What Happened To Bob?

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I transcribed this because sometimes the text in the video was hard to see or did not hover long enough to be read. My remarks are in brackets. Correct spelling and grammar inserted were necessary to make for better flow of reading. Click on the link below to view the video.

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What Happened To Bob “The American Doctor” When He Visited Saudi Arabia?
Wafa Osimi
Transcribed 8 January 2016 by Tara Umm Omar

Dr. Ghrama Alshehri, General Surgery Consultant in Aseer hospital.

There was an American eye doctor who had faced terrible health issues which led him to the intensive care in the hospital.

He was a typical American man, with blue eyes and blond hair. He was also a very conservative Christian.

This man used to have a dream that occurred every other night while he stayed in the hospital.

In his dream, he sees Jesus [Isa, ‘alayhi as-salam] telling him to go to Saudi Arabia and spread Christianity there.

When he got better, he told his wife about this dream and she insisted that he goes and does what he had been guided to do in this dream.

He told her he would think about it.

After a while, he received a call from the Saudi embassy who had a job offer for three months if he wants.

Then he told his wife about this offer and she pressured him to accept the offer in order to spread their religion.

Her attitude was weird because she was actually a very sweet lady but in this case, she was firm and insistent!

He accepted the offer and worked in a hospital in Aseer.

When he arrived at the airport, he started preaching to people about Christianity, saying that Jesus died for us [as in died for our sins].

There was of course no response.

Then he started to preach to us, “his colleagues”.

The host: didn’t he know that you all were Muslim?

The guest: of course!

The host: so he claims that he came to save Muslims from the ignorance.

The guest: he was amazed by our generosity and hospitality.

One day, he suggested to debate about religion.

I said sure, the difference between us is that you say Jesus is God’s son and he was crucified and buried.

If that is true and you have witnesses, I will happily accept all that is mentioned in the Bible [astaghfirAllah!]

The Bible says that all the disciples were dead after that incident so there wasn’t any witnesses of the crucifixion!

Christians assume that Jesus was buried for three days then was risen from death. How can that be proven when all four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, narrate Mary Magdalene’s story in a different version?

Mark’s gospel claims that she was alone by the grave. Whereas Matthew’s gospel narrates that she wasn’t alone. She was joined by another woman named Mary and angel Salome. The third gospel claims that there were men with her. Finally, the last gospel mentioned various names.

The host: so the stories were contradictory!

The guest: indeed.

In the first gospel, Mark says that she saw Jesus and spoke with him. Then in the second one she said she didn’t see him. In the third one, she said she saw angels.

The host: and he kept listening to you?

The guest: yes, he was silent.

The host: did he read all four gospels?

The guest: yes, he read them all.

His name was Bob. I said: Bob, can you tell Dr. Sameer, who is another eye doctor, about this Mary Magdalene who was mentioned in all the four gospels.

Bob laughed and said that the gospels say that Mary Magdalene had a schizophrenic personality and was inhabited by seven devils [a’oodhu billah!]

The guests are laughing at their fellow guest because of his poor English.

The guest: anyway, the doctor didn’t have any witnesses.

Then I asked him, when you were in America, what was your impression about us?

He replied by saying, terrorists.

I said, have you seen any since you came here?

He said, no.

The host: he used to hear about the bad reputation but now he can see for himself that it is not true.

The guest: yes, after that he converted to Islam. But before that, he asked me if he could attend one of our prayers. He wanted to see what prostration feels like. After he saw how great it feels, he was pleased and said, I can’t wait anymore. I want to announce my conversion to Islam but I’m worried about my wife’s reaction.

The host began laughing because of the irony of this. His wife is the one who sent him to spread Christianity and now he became a Muslim!

The guest: his wife called him everyday to see how things were going with that journey!

We told him to call her and see. He called her and she asked him how many people he had converted until now.

He told her that it was a very hard mission because it wasn’t easy to persuade Muslims since they are very attached to their religion.

She said, so are the Muslims in America. I couldn’t persuade anyone but you must keep trying.

He said, they continuously read Qur’an and memorize it. I’ve read it too and it has beautiful ethics.

She said, I have also read it. It is true that Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] is a prophet and the Qur’an is a heavenly book. I didn’t send you to deny this fact, I sent you to spread your religion.

He said, they are incredibly generous people and I hadn’t seen any terrorism.

She said, I know that. Even American Muslims are decent and aren’t terrorists. That is just the medias actions [opinions].

Then she asked him, have you become a Muslim now? Because if you have, I don’t want our relationship to end.

He said, yes, Muslims can remained married to Christians.

The host laughed and said, he began referring to himself as a Muslim already.

His wife said, so you admit it!

He said, yes, I’ve converted to Islam.

She said, so you will start praying and fasting Ramadan?!

The host: it seems she has knowledge about Islam.

He said, yes, I will perform all Islamic orders.

She said, even the prayer before dawn fajr prayer?

He said, that prayer is the best!

She said, haven’t you noticed that I’ve been going down to the cellar [basement] and locking the door before dawn every single day for the last two years?

He surprisingly said, you’re a Muslim?!!

She said, yes, I sent you to Saudi Arabia to convert to Islam.

Bob was shocked!

She said, you are stubborn headed! You had to see for yourself that these people are not terrorists!

The hosts: this lady is consistent.

Beautiful, beautiful.

A Few Points To Make Regarding The Matchmaking Forum

photocreditshopifyAsalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh,

The matchmaking forum is the only way that I can offer assistance when it comes to the subject of searching for a spouse. It is not meant to be “active” as it is not a social media platform (if that was the case then I would have set it up on Google+ or Yahoo Groups). It is there for whoever needs it for as long as anyone contributes to it. Mostly brothers and sisters contact me in private and I can only suggest that they add their details to the forum. So the number of people posting there does not reflect who is actually interested. Understandably, it is probably because they are too private to share their details in public. But I can do nothing with private requests because I don’t want to be that closely involved in the process. The concerned parties must do the follow up queries as well as investigations as I can never vouch for anyone that I have never met nor recommend them for marriage unless I know them personally. I would suggest that when entering your particulars, you provide an email address that you do not mind putting out in the blogosphere for candidates to contact you. You can simply make one up for this purpose. If you are a sister, let your mahram or wakeel post his email address. Do NOT use your real name on the forum. Use a nickname or an alias and provide your real name in a reply to an email when you feel comfortable enough to do so. Finally, I have made the matchmaking forum as private as possible with a password and moderation of posts to ensure no players or spammers get through. However, in this day and age, do not expect much privacy on the internet. If you are that worried about privacy, it is better to conduct your matchmaking affairs in person, in the real world. Thank you and best wishes in your marriage pursuits, taraummomarsignature1

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Pic Of Bilal’s Masjid In The Year 1880

Asalamu Alaikum

Have you ever seen the masjid of Bilal ibn Rabah (may Allah be pleased with him)? Bilal was the first person to make the adhan (call to prayers).

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Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: When the Muslims arrived at Medina, they used to assemble for the prayer, and used to guess the time for it. During those days, the practice of Adhan for the prayers had not been introduced yet. Once they discussed this problem regarding the call for prayer. Some people suggested the use of a bell like the Christians, others proposed a trumpet like the horn used by the Jews, but ‘Umar was the first to suggest that a man should call (the people) for the prayer; so Allah’s Apostle ordered Bilal to get up and pronounce the Adhan for prayers. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book #11, Hadith #578)

Narrated the merits of Bilal bin Rabah the freed slave of Abu Bakr. The Prophet said (to Bilal), “I heard the sound of your shoes in Paradise just in front of me.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book #57, Hadith #97)

(52) Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: Umar used to say, “Abu Bakr is our chief, and he manumitted our chief,” meaning Bilal. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book #57, Hadith #98)

Scene from the movie, The Message, Bilal giving the first call to prayer…

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FiAmanAllah,

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Examples Of Charity Masha’Allah

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Click the links to read the articles. May Allah grant them a generous rizq ameen.

FiAmanAllah, 

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Muslim Man Gives His Shoes To Barefoot Passenger In ‘Random Act Of Kindness’ On Surrey, British Canada Bus

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Saudi Citizen Places Refrigerator In Front Of House For Food Leftovers For The Needy

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Saudi School Boy Who Gave His Lunch Money To Charity To Be Honored

Must Watch: Dangers Of Phosphine In Saudi Arabia

This is so sad but a must watch. I had never heard of phosphine until now. It is a very serious problem. People want to get rid of pests but end up harming humans, sometimes resulting in death. Please share to save lives and help stop this dangerous practice. Arabic with English subtitles. Duration of video is 35:30.

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Islam Will Be Number One…Islam IS Number One

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The “World Is Changing” video embedded within this post will make you so happy to be in the fold of Islam. The Muslim ummah is witnessing unprecedented hardship throughout the world. We are humiliated, scapegoated, shunned, abused and killed. One wonders how we can survive this calamity. But we will bi’idhnillah. So erase that frown of worry and revel in the glad tidings that no matter what is happening and what is going to happen, Islam will be number one. No…it IS number one and the Catholic church admits that:

“For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us,” Monsignor Vittorio Formenti said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.” (Muslims “Overtake” Catholics, Become Largest Religion)

photocreditministryofhajjI know in my heart and see with my own eyes that the Muslim ummah is increasing every year. The annual performance of Hajj is one such visual example. To keep up with the mass exodus of pilgrims, the Saudi government has been in the process of expanding al-Masjid al-Haram (link will show pictures dated August 2013).

No doubt al-Masjid al-Haram will continue to be expanded in order to accommodate billions or even trillions of Muslims. I’m confident and optimistic that Muslims the world over will NEVER decrease because Allah has promised this and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) prophesied it:

Allah said,

﴿هُوَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلَ رَسُولَهُ بِالْهُدَى وَدِينِ الْحَقِّ﴾

(It is He Who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth.) `Guidance’ refers to the true narrations, beneficial faith and true religion that the Messenger came with. `religion of truth’ refers to the righteous, legal deeds that bring about benefit in this life and the Hereafter.

﴿لِيُظْهِرَهُ عَلَى الدِّينِ كُلِّهِ﴾

(to make it (Islam) superior over all religions) It is recorded in the Sahih that the Messenger of Allah said,

«إِنَّ اللهَ زَوَى لِي الْأَرْضَ مَشَارِقَهَا وَمَغَارِبَهَا، وَسَيَبْلُغُ مُلْكُ أُمَّتِي مَا زُوِيَ لِييِمنْهَا»

(Allah made the eastern and western parts of the earth draw near for me ﴿to see﴾, and the rule of my Ummah will extend as far as I saw.) Imam Ahmad recorded from Tamim Ad-Dari that he said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah saying,

«لَيَبْلُغَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرُ مَا بَلَغَ اللَّيْلُ وَالنَّهَارُ، وَلَا يَتْرُكُ اللهُ بَيْتَ مَدَرٍ وَلَا وَبَرٍ إِلَّا أَدْخَلَهُ هَذَا الدِّينَ، يُعِزُّ عَزِيزًا وَيُذِلُّ ذَلِيلًا، عِزًّا يُعِزُّ اللهُ بِهِ الْإِسْلَامَ وَذُلًّا يُذِلُّ اللهُ بِهِ الْكُفْر»

(This matter (Islam) will keep spreading as far as the night and day reach, until Allah will not leave a house made of mud or hair, but will make this religion enter it, while bringing might to a mighty person (a Muslim) and humiliation to a disgraced person (who rejects Islam). Might with which Allah elevates Islam (and its people) and disgrace with which Allah humiliates disbelief (and its people).) Tamim Ad-Dari ﴿who was a Christian before Islam﴾ used to say, “I have come to know the meaning of this Hadith in my own people. Those who became Muslims among them acquired goodness, honor and might. Disgrace, humiliation and Jizyah befell those who remained disbelievers.” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir: Islam is the Religion That will dominate over all Other Religions, Surah Tawbah 9:33)

Allahu akbar! Now watch the video and smile 🙂

Once you’re done with that, you may like to watch RT News reporting that “Christianity loses ground in UK, as Islam enjoys rapid rise” (4:08 minute video).

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By the way, remember when I asked readers to vote For Bader Alomary’s Integrating A Million People Through Sign Language (مبادرة دمج مليون أصم في المجتمع)? He won the 500,000SR award masha’Allah tabarakAllah! Many thanks to everyone who voted.

FiAmanAllah,

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Vote For Bader Alomary’s “Integrating A Million People Through Sign Language” (مبادرة دمج مليون أصم في المجتمع)

photocreditbadralomaryIt is my pleasure to endorse this sign language campaign of my fellow deaf American friend’s husband, Badr Alomary and his team. Let’s help make their efforts a success for deaf Saudis! Please spread this initiative far and wide. May Allah bless and guide us all ameen. JazakumAllahu khair. Tara Umm Omar

Please support the “Integrating a Million People through Sign Language” Project! As of today, Saudi Sign Language is not officially recognized. The lack of sign language awareness means that there are teachers for the deaf who do not know sign language, very few fluent sign language interpreters, lack of access in the public sphere (such as hospitals and public events), and lack of promotion opportunities in the workforce since there is no access to training workshops that are often required for promotions. Basically, Deaf Saudis are left out. In addition, many deaf people cannot even communicate with their families, co-workers or public officials.

Bader Alomary and his team have worked on collecting videos of signs, preserving sign language folklore, and are working toward publishing the Saudi Sign Language dictionary. This project was submitted to the King Khalid Foundation competition for a societal development award. The King Khalid Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to providing support to research and community development. The organization also recognizes Saudi citizens who have contributed to their community. “Integrating a Million People through Sign Language” project has been chosen as one of the finalists for the societal development award, which includes a reward of 500,000 SR. The award will enable the project to move on a much faster scale, and aid in the creation of more projects in addition to the publishing of the dictionary (such as a sign language teaching curriculum, developing a fluency criteria for sign language interpreters for the purpose of certification, educating public services institutes such as hospitals on sign language and deafness and so on). Here is a brief video of Bader Alomary and Ahmed Alfiheed describing the project: http://youtu.be/xoZ8L1FPAQY.

“Nothing is more central to the culture and dearer to the hearts of Deaf people than their language.” (Lane, Hoffmeister & Bahan)

Please support this project and vote at http://www.kkf.org.sa/kka! (the website is in Arabic).

Instructions for English readers:

To vote for Bader Alomary and the “Integrating a Million People through Sign Language,” please go to http://www.kkf.org.sa/kka and click on the button below Bader Alomary’s picture (the far right picture of the man with red and white headdress). A new window will open and you will be asked (in Arabic) to enter your email address. Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem to type in “correctly” (Arabic is written from right to left). Just type in your full email address (no spaces) and press enter on your keyboard. Submitting your email just makes sure that you don’t vote more than once. You will receive an email from KKF. Open the email, and click on the blue link. It will open to a KKF webpage, and this page will thank you for casting your vote. That’s it! You can always use Google translate if you want.

Voting ends Friday, 15 November 2013.

Thank you so much for your support!!!

Bader Alomary

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