Hi all, I really appreciate participating in your forum and will start my posting with new information , I also would like to have your comments on the declared phenomenon:
As a result of war on terrorism Islam becomes the fastest-growing religion in America and in the world although religion is no longer dominates everyday life in Western society. Millions of people read Koran (Quran) in the Internet and visited Islamic sites.
Islam Attracts Converts by the Thousand, Drawn Before and After Attacks By JODI WILGOREN Source: The New York Times: October 22, 2001, Monday
"Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, a guide and pillar of stability for many of our people..." Hillary Rodman Clinton, Los Angeles Times, May 31, 1996, p.3
Famous people are affected too:
Singer "Cat Stevens" Oh, baby, baby it's a wild world Hear his story as told him
The fact now Americans and Western are converting by thousands to Islam (in US a rate of 100,000 a year), I don't think most of it is in the prisons like Mohammad Ali, but there is a great amount of conversion to Islam in American prisons and outside.
I won't be converting anytime soon.
[color=DarkGreen]As long as they don't have a distorted view of Islam and start using it as an excuse to kill people it's ok. I was raised a Christian but I prefer buddhism tbh.[/color]
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9th December 2003
If people get converted, so what? Aslong as they don't can't any extrimist idea i won't stop you from joining an (other/new) religion.
This thread bugs me. It has that whole "trying to take over the world" vibe. It creeps me out. :uhm:
ßeefI won't be converting anytime soon.
From what I've heard from different friends of mine who have converted to Islam, there are a few main reasons for most conversions.
1. Islam is a religious lifestyle, not just a quick Sunday morning church visit and a label. Although some Christians do pray before each meal and spend much time with their Bible, etc.many don't in the USA. Islam is something that can't be shunted into a few spare hours. You pray five times a day. Your dress code is affected; even your food choices are explained in the Qur'an. Many converts like it because they feel actively involved and as if they are truly religious.
2. For women, it is a big and welcome change from the "in your face" sexuality of western culture. Women are not required by the Qur'an to veil. They are required to dress modestly and it is *recommended* that they cover their hair. However, most do veil and some go farther with niquab (the face screen) or other traditional clothes. Women dressed like this consider themselves marked as religious women, not easy dates. They don't get hit on. No one gawks at their bodies. They are clearly off limits sexually and many that I personally know say it is liberating not to have to conform to western standards of sexy dress, makeup and spending so much time and money on appearance. You buy a five-dollar hijab, put your hair in a ponytail and cover, wear long skirt and a tunic shirt -you're set.
3. Islam is also growing because many people are not satisfied with Christianity. They feel it is too liberal, too fluid and changes for the culture. Islam on the other hand is more rigid and does not as a whole allow much for modern changes and the whims of society. Many like it because they feel other religions have loose standards.
That's what I got from the new Muslimah's group at Yahoo, Islamway women's board and a few other friends of mine. Stats taken by many college groups say that women convert 4 times more often then men.