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Do We Have Igbo Muslims Here??? by chinchonglee(m): 1:44pm On Nov 12, 2019
If u are one, tell us what made u join islam?


NB: am nt against anyone's religion here. Am only curious to know.
Re: Do We Have Igbo Muslims Here??? by sweetonugbu: 2:24pm On Nov 12, 2019
chances are you will come across Igbo atheists easily than Igbo Muslim, it doesn't mean they don't exist
Re: Do We Have Igbo Muslims Here??? by beresponsible(m): 3:48pm On Nov 12, 2019
Islamised because of the uniqueness in prayer and worship. Spent 30 yrs looking for spirituality in a pure form in which i can speak to God directly, ask for forgiveness without any intercessor.
Born, baptised and confirmed Catholic boarding school youth. My problem with Catholicism was too many coded messages/parables and all knowledge rests with know it all priests.
Tried protestantism, problem was too many denominations with different messages compounded by following varied men of God; political, occult, business pastors thus confusion in my spiritual direction.
Islam was unintended while working for the UN in Khartoum.
Brief. Having been posted from the US, I was a true womaniser(2 failed marriages) and a boozer(1btl hennessy alone type). Being a Christian in an Islamic country we were confined to the Hilton hotel(only place allowed to serve alcoholic drinks).
Became friends with a Libyan family and soon was regularly invited to leave the hotel and spend time with them. At the time I accepted expecting more freedom to groove late nights and stay away from my inquisitive colleagues in the confined hotel.
But my interaction with these practising(emphasis) Muslims daily completely changed my perception of the Islamic faith.
Firstly I was fascinated by their adherence to prayers 5 times a day and also this whole family and their friends exhibited selfless kindness towards me (a traveller). I started noticing the homogeneity in the faith, everybody globally recites prayers in the same language, face the same direction during prayers at the same time (locally) and particularly no interpretation of the Quran. No intercessors, pastors, priests, deacon, elder, no hierarchy, everybody from kings, presidents or dignitaries sat on the floor during prayers, no thrones.
I was told to be a good Muslim adhere to the 5 pillars of Islam; Faith, prayer, charity, fasting (30 days/yr ramadan) and pilgrimage to Mecca (once in a lifetime). As a Christian i could do that so why not. I decided to be a Muslim, performed the Shahadah and during Ramadan my friend gave me the holy Quran in English. My initial reaction, the Quran was like reading prose, no secrets, no coded messages to be decoded by some pastor nor priest. In the very first verse it recites " This is a perfect book; there is no doubt in it; it is a guidance for the righteous... Who believe in the unseen and observe prayer, and spend out of what we have provided for them" (al baqarah 3-4). Just a straightforward guide of God's recommendations on how to live, who and how to marry, how to divorce, dowry payments, how to write your will, how to do contracts, how to speak in public, women how to dress in the company of family or in public.
I was hooked. I memorised few prayers so I could pray alone and I was desperate to ask for forgiveness for the life i had lived. I stopped drinking and chasing women and practised sincerely to myself.
On a flight back to Nigeria i was sitting next my igbo brother and listening to the quran recitations. His question to me was " why you dey listen to those mad people music?" so he sparked this conversation and i replied " bros it's just faith like yours, not attached to any particular tribe, clothing, nor beard..a Muslim is not a suicide bomber, terrorist nor any of those things portrayed by western media..in effect all i had witnessed was love, respect, honesty, integrity and kindness...also if you killed, raped, kidnapped, womanised, drank alcohol you are not a Muslim... The Al qaeda, boko haram, isis of the world are not even an iota of Muslims...forget the Allahu akbar they keep shouting...if you are a practising Muslim with knowledge of what you are reciting you will never ever commit those acts..you won't even hate because these are all contrary behavior for he who wants paradise in Islam ".
In the beginning it was difficult understanding to the family and the village. But after thorough introspection they have realised a change in their child. No more mischievous behaviour, drinking, smoking, and no women drama. I became prayerful, thoughtful and selfless and a complete different and better human being. With my Christian family, I don't rub it in, no changes in dressing or hair/beard, i don't announce prayer times i just sneak away to my privacy five times a day. I still pray with family, accompany my mom sometimes to Anglican and nowadays there's better understanding that mine is just another faith.
I believe when one comes of age after life experiences and understanding there should be reflection on one's own spiritual direction and preparation for what comes after. I don't know if I am right but the difference is i have taken control of my spiritual life from men of God and I charter this life's voyage my way.
Sorry i couldn't keep it brief but here's 's my experience and am Delta igbo from Iguachuku

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Re: Do We Have Igbo Muslims Here??? by chinchonglee(m): 3:59pm On Nov 12, 2019
beresponsible:
Islamised because of the uniqueness in prayer and worship. Spent 30 yrs looking for spirituality in a pure form in which i can speak to God directly, ask for forgiveness without any intercessor.
Born, baptised and confirmed Catholic boarding school youth. My problem with Catholicism was too many coded messages/parables and all knowledge rests with know it all priests.
Tried protestantism, problem was too many denominations with different messages compounded by following varied men of God; political, occult, business pastors thus confusion in my spiritual direction.
Islam was unintended while working for the UN in Khartoum.
Brief. Having been posted from the US, I was a true womaniser(2 failed marriages) and a boozer(1btl hennessy alone type). Being a Christian in an Islamic country we were confined to the Hilton hotel(only place allowed to serve alcoholic drinks).
Became friends with a Libyan family and soon was regularly invited to leave the hotel and spend time with them. At the time I accepted expecting more freedom to groove late nights and stay away from my inquisitive colleagues in the confined hotel.
But my interaction with these practising(emphasis) Muslims daily completely changed my perception of the Islamic faith.
Firstly I was fascinated by their adherence to prayers 5 times a day and also this whole family and their friends exhibited selfless kindness towards me (a traveller). I started noticing the homogeneity in the faith, everybody globally recites prayers in the same language, face the same direction during prayers at the same time (locally) and particularly no interpretation of the Quran. No intercessors, pastors, priests, deacon, elder, no hierarchy, everybody from kings, presidents or dignitaries sat on the floor during prayers, no thrones.
I was told to be a good Muslim adhere to the 5 pillars of Islam; Faith, prayer, charity, fasting (30 days/yr ramadan) and pilgrimage to Mecca (once in a lifetime). As a Christian i could do that so why not. I decided to be a Muslim, performed the Shahadah and during Ramadan my friend gave me the holy Quran in English. My initial reaction, the Quran was like reading prose, no secrets, no coded messages to be decoded by some pastor nor priest. In the very first verse it recites " This is a perfect book; there is no doubt in it; it is a guidance for the righteous... Who believe in the unseen and observe prayer, and spend out of what we have provided for them" (al baqarah 3-4). Just a straightforward guide of God's recommendations on how to live, who and how to marry, how to divorce, dowry payments, how to write your will, how to do contracts, how to speak in public, women how to dress in the company of family or in public.
I was hooked. I memorised few prayers so I could pray alone and I was desperate to ask for forgiveness for the life i had lived. I stopped drinking and chasing women and practised sincerely to myself.
On a flight back to Nigeria i was sitting next my igbo brother and listening to the quran recitations. His question to me was " why you dey listen to those mad people music?" so he sparked this conversation and i replied " bros it's just faith like yours, not attached to any particular tribe, clothing, nor beard..a Muslim is not a suicide bomber, terrorist nor any of those things portrayed by western media..in effect all i had witnessed was love, respect, honesty, integrity and kindness...also if you killed, raped, kidnapped, womanised, drank alcohol you are not a Muslim... The Al qaeda, boko haram, isis of the world are not even an iota of Muslims...forget the Allahu akbar they keep shouting...if you are a practising Muslim with knowledge of what you are reciting you will never ever commit those acts..you won't even hate because these are all contrary behavior for he who wants paradise in Islam ".
In the beginning it was difficult understanding to the family and the village. But after thorough introspection they have realised a change in their child. No more mischievous behaviour, drinking, smoking, and no women drama. I became prayerful, thoughtful and selfless and a complete different and better human being. With my Christian family, I don't rub it in, no changes in dressing or hair/beard, i don't announce prayer times i just sneak away to my privacy five times a day. I still pray with family, accompany my mom sometimes to Anglican and nowadays there's better understanding that mine is just another faith.
I believe when one comes of age after life experiences and understanding there should be reflection on one's own spiritual direction and preparation for what comes after. I don't know if I am right but the difference is i have taken control of my spiritual life from men of God and I charter this life's voyage my way.
Sorry i couldn't keep it brief but here's 's my experience and am Delta igbo from Iguachuku
I really love this ur story... Its quite adventurous.

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Re: Do We Have Igbo Muslims Here??? by chinchonglee(m): 4:01pm On Nov 12, 2019
sweetonugbu:
chances are you will come across Igbo atheists easily than Igbo Muslim, it doesn't mean they don't exist
Yeah... Dats y i asked the question.

All through my stay in the east i didnt come across igbo muslim
Re: Do We Have Igbo Muslims Here??? by BeLookingIDIOT(m): 8:01pm On Nov 12, 2019
Are you Igbo Muslim?
The ones I know of are really having a hard time there from those severe bigots.One even had his shop burnt down for being Muslim.
Re: Do We Have Igbo Muslims Here??? by chinchonglee(m): 9:58pm On Nov 12, 2019
BeLookingIDIOT:
Are you Igbo Muslim?
The ones I know of are really having a hard time there from those severe bigots.One even had his shop burnt down for being Muslim.
Who are the bigots??

Dey burnt his shop for being a muslim??
Re: Do We Have Igbo Muslims Here??? by peepydelano: 2:16pm On Nov 25, 2019
beresponsible:
Islamised because of the uniqueness in prayer and worship. Spent 30 yrs looking for spirituality in a pure form in which i can speak to God directly, ask for forgiveness without any intercessor.
Born, baptised and confirmed Catholic boarding school youth. My problem with Catholicism was too many coded messages/parables and all knowledge rests with know it all priests.
Tried protestantism, problem was too many denominations with different messages compounded by following varied men of God; political, occult, business pastors thus confusion in my spiritual direction.
Islam was unintended while working for the UN in Khartoum.
Brief. Having been posted from the US, I was a true womaniser(2 failed marriages) and a boozer(1btl hennessy alone type). Being a Christian in an Islamic country we were confined to the Hilton hotel(only place allowed to serve alcoholic drinks).
Became friends with a Libyan family and soon was regularly invited to leave the hotel and spend time with them. At the time I accepted expecting more freedom to groove late nights and stay away from my inquisitive colleagues in the confined hotel.
But my interaction with these practising(emphasis) Muslims daily completely changed my perception of the Islamic faith.
Firstly I was fascinated by their adherence to prayers 5 times a day and also this whole family and their friends exhibited selfless kindness towards me (a traveller). I started noticing the homogeneity in the faith, everybody globally recites prayers in the same language, face the same direction during prayers at the same time (locally) and particularly no interpretation of the Quran. No intercessors, pastors, priests, deacon, elder, no hierarchy, everybody from kings, presidents or dignitaries sat on the floor during prayers, no thrones.
I was told to be a good Muslim adhere to the 5 pillars of Islam; Faith, prayer, charity, fasting (30 days/yr ramadan) and pilgrimage to Mecca (once in a lifetime). As a Christian i could do that so why not. I decided to be a Muslim, performed the Shahadah and during Ramadan my friend gave me the holy Quran in English. My initial reaction, the Quran was like reading prose, no secrets, no coded messages to be decoded by some pastor nor priest. In the very first verse it recites " This is a perfect book; there is no doubt in it; it is a guidance for the righteous... Who believe in the unseen and observe prayer, and spend out of what we have provided for them" (al baqarah 3-4). Just a straightforward guide of God's recommendations on how to live, who and how to marry, how to divorce, dowry payments, how to write your will, how to do contracts, how to speak in public, women how to dress in the company of family or in public.
I was hooked. I memorised few prayers so I could pray alone and I was desperate to ask for forgiveness for the life i had lived. I stopped drinking and chasing women and practised sincerely to myself.
On a flight back to Nigeria i was sitting next my igbo brother and listening to the quran recitations. His question to me was " why you dey listen to those mad people music?" so he sparked this conversation and i replied " bros it's just faith like yours, not attached to any particular tribe, clothing, nor beard..a Muslim is not a suicide bomber, terrorist nor any of those things portrayed by western media..in effect all i had witnessed was love, respect, honesty, integrity and kindness...also if you killed, raped, kidnapped, womanised, drank alcohol you are not a Muslim... The Al qaeda, boko haram, isis of the world are not even an iota of Muslims...forget the Allahu akbar they keep shouting...if you are a practising Muslim with knowledge of what you are reciting you will never ever commit those acts..you won't even hate because these are all contrary behavior for he who wants paradise in Islam ".
In the beginning it was difficult understanding to the family and the village. But after thorough introspection they have realised a change in their child. No more mischievous behaviour, drinking, smoking, and no women drama. I became prayerful, thoughtful and selfless and a complete different and better human being. With my Christian family, I don't rub it in, no changes in dressing or hair/beard, i don't announce prayer times i just sneak away to my privacy five times a day. I still pray with family, accompany my mom sometimes to Anglican and nowadays there's better understanding that mine is just another faith.
I believe when one comes of age after life experiences and understanding there should be reflection on one's own spiritual direction and preparation for what comes after. I don't know if I am right but the difference is i have taken control of my spiritual life from men of God and I charter this life's voyage my way.
Sorry i couldn't keep it brief but here's 's my experience and am Delta igbo from Iguachuku
wao,this is interesting. may Almighty Allah continue to guide and protect you always amin

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