Liam Neeson: BEFORE ISLAM (write to him)
Posted April 30, 2012on:
Liam Neeson: BEFORE ISLAM (write to him)
Before He Heard Adhan –
Before Met Muslims –
Before He Watched Salat –
Laim Nesson Before Islam
While we wait for him to make his shahadah and enter Islam completely, we thought it a good idea to give Muslims some idea of who he was before being affected by the adhan and coming to love Islam.
Please take some time to read about him and his past, make dua for him and if you can think of something that might help him – leave him a message at the end of this story (even if you did it before – say something to encourage him)… Read:
As film stars go, Liam Neeson certainly did it the hard way. In his late twenties he was still struggling in Irish regional theatre. By his mid-thirties, he’d risen only as far as supporting roles in a few of the Eighties’ plethora of TV miniseries. Indeed, he was into his forties before his star really rose, when, as the fine character actor he had become, he brought grace, pain and a necessary touch of sleaze to the part of Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning Holocaust tale, Schindler’s List. Suddenly, he was a bona fide star, not just an esteemed player but, with the likes of Rob Roy, Michael Collins and Gangs Of New York, a kind of thespian action hero, to boot. A starring role in The Phantom Menace, the long-long-awaited Star Wars prequel, placed him right at the top of the Hollywood tree. He was 47 years old – it had been a hard and long journey.
He was born William John Neeson on the 7th of June, 1952, in Ballymena, a small County Antrim market town some twenty-odd miles to the north-west of Belfast. It was a predominantly Protestant area – actually in the North Antrim constituency of firebrand preacher Ian Paisley – and the Neesons were Catholics, but Liam claims that, growing up, he saw little sectarian prejudice. Indeed, he’s said he was shocked when, visiting his grandparents in the south of Ireland, the local kids ostracized and taunted him, sneering that he was from the north and therefore “followed the Queen”.
Neeson’s father, Barney, a quiet, self-effacing fellow, worked as a caretaker at the local Catholic girls’ school where his mother, Kitty, a lover of music and the craic, also worked as a cook. Liam, named after a well-respected local priest, would live with them, as well as his older sisters Elizabeth, Bernadette and Rosaleen, in a tiny house in a Housing Trust project. Helen Mirren, when she visited the place as Neeson’s girlfriend in the early Eighties, would wonder how they’d all fitted in.
As his own father had run a pub, Barney was well aware of the dangers of drink and kept a strictly temperate household. His only indulgence was a weekly poker game with the parish priests. It was a good atmosphere for young Liam, who was a keen reader and, by 1963 when he enrolled at St Patrick’s Secondary School (later to become St Patrick’s College) a very disciplined student. The boy was also, from an early age, something of a cineaste. Ballymena boasted only one cinema, but it did present double bills that changed every two days. Thus Liam could watch up to 14 films a week, and he often caught them all. This would change only when, seeking the pervy dollar, the cinema turned porno.
OK – We see he didn’t like alcohol, he doesn’t chase after girls and he quit movies when they put in naked women – AND
HE LIKES ADHAN . .
HE ADMIRED SALAT
HE IS THINKING SERIOUSLY ABOUT ISLAM
. . . . BUT, Can He Give Up This World for The Next World? . . . For Allah?
He sounds like a good person for Islam – even if he wasn’t famous.
OK, so let’s help him know more about Islam –
Your words can help him . . Tell him . . Encourage him . .
Pray for him – Ask Allah to Guide him & all of us to His Way – in submission, sincerity and peace (Islam) . . .
WRITE YOUR MSG IN COMMENTS – TELL HIM
- Leave Your (short) Message for Liam Neeson Below
- We will send your Good Messages to him.
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