Revert celebs and our obligation to them

In recent years there have been many celebs reverting to Islam-characters we’d never imagine taking their shahadah-maash’Allah! In jahilliyah some of us may have been used to seeing these people ‘shake it like a Polaroid picture’ in the music videos and give it the swag on t.v with two or three beauties on their arm.

Whilst the news of these celebs reverting has been a delight for us, we are sometimes witness to the openness of their sins and their struggle to cling hold of their deen, yet maintain their celebrity status.

It’s an embarrassment to see some brothers with big beards, inked up and popping champagne bottles with loose half naked ladies rubbin’ up beside them. Equally disappointing to see is our sisters half naked, sprawled across the cover of a magazine being pimped as an object of the male gaze.

It can’t be easy letting go of the glitter and glamour of a ‘celeb’ lifestyle, especially when you have easy access to women, money, khamr (alcohol and other intoxicants) luxury cars and people falling at your feet.

Allah informs us of some of these things which we naturally desire when he says,

“Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire – of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the enjoyment of worldly life, but Allah has with Him the best return.” (Al Imran 3:14)

It begs the question; how many good Muslims are around these celeb reverts and what is the ummah doing to help dissuade these brothers and sisters from the corruption of their ‘ghetto fabulous’ lifestyle?

Former boxing champion Mike Tyson made a public journey to Mecca for umrah in 2010. He made various tweets suggesting he was content with his pilgrimage and hoped to stay on the right path. Since then Mike has recently been videoed telling an audience that he is on the verge of dying, due to his drug and alcohol addiction, but had been sober for 6 days at the time. His audience applauded the news of his sobriety and so did his non- Muslim fans on various social media platforms.

But how much support have we given Mike and other troubled Muslims like him? More to the point, how many Muslims have we tried to reach in our local mosque; let alone those living half way across the world.

You may be wondering what on earth you could be doing (as an average layman) to help these high profile reverts return to the siratul mustaqeem (straight path), however there are a few good deeds we can do from time to time to aid them.

For example, we could send messages of support to their Facebook and Twitter along with ayats of the Qur’an. Muslim public figures could reach these brothers and sisters and take them under their wing and at the very least, we can all make dua for them insha’Allah.

It’s advisable that sisters acquire the permission of their wali (guardian) before contacting brothers and if possible it’s better for a sister to send messages of support on behalf of her wali too. Brothers should also take precaution when giving dawah and there is more reward in initiating sisters to give dawah to other sisters instead, to avoid possible fitnah. The Messenger of Allah (saw) said,

…A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He neither oppresses him nor humiliates him nor looks down upon him. The piety is here, (and while saying so) he pointed towards his chest thrice. It is a serious evil for a Muslim that he should look down upon his brother Muslim. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in faith; his blood, his wealth and his honor. Sahih Muslim Book 31, Number 6219.

We have special responsibilities towards our brothers and sisters in Islam that we do not have towards non-Muslims. Their blood wealth and honour are sacred to us, so looking down on another Muslim is a serious sin. Some of us may be guilty of judging another Muslim based on his or her appearance. Perhaps a sister doesn’t wear hijab so we question her piety or maybe a brother doesn’t keep a beard so we undermine his Islam. This is wrong because the above hadith indicates that a person’s piety is within, because the Prophet (pbuh) pointed to his chest when he explained this. This does not mean that we should not aspire to follow all acts of the sunnah (inwardly and outwardly.)

The obligation of dawah upon us is not diminished because of a person’s wealth or status either. A Muslim celebrity may not respond to our dawah by way of social media, but what matters is our sincerity in calling that individual to the way of Allah and His Messenger, purely for Allah’s sake alone.

We should also be mindful that Muslims aren’t perfect but we should strive to be of those who love one another Purely for Allah’ sake, so we can bask in His shade on the day when there will be no shade.

Narrated Abu Hurayrah: Allah’s Apostle (pbuh) said:

Verily, Allah would say on the Day of Resurrection: Where are those who have mutual love for My Glory’s sake? Today I shall shelter them in My shadow when there is no other shadow but the shadow of Mine. Sahih Muslim: Book 31, Number 6225.

Message from Brother Imran ibn Mansur:

 

Its Time 2 Give Da’wah 2 Our Brother Mike Tyson -NEED YOUR HELP NOW!

 

Tweet Mike Tyson Instructions:

Insert the following twitter usernames with hashtag and tiny URL link to the video (also include a nice Islamic message to him from you

@MikeTyson

@ImranIbnMansur

#Dua4Mike

http://tinyurl.com/kpeab7h

 

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