverts in the spiritual occasion to 10 and
maintaining what has recently been an annual tradition
in the most populous African state.
"The committee of Da`wah (Call to Islam) and Fatwa in
the mosque received after `Eid Al-Adha prayers at
Kowali district a man called John who wanted to
declare embracing Islam, along with his wife and five
children," Sheikh Abdul Salam Mohamed Okeiny, imam of
the central mosque in Abuja, told IOL Thursday,
Okeiny added that John who is a cab driver in Abuja
chose to be named Abdul Rahman after becoming Muslim,
asserting the man came to the committee out of his
free will asking to meet the imam and requesting to
immediately declare embracing Islam.
"John did not want to miss on that spiritual moment
and desired to make public the true feelings he and
his family have been holding towards Islam."
The central mosque preacher added that after John took
the testimony (declaring that he believes no god but
Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) is His Seal of Prophets),
the revert excused himself to go bring his wife and
five children to follow suit.
On his motives, Abdul Rahman said he had some ideas
and concepts about Islam through his wife who used to
work among Muslims and used to express her admiration
of what she saw.
Okeiny, citing his discussion with Abdul Rahman, said
that the new revert had a car crash months ago and his
Muslims neighbors were there for him, regardless of
This situation, according to Okeiny, opened John's
eyes to the tolerance and generosity of Islam and
In addition to John and his family, another Nigerian
lady, 39, declared embracing Islam also before the
committee of Da`wah and Fatwa in Abuja.
Grace, now Fatimah, said she now wishes to perform
Hajj and to find a good Muslim to marry her and teach
true Islam to her as she has been divorced from
Christian husband for long.
According to IOL Correspondent, two university
students, from the Ibo Tribe with a Muslim minority,
also declared embracing Islam at Maboushy mosque in
Abuja Wednesday, January 11.
It has almost become a habit for Muslim religious
occasions to witness the reverting of many Christians
to Islam in Nigeria, says IOL Correspondent.
During last Ramadan, more than 10 people reverted to
Islam in the northern city of Kano.
Some 13,000 Nigerian hajj hopefuls missed their chance
to perform the fifth pillar of Islam their year and
were stuck at Nigerian airports after the expiry of
the extended deadline set by the Saudi authorities.
President Olusegun Obasanjo apologized to Muslims
Tuesday and blamed the firm that had been given the
contract to provide the planes.
Nigerias recent census shows that Muslims make up 55
percent of the countrys 133 million people,
Christians 40 percent and animists five percent.
Twelve of Nigerias 36 states have gradually applied
Shari`ah since the return of democracy to the country
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