From Guantanamo to Mecca, the Acts of the new convert Berumrah Prison Guard

17 Jun

Dari Guantanamo ke Makkah, Kisah Mualaf Penjaga Penjara yang Berumrah

Terry Holdbrooks

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JEDDAH – the Grand Mosque in Makkah is very long distances, when juxtaposed with the Navy’s Camp Delta U.S., which is known as a detention center at the base in Guantanamo Bay. However, a close when the liver was determined. That perceived former Guantanamo prison guards, Terry Holdbrooks.

Terry, now known as Mustafa, embraced Islam in 2003. He bersyahadat news soon spread among the soldiers at Guantanamo, especially when it is his job overseeing detainees terrorism.

But he was determined to face all the risks, and will not turn back, denying the creed. He was dismissed shortly afterwards.

Where did Terry received the light of Islam? A detainee from Morocco, contributed to give her Islamic knowledge. Previously, he was fascinated by the role of Morgan Freeman played a Muslim character in the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Although not the main story, but the Muslims in the movie are painted properly.

Interactions with detainees prompted him to see Islam more deeply and learn for himself. “The more I read the more convinced of the truth of Islam,” he admits.

As a member of the military, he did not feel heavy with discipline in Islamic teachings. “I enjoyed the military, and I enjoy Islam; both require discipline.”

Stop the prison guard, he handles civil affairs. No problem for him. The problem: he wanted to visit the Holy Land, pilgrimage or berumrah. But the distance and the cost is not small.

Shoots be loved side dish arrived. One day, she received a letter from the Canadian Dawah Association (CDA). The contents: an invitation to perform Umrah.

He was invited by Shazaad Muhammad, president and founder of the Canadian missionary Association (CDA), to perform minor pilgrimage, umrah. He jumped in delight. “This activity is inspired by the Prophet Muhammad who sends out invitations to local leaders and invite them to embrace Islam,” said Mohammed Shazaad, CDA leadership Celebrity Relations Program, who is also UN Ambassador.

Terry did not waste the opportunity. When the permit is already in the hands of superiors, she soon left.

“When I first saw the Mecca and see the Kaaba, I was a little surprised,” he said. “I was stunned and realized that this was the center of my world now. Maybe not the center of the world everyone, but it is the center of my world. I want to live useful in Islam.”

During his visit to the Holy Land, he met with Sheikh Faisal Al-Ghazzawi, one of the imams of the Grand Mosque. He expressed his delight to receive advice how to keep the faith of the priest.

He also visited the factory kiswa, cover the Kaaba in Mecca and had the honor of putting a few stitches in the new kiswa will be placed in the Kaaba in the pilgrimage season by the end of this year. Only a week he was there and “Time is too short. I want to stay longer,” he said, claiming comfortable praying in Mecca and Medina.

Umrah home, he found his inner richer. “My mind is like a rejuvenated,” he said.

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