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A Letter from a Brother in the U.S. – Raha Batts Journey to Islam

August 2, 2010

Raha Azeezud-Deen Batts (USA) – source:

It’s been said that instead of saying, “All praise is for Allaah who has guided us to Islaam” we should say, “All praise is for Allaah who has guided us to Islaam and the Sunnah,” because many have entered into Islaam, but have left the Sunnah in terms of ‘aqeedah (creed),’ibaadah (worship), and character.

My journey to correct Islaam was truly one of trial and error. Having grown up in the streets of Baltimore, Maryland, like many misguided youth, I aspired to be no more than one of three things: an athlete, a rapper or a gangster. Without proper guidance and having such low aspirations for myself, I was drawn into the “street life,” and subsequently spent most of my life in and out of prisons and detention centers. Thus begins what I refer to as the first phase of my journey to Islaam.

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