Has Bill Gates Converted To Islam?

I got an email asking me if it's true that Bill Gates has converted to Islam. Seems like an odd question, but doing a google search uncovers that this rumor has been going around. Over at the Ultimate Bill Gates site you can find lots of people asking if the rumor is true (scroll down to the comments section), and the Gates of Vienna site reports getting lots of search-engine traffic from people searching for the phrase 'Bill Gates converts to Islam'. I think I've found the source of the rumor. Over at Iraqitek.com, someone posted a screenshot of an arabic-language website that supposedly has a story about Bill Gates' Islamic conversion. I don't know any Arabic, so I can't tell what the screenshot says, but assuming that the text in the screenshot does describe Gates' new-found beliefs, it must be the source of the rumor. However, I have no idea where the screenshot itself came from. Oh, and to answer the original question: No, Bill Gates has not converted to Islam.
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Posted on Sun Apr 10, 2005



Comments

Why WOULD he convert to Islam, he already thinks he's god.

:cheese:
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Mon Apr 11, 2005  at  12:51 AM
Thanks for running this one down. It's driving me nuts! Our site traffic is through the roof due to it. And, BTW, if it matters, you beat Snopes to it. They've still got nothing.
Posted by Baron Bodissey  on  Mon Apr 11, 2005  at  06:08 AM
Bill Gates is a fairly common name. Perhaps some other Bill Gates has converted.
Posted by Big Gary C  on  Mon Apr 11, 2005  at  01:38 PM
The Seven Pillars of Windows
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Mon Apr 11, 2005  at  04:31 PM
if he has been really converted to Islam so i think this is god for him
Posted by dodo  on  Wed Apr 13, 2005  at  02:43 AM
Im Proud of bill gates becoming a muslim. he now knows now whats right and wrong and i hope allah "God" gives merci to us all brothers and sisters:)

P.S: im proud because im a muslim, i hope u be to:) and please remember pals that gods looking at U and what r u doing and who r u fighting for:)
Posted by Muslim  on  Wed Apr 13, 2005  at  06:36 AM
This hoax has been doing the
rounds of Islamic forums for a
month.

I'll try to translate
the Arabic page you posted (I'm bored:- ))

---------------------------------------------
Anwar Tunis No 213, Thusday 10
February 2005
---------------------------------------------


At the center of shock and
condemnation in the centers of
American Science

THE EMPEROR OF WORLD COMPUTING
AND SOFTWARE BILL GATES..CONVERTS
TO ISLAM

al-Habib Sadiq al-Zeen- Washington

"I have gained
everything..money..leadership..science
but all my life I have been
looking for something that's
missing..this is the peace of
mind I have found in Islam"

This is how Bill Gates started
his speak in a party in his
honour organized by the American
society for the homeless and the
dispossessed RYACH in New York
on the 5th of this month.

And this is how the emperor of
computer building Bill Gates
suprised those present with news
that shocked them and stunned them
all. And the American journal
Christian Science Monitor,
which broke the story, mentioned
that with this speech Bill Gates
put a stop to the speculation
concerning his frequent repeated
visits to American Muslims such
as the American Muslim Louis
Farhan.

The journal also asks: "Will
Bill gates aim his future software
to aid Islam?" The mentioned
journal also notes that Gates
explained to its journalist that
the attacks of 11 September 2001
were a turning point in his life,
which made him turn his attention
to the study of Islam and
understanding Islamic thinkers
which in turn convinced him that
Islam was the religion he has
been searching for.

Moreover, several scientific
communities in the united states
condemned the speech of Gates
and the Eisenhower center for
software development in Chicago
issued a statement in which the
petitioners state that scientific
progress in recent times was
nothing but the result of the
separation of religion from
science, hoping that this new
direction of Gates does not
affect the future production of
software.

But will we as Muslims benefit
from the conversion of an important
identity such as Bill gates? We
hope so..
Posted by Arabian  on  Wed Apr 13, 2005  at  07:15 AM
Hey, thanks! 😊
Posted by Winona  in  USA  on  Wed Apr 13, 2005  at  08:40 AM
For whatever's worth talking about this...either a rumor or not, I applaud Bill Gates to embrace Islam and to open his heart and his mind to what is true. Now that's a mind of a genius!!!!
Posted by Muslim Sister  on  Wed Apr 13, 2005  at  11:47 AM
Well i dont have much to say, dunno if this is true or if its a rumor cuz its been goin all around even at school, people of the planet earth... If Gates became a muslim then he and everyone else knows thats good for him..if not then its a not. So just leave the guy alone..
PS: i heard this was an April Fool's Joke...well hope it isnt...
Posted by Hassan  on  Wed Apr 13, 2005  at  12:14 PM
Why WOULD he convert to Islam?
search on the answer here: http://www.harunyahya.com
Posted by adnan  on  Thu Apr 14, 2005  at  05:07 AM
I am surprised that people are taken with such a big news without one step of verification!!!

I searched the Christian Science Monitor (http://www.csmonitor.com) site that the Arabic article refered to and found NOTHING regarding Bill Gates.

I am a muslim. Our prophet taught us, when it concerns other people, to always check and seek the truth (away from the wishful thinking).

We direct all our hopes to Allah and not to Bill Gates. If we want the best for islam, don't wait for Bill Gates to become a muslim. Ask Allah and NOT Bill Gates.
Posted by Bassam  on  Thu Apr 14, 2005  at  11:34 AM
I do not know why some people find it strange if Bill Gates converts to Islam. He is human like all those americans and others who converted to Islam including famous, sientists and even preists. That is Allah who guide whom he like.
This web site is an example of what I am saying: http://www.islamyesterday.com
Posted by taher  on  Thu Apr 14, 2005  at  03:48 PM
Stupid Stupid Stupid A**H**e if has converted to islam
Posted by Moh'd  on  Fri Apr 15, 2005  at  01:56 AM
To all of you who said ``if he converted to Islam then he found the truth`` I say,try for once to realize that other people who follow other religions have feelings too. Said who Islam is the truth, the right religion,,,,a quick comparison between the prophet of Islam, and any other prophet will prove the Islam inferior, also, the Woman`s rights in Islam is virtually nil.

Do yourselves a favour and check the book ``Why Am I Not a Muslim`` for once try to read with an open mind.

Cheers
Posted by masri canadi  on  Fri Apr 15, 2005  at  02:12 PM
Sorry to dissapoint all "believers". But this is just First of Apirl Joke.

It was intended to be a joke for users in secularkuwait.org

http://www.secularkuwait.org/vb/showthread.php?t=2369

One of the members fabricated the the news item as a first of April joke, and of course, the members soon discovered it was just a joke.

Normally, it would just end at that, but some how, someone Muslim apparently copied the faked image somewhere and the hoax started.

And Muslims WANT to believe it, so the hoax spread. They even write about it in newspapers nowadays.

Since people don't check their references, there is no such newspaper or magazine known as "Anwar Tunis", it was just made up. The whole thing was intended as a joke, but muslims so helpless psychologically in this time are clinging to anything to might encourage their spirits. I, for one, feel pity for them.

Over and Out.
Posted by Hoax  on  Fri Apr 15, 2005  at  10:49 PM
thank allah
if bill gates covert to islam cause he get the right way to allah to baradis to be the best in every things , money, authorty, life, muslim
thaks allah

hope that rommer be right
please reply when confirm that

fady
Posted by faady h. ismail  on  Sat Apr 16, 2005  at  02:46 AM
Hey,
Guys, Who cares if Bill Gates entered Islam or not. It's his life, not ours. He has a mind of a genius, so he knows better what is right for himself, whether it is entering Islam, or not. Honestly, if he did enter Islam, then probably that is what he truely wants. So leave the guy alone.
Posted by Amma  on  Sat Apr 16, 2005  at  12:02 PM
For whatever's worth talking about this...either a rumor or not, I applaud Bill Gates to embrace Islam and to open his heart and his mind to what is true. Now that's a mind of a genius!!!! 😊
Posted by some guy  on  Sat Apr 16, 2005  at  10:55 PM
If you check "The Christian Science Monitor" front page (shown on top of this column) , you can read the title ,under Bill's picture, "Afghans Vote, ready or not". Also the date of "Anwar Tunis", if such a paper exists, is 10 February, 05 and there weren't any Afghany elections at that time.

I also serched the Christian Science Monitor for the article of "Afghans Vote, ready or not" and results were:
from the Oct 08, 2004 edition
Afghans vote, ready or not
By Scott Baldauf KABUL, AFGHANISTAN Saturday, whether the Taliban or the warlords like it or not, Afghanistan will have its first-ever presidential....

I then searched the whole issue (Oct 08 2004) for any Bill Gates articles, all 33 articles didnot even mention the guy's name.

The mail is a HOAX and the newspaper front page is fabricated.
Posted by Mohamed Nadder  on  Sun Apr 17, 2005  at  04:48 AM
Dear guys, why you are so nervous. Relax please. May be it is not true. Also, may be it is true. Any how try to be relax and to accept the matter with open mind, with kind heart and with gentle man attitude . Belive me it is good for your health and your general aspect. He is neither the first nor the last. So please relax.
Posted by Hisham  on  Mon Apr 18, 2005  at  05:39 AM
Hi , guys ,,

I got that email , I felt surprised , BUT later when I checked the site of "Christian Science Observer" out , it was all untrue .. SORRY for all those who felt happy to hear it ..

Some people here wrote sth reflects that they don't trust "Islam" , or may be don't trust religions at all ! I know exactly how U feel coz I WAS one of U ..

But U know what , I CONVERTED TO ISLAM 2 years ago .. this is why I feel like I'm involved in this story somehow ...

Okay , what I'm saying here to all people who doen't like the idea of having a religion :
IF anyone of U wanna know why do I have a religion now , and why it is Islam .. then U R most welcome to email me on :

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

U know , I like sharing experience with other people , it always gives U new Horizons ..

Lina ,
Posted by Lina  on  Mon Apr 18, 2005  at  03:16 PM
and may i ask who are u and how are u so sure that bill gates didn t convert to a mulim i mean bye the way u are talking ,it seems to me that u are his son or a relativ to him .....,and yeah abou that arabic text u are saying about i sow it and it says that bill has done an meeting in NewYork City saiying about islams and how did he get to become a muslim after studying the islam relegion

Best regards H.O.ISSA
Posted by Hicham  on  Tue Apr 19, 2005  at  02:06 AM
I beg your pardon?
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Tue Apr 19, 2005  at  03:07 AM
Hi ,,

Why am I sure that the story is untrue?
I don't need to be "Lina Gates" to know that .. there R many ways to check out

The Article is supposed to be from a magazine called "Anwar Tunis" , I made 3 different researches on the net and found no site for this Magazine ( I don't know if it exists ! ) ..
The Article also mentioned a magazine called ( Christian Science Monitor ) , for this one I found a site ( this one exists!!) but I searched its site twice and found nothing about this story ,, completely nothing .. ( Anyway , if U wanna try this Ur self , go a head http://www.csmonitor.com/)

Now , the thing that made me sure that this story is untrue is the following : the article refers to Bill Gates's speech in ( the 5th of April in New York ) ..I checked the site of Bill Gates , and he had no speech at that happy day ! Again , U can see that Urself http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/speeches.asp


All the things that article talks about DOES NOT EXIST .. there's no proof makes U believe it ..

Another thing , just think about it ( with Ur mind and not emotionally ) , news like this must be on the Head Titles in American Formal Newspapers and Media ..
( I watch the CNN , but it said nothing about this! , http://www.cnn.com/ .... Also there's nothing in the NewYork Times Newspaper , the formal Newspaper in NewYork City where that story is suposed to happen http://www.nytimes.com/),,

At least , such news must be at Bill Gates Web Page , but again there's nothing there ..

And of course U don't think that Bill Gates kept his new religion as a secret and told only that "Anwar Tunis" !!



U know what I think .. I think this is April Joke for this Year .. but it's very well-fabricated , many many people belived it .. when I was making searches to find out if it's true or not , I found many sites and Forums discussing it very seriously ..
But with few searches about the things mentioned in the article , U surprisely discover that it's all a fake story ..

As old say ( Don't believe half of what U see , and all of what U hear ) !! Don't U agree ?
Posted by Lina  on  Tue Apr 19, 2005  at  03:52 AM
well i dunnu what to say, but am FREACKIN HAPPY...
see people anyone with a normal level of smartness... will be leaded by nature to the one god... and to islam
so should we be happy?
yes sure as the muslims felt happy befor when omar entered the islam
Posted by alrayat^al^sood  on  Thu Apr 21, 2005  at  03:39 PM
Hi ,

Yeah , I know that , the best comfort in the world is in being a beliver ..

I know that as I tryed both lives : with and without believing in God .. and yeah , it's a huge difference !
Posted by Lina  on  Thu Apr 21, 2005  at  04:08 PM
For those interested tracing this hoax and can read Arabic here is some comentary on the hoax.

http://www.islamonline.net/Arabic/news/2005-04/10/article06.shtml


If you are interested in more comentary stick the following into google

أنوار تونس


This is "anwar tunis" in Arabic Windows encoding.
Posted by Arabian  on  Thu Apr 21, 2005  at  10:43 PM
This whole articl was created by a guy at http://www.secularkuwait.org

It was posted as an April Fools thing.

There is no tunisian news paper under the name "Anwar Tunis".

It's just a big joke.
Posted by Prefer not tosay  on  Fri Apr 22, 2005  at  02:22 AM
bill gates . if he's muslim , cristian or jewish it's his decision to make. i'm a muslim and wether bill converted to islam or not its the same each person will be punished for his sins and rewarded for his good deeds....

so leave the guy alone
Posted by SLIM  on  Sat Apr 23, 2005  at  01:00 PM
hello ...

all this thing is not true and.

for us as Muslims .. we don't think it is a big thing .. and to my BROTHERS in ISLAM who post there comments here.

it is better to work hard and study to build our countries .. instead getting happy if some one like Bill Gates convert to Islam.

it is his life and he is free to do what he like with it.

as for us .. we have to find our way from our self .

remember that the Holy Qura'n and our prophet Mohammed (SAAWS) mentioned that there is no difference between all who believe in God.

so we all equals.

and the Holy Qura'n was mentioned that there is no difference between the people only by there good work .. not by there god Islam.

Don't tell me that stupid guy like Bin-Laden is better from a Christian or Jewish or any other religion follower Doctors who save lives.

let's use our brain (that is also mentioned in the Holy Qura'n).


I'm Muslim and I'm proud to be a muslim.. but it dose not mean that I'm better than all the people because of that.

Thank you all
Posted by IRAQITEK.COM  on  Sat Apr 23, 2005  at  01:09 PM
"remember that the Holy Qura'n and our prophet Mohammed (SAAWS) mentioned that there is no difference between all who believe in God.

so we all equals." - Whoever posted as IRAQUITEK

You know, I don't think I've read too many statements from religious people that I agree with so whole-heartedly.

"let's use our brain (that is also mentioned in the Holy Qura'n)."

So use it. Use it to prove that god exists. You'll get a million bucks. And if you could prove it with enough evidence that you actually GET the money, I'll drop whatever I'm doing and admit I'm wrong and join the closest church.

Or maybe I'll still hold out until they prove which religion is the 'right' one.

Somehow, I don't think I'll be converting soon. Although I AM a minister in the good ol' Universal Life Church.
😊
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Sat Apr 23, 2005  at  01:52 PM
Dear
Posted by Mind Shine  on  Mon Apr 25, 2005  at  08:56 AM
Bill gates doesnt belive in god. He should become president.
Posted by Taylor  on  Wed Apr 27, 2005  at  12:31 PM
if bill gates didn't convert why didn't he deny it?
Posted by hania  on  Sun May 08, 2005  at  04:59 AM
But he didn't assure it , either ..( U can check his web page )..

May be he didn't recieve that email , telling him that he converted to Islam !! So the guy simply doesn't know about this hoax ..

Anyway , it's not that big deal , anyway ..
Posted by Lina  on  Sun May 08, 2005  at  01:22 PM
I don't care whether Bill Gates really embraced Islam or not!..I myself know exactly Islam is true one and i don't need Bill Gates testemonial to encourage my believe in Islam...May Allah Guide me always and guide me and those who believe till the day that we die...amin
Posted by abi_bakars  on  Sat May 21, 2005  at  02:14 PM
Dear Sir,
with more respect , Mr. Bill Gates , whether he turned or not to Islam , he will not add anything to that great and last religion.
everybody should understand that all the money of the universe will not be sufficient for him to enter paradise after resurction.
and the creation of the earth and universe is greater than anyone achivments. Just think about that.
only perfect character and manner , treating the others as what the God ordered us , fulfiling our duties to the God according to what messenger guided us and at last using our open minds to decide PERSONALY what is the religion should be followed.
after that every one will accept the results accoridng to his choice.
regards
Posted by Alaa El Toudy  on  Tue May 24, 2005  at  04:02 AM
hey bill gates i wanna know if you really converted to islam
Posted by sheikh hassan  on  Sat Jun 25, 2005  at  12:59 PM
Seriously you muslims, JUST NOW, the rumour is confirmed he did NOT convert, so can you pease say "Oooh I'm glad he converted, etc" this is a message to the muslims..

Get over yourselves.
Posted by Eva  on  Tue Oct 18, 2005  at  04:40 PM
You said it bro.


(anyhow I dunno why would anyone want to convert into Islam, especially a guy like Bill Gates)
Posted by Eva  on  Wed Oct 19, 2005  at  11:47 AM
This is the dumbest thing I hsve heard. In a November 1995 interview on PBS with David Frost, Gates was asked if he believed in the Sermon on the Mount. "I'm not somebody who goes to church on a regular basis," he said.

The specific elements of Christianity are not something I'm a huge believer in. There's a lot of merit in the moral aspects of religion. I think it can have a very very positive impact. ... In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.

In a cover story for the January 13, 1996 issue of Time magazine, Gates was asked if there isn't something divine about the human soul. Gates replied tonelessly, "I don't have any evidence on that. ... I don't have any evidence of that." He later added, "Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning."

So this is odbiviously a rumor. He is an agnostic probably or a universalist, but if he wants to see the truth he needs to find jesus.
Posted by Tyler  on  Mon Oct 31, 2005  at  04:59 PM
its a goood news that gates has converted to islam

alhamdulillah!!!
Posted by sukri a. halling  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  11:32 PM
i was really AMAZED, and happy by the news that had reached that bill gates has already converted to islam........
i think he is divinely inspired by ALLLAH, to show to humanity that ISLAM is the true religion..........
Posted by SUkri A. Halling  on  Wed Mar 29, 2006  at  11:40 PM
It seems both Bill Gates (Windows) and Linus Torvalds (Linux) are atheists. They should be converted to Islam. Inside Islam they could become brothers. While they have programmed a program or OS, do they think the world is made without anyone's instuction? May Allah show us the right path.
Posted by Rabiul  on  Tue Apr 11, 2006  at  01:53 PM
You still actually believe this crap? LMAO
Posted by Eva  on  Tue Apr 25, 2006  at  12:46 PM
Alhamdulillah...
Well after searching about conversion of Bill gates in some websites, i became really happy and this is the way of intrest and Fascination of other non muslim to come under the shadow of Islam.
Allah keeps him happy.
khater.....
Posted by khater  on  Wed Aug 09, 2006  at  12:23 AM
Thank god that im a muslim by religion we are not permitted to oppress women
Posted by ahmed  on  Fri Nov 24, 2006  at  09:03 PM
Why would he convert to Islam, huh? Man, oh man. I can't do anything but hold my tongue and may whisper sweetly, "no comment!".
You malicious Islam enemies don't want to release this wonderful news because you do know it cheers us up, don't you?
Yes, Bill Gates did convert to Islam as it's translated above, sweethearts.
Remember one thing, we win, we always do.
Posted by Hala Khanji  on  Mon Mar 26, 2007  at  07:24 PM
If its one thing Ive noticed on all the comments here its the fact that the islamist dont challenge the facts, the facts dont seem important - its like hearing a child saying "NO! I wanna do it MY way! *sulk*" - wake up, trust the facts!
Instead of claiming that other people are false - CHECK THE FACTS FOR YOUR SELF, its a whole new liberated world out there where noone needs to trust the wouldbe "godly words" of a dusty old book.

Bill Gates has NOT become a muslim. Face the reality, face the facts.
Posted by Jay  on  Mon Oct 29, 2007  at  07:02 AM
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