Togolese Footballer Converted to Islam after Being Inspired by Jesus (Peace be upon Him)

Emmanuel Adebayor, a Togolese national player who has played for major soccer clubs such as Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester city, Real Madrid & Tottenham Hotspur has reverted to Islam.

He credited Jesus (Peace and blessings upon Him) for guiding him to Islam. Although no one can guide except Allah but here guidance may mean inspiration.

A video which has surfaced online shows him wearing white robe and reciting Shahadah (testimony of faith) declaring Allah is God & Muhammad (Peace and blessings upon Him) is His Messenger and Slave.

Later in a video he presented 13 reasons why he reverted to Islam. He said similarities between Islam and Christianity also had a big impact over him and persuaded him to revert to Islam. He added, “Muslims are like Jesus and they are true followers of Jesus”.

Emmanuel Adebayor is one of the brightest African Stars who made it very big into International Football. He was voted African Footballer of the Year in 2008. He was in Togo National Team at 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany which was the debut and last entry of Togo till now.

He is Togo’s all time top goal scorer with 32 goals. Adebayor had been through a series of family problem which he shared with his fans on twitter and that was a really tough time for him.

Here are 13 reasons pointed by Adebayor which led him to revert to Islam:

Jesus (pbuh) taught that there is only One God and Only God should be worshipped as taught in Deut 6:4, Mark 12:29. Muslims also believe this as taught in the Qur’an verse 4:171.

Jesus (pbuh) didn’t eat pork as taught in Leviticus 11:7, and neither do Muslims as taught in the Qur’an verse 6:145.

Jesus (pbuh) greeted with the words “as salaamualaikum” (Peace be with you) in John 20:21. Muslims also greet each other this way.

Jesus (pbuh) always said “God Willing” (inshallah), Muslims say this too before doing anything as taught in the Qur’an verses 18:23-24.

Jesus (pbuh) washed his face, hands, and feet before praying. The Muslims do the same.

Jesus (pbuh) and other prophets of the Bible prayed with their head to the ground (see Matthew26:39). Muslims do too as taught in the Qur’an verse 3:43.

Jesus (pbuh) had a beard and wore a throbe. It is Sunnah for Muslim men to do the same.

Jesus (pbuh) followed the law and believed in all the prophets, (see Matthew 5:17). Muslims do too as taught in the Qur’an verses 3:84, and 2:285.

Jesus’ mother Maryam (pbuh) dressed modestly by fully covering her body and wearing a headscarf (hijab) as found in 1 Timothy 2:9, Genesis 24:64-65, and Corinthians 11:6. Muslim women modestly dress the same as taught in the Qur’an verse 33:59.

Jesus (pbuh) and other prophets of the Bible fasted up to 40 days (see Exodus 34:28, Daniel 10:2-6. 1Kings 19:8, and Matthew 4:1-Muslims do so also during the month of Ramadan. Muslims are required to fast the full obligatory 30 days (see Qur’an 2:183), and others take it a step further by fasting an additional 6 days to increase their rewards.

Jesus (pbuh) taught to say “Peace to this house” when entering it (see Luke 10:5), and to also greet the people in the house with “peace be unto you”. Muslims do exactly what Jesus did and taught. When we enter our homes and the homes of others we say “Bismillah” and also greet with “as salaamualaikum” (peace be upon you) as taught in the Qur’an verse 24:61.

Jesus (pbuh) was circumcised. Circumcision is 1 of the 5 fitrah in Islam, so Muslim men are required to be circumcised. According to the Bible in Luke 2:21, Jesus was eight days old when he was circumcised.

In the Torah, Allah/God stated to the Prophet Abraham (pbuh) that it is an “Everlasting covenant” (see Genesis 17:13). In the Qur’an verse 16:123 Muslims are required to follow the religion of Abraham. The Prophet Muhammad (saws) said, “The Prophet Abraham circumcised himself when he was eighty years old.” (see Sahih hadith Bukhari, Muslim, and Ahmad).

Jesus (pbuh) spoke Aramaic and called God”Elah”, which is pronounced the same as “Allah”. Aramaic is an ancient, Biblical language. It is one of the Semitic languages that also include Hebrew, Arabic, Ethiopic and the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian language of Akkadian. The Aramaic “Elah” and the Arabic “Allah” are the same.


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    May Allah accept our new brother/ sister coming into the fold of Islam. If anyone has a real desire to be a Muslim/Muslimah and has full conviction and strong belief that Islam is the true religion of God, then, all one needs to do is pronounce the `Shahada’, the testimony of faith, without further delay. The `Shahada’ is the first and most important of the five pillars of Islam.

    With the pronunciation of this testimony, or `Shahada’, with sincere belief and conviction, one enters the fold of Islam. Upon entering the fold of Islam purely for the Pleasure of God, all of one’s previous sins are forgiven, and one starts a new life of piety and righteousness. The Prophet ﷺ said to a person who was keen in accepting Islam:”Do you not know that accepting Islam destroys all sins which come before it?” (Saheeh Muslim).

    When one accepts Islam, they in essence repent from the ways and beliefs of their former lifestyle. One need not be overburdened by sins committed before their acceptance, but if the sin involved usurping a right of another human, such as stealing or oppressing, then one should strive his or her utmost to return what was wrongly taken or done. The person’s record is of course clean, and it is as if he or she was just born from the mother’s womb. If one desires to convert To Islam, then what needs to be learnt after the Shahada? The term in Arabic for convert is Aslama ‘To accept Islam’ or ‘Surrender to Allah’.

    How To Become A Muslim

    For the unbeliever to become a Muslim, he/she must pronounce the two statements of the Shahadah: “I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Messenger.” A person who has previously believed in Judaism or Christianity has to add[/b]: “[b]And I bear witness that Jesus is the servant of Allah, His Messenger, and His word which He gave to Mary, and a spirit from Him.” This expression is to signify a rejection of both the Jewish misconception and derogation of Jesus, and the Christian misconception and exaggeration of his position.

    The Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever testified that there is no god but Allah, alone, without partners with him, and that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger, and that Jesus is His word which He bestowed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him, and that Paradise is true and that Hell is true – Allah will let him enter Paradise” (Saheeh Al Bukhari, Saheeh Muslim)

    Witnesses To Conversion

    From a religious point of view, there is no need for any witnesses to a conversion, but for a person from a non-Muslim background to be known as a Muslim, he or she must officially register their acceptance of Islam so as to be treated as a Muslim in all aspects of life, such as civic and personal matters. This is especially important in non-Muslim countries: To give a real life example, there was this elderly hospitalised brother who embraced Islam sometime before passing away. Nearly all his visitors during this period were Muslims, but because his conversion was not recorded officially, his body was handed over to his immediate family who carried out the funeral procedures according to non-Islamic ways which could have included cremation.

    Ghusl or Bath

    Once the Shahadah has been pronounced the new convert becomes subject to the rules of Islam. If the new Muslim is an adult, male or female, Ghusl (Total Ablution) is obligatory to enable the person to perform his or her prayers. It is not permitted, when a person comes to announce his conversion, to ask him or her to go and perform Ghusl first; this means delaying his conversion, and no-one knows what may happen during this delay.

    Imam Abu Hanifah says that there is no obligation on the convert to perform Ghusl because Allah says: “Say to the unbelievers, if (now) they desist (from unbelief), their past would be forgiven them, “(8:38). Many people embraced Islam and the Prophet ﷺ did not ask them to take a bath. When Amr Ibn al-‘As accepted Islam, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said to him:
    “Did you not know that Islam wipes away what happened before, and repentance wipes out what was before.”

    The obligation to perform Ghusl comes after conversion, to enable the new convert to offer his or her prayers. When Qays Ibn Asim accepted Islam, the Prophet ﷺ asked him to take a bath.


    Both male and female converts must be circumcised, as this is part of the FITRA or natural manners recommended in Islam. The Prophet ﷺ said: “Five things are connected to the Fitrah: Circumcision, Shaving the pubic hairs, Clipping the nails, Plucking the armpit hairs and Trimming the moustache” (Saheeh Al Bukhari & Saheeh Muslim). If circumcision poses any risk to health it may be delayed until the person is fitter and more able to cope with it. The scholars refer to the example of Prophet Ibrahim who circumcised himself at the age of eighty.

    In another hadith the Prophet ﷺ advised the women of the Ansar regarding circumcision: “O women of the Ansar! Apply henna and circumcise! but do not exaggerate (i.e.remove the foreskin around the clitoris, but don’t harm the clitoris) for it is more pleasing for your women folks when they are with their husbands” (Mukhtassar zawaid musnad al bazzar, Ibn Hajar). That it is obligatory for women is clear from the statement of Umm Al Muhajir who says: “I was captured with some girls from Byzantium. (Caliph) Uthman offered us Islam, but only myself and one other girl accepted Islam. Uthman said: ‘Go and circumcise them and purify them”(Adab Al Mufrad of Imam Bukhari).

    Removing Bodily Hair

    It is recommended for the new convert, male or female, to remove body hair from the armpits and the private parts. It is reported that when a person came to the Prophet ﷺ to declare his Islam, he said: “”Remove the hair which grew while you were a disbeliever, and circumcise yourself.”

    Changing the Name

    If the name is an ordinary one according to the culture of the person accepting Islam, there is no need to change it. But if it has a meaning which is objectionable on Islamic grounds (such as Abd al-Masih, the servant of the Messiah or the name of a Hindu divinity), it has to be changed.

    Marriage Matters

    If the convert is in a marriage which is not acceptable in Islamic law, it is automatically nullified when he accepts Islam. For example marriage to a blood relative who is actually prohibited for marriage (Mahram) is of course null and void. If a man was married to two sisters, on accepting Islam he would have to choose between them. If a Muslim convert’s wife remains a Jew or Christian, the marriage remains valid, but if she is of any other religion, the marriage is nullified. Underage children become Muslim once one of the parents accepts Islam. Adult children are free to choose.

    Wills And Inheritance

    A difference of religion prevents inheritance; a Muslim cannot inherit from a non-Muslim or vice versa. Inheritance here refers to cases where a person dies intestate (without having made a will) and the estate is distributed to heirs according to the law of the land. According to Islamic law, a Muslim cannot inherit from a non-Muslim relative in this manner. Wills, on the other hand, do make a difference: a Muslim may accept what has been left to him in a will by a non-Muslim relative. A Muslim with non-Muslim relatives may leave up to one-third of his estate to them in his will, but the other two-thirds must go to Muslim relatives.

    May Allah guide us on the right way.

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