Preaching Islam of Love
Sun. Feb. 24, 2008
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CAIRO In his gatherings and TV shows, young
televangelist Moez Masoud speaks about relations
between men and women and Islam's view of music and
"Im just about everyday things, you know?" Masoud
told the Sunday Telegraph in an interview published on
February 24, as he prepared for an event at a Cairo
hotel to discuss romantic love and marriage in Islam.
"Its about keeping it real," added 29-year-old
Masoud, who is usually dressed in stylish Western
A rising star in the world of Islamic da`wah, he
reaches out to millions of people, mostly young men
and women, via TV programs broadcast on satellite
channels across the Middle East.
Masoud, who holds a BA in economics, talks about
Islam's message of love and tolerance, encouraging art
and music and socializing with members of the opposite
sex, as long as encounters are chaste.
He preaches that Muslims should hate the sin of
homosexuality, not the sinner, and encourages women to
pursue fulfilling careers.
His ultimate goal, Masoud says, is to fight against
those who dangerously abuse Islam in today's world.
"It scares me. It scares me because you can build so
much and they just tear it down so quickly."
He recorded an episode of his latest show, "The Right
Path", in London to denounce the 7/7 terrorist blasts
that killed 52 people.
Masoud recently penned a song about Gillian Gibbons, a
British teacher jailed in Sudan after allowing her
students to give a teddy bear the name Mohammed, which
some considered an insult to Islam.
"I felt it was a horrible misrepresentation of some
childish, infantile people who happen to be cultural
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir pardoned Gibbons
thanks to the good offices of British Muslim peers
Lord Ahmed and Baroness Warsi.
Masoud says that talking to young Muslims about
challenges and temptations they face fits him because,
for a long time, he was on the other side himself.
Raised in an affluent Egyptian family and brought up
in American schools in Kuwait and Egypt, he led a
party-hard lifestyle of alcohol, drugs and dating.
"For a while, I just went with the flow," he told The
"Coming from a rich, or at least better-off family,
and going to American schools, the flow was partying,"
"I didnt think it was wrong. I just did what came
Masoud came to discover his right path the hard way.
At first, he lost three of his closest friends to a
drugs overdose, a car accident and to cancer.
It wasnt long before he himself faced a near-death
experience as a result of a spleen tumor.
Several months later, Masoud narrowly escaped what
would have been a fatal car crash after a night of
heavy drinking at a New Year's Eve party.
Something inside him changed.
Masoud took an oath to change his life, finish his
study and give up alcohol, drugs and bad company for
Now a husband and father, he believes those
experiences help him connect with young Muslims.
"Honestly people, the lecture was more than perfect,"
Egyptian Maha wrote on one of three Facebook groups
established by his mostly educated and middle-class
"This guy is awesome, God bless him for what he is