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614310 Nigerians Revert to Islam, Doubling `Eid Joy

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  • Zafar Khan
    Jan 12, 2006
      10 Nigerians Revert to Islam, Doubling `Eid Joy
      By Khedr Abdel Baki, IOL Correspondent

      http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2006-01/12/article01.shtml

      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,
      January 12.

      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.


      Tolerance

      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
      religious beliefs.

      This situation, according to Okeiny, opened John's
      eyes to the tolerance and generosity of Islam and
      Muslims.

      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.

      Nigeria’s recent census shows that Muslims make up 55
      percent of the country’s 133 million people,
      Christians 40 percent and animists five percent.

      Twelve of Nigeria’s 36 states have gradually applied
      Shari`ah since the return of democracy to the country
      in 1999.
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      More about Islam and Muslims in Nigeria at:
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