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Converts : Conversions in U.S. Prisons

 

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A prisoner at New York’s Wende Correctional Facility hugs a guest during an eid celebration. (Courtesy of Jolie Stahl. Photos originally appeared in “Black Pilgrimage to Islam� (Oxford University Press, 2002))

 

Muslim prisoners prayer during an eid in the yard of New York’s Wende Correctional Facility. (Courtesy of Jolie Stahl. Photos originally appeared in “Black Pilgrimage to Islam� (Oxford University Press, 2002))

 

Inmates holding copies of Al-Mujaddid (The Renewer), a newsletter produced by Muslim inmates at New York’s Green Haven Correctional Facility. (Courtesy of Jolie Stahl. Photos originally appeared in “Black Pilgrimage to Islam� (Oxford University Press, 2002))

 

One of the most successful places for da’wa is in the prison system. It is estimated that more than 300,000 prisoners are currently converts to Islam and about 30,000 may be converting each year, according to scholar Jane I. Smith. Since the prison systems include a higher percentage of people of color, many of those converting are African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans.

 

The National Islamic Prison Foundation claims to convert an average of 135,000 prisoners a year and federal prison statistics estimate that 10 to 20 percent of prisoners in America are Muslims. Sulayman Nyang, a professor of African Studies at Howard University, estimated that one of 10 African-American Muslims today came to the faith through a prison conversion.

 

Lawrence Mamiya, a religion professor at Vassar College says that a vast majority of prison converts embrace Islam for reasons of survival. Acceptance into the community of those who are already Muslim is immediate and participation in Islamic activities helps solidify a convert's sense of identity.

 

In prison, Islam becomes “a way of life that transforms what they think about, what they read, how they view the crimes they committed,� Robert Dannin, author of “Black Pilgrimage to Islam� told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in a story published July 7, 2002.

 

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