Abdulrasheed Bello, award-winning Nigerian songwriter, rapper, filmmaker said he has reverted to Islam, his former religion.
The Nigerian singer revealed the news in a series of posts on his verified Instagram account last Friday.
“I was lost but now I’m found O Allah, I ask You for Your pardon and well-being in this life and the next. O Allah, I ask You for well-being in my religious and worldly affairs, and my family and my wealth,” Bello, known as JJC Skillz, wrote.
“O Allah, veil my weaknesses and set at ease my dismay, and preserve me from the front and behind and on my right and my left and from above, and I take refuge with You lest I be swallowed up by the earth.”
Speaking to Muslim News, the popular songwriter and filmmaker explained that though he was born a Muslim, he never practiced Islam.
Returning to Islam has given him peace and he expresses joy and happiness over it, he added.
“It’s God’s design that I will return to Islam. I thank Allah for sparing my life. I am so happy I found Islam again because it has given me peace. It has given me direction and focus. I was truly lost but now, I am found,” he said.
JJC Skillz said he made a research about Islam and found out it is the best religion for him.
“Growing up, I started making research about Islam and I discovered that Jesus, Prophet Isa was a Muslim. He bowed down and prayed to Allah. Moses bowed down to worship Allah. Abraham bowed down and prayed to Allah and these are our forefathers in religion.
“During my research, I found out that the best for me is Islam. My big brother, who is a devout Muslim with great knowledge in Islam, taught me a little more about Islam and I realized that Allah is not scary, He is Merciful. I took the shahadah and proclaimed Islam.”
Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world, with the number of Muslims set to grow at more than twice the rate of the overall world population between 2015 and 2060 according to research by the Pew Research Center.