Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips: The Modern voice of Islam
Some people devote their life for the sake of ALLAH through preaching his approved deen or Islam. Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, who is well known for his knowledge seeking behavior, is not exception to them. He is also prominent as a teacher, orator, writer, and critical intellectual. He is the scholar, who sturdily delivered the message of Islam to encourage the people to come under the umbrella of Islam.
Dr. Abu Ameenah was born in Jamaica on January 7,1952 and brought up in Toronto, Canada, where he embraced Islam in 1972 as he said, “After about 6 months of reading and discussion, I had made my decision and embraced Islam in 1972.” Both his parents are teachers, and one of his grandfathers was a church minister and Bible scholar. The happiest and serenest moment for Belal came when both of his parents embraced Islam at their seventies.
After conversion to Islam, Dr. concentrated to his education life and achieved different degrees including B.A (Islamic principles, 1979), M.A (Theology, 1985) from Medina and King Soud University respectively. Furthermore, he has completed his PhD (Islamic theology) from the University of Wales in 1994.
Dr. presented some Islamic programs on Saudi Television Channel especially ‘interviews of converted Muslims’ named ‘Why Islam’ after successfully completion of his M.A degree and Worked in the religious department of the Saudi Arabian Air Force headquarters in Riyadh during the Gulf war (Desert Storm) where he lectured American troops .as a result over 3,000 soldiers embraced Islam.
He joined in private school of Riyadh and taught Islamic studies and Arabic for over ten years. As a lecturer, he taught Islamic studies in Islamic university of cotobato city, Mindanao, Philippines.
By appearing in Peace TV, he speaks on different fundamental topics of Islam including Faith, polygamy, contemporary issue, oneness of God and so on.
He is transcendent for his dedicating life to spread Islam as he did and still doing now as the founder director of Islamic information center in Dubai, united Arab emirates since 1994 and also founded Islamic Online University which has over 6600 students. About the success of information center ,Belal said, in the first five years, about 1,500 people from America, Australia, UK, Russia, China, Germany, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan had converted to Islam at the center.
Currently, he is a lecturer of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai and Ajman University in Ajman, UAE.
Dr. has written over 100 scholarly books and many articles. Some of which are ‘Funeral Rites, The Fundamentals of TAWHEED (Islamic Monotheism) Purpose of Creation, Tafsir: Surah Buruj, Exorcism in Islam, Evolution of Islamic Law, Islamic Studies, Hajj and Umrah According to Quran & Sunnah, Islamic Rules on Menstruation, Arabic Reading & Writing Made Easy, Arabic Grammar Made Easy, The Qu’ran's Numerical Miracle - Hoax and Heresy, Evolution of Fiqh, Tafseer Surah al-Hujurat, The Ansar Cult, Salvation Through Repentance. He has also co-authored Polygamy in Islam.
A lover of Islam can enjoy the Video lectures of Belal on You tube, where following lectures are available: Foundation of Islamic Studies, Contemporary Issues, Oneness of God, In search of Inner Peace, Struggle of Cultures: Clash of Civilizations , Avoiding the unlawful, Euthanasia, My Way To Islam, Judgment Day, Empire of Deceit (Series), In the names of Allah (Series), Increasing Faith in Difficult times, In the light of Islam (Question and Answer sessions), Understanding Islam and so more on peace TV.
He lives in Doha, Qatar, with his family where he teaches at the Islamic Studies Academy. He enjoys playing squash at least three times a week with his wife and sons as a way to stay fit and stress-free. He teaches his children martial arts and has a black belt in Karate.
Islam is always superior because it gives us the peaceful and violent free life where everymen are trying to present themselves unassumingly to their God, ALLAH. Dr. Philips is always trying to remind us this message again and again. As he says, “There is no time for holidays”, “when you realize how little time there is, and how much work has to be done for Islam.” for further information about his life one can visit His Website: www.BilalPhilips.com