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Muslim Boy - Muslim Belal (Pray Hard) مسلم بلال - صبي مسلم

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Belal Chin (birth name; Ashley Anthony Chin) who was born on 21 August 1982 is an English actor, screenwriter, spoken word performance poet and former rapper of Jamaican descent.

Chin was born in Gypsy Hill, London, England. His parents are from Jamaica, he was named after his paternal grandfather who was Chinese. He grew up with his mother, Andrea Ellis, and elder sister, Kareena Chin, in a South London council estate. He was raised as a Christian, however spent his youth mixed up in gang culture. Chin achieved an A grade in GCSE drama and left school at the age of 15. In 1999, Chin and his family moved to Thornton Heath, Croydon, Surrey.

In 2001, he and a friend set up a music studio, for a music band, where Chin used to play keyboards and different sound boards. The former street gang and musical collective and was called SMS 'South Man Syndicate' (later known as South Muslim Soldiers), and he was known at the time as Smalls.

In 2002, at the age of 19, Chin converted to Islam. In 2004. Since his conversion to Islam Chin has adopted the name Muslim Belal. Belal being named after the first Muadhin and close companion of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wa Sallam), he travelled to Egypt and lived there for a year to study Islam.

In 1999, Belal began his film career in the BBC film Storm Damage directed by Lennie James. He then made his theatre debut as the role of Young Mal in Roy Williams' Lift Off at the Royal Court Theatre.

In 2007, he played Razer in Bola Agbaje's Laurence Olivier award-winning play Gone Too Far! -- a role which he subsequently reprised in 2008.

In December 2005, under the stage name "Muslim Belal" he performed at the first Global Peace and Unity Event in the ExCeL Exhibition Centre organised by Islam Channel.

He also played the role of Carl Wilkins in Roy Williams' There's Only One Wayne Matthews at the Polka Theatre. In August 2007, he played the role of Seales in BBC Radio 4's radio adaptation of E. R. Braithwaite's novel To Sir, With Love.

In July 2008, he performed at the Islam Expo in Olympia. In February and March 2009, he toured with other Nasheed artists including Mecca2Medina and Poetic Pilgrimage on the 'I am Malcolm X Tour.'

On television Belal has appeared in The Bill, HolbyBlue, The Fixer, Law & Order: UK and Waking the Dead. On film he has played supporting roles in Cherry Tree Lane and Anuvahood, and also a cameo in Sket. He was also selected as the 2010 Trailblazer at the Edinburgh International Film Festival for the role of Asad in Cherry Tree Lane.

Belal released "From The Streets To Islam," a CD in which he is being interviewed and responds to the questions by rapping. This was a preview to launching his first album "Pray Hard," released August 2009, under Halal Dawa Records. In October and November 2009, he supported Shaam on their UK tour.

In October 2010, he performed at the Global Peace and Unity Event, where he also released his second album "The Transition." His poetry combines spiritualism with social issues and his own personal history.

In 2011, Belal co-wrote and starred in Victim. On 22 June 2012, the film was released In April 2012, Belal co-starred alongside Paul Barber in The Boxer, a seven minute short film. He is set to play the role of Escalante in Damned By Despair at the Royal National Theatre later this year.

Belal also delivers workshops and talks at youth clubs, universities and events.

Belal has a daughter, Sumaya. His mother and elder sister have also converted to Islam.

In June 2010, Belal performed 'Umrah (the second largest Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia). Since September 2011, Belal's permanent residence has been Kuwait City,

{We have indeed sent down signs that make things manifest: and Allaah guides whom He wills to a way that is straight.} (al-Qur'aan; 24.46)

There can only be One Truth!

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