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Description: An article published in The Times about the rise of Islam in the UK, and why most of those who convert are women.

 

By The Times - Published on 11 Jun 2007 - Last modified on 25 Jun 2007

 

The Spread of a World Creed

 

Lucy Berrington finds the Muslim Faith is winning Western admirers despite hostile media coverage.

 

Unprecedented numbers of British people, nearly all of them women, are converting to Islam at a time of deep divisions within the Anglican and Catholic churches.

 

The rate of conversions has prompted predictions that Islam will rapidly become an important religious force in this country. “Within the next 20 years the number of British converts will equal or overtake the immigrant Muslim community that brought the faith here”, says Rose Kendrick, a religious education teacher at a Hull comprehensive and the author of a textbook guide to the Koran. She says: “Islam is as much a world faith as is Roman Catholicism. No one nationality claims it as its own”. Islam is also spreading fast on the continent and in America.

 

The surge in conversions to Islam has taken place despite the negative image of the faith in the Western press. Indeed, the pace of conversions has accelerated since publicity over the Salman Rushdie affair, the Gulf War and the plight of the Muslims in Bosnia. It is even more ironic that most British converts should be women, given the widespread view in the west that Islam treats women poorly. In the United States, women converts outnumber men by four to one, and in Britain make up the bulk of the estimated 10, 000 to 20, 000 converts, forming part of a Muslim community of 1 to 1.5 million. Many of Britains “New Muslims” are from middle-class backgrounds. They include Matthew Wilkinson, a former head boy of Eton who went on to Cambridge, and a son and daughter of Lord Justice Scott, the judge heading the arms-to-Iraq enquiry.

 

A small scale survey by the Islamic Foundation in Leicester suggests that most converts are aged 30 to 50. Younger Muslims point to many conversions among students and highlight the intellectual thrust of Islam and I think that is what is happening in our day” says Aliya Haeri, an American-born psychologist who converted 15 years ago. She is a consultant to the Zahra Trust, a charity publishing spiritual literature and is one of Britain’s prominent Islamic speakers. She adds: “Western converts are coming to Islam with fresh eyes, without all the habits of the East, avoiding much of what is culturally wrong. The purest tradition is finding itself strongest in the West.”

 

Some say the conversions are prompted by the rise of comparative religious education. The British media, offering what Muslims describe as a relentless bad press on all things Islamic, is also said to have helped. Westerners despairing of their own society - rising in crime, family breakdown, drugs and alcoholism - have come to admire the discipline and security of Islam. Many converts are former Christians disillusioned by the uncertainty of the church and unhappy with the concept of the Trinity and deification of Jesus.

 

Quest of the Convert - Why Change?

 

Other converts describe a search for a religious identity. Many had previously been practising Christians but found intellectual satisfaction in Islam. “I was a theology student and it was the academic argument that led to my conversion.”Rose Kendrick, a religious education teacher and author, said she objected to the concept of the original sin: “Under Islam, the sins of the fathers aren’t visited on the sons. The idea that God is not always forgiving is blasphemous to Muslims.

 

Maimuna, 39, was raised as a High Anglican and confirmed at 15 at the peak of her religious devotion. “I was entranced by the ritual of the High Church and thought about taking the veil.”Her crisis came when a prayer was not answered. She slammed the door on visiting vicars but travelled to convents for discussions with nuns. “My belief came back stronger, but not for the Church, the institution or the dogma.” She researched every Christian denomination, plus Judaism, Buddhism and Krishna Consciousness, before turning to Islam.

 

Many converts from Christianity reject the ecclesiastical heirarchy emphasising Muslims’ direct relationship with God. They sense a lack of leadership in the Church of England and are suspicious of its apparent flexibility. “Muslims don’t keep shifting their goal-posts ,” says Huda Khattab, 28, author of The Muslim Woman’s Handbook, published this year by Ta-Ha. She converted ten years ago while studying Arabic at university. “Christianity changes, like the way some have said pre-marital sex is okay if its with the person you’re going to marry. It seems so wishy-washy. Islam was constant about sex, about praying five times a day. The prayer makes you conscious of God all the time. You’re continually touching base.

 

 

Why Are Women Turning to Islam

 

Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2008 20:27:59 −0700 (PDT)•

 

At a time when Islam is faced with hostile media coverage particularlywhere the status of women in Islam is concerned, it may be quitesurprising to learn that Islam is the fastest growing religion in theworld, and even more ironic to discover that the majority of convertsto Islam are WOMEN .

 

The status of women in society is neither a new issue, nor is it afully settled one. And where Islam is mentioned, for many the term'Muslim Women' prompts images of exhausted mothers chained to thestove, 'victims' suppressed in a life of indoctrination, frantic to bewesternized and so on. Others will go to great lengths to explain howthe hijaab is an obstacle, clouding the mind, and comment that femaleconverts are either brainwashed, stupid or traitors to their sex. Ireject such accusations and pose to them the following question: why is it that so many women who have been born and brought in the socalled 'civilized' societies of Europe and America are willing toreject their 'liberty' and 'independence' to embrace a religion thatsupposedly oppresses them and is widely assumed to be prejudicial tothem?

 

As a Christian convert to Islam, I can only present my personalexperience and reasons for rejecting the 'freedom' that women claim tohave in this society in favour of the only Religion that trulyliberates women by giving us a status and position, which iscompletely unique when compared with that of our non−Muslimcounterparts. Before coming to Islam, I had strong feminist tendenciesand recognized that where a woman was concerned, a lot of shufflingaround had been going on, yet without being able to pin her on thesocial map. The problem was ongoing: new 'women's issues' being raisedwithout the previous ones being satisfactorily resolved. Like the manywomen who shared my background, I wouldaccuse Islam of being a sexist religion, discriminating, oppressingand giving men the greater privileges. All of this, coming from aperson who did not even know Islam, one who had been blinded due toignorance and had accepted this deliberately distorted definition ofIslam.However, despite my criticisms of Islam, inwardly, I wasn't satisfied

 

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Articles

 

Latino women finding a place in Islam

 

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Why European women are turning to Islam

 

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Very interesting video clips

 

Japanese women turning to Islam

 

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Dutch Women Turning To Islam In Holland

 

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Many German Women Turning To Islam

 

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Why are so many Women converting to Islam?

 

According to "The Plain Truth", February 1984, in its 50 Year Anniversary Issue, quoting from the "World Almanac and Book of Facts 1935" and "Reader's Digest Almanac and Yearbook 1983", between 1934 and 1984.

 

Christianity increased 47%

World Population increased 136%

Islam increased 235%

 

 

100,000 people per year in America alone, are converting to Islam. For every 1 male convert to Islam, 4 females convert to Islam.

They're discovering the FACTS and not basing their decisions on biased media. They realise they deserve to know the complete unadulterated truth.

 

1. The Bible Convicts Women as the original Sinners (ie. Eve picking from the forbidden tree){Genesis 2:4-3:24}.

 

The Koran Clarifies it was Adam Not Eve {Koran 7:19-25}

 

 

2. The Bible says "The Birth of a Daughter is a loss" {Ecclesiasticus 22:3}.

 

The Koran says both are an Equal Blessing {Koran 42:49}

 

 

3. The Bible forbids women from speaking in church {I Corinthians 14:34-35}.

 

The Koran says women can argue with the Prophet {58:1}

 

4. In the Bible, divorced Women are Labeled as an Adulteress, not men {Matthew 5:31-32}

 

The Koran does Not have Biblical double standards{Koran 30:21}

 

 

5. In The Bible, widows and sisters do not inherit Any property or wealth, only men do {Numbers 27:1-11}

 

The Koran abolished this male greed {Koran 4:22} and God protects all.

 

 

6. The Bible Allows Multiple Wives {I Kings 11:3}

 

In The Koran, God limits the number to 4 only under certain situations (with the wife's permission)and prefers you marry only one wife {Koran 4:3} The Koran gives the woman the right to choose who to marry.

 

 

7. "If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl's father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives" {Deuteronomy 22:28-30}

 

One must ask a simple question here, who is really punished, the man who raped the woman or the woman who was raped? According to the Bible, you have to spend the rest of your life with the man who raped you.

 

The Prophet Muhammad Says {Volume 9, Book 86, Number 101} Narrated by Aisha:"It is essential to have the consent of a virgin (for the marriage)".

 

Would the Non-Muslim men reading this prefer the Women they know to be Christian or Muslim?

 

 

8. The Bible also asks women to wear veils as in Islam {I Corinthians 11:3-10}

 

 

 

9. Women were given rights to Vote less than a 100 years ago in the (US), while the Koran gave women voting rights almost 1,500 years ago.

 

 

 

Christian Scientists are declaring the Koran is from God. Click this link-you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_wings.buffalo.edu/sa/muslim/library/jesus-say/ch13.html for stories of Christians and atheist scientists who convert to Islam and why. The Christian Bishops and Priests are admitting the Bible has tensions.- (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_wings.buffalo.edu/sa/muslim/library/jesus-say/ch2.1.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_wings.buffalo.edu/sa/muslim/library...-say/ch2.1.html[/url]

 

Jesus is a Muslim? Click here.-

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The list goes on and on, to hear from some of these converts, including Nuns, and many Famous people click Here. For a more Information and Statistics click Here

 

This is Dedicated to Past, Present, and Future Muslim Sisters, Family and Friends, to the Devil who prefers slander and hype over facts. Peace and Blessings upon All.

 

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Asslamu alikum ..

 

 

Mashallah .. Allahu Akbar .. :sl: I am very happy to hear that ..

 

 

May Allah keep them on the right path and help them in every step in their life .. Amen

 

 

I just wanna say : Islam is the right way and i'm sure they found their happiness in Islam ,,

 

 

 

Thank you brother .. Jazaka Allahu khiran

 

 

 

 

Peace ... }

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Women & Islam: The rise and rise of the convert [using large font size is not allowed]

 

 

by Richard Peppiatt

 

 

Source: The Independent

 

 

 

Record numbers of young, white British women are converting to Islam, yet many are reporting a lack of help as they get used to their new religion, according to several surveys.

 

As Muslims celebrated Eid last week and hundreds of thousands from around the world converged on Mecca for the Haj, it emerged that of the 5,200 Britons who converted to Islam last year, more than half are white and 75 per cent of them women.

 

In the past 10 years some 100,000 British people have converted to Islam, of whom some three-quarters are women, according to the latest statistics. This is a significant increase on the 60,000 Britons in the previous decade, according to researchers based at Swansea University.

 

While the number of UK converts accelerates, many of the British women who adopt Islam say they have a daily struggle to assimilate their new beliefs within a wider culture that both implicitly and explicitly positions them as outsiders, regardless of their Western upbringing.

 

More than three-quarters told researchers they had experienced high levels of confusion after conversion, due to the conflicting ways Islam was presented to them. While other major religions have established programmes for guiding new believers through the rigours of their faith, Islam still lacks any such network, especially outside the Muslim hubs of major cities.

 

Many Masjids still bar women from worship or provide scant resources for their needs, forcing them to rely on competing cultural and ideological interpretations within books or the internet for religious support.

 

A recent study of converts in Leicester, for example, found that 93 per cent of Masjids in the region recognised they lacked services for new Muslims, yet only 7 per cent said they were making efforts to address the shortfall.

 

Many of the young women – the average age of conversion is 27 – are also coming to terms with experiences of discrimination for the first time, despite the only visible difference being a headscarf. Yet few find easy sanctuary within the established Muslim population, with the majority forming their closest bonds with fellow converts rather than born Muslims.

 

Kevin Brice, author of the Swansea study A Minority Within a Minority, said to be the most comprehensive study of British Muslim converts, added: “White Muslim converts are caught between two increasingly distant camps. Their best relationships remain with other converts, because of their shared experiences, while there is very little difference between the quality of their relationship with other Muslims or non-Muslims.

“My research also found converts came in two types: some are converts of convenience, who adopt the religion because of a life situation such as meeting a Muslim man, although the religion has little discernible impact on their day-to-day lives. For others it is a conversion of conviction where they feel a calling and embrace the religion robustly.

 

“That’s not to say the two are mutually exclusive – sometimes converts start out on their religious path through convenience and become converts of conviction later on.”

 

Another finding revealed by the Leicester study was that despite Western portraits of Islam casting it as oppressive to women, a quarter of female converts were attracted to the religion precisely because of thestatus it affords them.

 

Some analysts have argued that dizzying social and cultural upheavals in Britain over the past decades have meant that far from adopting an alien way of life, some female Muslim converts are re-embracing certain aspects of mid-20th-century Britain, such as rigid gender demarcation, rather than feeling expected to juggle career and family.

 

The first established Muslim communities started in Britain in the 1860s, when Yemani sailors and Somali labourers settled around the ports of London, Cardiff, Liverpool and Hull. Many married local women who converted to Islam, often suffering widespread discrimination as a result.

 

They also acted as a bridge between the two cultures, encouraging understanding among indigenous dwellers and helping to integrate the Muslim community they had joined. Today, there is growing recognition among community leaders that the latest generation of female converts has an equally vital role to play in fostering dialogue between an increasingly secular British majority and a minority religion, as misunderstood as it is vilified.

 

Kristiane Backer, 45

Television presenter and author, London

 

I converted to Islam in 1995 after Imran Khan introduced me to the faith. At the time I was a presenter for MTV. I used to have all the trappings of success, yet I felt an inner emptiness and somewhat dissatisfied in my life.

 

The entertainment industry is very much about “if you’ve got it, flaunt it”, which is the exact opposite to the more inward-oriented spiritual attitude of my new faith. My value system changed and God became the centre point of my life and what I was striving towards.

 

I recognise some new converts feel isolated but, despite there being even fewer resources when I converted than there are now, it isn’t so much an issue I’ve faced. I’ve always felt welcomed and embraced by the Muslims I met and developed a circle of friends and teachers. It helps living in London, because there is so much to engage in as part of the Muslim community. Yet, even in the capital you can be stared at on the Tube for wearing a headscarf. I usually don’t wear one in the West except when praying. I wear the scarf in front of my heart though!

 

I always try to explain to people that I’ve converted to Islam, not to any culture. Suppression of women, honour killings or forced marriages are all cultural aberrations, not Islamic ones. Islam is also about dignity and respect for yourself and your femininity. Even in the dating game, Muslim men are very respectful. Women are cherished as mothers, too – as a Muslim woman you are not expected to do it all.”

 

Amy Sall, 28

Retail assistant, Middlesbrough

 

I’d say I’m still a bit of a party animal – but I’m also a Muslim. I do go out on the town with the girls and I don’t normally wear my headscarf – I know I should do, but I like to do my hair and look nice! I know there are certain clothes I shouldn’t wear either, even things that just show off your arms, but I still do. My husband would like me to be a better Muslim – he thinks drinking is evil – so it does cause rows.

 

I haven’t worshipped in a Masjid since I got married, I find it intimidating. I worry about doing something wrong; people whispering because they see my blonde hair and blue eyes. Middlesbrough is a difficult place to be a Muslim who isn’t Asian – you tend to be treated like an outsider. Once, I was out wearing my headscarf and a local man shouted abuse. It was weird because I’m white and he was white, but all he saw was the scarf, I suppose. It did make me angry. My family were surprisingly fine with me converting, probably because they thought it would rein me in from being a bit wild.

 

Nicola Penty-Alvarez, 26

Full-time mother, Uxbridge

 

I was always interested in philosophy and the meaning of life and when I came across Islam it all just clicked. In the space of four or five months I went from going to raves to wearing a headscarf, praying five times a day and generally being quite pious – I did occasionally smoke though.

 

I felt very welcomed into the Muslim community, but it was a mainly white convert community. My impression of the Asian community in west London was that women felt sidelined and were encouraged to stay at home and look after the men rather than attend Masjid. I think this was more a cultural than religious thing, though.

 

Non-Muslims certainly treat you differently when you’re wearing a headscarf – they’re less friendly and as a smiley person I found that hard. After a year-and-a-half of being a Muslim I stopped. I remember the moment perfectly. I was in a beautiful Masjid in Morocco praying beside an old lady and something just came over me. I thought: ‘What the hell am I doing? How have I got into this?’ It just suddenly didn’t feel right. Needless to say my husband, who was a fellow convert, wasn’t impressed. He remained devout and it put a lot of strain on our relationship. We split up, but are on amicable terms now. I’m not really in contact with the Muslim friends I made – we drifted apart.

 

I don’t regret the experience. There is so much that I learnt spiritually that I’ve kept and I haven’t gone back to my hard partying ways.

 

Donna Tunkara

Warehouse operative, Middlesbrough

 

I was a bit of a tearaway growing up – drinking, smoking, running away from home and being disrespectful to my parents. I converted 10 years ago because I met a Muslim man but I’ve probably become more devout than him.

 

Sometimes, I miss going shopping for clothes to hit the town and then going home and getting ready with my mates, having a laugh. The thing is no one is forcing me not to – it’s my choice.

It did come as a shock to my family, who are Christian. They’ve not rejected me, but they find it difficult to understand. I feel bad because I don’t now attend weddings, funerals or christenings because they’re often at pubs and clubs and I won’t step inside.

 

There needs to be more resources for women who convert. I know some Masjids that won’t allow women in. But in the Koran there is an emphasis on women being educated. I’ve learnt about the religion through my husband’s family and books – if you want support you have to look for it. It’s taken time to regain an identity I’m comfortable with. Because I’m mixed race and a Muslim ,people don’t see me as British – but what’s important is that I know who I am.

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