After the Imam finished leading Maghrib prayers one day, one dark skinned, well-built man, who the people were not used to seeing in the Masjid, went to the Imam.

He asked permission from the Imam to address the congregation.

He then faced the people, and said:

“assalamu alaikum wa rahmatuallahi wa barakatuh,

bismillah ar-rahman ar-raheem, …”

Then he started reading Surat al-Fatiha, one verse after the other, until he finished it with a broken recitation, which had the people not known Surat al-Fatiha by heart, they would not have been able to understand from this man even a single letter!

After he finished the recitation, he closed the microphone, headed towards the end of the Masjid, prayed the Sunnah prayer, and then left.

The Imam was watching him closely, until he finished his prayers, and then went after him and in his mind were hundreds of questions:

What caused that brother to do what he did? His voice isn’t nice, neither is his pronunciation correct?! No tajweed or even a correct recitation?

He caught up with him, and asked him about that.

The man answered:

I am a new Muslim and accepted Islam just two days ago. I read some translated books about Islam and about calling the people to it, and came across a fascinating tradition which caused me to do what I did.

The Imam asked: What tradition was that?

So the man said: The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) said: "Convey from me, even if a single ayah (verse)", and I only have these 7 verses memorized, so I conveyed them tonight.

Reference:

[1] Story can be found in several Islamic Arabic Facebook pages

Fatiha (Al-Sirat Al-Mustaqeem)

سلم الإمام من صلاة المغرب قام رجل أسمر ضخم الجسم لم يعتد أحد على رؤيته في المسجد ربما لندرة حضوره استأذن من الإمام، اتجه بوجهه إلى المصلين ثم قال : السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته، بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم وبدأ يقرأ سورة الفاتحة آية آية حتى ختمها بلهجة مهلهلة

لولا أن السامع يعرف سورة الفاتحة لما فهم من كلام هذا الرجل حرفا واحداً، بعد أن أتم القراءة أغلق الميكرفون وتوجه إلى مؤخرة المسجد، صلى النافلة ثم خرج

كان الإمام يسارقه النظر حتى أتم نافلته فتبعه، وفي ذهنه مئات التساؤلات، ما الذي دفع بهذا الأخ لفعل ما فعل، لا صوت جميل، ولا نطق سليم، ولا تجويد ولا ترتيل، المهم أنه لحقه، فقال له في ذلك : فكانت المفاجئة عندما رد قائلاً !!ـ

أنا مسلم جديد أسلمت منذ يومين، و قرأت كتابا مترجما عن الإسلام و تبليغه للناس ، فوجدت حديثا رائعا ساقني لفعل ما فعلت

قال الإمام : ما هو ؟ قال : حديث : بلغوا عني ولو آية، قال الرجل و أنا أحفظ سبع آيات فبلغتها الليلة

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