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Latino Muslims say it's a lot easier to convert to Islam than to convince family members it's a good idea.

 

Some Latino Muslim converts gathered in Denver on Saturday to discuss problems they have in adjusting to their new religion, keeping up family relationships and putting up with rejection from people who fear Muslims.

 

Misunderstandings about Islam are rampant, said the converts, many of whom were reared as Catholics.

 

Juan Galvan of San Antonio said that after the 2001 terrorist attacks, his sister asked: "Who's your pope? Is it Osama bin Laden? He started a holy war."

 

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Latino Muslims Growing in Number in the US

 

By Greg Flakus

 

Dallas, Texas

13 July 2005

 

 

 

Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States and Latinos represent one of the fastest-growing minorities. Increasingly, the two trends are meeting in the form of Hispanic converts to Islam.

 

San Antonio native Juan Galvan says the transition to Islam is made easy for many Hispanics because of historic and cultural traditions dating back to the time when Muslims ruled much of Spain.

 

"Islam was in Spain for over 700 years. Spanish, as we speak it today, has been highly influenced. There are over a thousand words which have Arabic roots," says Mr. Galvan. "Muslims and Latinos have a lot of similarities. Both appreciate family, both appreciate religion and I think that is one of the reasons that a lot of Latinos are coming to Islam."

 

The Islamic period in Spain came to an end when Spanish King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella succeeded in driving the Muslim Moors from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492.

 

To this day, many Hispanic Christians maintain a negative view of Islam, which has been reinforced by images of terrorism and unrest in the predominantly Muslim Middle East.

Muslim converts try to counter that image by presenting theirs as a religion of peace and brotherhood. Latino Muslims are encouraged by the success of Islam among African-Americans. Nearly half of all Muslims in the United States today are black, as are around 90 percent of all new converts to the religion.

 

Dallas resident Mustafa Carroll says Islam has spread among blacks and other minorities by the example Muslims have provided. "We are not out proselytizing and we are not asking people to do it. All we do is present the word and people take it." One of the biggest sources of new converts to Islam is the U.S. prison system. Mustafa Carroll says Muslim brothers offer support to those inmates who want to change their lives.

 

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