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Iconic Muslims: Mustafa Abdullah

Friday, 24 July 2009

In the name of God, Compassionate, Merciful بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم

In the name of God, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم


With the coming explosive interview with former Guantanamo guard Terry Holdbrooks on MeccaOne it is an equally great sight to see now-named Brother Mustafa Abdullah making YouTube videos AND blogging on his own site. What a difference several days make... He has recently (literally on the 23rd of July) completed a draft of his biographical book and is awaiting publication, a release date, interview completions and press. Ah, the fabulous friendly media.

While you're waiting for all that, read on!
As you will no doubt probably know by now, Muslim brother Terry Holdbrooks, wait - call him Mustafa - converted to Islam after sitting out his night shifts with detainees during at Guantanamo Bay prison, eventually changing his perspectives on faith and the army...


"The Army fed me the propaganda they do, but anyone with half a brain could see through it and know better, I would hope. I arrived in GTMO and was in a complete state of culture shock. Languages I had never heard of or heard spoken, people from societies and cultures thousands of miles from my home, and a faith I had not seen practiced in my life.




Faith is what stood out the most to me, here is a group of people, over 700 strong, and they are devout to their faith, not like we are in the states, with our salad bar approach to the divine. We take what we want from faith and leave what we don’t, and to see it practiced and accepted as it was written was a new experience to me all together.




My open mind served me well in GTMO, as it allowed for me to have an interest in learning the lives and cultures, the languages, and eventually, inshAllah, Islam. What I saw in GTMO changed my life forever, and in the best of ways. Now I too am a practicing Muslim, living here in America, and speaking out about an issue we as a nation have failed to address."



Check out Brother Mustafa's YouTube channel.


And read his messages on his site BrotherMustafa.com.


Peace & respect

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aneebaba said...

Awesome Sis! Don't know if you've seen this old interview, but here it is anyway: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsfSfs_AEE0. Liking the remodeled page and how come you have the coolest blog posts, I mean, they are just awesome!

Zaufishan said...

Hey, as'salamualaikum Anees (= Yes, have seen that one; have been coaxing Mustafa on facebook to make more videos so watch this space & Muslim space. You take care of family & self insha'Allah. (=

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