Name : Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor,Jr
Birth : April 16, 1947 in Manhattan, New York City, USA
Nationality : American
Occupation : Professional basketball player, coach, actor and author
Education : A degree in history from UCLA
Spouse : Habiba (born Janice Brown) with three children (divorce) and one son with Cheyl Pistono
Parent : Cora Lilian (mother), Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor (father)
Awards : Many athletics honours since 1967, the latest one was “#7 in SLAM Magazine’s Top NBA Players of All Time in 2009”.
Works : Giant Steps with Oeter Knobler (1983); Kareem with Mignon Mccarthy (1990), Selected from Giant Steps (Writers’ Voices, 1999), Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement,with Alan Steinbg (1996), A Season on the Reservation: My Sojourn with the White Mountain Apaches with Stepehn Singular (2000), Brothers in arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII’s Forgotten Heroes with Anthony Walton (2004), and On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance with Raymond Obstfeld (2007).
Filmography : Game of Death (1978), Airplane (1980) and some sitcoms such as Full House, Living Single, and Amen.
Madzhab : Sunni
Previous faith : Catholicism
Revert : 1968
Reason : “… My choosing Islam was not a political statement; it was a spiritual statement. What I learned about the Bible and the Quran made me see that the Quran was the next revelation from the Supreme Being – and I chose to interpret that and follow that… The Quran tells us that Jews, Christians, and Muslims: Muslims are supposed to treat all of them the same way because we all believe in the same prophets and heaven and hell would be the same for all of us. And that’s what it’s supposed to b about.”
Islamia/The Brunei Times
Fri, December 16, 2011