Zaheer Alvi Canada 06 Nov Suitable as begining introduction for those who wish have some knowledge about Islam, then to progress.
In fact, the vast majority of individuals who are Muslims today, are so because of their birth. Personally, I have always believed that Islam, because it is a religion condusive to the Arab mindset, to its worldview; has a much higher attraction amongst those who either come from that part of the world, or have had strong cultural ties with it.
In my work in Senegal, and during my stay in the central part of Pennsylvania, I had personally seen an increasing evangelistic thrust by Islam amongst the native populations.
The local mosque in Harrisburg, near where we lived, claimed to convert approximately three to four Americans per month. The Muslims there had plans to enlarge their premises so that they could build an Islamic Center which would cater specifically to North Americans.
When speaking in churches, many people who had come into contact with Muslims asked me why Islam was growing worldwide, and what the attraction was. Unfortunatley, I had not been able to adequately answer them, because little had been done by Christians to ascertain what it was the Muslims were doing, or how successful their endeavors were, and why it was that those who were from outside the faith were attracted to Islam.
Thus, most of the people there are born into Muslim families, and continue the religious traditions they have inherited. In the United States, however, this is not the case. Most of those who have been attracted, or who have converted to Islam, have come from either Christian or non-religious backgrounds.
They have, therefore, made a deliberate choice to reject a former faith and become believers in Islam.
These face-to-face contacts were not possible in the area I was living. Therefore, inover a period of four months, I traveled to seven different cities: In each city, in the mosques or Islamic centers, I was able to participate in numerous prayer sessions, and attend many religious meetings.
I also talked with seven imams and interviewed over thirty American converts, some of them at length, and others more briefly. To find out what the convertees felt were the factors for their conversion, I administered a questionnaire by mail to about twenty converts of Islam, and had personal interviews with the others whom I met in the mosques and Islamic centres.
From their responses I was able to tabulate the 12 most common reasons for converting to Islam. They are listed below in order of importance: The following, then, is a summary of the significance of those studies.
For instance, a number of individuals felt that these social laws are comprehensive, that they are a complete guide to life, and consequently, that they brought about orderly living.
This points up the fact that people need boundaries by which to live, especially in a society like the U. As a contrast, quite a few responders felt Christianity was just not powerful enough to change the evils of modern-day life. The majority of those who expressed this idea were African-American, all of whom live in inner-city areas of some of the largest urban centers in America.
They see, first-hand, the anarchy going on all around them, and they feel Islam is the only religion which can stand up to the deprivation and violence, the racism and injustices in the U. Islam has no medial agents.
As a result, the believer is not dependent on some-one else for his relationship to God, but can go directly to Allah. While the schools appeared to be small and ill-equipped, the children appeared to be well-disciplined and happy. And, not surprisingly, the schools had become the center for other Islamic activity in their local areas.
According to imam Yusuf Saleem, from Washington D. That is their greatest attraction. I made a particular note, that among the responders, there were three women who felt that Islam permitted them to own property, and that Islam gave them the best protection.
The Unity of God Tawhid Monotheism, or the belief in the oneness of God, again, came near the top of this priority list. In Islam, Allah is one Wahidand has no partners, no equals.By Editorial Staff Alexander – a convert to Islam grew up in a communist family in former Yugoslavia and remained in Bosnia after Yugoslavia fell apart.
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What is motivating people to turn to Islam? A recent article in Christianity Today (Aug 20,) reported that in the U.S., the average age of those converting to Islam (31) is about twice that for conversion to Christian faith (age 16).