Sunday 22 January 2017

Spotlight: Overcome TV

I often come across projects, campaigns and businesses that really capture my imagination with the amazing work they are doing to support and empower communities alhamdulillah. Every now and again something comes along that make you want to contribute in some way and share so that others can too. Sometimes people will get in touch with me and although they don't have the resource to buy an advert or sponsored post on this blog, what they are doing resonates so much with me that I want to help if I can insh'Allah.

The "Spotlight" blog posts will highlight these projects, campaigns or businesses. Please do share and visit the sites and if they inspire you, see what you can do to help insh'Allah.

Overcome.TV shares the stories of people who have converted (or reverted as some would say) to Islam.  Their aim is to help people who are thinking about becoming Muslim but are worried about the consequences of embracing Islam:

" helps borderline converts push forward in their journey to God. Until now, these people have gone by unnoticed and ignored, though they actually deserve much of our attention."

The website mentions the kinds of things that might create anxiety for people:

"The most common obstacle is thinking that Islam will be impossible to practise. From that comes the fear of failure, the fear of hypocrisy, the fear that they'll misrepresent Islam to others and much more.

Another common obstacle is the concern that Islam will turn them into something they won't like, that they'll need to change their names or adopt a foreign culture.

Sometimes they even feel like they're betraying their loved ones. Or, more generally, they fear how their friends and family will react.  The list of obstacles is extensive and can be surprising."

 reaches out to people who have made the choice to become Muslim and records short videos of them describing their journey: why they came to Islam, what concerns they had and advice for their brothers and sisters who are on that journey.  They currently have 56 awesome video's mash'Allah with more being added regularly:

You can watch the videos here.  You can sign up for the weekly newsletter.  You can subscribe to the YouTube channel here and follow on Facebook here.

I would encourage readers to take a look, watch the videos and support in any way that they can.  The creators of Overcome.TV have asked for support in a number of ways:  by sharing their video's, by sharing your own story, through writing on their blog, through helping organise videos, by making donations and through your dua's insh'Allah. 

"Invite to the Way of your Rabb with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious, for your Rabb knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance." ~ Quran (An-Nahl: 125)

"You are the best of peoples, taken out for mankind. You enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong, and believe in Allah. ~ Quran (Al-Imran:110)

Personally I believe that every Muslim is a da'ee and has a responsibility to share this beautiful faith.

“God, His angels and all those in the Heavens and on Earth, even ants in their ant-hills and fish in the water, call down blessings on those who instruct others in beneficial knowledge.” (Tirmidhi)

"Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islâm), enjoining Al-Ma‘rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful." ~ Quran (Imran:104).

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