I was a bit depressed earlier today.
I had finished watching this horrible Faux Noise video on dailykosTV, where the “expert” on Islam and Sharia' was none other than Nonie Darwish, who runs an outfit called “Arabs for Israel” (I mean she is not even trying to hide that she has sold her soul to her Israeli benefactor devils). In the clip, Nonie repeats the playbook Islamophobic rampage about what “Shariah” is, painting such a nasty picture that I would imagine most normal Americans would see right through this shrill *choice name*'s words. And then to hear the Faux anchor's sighs, as if she really gives a hoot about any Muslim woman more than her choice of perfume for the day, got under my skin even more.
After that, I read and saw more crap from Israel's latest tamed poodle, BBC, present a story of a sexually molested girl from UAE, who was able to escape her family, and more importantly (and the reason that the story was even presented) that she was able to escape repressive Islam (read this excellent analysis tackling the cry-me-a-river story, and dispatching it back to the stinking hole it came from). Her repetition of the word Muslim, as if it was a cuss word, was so programmed that you wonder if it wasn't Nonie who wrote the script for this woman. What Islam, or hijab or anything Muslim has anything to do with a step-father who couldn't control his sexual lust on his step-daughter, is besides me. But the girl is obviously smart. She knows that if she can tell a nice Islamophobic story, “Arabs for Israel” might as well make her their official spokesperson. [The timing of the story is also interesting for MM, considering Umm Reem's series on sexual molestation that is ongoing].
Not that this sort of nonsense is anything new, but it still rubbed me the wrong way.
But my mood was to change shortly. I went to pray Maghrib at the masjid. As the prayer wrapped up, a brother stood up, whispered something to the imām, and then announced to the musalleen that James (if I remember the name correctly) wants to take the shahada and become Muslim. Soon to be brother, James, then walked up, and sat next to the imām.
The imām read the words “ash-hadu un laillaha illallah” and James repeated “ash-hadu un laillaha illallah”. The imām then read “wa ash-hadu anna muhammadan abduhu wa rasooluhi”, and James repeated “ash-hadu un laillaha illallah”. The imām then read the translation, “I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship other than Allāh, and that Muḥammad peace be upon him is His Messenger and Servant”, and brother James repeated, “I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship other than Allāh, and that Muḥammad peace be upon him is His Messenger and Servant”.
One brother in the front row screamed takbir, and the masjid echoed with “Allahu Akbar”. This was repeated two more times. Then the same brother jumped up, and moved towards brother James, and others followed. He hugged him three times, and warned him that a lot more hugs were coming! Brother James smiled, his face shining with glee and obvious happiness. I eventually got my turn and congratulated James for the best decision of his life. The children also lined up to shake hands with the latest hero, a man who left his life's baggage and his worship of others besides Allāh behind, to testify that He will only worship Allāh from that moment onwards.
As I left the masjid, I was no longer depressed. The conversion was not an unusual event. Muslims in this country witness conversions all the time. I smiled. I thought about Nonnie and all the Nonnie-wannabes, the Spencers, the Pipes, the Horowitzs, and all the Islamophobes, working day and night spouting lies against Islam, trying their best to create hatred and misunderstandings about Islam.
Yet, today James reminded me and everyone in that masjid (once again) that the world can join hands to extinguish the light of Islam, but they were fighting a losing battle.
They desire to extinguish Allāh's light with their mouths, however, Allāh will never permit [that], except that his light will be perfected, despite the hatred of the disbelievers [Qur'an 9:32]
Scorecard Nonnie! Allāh infinity, Islamophobes zero!