“We have indeed sent down signs that make things manifest: and Allah guides whom He wills to a way that is straight.” [Quran 24:46]
The religion one decides to practice is a very personal decision. Islamic holds the position that human beings have been created by God with the attribute of free will. They are free to make their own religious choices, and accountability for their decisions is only to God – not to other human beings. For this reason Islam has had a history of peaceful co-existence with people from other faiths, showing respect for their traditions and ways of life, as commanded in the Quran: “Let there be no compulsion in religion” [Quran 2:256].
In modern times and throughout history, there have been people who have critically analyzed their own beliefs and values. They have had the courage to accept a new way of life and have accepted Islam for a myriad of reasons. They have described their own experiences as “beautiful”, “sublime” and an “awakening”, yet others have been curious about why they accepted a new faith.
This section invites the reader to explore, through real examples, the personal experiences of people who have decided to submit to God through accepting the religion of Islam. In these conversion stories, new Muslims open their hearts to share what they regard as the most beautiful experience in their lives – that of the soul awakening to the voice of truth and reason.
Stories of New Muslims
“Oh Just trust me ! Now, how many times have you heard that line”. Explore how Dr Lawrence Brown learned who to trust.
Finding the Prophet in his people
By Ingrid Mattson
This American lady, a former radical feminist and Southern Baptist from Oklahoma, studied the Quran, Sahih Muslim and fifteen other books on Islam in an attempt to convert the Arabs in her college class to Christianity and “save those poor ignorant heathens from the fires of hell.”
Post September 11th Investigations
By Khadija Evans
9/11 – The Day I became a Muslim
“On 9/11 I found out that 1) I really was a Marine; 2) I was willing to die for my country and 3) Islam is in fact not only a religion of peace, but the truth” by Robert Salaam
From Popstar to Muslim
Malcolm X – From darkness to Light
Read about Malcolm’s concerns to change the condition of his people, long victimized by social injustice and institutionalized racism.
Voices of American Muslim Women
In spite of the dominant impression in the West that Islam is oppressive to women, what are American converts saying about oppression……
“I did not want to ‘trade in’ my culture. I wanted access to new meanings.” – How an American writer born of a Jewish father and a Christian mother found spiritual fulfillment in Islam.
More US Hispanics drawn to Islam
Marriage, post-9/11 curiosity, and a shared interest in issues such as immigration are key reasons. By Amy Green.
African American Islam
“After my mother’s death and a senseless attack, my frustration reached a breaking point. Islam seemed the way to fight back……” By Steven Barboza
Nuh Ha Mim Keller
“”I studied philosophy at the university and it taught me to ask two things of whoever claimed to have the truth: What do you mean, and how do you know?…”
CNN.com documentary: “My Mother’s Daughter” looks at an award-winning journalist’s conversion to Islam after her capture by the Taliban and her non-Muslim mom.
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