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84 Year Old Man Accepts Islam – Interview With Sh. Haitham al-Haddad


The following is a short interview with an 84 year old British man who accepted Islam. He discusses his experience and what led him to realise and accept the truth.

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  1. AbuZakariyya

    August 12, 2008 at 2:04 AM

    mashaAllah amazing, what a sweet brother :)

  2. MR

    August 12, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    May God guide more to the truth! Ameen!

  3. Nazia

    August 12, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Anyone else not seeing the text of the article, but only a blank space??

  4. Peaches

    August 12, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Wow!What a nice story. It just goes to show that there is no age limit to finding the truth.

  5. IbnAbbas

    August 12, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    amazing mashaAllah! its always an imaan booster to hear about such stories.

    subhaanallah, some ajeeb things happened with me today.

    1. I saw Shaykh Haitham al-Haddad in my dream last night that he has moved his house and became my next-door neighbour. and then I came here and watched this video..guess there must be some connection…?

    2. I was reading Surah Fajr today, infact I was doing my memorisation, and when I got to the verse 21or just about near. “When the earth is ground to powder” there was a sudden loud thunder strike in the sky outside…..and it doesn’t even happen a lot here.

  6. Nirgaz

    August 13, 2008 at 12:20 AM

    Those ayat’s were awsome…Alhamdulillah we live in this day and age where they can display the English while the Quran is recited so that we who don’t understand Arabic can fathom even the smallest power of those words. Even now, all these years later, the Quran still has the effect of wowing me.

    I have a special request of all of you, my dear brothers and sisters on this site and readers of this site.
    Please Make Dua for my brother.
    At this time I have brought my brother into my home. And of his own accord he has asked alot about Islam. He is currently reading the Quran and some other books I gave him. He has admitted that he connects with alot of it. I hope with all the hope I have that it will be Allah’s will to guide him to Islam. 1. so he too can find peace in this faith as I have. and 2. It would mean the world to me to have someone I love of my family to accept Islam.

    Allah know’s best and I will be patient with whatever the outcome.

    JazakAllah khair,

  7. ahmed

    August 13, 2008 at 6:40 AM

    Who is the reciter in the beginning of the video?

    @Nirgaz: May Allah guide your brother and your family! Ameen.

  8. daisy

    August 13, 2008 at 8:55 AM

    asalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, …

    ahmed: the reciter is Saad Ghamadi.

    ameen @ nirgaz … may Allaah guide all of your family!

  9. AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian

    August 13, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    bismillah. may Allah subhanahu wata ala bring your brother to Islam, Nirgaz, strengthen you in your dawah, and guide us all never to write off any person as too old or too any-other-excuse to accept (or become stronger in) Islam.

    does anyone know if there is a version of the video that puts (the bulk of) the ayats of quran at the end instead of the beginning? i wonder whether some non-Muslim who wants to see the interview itself would have the patience for the first 3 minutes, especially when it is unclear that the recitation is only 3 minutes (someone could assume the recitation would go on, and on… and stop watching).

    admittedly though, the ayats themselves are great dawah — so maybe that’s why they come at the beginning…

  10. FearAllah

    August 13, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala guides whom He wills…..

  11. ahmed

    August 13, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    @daisy: jazech’Allah khair, I don’t know why I didn’t recognize him!

  12. Nirgaz

    August 13, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    JazakAllah khair for all your kind words.

  13. usman

    August 13, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    subhanallah this was absolutly amazing…it was wonderful to see such an old person accepting islam, it brought so much joy to my heart…and inshallah Allah is so pleased with him, he is going straight to jannah. May Allah grant us all jannah.

  14. IbnMasud

    August 28, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Beautiful masha’Allah!

    Allah guides whomever he wants.. He creates and selects!

  15. Yaqeen

    August 29, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    TabrakAllah very touching, especially the end.

  16. Manna

    September 25, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    I can’t see the video either.

  17. Faheem

    November 17, 2008 at 3:14 AM


  18. Omar

    November 17, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Peace be upon you, brothers and sisters.


    TabarakAllah! This is really fantastic, I think we should tell this to other people as well, so that they may consider Islam Insha’Allah.

    May Allah, the almighty, grant us succes in this and the next world. Ameen.

    And succes in this world basicly means: Being a true believer. (not wealth or high status among the people).

    “Again and again will those who disbelieve wish that they had bowed (to Allah’s Will) in Islam.” (Surah Al-Hijr 15:2 – Yusuf Ali translation).

    O ye who believe (which basicly means: YOU!): worship (and obey) only Allah, and stop worshipping human beings and their misleading ideas!

  19. moro

    November 20, 2008 at 8:26 AM

    @ Nirgaz

    “….so that we who don’t understand Arabic can fathom even the smallest power of those words.”

    Well, it’s never too late to try Arabic? See my blog:

  20. Nur el Masih Ben Haq

    January 9, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Shamelessly, Muslims who use death penalty to scare fellow Muslims from converting to Christianity, take along with them huge petro-dollars to the freer Western World to convert some greedy and or troubled personalities like the cash-strapped Micheal Jackson and hungry common ‘liberals’ alike only to turn and tell whoever listens to them that, “It is the miracle of God that the number of Christian convert to Islam is more than the number of Muslim convert to Christianity”.When did fear of death become a miracle even if the statistics is true. In fact, it is the other way round.

    But the genuine miracle is: despite the barbaric use of death penalty to deter their people from leaving Islam, many notable and common Muslims still dare desert Islam and run away to escape the death penalty. Many, of course, get killed and that is a well known fact.

    If Muslims feel Islam has a divine protection I challenge them to let stay in Islam be voluntary like the Christians make stay in Christianity a matter of choice. And if “Allah” is afraid that many faithfuls will abandon Islam in an alarming proportion and so proscribes death to potential deserters of Islam, that should prove to us that their is no any miracle behind the survival of Islam other than row human force. That is why a Moslem can even bomb a crowded Mosque of other Muslim sects in his desperate move to protect what he considers as the genuine Islam.

    Every informed, educated and honest person would agree with me that a Muslim equivalent of the then Celsius Clay (now Mohammed Ali) or Dr. Maurice Buccaile etc, who convert to Christianity, can’t stay in, say, Egypt or S/Arabia or Pakistan etc let alone move freely like do Ali and Buccaile etc in the West. So you can’t compare what happens in the free World with what happens in the regimented World of Islam!!

    Of course, with the growing suspicion that Islamic doctrines are actually responsible for the embarrassing scientific and technological backwardness of the Muslim World, the oil-rich Arabs lure some greedy and or frustrated Western personalities Micheal Jackson and commoners alike into Islam so that they can turn to their increasingly doubting fellow Muslims and say: “Don’t you see even the Westerners do convert to Islam?” Even that one would eventually stop!

    Thank God for giving us INTERNET as we can now expose all the scientific errors, contradictions and corruptions (Alif.Lam.Mim; Kaf.Ha.A.In.Sat, Various Qira’ats etc) that exist in the Qur’an without getting killed by those fighting for ‘Allah’.

    -Any more Islamophobic comments, and your welcome at this site will have run its course. As you said, there are tons of other internet sites that spend day and night trying to extinguish the light of Islam, which Allah himself has preserved.

  21. Anees Kuttasseri

    February 16, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    al hamdu lillah

  22. Harun

    June 9, 2009 at 2:26 PM


    This is not the oldest guy in the west who converted. Here is a video with a 91 year old German guy who converts:

    If you understand German that is.



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