Australian rugby star Blake Ferguson converts to Islam


Australian Rugby Star Blake Ferguson has converted to IslamJNN 21 Nov 2013 Sydney : Famous Australian rugby league star Blake Ferguson has converted to Islam.  Continue reading

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Nigerian Movie Actress embraces Islam


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US Latino’s exploring their roots , resulting Latino conversion to Islam on the Rise


Hispanic American Muslims conversion on the rise.

JNN 15 Oct 2103 Florida : Just as the U.S. Latino population is on the rise – Hispanics are now the nation’s largest minority – so is the number of Latino Muslims. And it’s not just a result of Arab Latin Americans emigrating to the United States.

According to organizations like WhyIslam.org, Latinos are one of the fastest growing segments of the Muslim community. About six percent of U.S. Muslims are now Latino – and as many as a fifth of new converts to Islam nationwide are Latino.

The American Muslim Association of North America, based in North Miami, says heavily Hispanic South Florida in particular is home to a rising number of Latino Muslims.

Not that conversion to Islam is easy in Latino society, as Marina Gonzalez knows. A Nicaraguan-American nurse in Miami, Gonzalez converted five years ago and wears the hijab, the Muslim women’s head garb. At first her family stopped talking to her.

“They [were] calling me Talibana,” Gonzalez recalls. “My mother, she didn’t like to go [out] with me because I wear the hijab.”

But now her mother “understands. When I go to my parents’ house they turn off the TV when I have to pray. I’m so happy.”

Najib Sowma’s first name was Dario before he converted six years ago. Today he’s a leading member of the Al-Ihsaan mosque in South Miami-Dade. But his Cuban mother was initially shocked.

“Now her views have changed,” says Sowma. “Prior to me being Muslim to who I am now, she sees a big difference in my character.”

If it’s a surprise that many Latinos are moving from a predominantly Roman Catholic culture to an originally Arab faith, perhaps it shouldn’t be. For one thing, like African-Americans in the 1960s, Latinos are discovering their own historical and cultural ties to Islam and the Arab world. And that starts with what most defines Latinos: Spanish.

“Our language is nurtured by more than 4,000 words that come from Arabic,” says Wilfredo Ruiz, a Puerto Rican-born Muslim who converted a decade ago and is a lawyer for the South Florida chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations. “Every word in Spanish that starts with ‘al,’ for example, like alcalde, alcantarilla, almohada.”

That’s because Arab Muslims ruled Spain for some 800 years during the Middle Ages – and made the Iberian Peninsula one of the most advanced civilizations of its time. A millennium later, Ruiz says that past is an inescapable part of the Hispanic DNA.

“What most Latinos who have embraced Islam find most amazing is their cultural affinity to the Muslim culture,” says Ruiz. “It’s like rediscovering your past. That area of our past has been hidden from us.”

Ruiz points out that both Latinos and Arabs highly value the extended family and traditions like offering hospitality to strangers. In religious terms, Latinos like Gonzalez say Islam provides a simpler, more direct form of worship than Catholicism does. They also feel more structure than they see in the evangelical churches so many Latinos join today.

“The connection I have with God now is better than before,” says Gonzalez.

Yet many take comfort in the overlap between Catholicism and Islam. Muslims, for example, venerate the Virgin Mary as well as Jesus, at least as a prophet.

“At the beginning when I was reading the Quran I said, “Oh, [Muslims] believe in the hereafter, in angels,’” says Liliana Parodi, a Peruvian-American surgical technician in Miami who converted 24 years ago. “You know, it’s not so much difference.”

More Latina women convert to Islam than Latino men do. Islam is admittedly questioned for its segregation of women. But Latinas like Parodi say it’s hypocritical for a male-dominated Catholic Church – which forbids women priests, birth control and divorce – and an ultra-macho Latino society – whose Spanish-language television networks still portray women as spitfire sexpots – to criticize their new faith in that regard.

“I tell them, ‘Look at yourself,’” says Parodi. “The sad part is [when they] see women as objects.”

A decade ago, the nation’s image of a Latino Muslim was unfortunately Jose Padilla, the so-called “Dirty Bomber” who was convicted for aiding terrorists. But for Ruiz, who was also a Navy chaplain, much has changed since then – and Latinos are less fearful now of converting.

“They soon come to learn that [Muslims] abhor violence,” Ruiz says. “We have the same aspirations for social justice as a Christian or a Jew does.”

Which means, as Eid al-Adha arrives next Monday evening, more Latinos will be saying “Eid Mubarak.” Which is Arabic for “Eid Bendito.” Which is Spanish for “Have a Blessed Eid.”

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The Last Strong Hold of Muslim Identity of Granada , Shines Back and Florishes in Spain


Muslims in Spain

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Non Muslim Women Converting to Shia Sect of Islam, for its Basic Principals Close to the Nature & Logic


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World Famous Japanese Wrestler & WWF Champion Antonio Inoki embraces Islam


ALI INOKIJNN 28 Dec 2012 ISLAMABAD:   Prominent Japanese Wrestler and also the Previous champion of the United States’ professional wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Antonio Inoki has converted to Islam.  Continue reading

Famous French singer ‘Diam -Melanie Georgiades’ embraces Islam, wears hijab


JNN 04 Oct 2012 Paris : Famous French singer Diam’s has announced in a newly-published autobiography that she has embraced Islam and decided to wear hijab.Amid a nationwide debate in France surrounding attitudes towards the Islamic veil, or hijab, a French rapper, has surprised fans by announcing her conversion to Islam and choosing to wear a headscarf. Continue reading

Famous French singer 'Diam -Melanie Georgiades' embraces Islam, wears hijab


JNN 04 Oct 2012 Paris : Famous French singer Diam’s has announced in a newly-published autobiography that she has embraced Islam and decided to wear hijab.Amid a nationwide debate in France surrounding attitudes towards the Islamic veil, or hijab, a French rapper, has surprised fans by announcing her conversion to Islam and choosing to wear a headscarf. Continue reading

Muslim population on high rise in Spain


JNN 31 Jan 2011 : The Muslim population in Spain will grow by 82 percent by 2030 as the number of people converting to Islam has shown an increase over the past seven years, a new survey shows.

According to the survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Muslims currently account for just over 1 million of Spain’s overall population, which is expected to increase to about 1.9 million in the next two decades, a Press TV correspondent reported on Sunday. Continue reading

Record number of British embrace Islam


 

JNN 05 Jan 2011 : A new study reveals that the number of British people converting to Islam has almost doubled in the past decade despite western media’s attempts to portray a negative image of the divine religion.

The study carried out by the inter-faith think-tank Faith Matters estimates that nearly 100,000 Muslim converts are now living in the UK, with as many as 5,000 new conversions nationwide each year, the daily Independent reported.

Previous estimates had placed the number of Muslim converts in the UK at between 14,000 and 25,000.

Meanwhile, data from the Scottish 2001 census estimated that there were 60,699 converts living in Britain in 2001.

Fiyaz Mughal, director of Faith Matters, admitted that coming up with a reliable estimate of the number of converts to Islam was notoriously difficult.

“This report is the best intellectual ‘guestimate’ using census numbers, local authority data and polling from mosques,” he said.

“Either way few people doubt that the number adopting Islam in the UK has risen dramatically in the past 10 years”, said the director of Faith Matters.

Asked why people were converting in such large numbers he replied: “I think there is definitely a relationship between conversions being on the increase and the prominence of Islam in the public domain. People are interested in finding out what Islam is all about and when they do that they go in different directions. Most shrug their shoulders and return to their lives but some will inevitably end up liking what they discover and will convert.”

Batool al-Toma is an Irish born convert to Islam of 25 years who works at the Islamic Foundation and runs the New Muslims Project.

Batool said she believed the new figures were “a little on the high side”.

“My guess would be the real figure is somewhere in between previous estimates, which were too low, and this latest one,” she said.

“I definitely think there has been a noticeable increase in the number of converts in recent years. The media often tries to pinpoint specifics but the reasons are as varied as the converts themselves”, said Batool.

Inayat Bunglawala, founder of Muslims4UK, which promotes active Muslim engagement in British society, said the figures were “not implausible”.

“It would mean that around one in 600 Britons is a convert to the faith,” he said. “Islam is a missionary religion and many Muslim organisations and particularly university students’ Islamic societies have active outreach programs designed to remove popular misconceptions about the faith”, he said.

Islam is one of the easiest religions to convert to. Technically, all a person needs to do is recite the Shahada, the formal declaration of faith, which states: “There is no God but Allah and Mohamed is his Prophet.” A single honest recitation is all that is needed to become a Muslim, but most converts choose to do so in front of at least two witnesses, one being an imam.