Friday, November 13, 2009

An American Millionaire Who Was Also Michael Jackson’s Lawyer Becomes Muslim

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An American millionaire, Mark Shaffer declared his Islam in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, 17th October 2009. Mark was at that time on a holiday in Saudi Arabia to visit some famous cities like Riyadh, Abha and Jeddah for 10 days.

Mark is a well-known millionaire and also a practiced lawyer in Los Angeles, specializing in cases of civil laws. The last big case he handled was the case of the famous American pop singer, Michael Jackson, a week before he passed away.

A tourist guide who accompanied Mark for 10 days in Saudi Arabia, Dhawi Ben Nashir told: Since he set foot for the first time in Saudi Arabia, Mark already started to ask question about Islam and Solat. As soon as he arrived in Saudi, Mark stayed in Riyadh for two days. While in Riyadh, Mark was very interested in Islam. After moving to Najran, we went to Abha and Al-Ula. There, his fascination on Islam grew more obvious, especially the time when we ventured out into the desert.

Mark was amazed to see three Saudi youths who were in our group in Al-Ula, performing solat in the expanse of the very wide desert. A very fantastic panorama indeed.

After two days in Al-Ula, we went to Al-Juf. As soon as we arrived in Al-Juf, Mark asked if I could get him some books on Islam. I then obtained some books on Islam for him. Mark read all those books. The next morning, he asked me to teach him how to perform solat. I then taught him how to pray and take wudhu (ablution). Then, he joined me and performed solat beside me.

After solat, Mark told me that he felt peace in his soul. On Thursday afternoon, we left Al-Ula heading for Jeddah. He looked very serious throughout the journey reading those books about Islam. On Friday morning, we visited the old town of Jeddah. Before the time for the Friday prayer approached, we went back to the hotel and I excused myself to go for the Friday prayer. Then, Mark told me: I would like to join you for the Friday prayer so that I can witness myself how the Friday prayer is like. So I answered: welcome…

We then went to a masjid which was not far from the hotel where we stayed in Jeddah. Since we were quite late, I and many other jamaah had to pray outside, as the number of jamaah was overflowing. I could see Mark observing the jamaah, especially after the Friday prayer was completed, when everybody was shaking hands and embracing each other with radiant and happy faces. Mark was very impressed with what he saw.

When we return to the hotel, Mark suddenly told me that he wanted to become a Muslim. So I said to him: Please have a shower first. After Mark took the shower, I guided him in saying the kalimah of shahadah (declaration of faith) and then he prayed two rakaah. Later on, Mark expressed his desire to visit the Masjidil Haram in Makkah and perform solat there before leaving Saudi Arabia.

In order to fulfill his wish, we went to the Da’wah and Irshad office in the area of Al-Hamro’, Jeddah, to obtain a formal proof of his conversion to Islam, so that he would be allowed to enter the city of Makkah and Masjidil Haram. Then, Mark was given a temporary certificate of his conversion to Islam. As a number of group members who participated in Mark’s visit to Saudi Arabia had to go back to America on Saturday afternoon, Al-Hamdulillah, Ustadz Muhammad Turkistani was willing to send Mark to the Holy Land of Makkah that same morning.

Regarding Mark’s visit to Masjidil Haram, Ustadz Muhammad Turkistani narrated: After Mark obtained his temporary certificate, we straight away departed heading for the noble Masjidil Haram. When he witnessed the Masjidil Haram, he face looked radiant and it emanated an extraordinary happiness. When we entered the Masjidil Haram and witnessed the Ka’bah for ourselves, his happiness increased. By Allah, I could not express that scene with words. After performing the tawaf around the noble Ka’bah, we performed the sunnah solat and went out of Masjidil Haram. I could see Mark very reluctantly wanting to leave Masjidil Haram.

After Mark declared his Islamic faith, he had the chance to express his happiness in Al-Riyadh Newspaper saying: I could not express my feeling at this time but I am being reborn and my life has just started… then he added: I am very happy. This happiness that I am feeling could not be expressed in words especially when I visited the Masjidil Haram and noble Ka’bah.

Regarding his next step after his conversion to Islam, Mark explained: I will learn more about Islam, I will delve deeper into this religion of Allah (Islam) and come back to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj.

As to what impelled him into converting to Islam, Mark explained: I have already had information about Islam, but it was very limited. When I visited Saudi Arabia and personally witnessed the Muslims there, and saw how they performed the solat, I felt a very strong drive to know more about Islam. When I read true informations about Islam, I became confident that Islam is a religion of haq (truth).

Sunday morning, 18th October 2009, Mark left the Airport of King Abdul Aziz Jeddah heading for America. When filling in the immigration form before leaving Jeddah, Mark wrote ISLAM as his religion.

Farewell Mark… May Allah bless you and make you an obedient Muslim and a Da’i who would invite the American society to benefit from the happiness of being Muslims, just as how you have felt because only Islam could save mankind in this world, as well as in the akhirah later… Ameen. (fj/eramuslim)

84 comments:

medina1 said...

Alhumduillah Rabil Alaimeen

Anonymous said...

Allah hu akbar.update us on this.n he should with dawa in los angeles.really happy to hear this.

atifkm said...

Islam teach peace and no fight with any innocent. Encourage you to read Quran and correct wrong misconception amongst other communities.

Athu said...

Alhamdu Lillah, Allahu Akbar.
Atheek, Cochin

Anonymous said...

May Allah bless you

Rasheedah said...

Ma'shALLAH, May The Peace and Mercy of The Almighty God be with you and welcome home my Brother. You have just grasped a hold of the most trust worthy hand. Never, ever let go dear brother. Every time I read or hear about someone's awakening, I cry and today's no different. May ALLAH make your journey smooth and rewarding. May He forgive you all your sins and reward you with Jannah.

moin said...

from Moinuddin kanjarkatte Alhamdullilah, Islam is ture and Prophet mohammed (s.a.s)spend his life for invite the people to Islam. Allah hu akbar

mukthar said...

Allahu Akbar. now a days more and more people coming back to the true reliegion. Allah is Great.

mukthar said...

Allahu Akbar. now a days more and more people coming back to the true reliegion. Allah is Great.

MUQTHAR UCHILA DUBAI

Fahad said...

Mashallah This is ALLAH Blessings take as much as you can. And Shower is knowledge to those who are not aware. I really thank the brother who acknoledged the personel with is pirce less knowledge to guide the person. May Almighty ALLAH bless is "Rahmat" on every individual. Jazakallah Khair.
Fahad

farooqmardala said...

Masha allah.Great!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ma'shALLAH, May The Peace and Mercy of The Almighty God be with you and welcome home my Brother. I'm so happy to here god bless you my brother. (SHAZIN)

Alihyder said...

Mark was born a Muslim like all children all over the world. He had been guided away from the truth till Allah opened his eyes. Now it is his duty to tell others about the true religion.

"There is no compulsion in religion" says Quran, but to invite to the truth is obligatory on all Muslims. No one is held responsible for the result of the invitation.

Mark if you ever happen to read this hear this ," You are a special and a lucky person Thank Allah and pray for me. Allah knows who I am!"

abu said...

MashaAllah.... may Allah guide us thru the Straight path....to every 1... Ameen... summa Ameen

Anonymous said...

assalamu alaikum... nothing but praises to our rabb on this event...

brother mark need to pray for all muslims n all humanity... insha allah..

could we have mark shaffer's email id plz. insha allah..

wassalaam..

ukashah said...

Allahu akbar! I was moved to tears upon reading this, partly also as a reflection upon myself that the Deen is so beautiful but we seldom realise it so. I pray well for Brother Mark.

dontlose your self said...

Alhumduillah Rabil Alaimeen

this is fact you can not hide nature.

shahid azizi

abdu allah said...

Al hamdu lilah,

He won the second life and gain the paradice insha allah

Anonymous said...

i have a great belief that Micheal Jackson became a muslim just before he was murdered.
can somebody assure or deny this?

riyaz said...

may Allah bless all

glen said...

Alhamdullilah
May Allah swt shower you with all the happiness and enlightenment as never before!
Adnan mr

Anonymous said...

May Allah guide him on the Straight Path. InshAllah he will be a force for Dawa in the United States.

Anonymous said...

Alhumdullillah...Let this incident lead the ignorant to a right path(hudha)

siras CA said...

Allahu Akbar.....

Let this incident prove islam is pouring entire peace upon humanity.

zaheerhusain said...

Alhamdolillah you embraced the religion of Islam , most favoured by Allah (swt)Welcome to TRUTH
Now you need to get to know what real Islam is and what are its obligatios and way to salvation.
The easiest way to know is right under your click.
Just visit the folowing sites , become a member of Yahoogroups.
www.asl-islam.org , www.zaheerhusain.multiply.com
Also see on YouTube PAYAM E AMN
a movie on Terrorism and Islam.

Mohammed said...

Assalam alaikum All,
SubhanAllah, Mr. Mark learned Islam by watching some one performing Salah, and he feels peace in his soul while he performed Salah, Allah Akbar.

Ferin Yusuf said...

Subhan Allah, Allah is great. Mark is so lucky to have joined us as Islam, and we pray that more people join us to have peace in our heart and mind on the religion of Islam. May Allah Subhan O Ta Allah bless Mark and all of us to be on the straight path as our Prphet showed us, Ameen.

Mustaq Ahmed said...

Brother Mark, Assalam-o-Alaikum w.w. You have been bestowed with the best gift from Allah s.w.t. Your reward is nothing but Jannah. May Allah s.w.t. guide others through you to increase Islamic fraternity - ameen.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the light. May Allah bless you and forgive ur passt sins. you have bought ur-self a place in heaven.

Anonymous said...

alkaabi1035alkaabi1035
Dear Mike,
Believe or not, but the truth is that, it is God who guide you and and wanted you to be and a muslim and a muslim, very few are lucky as you are, thank your God for his blessings, Wellcome my muslim brother to the world Islam and a true religion.
Jawad al Bahrani - Oman

jamaatulmuslimeen said...

Bismillaah hir Rahman nir Raheem,
Dear Brother in Islam Mr. Mike Shaffer,
Assalaamu alaikum,
Certainly Allah tala has shown both the paths to Mankind; one the good and other the evil. Those who choose good shall be guided to the Straight Path on condition that they are "al-Muttaqoon" (Those who fear Allah) (please refer Surah Baqarah 2:2) these are the people who believe and fear Allah. The other category is of people who reject the good and choose to follow their own way (Path of Devil). However, entering into islam is not like someone changing from judiasm to christianity or hinduism to budism etc.
Entering into islam is a revolution in one's life. It is a long life struggle to search for the Siraat-ul-Mustaqeem (straight Path) and Sticking to it. Please make sure your source of guidance is nothing but Qur'an and Authentic Hadith (no blind following). Please visit www.aljamaat.org for learning pure and unadulterated Islam.
Islam a complete way of life. Allah tala has completed His favor on us by selecting this deen for us (5:3) there aren't going to be any more revealations. Let me tell you one more thing, brother. If you feel after coming into islam, you are just going with the flow (mainstream muslims/ majority) or you're just blindly following what people are showing you without actually investigating its source (Qur'an and sahih hadith) then you are moving in a wrong direction.
All our actions beginning from Cradle to Grave must be in accordance with Qur'an and Hadith.
I am certainly happy that you have embraced Islam, at the same time i am concerned, from whom you would learn it.
www.aljamaat.org
May Allah tala guide us all to the straight path. ameen.
Surah Fatihah: 5

Anonymous said...

An American or any human being is the same in the eyes of Allah. But the question is "has the human being recognised his creator?"
Alhumduillah Rabil Alaimeen. All press for God the creator of the whole Universe.
Indeed if one finds his Rab is the one who is blessed.

s said...

all thanks & praise to Allah that he became a muslim I pray to Allah to seek stability & steady for him & all of us . at the mean time I shall call all my brothers & sisters to work harder in Dawah for all man kind all over the world teaching , practicing showing the right picture of Islam finally thanks to all of you . your brother A B

AJIBADE QUADRY said...

GOD IS WONDERFUL MAY HE KEEP US ON THE SRAIGHT PATH AMEEN

Nawab said...

Subhan-Allah......
I am really very happy and excited to know this and welcome home Brother,Allah has blessd you and I pray May Allah-subhan-wa-Tala always have his Mercy and blessings with you and give you the strength to also show and teach others that Islam is the right path to lead our lives and yes brother you are right Islam is the religion of truth......
Welcome Again and never let go this beautiful blessings of Allah from you..
Jazak-Allah

Anonymous said...

welcome and lots of congrates,from all muslims,may you always live a blessed life(ameen)

Anonymous said...

ALLAHU AKBAR.... Great News !

M.A.Aman said...
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M.A.Aman said...

we should think about our non-muslim brothers , try to reach them and explain how good ,true and only one religion THAT IS ISLAM.(ameen).

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Eliyas Peerzada said...

Masha-Allah! Very Very Happy to know about Mark, May Almighty bless him with the best of everything in the way of Islam and Imaan.....Ameen!

Anonymous said...

ma sha Allah we all remembered when we took our shahada his is special been in the land of the muslims Allahu Akbar welcome br.Mark may Allah keep you and us as Muslims until we meet our Lord ALLAH.........

All celon said...

Masha Allah The only truth religion is Islam. May Allah will guide us truth path. Ameen

Muhammad Ilyas said...

SUBHANALLAH
Welcome to my family. May ALLAH bless you. I'm very happy to see you here in us... In fact I saw noor on you face which made me proud on you... Brother always say the truth. This will ultimately resolve your problems...

Lonu Feruz said...

When there comes the help of Allah and the conquest. and you see that people enter Allah's religion in crowds. So glory the praises of your lord ans ask forgiveness. Verily, he is the one who ever accepts the repentance and who forgives. SURAT AN NASR

FERUZ

ajiNoBN said...

tq for yr info..copy paste to my blog.tq

Peace said...

Allahu Akbar...Masha Allah!!!

Anonymous said...

Allah gives option to every one, chose what he want. And this millionare does it on the right way

Allahu Akbar

Banna

Mokhtar said...

Assalam alaikum,

Alhamdulillah its very good that now a days alot of people are accepting islam. islam is realy a true religons. i feel very good when ever i got information like this.
for any comment..write to me on msiwani08@gmail.com
M.Siwani.

Anonymous said...

Mashaallah,welcome home brother.You are indeed absolutely fortunate,Allah(swt)has a special plan for you,you have been hand picked,selected and chosen for a very noble and sublime task.Embrace this opportunity with open arms and see what Allah All Mighty does for you.Help the deen of Allah(swt)by giving dawat and help clear any misconceptions people have about our beautiful deen.I humbly request that you make dua for me,my family and the rest of the muslim ummah.Shukran

Anonymous said...

SubhanAllah,
Assalam o alaikum

May ALLAH showers HIS blessing upon you Mr. Mike

I would love to know your Muslim name INSHALLAH

Remember us in your prayers

Zuhaib Javed

~sheze~ said...

MashAllah. This is the true power of the one and only one true and complete religion Islam. May Allah bless you and all of the muslims to become role model for non-muslims to let them enter in Islam. Aameen

Haneen said...

mshAllah..may Allah keep us all in the right path and show us the way when we get lost..

bestblogger said...

Masha Allah, Alham dulillah, May Almighty Allah guide all of us to the Right Path of Muhammad SLAW and Quran.
Mabrrok!

Asrar said...

Thank you for sharing this remarkable story about Mark. In U.S.A. this is a common story of conversion on daily bases, Alhumdulilah. Unfortunately, we do not have any kind of certificate which we should have for new muslims. I am wondering if you can send us a blank copy of the new muslims conversion certificate which you have mentioned in Mark's story. JazakAllah khair, Ahmed Khan aakhan0247@gmail.com

Rizwan said...

Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great!) Mark, you are very blessed individual. It brought tears to my eyes when I read your story. Even though the Western media is trying to bring bad name to Islam and Muslims. This proves that Allah is the best Planner. You have entered the true religion of believing in only one Allah (God)and worshipping Him alone with no partners associated with Him. With Allah's mercy all your previous sins have been washed away.SubhanAllah!. May Allah guide you and make you a source to spread Islam in the West. (Ameen!)

Anonymous said...

May Allah, guide all humanity to the right path! May Allah use me to guide people to Islam!

Mohamad said...

Allahu Akbar....


Mark is just an example, the day is close ahead...soon the entire world would realise what the reeality is...May the ALMIGHTY give him all the best things in this world as well as in our second world...Mark..plz donot keep your thoughts & knowledge within yourself, try to speak about Islam to as many as americans you can....LET EVERYBODY REALISE ABOUT THE TRUTH....ALLAH IS OUR RETURN......

Wassalam...

Azizah E. Talusan said...

MashaAllah tabarakallah! i felt nothing but happiness and full of joy.. May Allah bless him and the whole Muslims in this temporarily world...

Muhammad Ilyas said...

Mark Shaffer, You can see we' all are waiting for your Islamic Name. Please do not await us more. We all are waiting... We' do pray for you and may ALLAH showers HIS all blessings upon you and enables you to saves many lives and bring them to the right path.

Anonymous said...

Alhamdulillah...Allah hu akbar, Lord of all universe. I can't stand to cry after read this. May Allah bless you and give more hidayah to lots of people to become muslim. Amin..

Wan, Malaysia

Anonymous said...

I am overwhelmed to know that he has embraced Islam. may Almighty Allah bless him n his family. wish him all the joys of life here n hereafter. wish him to learn n knw the benefits of Islam.

Anonymous said...

I am overwhelmed to know that he has embraced Islam. may Almighty Allah bless him n his family. wish him all the joys of life here n hereafter. wish him to learn n knw the benefits of Islam.

Anonymous said...

Allah Hu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest). Qur'an 3:104: Let there arise amongst you a band of people inviting to all that is good and right, and
forbidding the wrong. Such are the successful ones...

Qur'an 16:125: Invite to the way of your Lord with beautiful preaching and in the best ways...

Brother Mark may Allay make you one of those Insha-Allah.

Anonymous said...

SUBHAN ALLAH....MASHALLAH TABARAK ALLAH THIS IS A VERY GOOD NEWS FOR ALL MUSLIMS BROTHERS.
INSHALLA ONE DAY CAME WHEN ALL SISTERS BECAME MUSLIM LIKE BROTHER MIKE.. JAZAK ALLAH KHAIR,,

riana said...

alhamdulillah....Islam is great, Allah is great

Anonymous said...

Salam... Semoga Allah berkati usia, dimurahkanNya rezki serta dipermudahkanNya dalam segala urusan sama ada yang sedang atau akan saudara lakukan... May Allah grants you with happiness in this world and the hereafter... InsyaAllah... Amin

Ask said...

Subhan Allah. I hope all americans learn a lesson from this man Specially his family.
Khuram, Dubai
Emirates Airlines

A rauf chaudhry said...

Dear brother,
I feel ,You are blessed for this great opportunity in your life.I pray to Almighty Allah swt to make you a role model for others to join Isalm .aameen

Anonymous said...

SUBHANALLAH... ALHAMDULILLAH.. ALLAHUAKHBAR

omidex said...

Allahuakber. Laillahaillalah. Welcome to the true religion. Allah (s.w.t) is One and there is none other like Him. Mohammed is His prophet.

Anonymous said...

Allahu Akbar .... Allahu Akbar ... Allahu Akbar

Habis
Bahrain

Abu Mairaj said...

Brother Mark, Assalamu Alikum.
Mabrook/Congratulations for choosing Islam as a way of life. We got Islam by chance but for you itis your choice. So do not get misled by looking at Muslims (non practicing) as role models. For every Muslim the perfect role model should be Prophet Mohammad (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him). May Allah subhanavu ta'ala show the Umma straight path so that we can live in this world with absolute faith in Islam and succeed in the hereafter.
With Best Regards
Syed Ferozuddin

Anonymous said...

Alhamdulillah,
May Allah guide us to the right path. Amin

http://dana.hidayah.edu.my

Ct Baizura said...

Alhamdulillah.... so touching, i feel like wanna cry...hope my brother in law can be like Mark Shaffer one day..Insya-Allah

Anonymous said...

Alhamdulillah..

mamawana said...

Alhamdullillah...

May Allah swt bless him.

faisal said...

masha allah al amthirillah.allahu akbar.

Anonymous said...

masha allaha.allahu akbar,al amthirillah

WAN MUSTAPHA said...

Mark, Salam Alaykum.
May Allah swt bless and guide you till death. Allah gives us strong minds and body to uphold the religion of Islam. You have been given this opportunity of a lifetime to absorb, practice and feel the religion of Islam. This is called nekmat. You converted to Islam not because of mixed marriage but because you have received the nur from Allah swt. Being a professional in your profession, I am sure you will be an expert in thwarting the challenges belies ahead. I hope you will doa for your other muslim brothers. Subhanallah..Allah Hu Akbar

Wan. A Malaysian in Jubail KSA

Anonymous said...

ALLAHU AKBAR!! Alhamdulillah! May more turn to Islam. I have seen many who have 'come home' to ALLAH in my life and I saw the light in their eyes and the nuur on their faces. May ALLAH swt keep our Imaan and forgive all of us. Insya ALLAH...

Anonymous said...

ASSALMU ALIKUM WA RAHMATU LLAHI WA BARATUH DEAR BROTHER AND SISTERS, WELCOME TO ISLAM. JUST READING ABOUT THIS BROTHER'S STORY MADE ME CRY SO MUCH. MASHA ALLAH. I AM VERY HAPPY FOR HIM, NEW MUSLIMS AND ALL OTHER MUSLIMS MAY ALLAH (S.W.T) HELP US TO HOLD VERY TIGHT TO ISLAM AND FORGIVE OUR SINS TOTALLY....AMEEN
WA ASSALMU ALIKUM WA RAHMATU LLAHI WA BARAKATUH.

Chinese Muslimah4life said...

masha ALLAH ..

Anonymous said...

All Praise Be To Allaah Alone Without Partners and May Allaah's Peace and Blessings Be Upon The Imam of Prophets, all of other Prophets who preceded him, all of his Companions, all of his Companions, all of his Believing Family, all of his Noble Wives and to all of his Righteous Ummaah.

To follow:

Assalamualai'kum
Please brothers and sister IT IS ALH'AMDULILAAH (H'-Arabic) dialect NOT ALHAMDULILAAH (Which means destruction if H' is not recited with an arabic dialect) OR ALH'AMD-O-LILAAH (Use u instead of O)