Famous French singer embraces Islam, wears hijab

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Diam’s in an exclusive TV interview with French TV station TF1. Additional reading:

 

From rapper to pilgrim: French celebrity Diam’s life-changing visit to a Muslim friend

 
Mon Oct 1, 2012 6:57PM GMT
 
Famous French singer Diam’s has announced in a newly-published autobiography that she has embraced Islam and decided to wear hijab.

The book tells about Diam’s life, hardships, conversion to Islam and choosing to wear hijab.

“In the height of success I suffered from a major depression and visited different psychologists, but none of them could help me,” she says in her book.

Diam’s, whose real name is Melanie Georgiades, said she found that the way out of depression was in saying prayers and reading the Qur’an.

The 32-year-old artist said she embraced Islam during a visit to the Mauritius Island in 2008 when she also decided to wear hijab and open a center to support orphans.

Diam’s who recently made her first television appearance wearing hijab said Islam was introduced to her by coincidence, when she saw a Muslim friend praying.

In an exclusive TV interview with French TV station TF1, she said her “conversion to Islam was the result of a personal conviction, after understanding the religion and reading the Holy Quran.”

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  1. Al Salam God: the source of personal peace

    He is Allah and there is no god besides Him, the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of peace, the Bestower of security, the Protector, the Mighty, the Subduer, the Exalted. Holy is Allah, far above that which they associate with Him. (Al Quran 59:24)

    Despite man’s tremendous progress in the last century in the scientific and technologic arenas, in the moral spheres the human race is marching towards a destruction. Other than in the area of some of business ethics there is constant deterioration in all the moral spheres. This deterioration has lead to destruction of personal or psychological peace of mankind despite prosperity in physical amenities. The results of this deterioration are all too obvious and are written all over the wall. According to BBC almost one billion people world wide are suffering from different anxiety and depression disorders that are grouped together under the label of neurosis. Not millions but whole one billion people or one fifth of the world population is suffering significant mental problems. Unfortunately, the general western media does not frequently cover these issues so very often we loose sight of or fail to appreciate as to what is happening to humanity in general.
    A belief in the living God especially His attribute of Al Salaam, the bestower of peace and Al Sameeh would have prevented many of these people from succumbing to many of these problems. These numbers reflect a tragedy of gigantic proportions. The western media does not commonly focus on this gigantic human tragedy. So many of our fellow citizens in the western world remain oblivious of the fact that we are in a constant need of Allah, especially his attribute of Al Salaam or the source of peace for the humanity.

    In USA alone, approximately 21 million American adults, or about 10 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year, have a mood disorder. Among these almost 15 million have major depression. Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. As many as 20% of adolescents may experience major depression.

    Approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder. These disorders are subdivided into Panic Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and different Phobias.

    In many of these cases, these problems are result of lack of belief in the living God especially His attributes of Al Salaam and Al Sameeh. Allah is the bestower of peace. He does that through many means one of which is His hearing of prayers. The lack of belief in Allah is accompanied by lack of action on the teachings of the All Knowing. This lack of belief and lack of action leads to different ills in the personal life. This results in a cascade of events that lead to loss of peace and harmony in human society. The lack of such harmony at a personal and societal level in turn leads to increasing prevalence of different neuroses including anxiety and depression. It is no wonder that we have ended up in the sorry state that we find almost a billion people suffering from these maladies. Restoring the belief in a living God and leading a moral life will go a long way in ameliorating these problems. It is reasonable to say, on the authority of the Holy Quran, that many of these mental human sufferings are the result of lack of true deeply ingrained belief in the teachings of the Holy Scripture.

    This teaching is beautifully summarized in one of the verses of Sura Raad, “Those who believe, and whose hearts find consolation in the remembrance of Allah. Aye! It is in the remembrance of Allah that hearts can find comfort.” (Al Raad, 13:29) In the very next verse the Holy Quran promises, “Those who believe and act righteously, shall have happiness and an excellent retreat.” (Al Raad, 13:30)

    The distinguished psychiatrist, Dr. Carl Jung, who was a contemporary of Freud and is well known for several contributions in the field, says in the chapter, “Psychotherapists or clergy” of his book, Modern Man in Search of a Soul:

    During the past thirty years, people from all the civilized countries of the earth have consulted me. I have treated many hundreds of patients. … Among all my patients in the second half of life — to say, over thirty‑five — there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. It is safe to say that every one of them fell ill because he had lost that which the living religions of every age have given to their followers, and none of them has been really healed who did not regain his religious outlook.”[1]

    The famous psychiatrist has declared in no uncertain terms that the origin of most psychiatric problems including anxiety, depression and personality disorders lies in moving away from true religious values. These disorders can be lumped under the term neuroses as opposed to psychoses. Read further.

  2. Quoting the Peace Times from 2009

    Young French Rapper Diam’s has adopted Islam, explaining to the French Press, “Medicine was not able to heal my soul, so I turned toward religion.”

    The news of the conversion has long been a subject of discussion in music circles in Paris.
    Diam’s has received a lot of media attention as she has adopted a black covering veil (hijab) since converting to Islam following marriage to a Muslim man.
    Diam’s (real name: Mélanie Georgiades, born July 25, 1980 in Cyprus) is a French-language rap artist of French and Greek Cypriot origin. Her family moved to Essonne (near Paris) in 1984.
    Diam’s signed a development deal with BMG Music Publishing France, in 1998, when she was just 18. With the publisher’s help, Diam’s worked on her craft and signed with Universal Records in 1999.
    She was seen in a song on 2002 album of DJ Mehdi “(The Story Of) Espion”. Brut de Femme in the year 2003 was her breakthrough, setting-off the top 10 single DJ.
    She has won a number of awards since then and boasts of a huge fan following.

    French magazine “Gala” broke the news and confirmed Diam’s conversion to Islam. “She has found in Islam, something that could not find in other religions, which have helped her in dealing with psychological, emotional problems and in everyday life”, – quotes the words of one of his close friends of the performer.

    “Gala” notes that in recent years, Diam’s was down with strong psychological pressure because of the fallen at her success and popularity. This led to her seclusion and the search for life options.diam2

    Her latest album is to release in November this year, which is eagerly waited by her fans. Her fans have reacted with astonishment over her conversion.

    Paris Match has featured a four-page report devoted to her story, in which she says all profits from her new album will be donated to humanitarian organizations and that she now never comes out of home without her hair covered. Reference.

  3. Masha’Allah. May Allah make her steadfast on her decision and grant her real comfort of heart and soul.Amen.

  4. An inspiring posting giving a proof that Islam is a natural religion (Deen), a way of life and when the famous French lady found her problems becoming more and more complicated, by chance she found a Muslim engrossed in his Islamic way of prayer, touching his forehead on ground and thus bowing his head before God Almighty. Such an inspiring scene of self-negation of a believer in Islam, yes, the last complete Religion of God for the whole of humanity and which practically means peace and love , tranquility and ‘salamati’ for all, belonging to different colors and creed. All these nicely attractive aspects of a Muslim society compelled Ms Diam to become a member and part of peace loving Islamic society and she converted to Islam, due to conviction and not because of compulsion. Alhamdolillah. In her wearing Islamic Hijab over her head, she found a new sense of security, privacy and safety from evil-looking eyes of bad people in surrounding locality, really a strong socially protective element. I have all good wishes/hopes and prayers for my dear respected new sister-in-faith.

  5. I was very touched by observation of Diam’s, “In the height of success I suffered from a major depression and visited different psychologists, but none of them could help me,” I believe that many more with anxiety and depression can be helped by religion and of course by the best religion, in my view, which is Islam. I, therefore, link an article here:

    Curing Sigmund Freud’s Atheism:

    According to a BBC survey, in 2007, one billion people world wide are suffering from anxiety and depression. Which world view will give you contentment and peace, Sigmund Freud’s or Carl Jung’s? This is the question, the answer of which you owe to yourself! The answer may predict your sanity and your future peace of mind or lack there of!

    It is in remembrance of Allah that hearts can find comfort. (Al Quran 13:29)
    Did you imagine that Allah had created you without purpose, and that you would not be brought back to Us? (Al Quran 23:116)

    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) and his colleagues defined man as a purely ‘Psychological man’ driven by his past experiences and memories as opposed to ‘Religious man’ who has a constant attraction and a drive towards his Creator and Protector, the God of monotheism. Freud theorized that personality is developed by the person’s childhood experiences. He was not vague about his claims for atheism. He actually predicted that as the masses of people become more educated, they would ‘turn away’ from the ‘fairy tales of religion.’ We will examine how his views were shaped by the anti-Semitism of his time.

    Carl Jung, a contemporary of Freud took an exception, he wrote, “Freud has unfor­tunately overlooked the fact that man has never yet been able single‑handed to hold his own against the powers of darkness — that is, of the unconscious. Man has always stood in need of the spiritual help which each individual’s own religion held out to him.”

    Totally on the opposite pole of Freud in matter of religion, Carl Jung explained at length, in the chapter, ‘Psychotherapists or clergy’ of his book, Modern Man in Search of a Soul:

    During the past thirty years, people from all the civilized countries of the earth have consulted me. I have treated many hundreds of patients. … Among all my patients in the second half of life — to say, over thirty‑five — there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. It is safe to say that every one of them fell ill because he had lost that which the living religions of every age have given to their followers, and none of them has been really healed who did not regain his religious outlook.

    Sigmund Freud wrote in a letter to Carl Jung, dated January 17, 1909, “The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.” In his essay on war & death, he wrote, “Religion is an illusion, and it derives its strength from its readiness to fit in with our instinctual wishful impulses.”

    Both Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung were psychologists of great repute. So, are we to believe in ‘Psychological man” of Freud or the “Religious man’ of Carl Jung?

    Read further.

  6. Thanks for the indepth discussion revolving around Psychological Man or Religious Man. Of course the views of Carl Jung are more nearer to the Truth which is nearer to our heart and soul as believers in God and His last religion, ISLAM, for whole mankind up to the last day of Judgement. InshaAllah.

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