US Mayor Converts to Islam

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,”

Ellis said.

“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?



7 Responses to “US Mayor Converts to Islam”

  1. 1 Guzlu February 4, 2007 at 10:58 am

    Alhamdulillah, may Allah bless him. :)

  2. 2 ExEx Blogger February 4, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Mashallah Mashallah
    Allah Paak!

  3. 5 Abul Abbas February 21, 2007 at 11:52 am


    May Allah, the Most High bless this brother and guide him to the straight path of our salaf and may he keep him on this path until the last day.

    Just a quick note….. when a person reverts he is not required to change this name to a Muslim name if he doesn’t wish to as long as his previous name doesn’t have a made meaning. Also as far as I’m awear the surname has the same ruling as the first name (Allahu alim)

    Abul Abbas

  4. 6 Sabreena October 31, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Salam alaykum all,

    Islamically, if a non-muslim reverts back to islam, he is allowed to keep his LAST NAME.
    I have used the word “reverts” because we are all born muslims. Its only later that people are misguided.

    For example, jack peterson can be changed to Yunus peterson, and others just by hearing his name, can know that this person has reverted to Islam.

    May Allah Guide and Bless whole of Muslim Ummah

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Fiqh As Sawm

Islamic Rulings Surrounding Ramadhan and Fasting. Based on “Manar As Sabeel Fi Sharh Ad Daleel” Of Shaykh Ibraheem ibn Duwaiyan (d. 1353 AH) as explained by Br. Salim Morgan. Transcribed and Edited By Ibn Al Hyderabadee

Prologue Introduction

Chapter 1: Fasting in Ramadhaan
1. A pillar of Islam 2. Obligation of Fasting 3. Sighting of the Moon for start of Ramadhaan 4. One reliable witness' presence is sufficient 5. Conditions that make Ramadhan Obligatory for an Individual 6. Expiation for the inability to fast due to age or illness 7. Requirements of a valid fast 8. Obligations to fulfill during fasting 9. Recommended acts of fasting

Chapter 2: Permissions and Prohibitions

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Chapter 3: That which Invalidates Your Fast

1. Intentional Intake of anything into the abdomen 2. Intention to break fast 3. Fluctuating Intention to fast 4. Vomiting intentionally 5. Menstruation or Post Partum Bleeding 6. Masturbation 7. Marital Relations 8. Cupping for both parties 9. Death 10. Apostasy 11. Above are Exempted in some cases

Chapter 4: Repayment
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4. Missed fasts first or voluntary?

Chapter 5: Recommended, Disliked, and Impermissible Days of Fasting
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4. Month of Muharram and the 10th
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7. Disliking of the day of Friday
8. Disliking of the 30th of Shabaan
9. Impermissibility of fasting on the two Eids
10. Completing of a voluntary fast is not Wajib



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