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Inspirational Advice From American Latino Muslim Leader - Imam Yusef Maisonet - Convert Story (USA)

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Inspirational Advice From American Latino Muslim Leader

This is Imam Yusef's second episode with us. The first episode was his convert story:


In this episode we ask Imam Yusef for more advice about converting to Islam.

About Imam Yusef:

Born in the fifties, Yusef Maisonet's life began to a rocky start. With his parents arrested for drugs, a then three-year-old Yusef and his siblings spent their early years in an orphanage. But after much of his childhood spent in the orphanage, his life changed when he picked up a copy of the Quran.

Islam had a profound impact on Yusef's life. Now you can join him as he recounts his unique life as a Latino Muslim, his experiences with religion, and his travels across the planet. From France and England to Jerusalem, Puerto Rico and even North Korea, Yusef gives an enlightening glimpse into Islam around the world, and the vastly different cultures he found along the way.

From meeting with Salafis, Shiites, Sunni, Sufi, and everything in between, Yusef has learned from them all. With insights on prayer, life as a Muslim, and his Latino identity, From Harlem to Mecca is a powerful and inspirational account of faith, worship, and the American Latino Muslim community.

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Imam Yusef's book (From Harlem to Mecca: A Latino's Journey in Islam):


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Episode Host: Cedric Du Peloux (Australia)

He describes the story like this:

What happened is that my father separated with my mother when he became Muslim.

My mother is not Muslim and I grew up with her.

I went on holiday when I was 8 years old and spent some time with my father and that's when faith in Islam entered my heart.

Then I went back to my mum until I was 14 years old.

In my heart I felt I was Muslim even if I didn't know much about Islam.

Then I went on to live with my father for a few years and decided to learn and practice Islam.

I consider myself more like a revert as I chose to be Muslim at a certain point.

I grew up pretty much as a non Muslim and also because Islam was not part of my culture back then.

I'm definitely closer to a Westerner than to someone that grew up in Islam.

But at the same time I'm not your typical revert.

I've learned so much throughout this journey that I make sure to share my knowledge within the youth of my community when I get a chance.

About Cedric:

  • 38 years old
  • Converted in 1996
  • From France, born in Paris,
  • Mother is French native Caucasian
  • Father was from a French West Indies island called 'Guadeloupe'
  • Has lived in Melbourne Australia since 2012
  • Works in the IT field as an Application Operation Engineer
  • Huge basketball fan
  • Very into spiritual readings especially about tassawuf, tazkiya and hagiographies
  • Enjoys different writings about the history and state of the Muslim world

He also says:

I'm passionate about giving dawah at any chance I can and also helping the less fortunates whether it is through donation or physical assistance but my main area of expertise are marriage and relationship and also helping Westerner new reverts to make sense of their Islam as it can sometime be challenging for people that were born Muslim and non Westerner to understand where a revert is coming from.

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