I got this email from a sister and then I also happened to see this entry at Amad’s Blog, alhamdulillah. awesoem news:
(Source: International Herald Tribune)
US mayor converts to Islam
MACON, Georgia: Macon Mayor Jack Ellis has converted to Islam and is now working to legally change his name to Hakim Mansour Ellis.
Ellis said he has been studying the Quran for years and that his new religion was originally practiced by his ancestors before they were brought to North America as slaves.
At the request of his two of his daughters, Ellis said he will keep his last name the same. (Islamically I thik he isn’t even supposed to or not allowed to, Allahu ‘aAlam)
“If anybody wants to know about Islam, I can hold an intelligent conversation,”
“What I’ve found is how little we know about the religion.”
C. Jack Ellis was born in Macon, Georgia. He was elected Mayor in July 1999, becoming the first black Mayor in the 176-year history of the city. Not to mention the first muslim Mayor perhaps?