so what happened to Irko now?? did you help him to stop what he was doing and repent??Originally Posted by MusaAs well I used to stare at the writing on the mosque that said 'An-Nur Mosque' wondering what it meant.
As well I left out something 'HUGE' from my story-
Meet Irko. Also known as Riyadh.
Irko was yet another Oromo that I knew, he was once a very practicing Muslim, but then he began to hang out with me and my friends. There was about 10-15 of us who all lived in Maidstone, and Irko was a few years younnger than us.
He used to do silly things to make us laugh, but he later on become involved with stealing and drugs.
When I first met him, the first thing he said to me was- "Hello, I'm Irko, would you like to become A Muslim?"
SubhanAllah, he was dedicated.
Once I was outside the mosque with him and we were talking with a man. I told him I was a christian, and he began to explain how there was only 1 God, the creator, and that I was wrong believing in 3 gods. I told him he was wrong, that I didn't believe in 3 gods. He seemed confused, but insisted that I did. After a while he gave up, since I agreed with everything that he said.
A little while later I actually went in the gates of the mosque with Irko, and he wanted to steal someone's wallet from their jacket. I told him off for it, and he put it back.
Another day I actually went in the mosque with him, and I sat at the back. One man got me by my hand and told me to come up the front with them, Irko encouraged me too as well. I didn't know what they wanted me to do.
When I got up there, everyone was making sajdah as they were praying, so I joined in. At that time my older brother was outside as he found out I was in there. He was shouting out my name, so I quickly got up and left.
They asked me what I was doing and I just said I was sitting down (they didnt see me).
Later, Irko gave me a book about Islam, it was really big and green, thats all I remember. I'm pretty sure it was not the Qur'an. I left it in my room and only read a page or 2. When my brother found it, him and my friends burnt it at the park and were celebrating...
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21-Jun-2005 08:07 PMOriginally Posted by Musa
21-Jun-2005 10:22 PM
Well, I have seen him many times. I saw him once in the mosque (which was very surprising, as he was on drugs not long before that) he was hugging me and kissing me and crying, saying how happy he was too see me and that I was a Muslim. Then he went off track again. Occasionally I saw him for a while, and got his number so we could do stuff together, but that was about a year ago and I don't hear from him at all.
May Allah guide him back to the straight path.
21-Jun-2005 10:39 PM
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Alsalamo Alikom wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakato
Dear Brother Musa; your story is os touching ..there is a beauty in searching for the big answer we moslem born don't know it ... May Allah bless us with IMAN & give the strength of belive in our hearts ....
I've a suggestion ... every one of us as moslems (born Moslem) has a moment of his life that he or she lost her way for a while & returned back to the right way .... why don't we start to tell our stories about returning back to the right way ..the way to Allah ....
Gazakom Allah Khayran wa Alsalamo Alikom
21-Jun-2005 11:46 PM
brother Musa, i think it's your duty towards that friend to help him come back if he wasn't. as you said, he had a huge role in your life so he have rights on you.
22-Jun-2005 04:23 PM
Well, perhaps you may know where he is... I sure don't.
If I see him then I can try.
22-Jun-2005 07:02 PM
haha, not funny.
how am i suppose to know where is he?? was it me who took his number or you??
anyway, it was just a sugestion from brotherhood point of view.
22-Jun-2005 07:15 PM
Musa, I agree with Amatul Rahmaan. You should find Irko and guide him. It is not only your duty towards him as his muslim brother but also he played a great part in your life and you owe it to him. (IF YOU DONT I WON'T MAKE YOU DINNER)
From the woman who was crazy enough to marry you
22-Jun-2005 07:19 PM
Sorry amatul_rahmaan, it was my way of saying that I have as much of an idea where he is than you do.
Allah guides to his light whomsoever he wills. Whoever He guides none can misguide, and whoever He leads astray, none can guide.
It's nice to hear from you Omaya (she's right behind me as I'm typing this) I agree with your opinion, I should help him, and Insha'Allah I will when I get the chance.
Now get cooking!
22-Jun-2005 07:26 PM
welcome sis and hopefully you like the forum in sha'allah.
22-Jun-2005 08:54 PM
i mainly joined cause my husband spends soo much time on this site so i had to see what the fuss was about. but i like it. It's nice to have a forum where muslims can exchange knowledge and stories (as well as recipes...and i never knew i could get halal lollies in melbourne which is great cause i've really been craving them throughout my pregnancy)
22-Jun-2005 08:58 PM
it's good that you liked it.
we also have a section for sisters where you can talk and say all you want so if there's any of the sisters here who know you personally then you can ask them to ask the moderater to add you there.
it's a bet strict but it's good so we can garantee that no males are there
23-Jun-2005 08:15 AM
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Abu Zakariya would rather, well, poke sharp pencils in his eyes than spend time on the computer, so I can't see that happening. Allahu alem. Can't believe he doesn't enjoy the internet!
23-Jun-2005 09:19 PM
Just thought that I might add something-
All of us here love 'Umar ibn al-Khattab (Rady Allahu 'Anhu), right? And before Islam, he was crazy, like me right? And he even punched his sister in the face, right?
My point is, it doesn't matter what you did before Islam, as the hadith says- 'Islam covers up your past'. Don't deny me this right.
If 'Umar (Rady Allahu 'Anhu) can be raised in status by his entry into Islam, then so can anyone.
24-Jun-2005 02:36 PM
brother, no one denied you this right. it was just a reaction from reading the words and as i said it went away after a few minutes elhamdolelah.
24-Jun-2005 09:01 PM
JazakAllahu khayran ya ukhti, I didn't single you out, it was just a general statement.
May Allah grant you Jannah.
16-Jul-2005 05:51 AM
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I think my headline caught everyones attention! I wanted to share my story with everyone on this forum. This particular event took place during my time at uni. I was not a muslim at that time but was seriously thinking about the direction my life was heading in. I wanted to know why we existed and if god existed.
Anyway to cut a long story short, I remember moving into a house with a friend who happened to be a hindu. Her name was becky. On one particular day after watching some very boring programme on Tv, Becky started talking about god. Since I was curious and open to all possibilities I asked her who god was and where he was. becky believed god was everywhere. Then I looked at the can of beer in her hand and asked, Is he in there too? She replied "Yes, especially in this. Gods in the ketchup I just had with my chips." I suddenly came out with "you mean, you ate god? how can you eat and drink god?" This theory was so absurd and made no sense and so I decided Hinduism wasn't for me. So, in order to convince me she told me to wait a few minutes while she went upstairs into her room to get something. That "something" was the Quran. it looked grubby and torn. Becky held the Quran in her hand and said something which made me think. She said God had to be everywhere, not like the islamic ideology. She explained she had read parts of the Quran and came to the conclusion that Islam treats God like this super entity, which he isn't becuase we are all god since he's in us all. I won't go into all the disrespectful remarks she came out with since it will serve no purpose. After she stop slagging off muslims, something happened which changed my life. Becky wanted to have a bit of fun and had decided in her drunken state that she wanted to burn the quran because she no longer needed it. I'm not sure why, I can't really explain how it happen, I had this urge to read the english translation of the quran she was about to burn. So I took the book out of her hand and stuck a packet of crisps in her hand and siad "I have a better idea, instead of burning your god (book), why don't you eat it instead (crisps)". I quickly ran upstairs with it and took the quran into my room. I remember reading the first few lines of the quran which read " God is most merciful and kind" that hit me because the media has done alot to tarnish Islam and I felt there was a warmth in this God and I wanted to know more. This God had characteristics, and that intrigued me. That really got me started on the right path and Alhamdullilah I'm still on it. I think about Becky sometimes. I gave the Quran back to her once I finished with it and always hoped she would take time to read every page of it. But she never did, it was stuck somewhere in the corner of her room. Sometimes I think and realise that she owned this Quran and never read it, I didn't own it and read it AND accepted islam formally during my time at uni, actually about 6 months after reading and understanding the quran. Many years have passed since, and when I think of Becky once in a while, I think she's living a meaningless life with the Quran all battered and torn suffed in some draw somewhere. She has something which could give meaning to her life, but she'll never know.
16-Jul-2005 10:43 AM
in regard of her having the book and not reading it, think about the wisdom behind it. Allah made her get this book and keep so you will read and become a muslim.
so maybe she's not benefiting from the Quran but others are.
welcome to the forum sis
Last edited by amatul_rahmaan; 18-Jul-2005 at 09:45 AM.
17-Jul-2005 11:55 PMOriginally Posted by jehanprice
great story, its amazing how people find Islam. If its written for you then it will find you, even if its buryed in the Ketchup.
07-Aug-2005 07:54 AM
Br Khaled, have you recovered now? It's so sad that your friends left you. One of my friends had leukemia and some of her own relatives wouldn't go near her coz they thought they were going to catch it!! Subhana'Allah! People are so ignorant!
Alhamdulillah you found your way back to Islam bro. May Allah continue to guide you, Ameen.