Do you want your Scot Shayken or stirred?
I recently mentioned a message for the Pope from one Shaykh Dr Abdalqadir.
It seems that the good Shaykh is a convert who
For most of his life, the sheikh went by the proper Scots name Ian Dallas.
In the 1960s, he worked as an actor and promoter, making the scene in London and Paris and hanging with Allen Ginsberg, the Beatles, and other hippie icons. Increasingly disillusioned with the counterculture, Dallas wound up in Morocco, where he met the Sufi spiritual leader Sheikh Muhammad ibn al-Habib and became a Muslim. Sheikh Muhammad had a vision: The modern revival of Islam, he believed, would come from, as he put it, "the people who pee standing" - from Westerners. Ian Dallas, now Abdalqadir, was anointed to take the lead. "Go to your land and see what will happen," Sheikh Muhammad told him, and he went.
Imdb have two entries for Ian Dallas here and here. He appears to have had only small acting success, with a high note of being cast in Fellini's 8 1/2. I guess all that hobnobbing paid off.
He has, however, had more success with Islam, and is apparently the strongest opponent of suicide terrorism in the whole of the Muslim world.
That may be, but he also has managed to upset other Islamic leaders.
According to GF Haddad, Dr Abdalqadir is a bit on the heretical side.
Even better, there is a whole site devoted to exposing the erstwhile Mr Dallas as having ties to the Nazis and Freemasons. Check out The Murabitan Files for some interesting reading. Whether this is fact or fiction, is debatable.
In my opinion, it looks like the Dr found Islam suitable to his needs at the time, and has since built himself quite a niche. With his selection of books for sale, and an annual subscription to his newsletters of 120GBP he's got something good going on.