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    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-http://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.- http://wings.buffalo.edu/sa/muslim/l...say/ch2.1.html

    Jesus is a Muslim? Click here.-
    http://wings.buffalo.edu/sa/muslim/l...ay/ch6.10.html

    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.

    Source: http://www.themodernreligion.com/wom...converting.htm
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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    the reason they are turning to Islam is because its the one and only True religion... So everyone is sttracted to the truth... only flies go and sit on dirt..
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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza81 View Post
    [b] 1. The Bible Convicts Women as the original Sinners (ie. Eve picking from the forbidden tree){Genesis 2:4-3:24}.[/color]
    That's something I've never liked about my faith.
    Pointing the finger at females, blaming us for the downfall of humanity.
    It's unfair and unjust.
    But if the bible says that's how it happened, then that is how it happened

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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    Is this number 100,000 correct? I've heard that 20,000 Americans convert to Islam every year.

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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    Is it any wonder why women convert to Islam? It's for their own protection. American culture especially has abused the image of women for advertising, pornography, and entertainment. What a terrible thing to do to the "cradle" of human civilization. Many American women talk about self-respect, yet they continuously disrespect themselves with their mode of dress, make-up, and behavior.
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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    Quote Originally Posted by Al Qalam View Post
    Is it any wonder why women convert to Islam? It's for their own protection. American culture especially has abused the image of women for advertising, pornography, and entertainment. What a terrible thing to do to the "cradle" of human civilization. Many American women talk about self-respect, yet they continuously disrespect themselves with their mode of dress, make-up, and behavior.
    I believe you are on to something there Al Qalam.

    I am a woman in America, my parents were born in Europe: together since the age of 18, virgins when they met, now married for 48 years. My Mother was the classical woman: she raised four children, bandaging our wounds, providing for our needs, helping us with homework, cleaning the home, taking care of my father, cooking every meal: the absolute spine of my family. My Father was the bread winner, he worked two jobs and went to school just to ensure my Mother could care for us all children. They had a very traditional relationship based on classical gender roles, and they felt all the more fulfilled by it.

    Growing up in America was a nightmare for me. I tried to assimilate because every girl wants to feel a part of peer group, and it caused me alot of pain. America, since the sexual and feminist revolutions, has lost its sense of family. Sex is extremely common, most of my peers were doing it before reaching high school, many became pregnant or got diseases. None of them cared much for education, they ridiculed the intellectuals among them. Materialism and superficiality was the pinnacle of their thoughts, emulating the non stop stream of hollywood stars anyone who didn't engage in it was a social outcaste.

    In adulthood this thought process really became terrible. Men didn't have any protective or providership instincts for women. They see us as sexual objects who they can conquer and then move on to the next. Women are reared believing their sexual attraction verifies their values and so they give themselves repeatedly and are left broken hearted. If you are lucky enough to marry there is a 52% chance it will end in a divorce. We have an 80% infidelity rate. Most women in America have 8-12 sexual partners in their lifetime, most men 12-20. Sexually transmitted diseases effect nearly 40% of the population. One of our four people here have herpes, one out of 250 have aids.

    The divorce rate isn't shocking considering the lifestyle women have. Feminism threw women into the working world, with a flood of cheap labor it lowered the wages. We haven't seen a normative standard of living wage here since 1974. To run a family on a single income here is near impossible. Instead of men getting two jobs, they see their wives of course as equals and so force them out into the working world. Women put their kids in daycares to be raised by paid strangers, put their elderly parents in nursing homes to die alone. The most couples interact now-a-days is a few hours in front of the tv at night. Cooking healthy meals rarely happens because there simply is no time, there is no one in the home. Hence, obesity has become a major issue in this country, along with heart attacks and cancer from the low-quality diets. There are so many problems in American society its impossible to list them all.

    The bottom line is however: Women miss being women. Living under feminism the last generation has taught us that it wasn't going to bring the advances it promised, many are waking up after years of usary understanding that we were better off with former system of synergy based on traditional roles. At least then women could raise their children, help their parents, take care of their homes, donate time to causes that mattered such as personal education, charities, etc. We have now been reduced to pack mules, treated in the same manner of men yet we aren't and never can be.

    These women who are longing to return to what their heart and biology screams for, these women who are yearning to be mothers and housewives without shame, are looking at Islam and feeling excitement that a vestige of these old ideals still exist.

    That's my take on it, as an American woman. And not just any woman, but one who teaches comparative religions and so engages daily in conversations with women who voice these very thoughts. Islam has become a band-aid in healing the pain of the fractured family for many tired females.
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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    kafir (lol, the irony.), it really looks like you're Muslim at heart.

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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    I agree with much you say, Kafir.

    I know several women who come from broken families and who have reverted to Islam. I believe that they are hoping for a better family life and for a lasting and stable marriage.

    With regards to the OP, I have to make the comment that - in fairness - Christianity (on the whole) does NOT support those statements made. Many are taken out of context, or were valid in their time, but have been superceded since.
    You have to bear in mind that the Bible was written over several hundred years and that it records how God's people developed and grew ... it does NOT mean that some of those old laws and rules are still applicable in the eyes of Christians today.
    (I will leave it at that, given that this is not the Comparative Religions forum)

    I know many families who manage to hold onto the old family values and who put family life before income and material wealth.

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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    In the Greek culture, for example, women were looked at as an item in the house. She was subject to buying and selling in the market. She was deprived from the right of inheritance and was thought of as filth and a product from the deeds of the Satan. In the Roman society, the woman used to suffer all worst punishments by men such as burning her body with hot oil, tying her to posts and polling her behind speeding horses. All of this took place for no other reason other than being a woman. According to the English law, up until 1805 men could sell their wives as they would with any property!

    In Islam, however, women are respected as partners of men. Their role in life is complimentary rather than contradictory. The woman in Islam has all rights of property ownership, business dealings and choosing her husband. In facing responsibilities and earning rights she is perfectly as equal as man. Men have even bigger responsibilities in carrying the burdens of earning for the family and supporting spouses. Protecting their chastity and reputation honors women. Unfortunately, many a times, the Western culture has been degrading the status of women into the level of mere commodities.

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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    Yea I agree. Spoken like a Muslim...hope you'll jump on the wagon soon sis
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    *Without Allah, without Islam, life would be meaningless. If I've ever learned patience, it's because of this. Alhamdulillah...*

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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    amazing post Kafir. ! It's so true!

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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    Quote Originally Posted by - Qatada - View Post
    kafir (lol, the irony.), it really looks like you're Muslim at heart.
    I totally agree with you lol

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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    One day I was browsing in the library and happened upon a book on Islam. I felt prompted to open it and read. I wasn't looking to become a Muslim. I didn't know anything about Islam except what the West propogates as news. I sat down and began to read and a feeling of peace came over me.

    As I sat and read I was astonished to find that nothing I was reading in the book was what I had come to know as Islam. My mind couldn't understand why it was different in the book than it was in real life. As I kept reading, I was fascinated and wanted to know the truth so I decided the only way I could know the truth was to go to the Middle East and find out for myself.

    I saved up my money for a year and a half and went to Egypt. There I found the most generous and beautiful people I had ever met. This was at a time when tourists were targets of extremists yet I felt no fear at all as I walked amongst some of the best people I have ever encountered. I found the beauty of Islam in small families who hardly had enough to eat each day, yet would invite a complete stranger into their homes to share an evening meal and speak and teach me Islam. I found no hardness of heart toward America or Americans but a gentle spirit that hoped for peace amongst all people. Everywhere I traveled up and down the country, I found Islam in many different ways but the one way I found that was the same everywhere I went, was that five times a day I saw people, rich and poor, educated and non-educated, business owners and workers, all stop whatever they were doing to kneel and pray to the One God (SWT), Allah. That was and still is the most humbling experience, especially for an American, to ever witness.

    Even though I wanted to covert during that trip, my logical mind told me to keep studying so I stayed in England for a time and studied with a wonderful women in London. She taught me how to perform salat. I watched her cook (which I was not good at) and observed all her daily manners and behaviors. I never found anything inconsistent with what I had read. It was almost as if a little peice of Egypt was in her home. I discovered later that it was really the spirit of Islam that permeated her home and all those of others all over the world I traveled to who were also Muslims. I found that there is a spirit of peace and generosity that surrounds those who practice and belive in Islam.

    Of course, she taught me for free, along with a group of other sisters, and never asked for a thing in return. It was during that time, I decided to make a second trip back to the Middle East. This time I visited all the mosques and universities. Everytime I heard the call to prayer, I felt something very beautiful inside of me. It is hard to describe in words but it felt as if I was being touched by the hand of Allah himself. It felt like in that instance I was one with the world. Even today, each time I hear it, it is as if I am hearing it for the first time again. It is beautiful and it never loses it's wonderful feeling...... it's a kind of magic (not literally) all it's own.

    I could, of course, list all the reasons why I converted as has already previously been posted. Eventually, as I continued on my path, I found all those reasons and the truth in them. But when I look at all the reasons, if I could pick only one, it would be because of the great example that all Muslims the world over showed to me in person. The correct behavior of all those who strive to adhere to Islam will convict and convert any who have an open mind and heart and are truly seeking the truth.

    When I was young I had a sign over my bed that read, "Seek the truth and the truth shall set you free". It was a passage from the bible, ironically. But it didn't matter so much to me where it came from as the message it contained. Many will argue that there is no such thing as "the truth" but that there are many "truths" and paths to find it. I can't speak for those people and I certainly can't speak for all women. I can only speak for myself when I say that I had been seeking what I considered to be "the truth" among many for as long as I could remember. I found it in Islam through a book in the library on a cold wintery morning, through a young child kneeling beside his father in salat in Huragada, through the testimony of a young couple in Alexandria, through the genorosity of a whole people throughout, not only the Middle East, but in Europe and Asia as well, and throughout the many pages of the Koran which I've read and ponder since that first day.

    It has been nearly twenty years now since I took my shahada in El Hussein Mosque and University in Cairo and I have been back and forth to the Middle East more times than I can count. Like the pyramids, the belief in Islam stands the test of time. The people never waiver in their beliefs or recieve new "revelations" which change the Koran's meaning or their belief system.

    In the same respect, each time I hear the call to prayer it reaffirms to me the truth and wonder I first found in Islam that is the same now as it was long before I discovered it and I know it will live inside of me forever. In my lifetime, if I am able to pass on all the warmth and unconditional genorosity to others that have been shown to me by Muslims, I will, indeed, be a lucky woman.
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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    Quote Originally Posted by KelleyD View Post
    One day I was browsing in the library and happened upon a book on Islam. I felt prompted to open it and read. I wasn't looking to become a Muslim. I didn't know anything about Islam except what the West propogates as news. I sat down and began to read and a feeling of peace came over me.

    As I sat and read I was astonished to find that nothing I was reading in the book was what I had come to know as Islam. My mind couldn't understand why it was different in the book than it was in real life. As I kept reading, I was fascinated and wanted to know the truth so I decided the only way I could know the truth was to go to the Middle East and find out for myself.

    I saved up my money for a year and a half and went to Egypt. There I found the most generous and beautiful people I had ever met. This was at a time when tourists were targets of extremists yet I felt no fear at all as I walked amongst some of the best people I have ever encountered. I found the beauty of Islam in small families who hardly had enough to eat each day, yet would invite a complete stranger into their homes to share an evening meal and speak and teach me Islam. I found no hardness of heart toward America or Americans but a gentle spirit that hoped for peace amongst all people. Everywhere I traveled up and down the country, I found Islam in many different ways but the one way I found that was the same everywhere I went, was that five times a day I saw people, rich and poor, educated and non-educated, business owners and workers, all stop whatever they were doing to kneel and pray to the One God (SWT), Allah. That was and still is the most humbling experience, especially for an American, to ever witness.

    Even though I wanted to covert during that trip, my logical mind told me to keep studying so I stayed in England for a time and studied with a wonderful women in London. She taught me how to perform salat. I watched her cook (which I was not good at) and observed all her daily manners and behaviors. I never found anything inconsistent with what I had read. It was almost as if a little peice of Egypt was in her home. I discovered later that it was really the spirit of Islam that permeated her home and all those of others all over the world I traveled to who were also Muslims. I found that there is a spirit of peace and generosity that surrounds those who practice and belive in Islam.

    Of course, she taught me for free, along with a group of other sisters, and never asked for a thing in return. It was during that time, I decided to make a second trip back to the Middle East. This time I visited all the mosques and universities. Everytime I heard the call to prayer, I felt something very beautiful inside of me. It is hard to describe in words but it felt as if I was being touched by the hand of Allah himself. It felt like in that instance I was one with the world. Even today, each time I hear it, it is as if I am hearing it for the first time again. It is beautiful and it never loses it's wonderful feeling...... it's a kind of magic (not literally) all it's own.

    I could, of course, list all the reasons why I converted as has already previously been posted. Eventually, as I continued on my path, I found all those reasons and the truth in them. But when I look at all the reasons, if I could pick only one, it would be because of the great example that all Muslims the world over showed to me in person. The correct behavior of all those who strive to adhere to Islam will convict and convert any who have an open mind and heart and are truly seeking the truth.

    When I was young I had a sign over my bed that read, "Seek the truth and the truth shall set you free". It was a passage from the bible, ironically. But it didn't matter so much to me where it came from as the message it contained. Many will argue that there is no such thing as "the truth" but that there are many "truths" and paths to find it. I can't speak for those people and I certainly can't speak for all women. I can only speak for myself when I say that I had been seeking what I considered to be "the truth" among many for as long as I could remember. I found it in Islam through a book in the library on a cold wintery morning, through a young child kneeling beside his father in salat in Huragada, through the testimony of a young couple in Alexandria, through the genorosity of a whole people throughout, not only the Middle East, but in Europe and Asia as well, and throughout the many pages of the Koran which I've read and ponder since that first day.

    It has been nearly twenty years now since I took my shahada in El Hussein Mosque and University in Cairo and I have been back and forth to the Middle East more times than I can count. Like the pyramids, the belief in Islam stands the test of time. The people never waiver in their beliefs or recieve new "revelations" which change the Koran's meaning or their belief system.

    In the same respect, each time I hear the call to prayer it reaffirms to me the truth and wonder I first found in Islam that is the same now as it was long before I discovered it and I know it will live inside of me forever. In my lifetime, if I am able to pass on all the warmth and unconditional genorosity to others that have been shown to me by Muslims, I will, indeed, be a lucky woman.

    Subhan Allah sister you almost had me in tears!!!

    May Allah reward you in this world and the next...

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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    Quote Originally Posted by glo View Post
    I agree with much you say, Kafir.

    I know several women who come from broken families and who have reverted to Islam. I believe that they are hoping for a better family life and for a lasting and stable marriage.
    I married a Muslim man precisely because he had the values and ethics I need, which were nearly impossible to find in the west.

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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    Kafir....I liked ur detailed explanation, it gave me a lot to think about

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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem,

    Quote Originally Posted by Al Qalam View Post
    Is it any wonder why women convert to Islam? It's for their own protection. American culture especially has abused the image of women for advertising, pornography, and entertainment. What a terrible thing to do to the "cradle" of human civilization. Many American women talk about self-respect, yet they continuously disrespect themselves with their mode of dress, make-up, and behavior.
    From the experience I have had the above does not make any sense at all. That a woman feels she has to embrace an alien way of life which breaks so many cultural norms of the society in order to run away from a way of life which is extreme is to miss-calculate things.

    A woman who wishes to run away from the evils mentioned above need only turn to the various types of religious movements, or even non religious ones which do not break the cultural norms of the west like Islam does.

    Moreover as you have stated, 'Many American women talk about self-respcet, yet they continuously disrespect themselves...' most of the people, male or female don't see much wrong with their lives until they are confronted with it.

    I can't imagine a woman in the west saying: "Oh these darn people, misusing us women, putting us on billboards, using us. I know what let me go join those Mozlems, they allow four wives to one man and they say a woman should cover, yeah that's liberating me"

    To say that women join due to Islam providing some sort of refuge from bikinified ideologies is to downplay the real treasure individuals find in Islam.

    There are so many negative portrayals of Islam it makes no sense that a woman would run away from some bad aspects of society into a way which is perceived in her culture to have even more bad aspects!

    I don't know, I refuse to think that most ladies join Islam because they don't want to wear a bikini or are appealed at the lack of equal rights.

    Humble Input,

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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

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    I believe you are on to something there Al Qalam.

    I am a woman in America, my parents were born in Europe: together since the age of 18, virgins when they met, now married for 48 years. My Mother was the classical woman: she raised four children, bandaging our wounds, providing for our needs, helping us with homework, cleaning the home, taking care of my father, cooking every meal: the absolute spine of my family. My Father was the bread winner, he worked two jobs and went to school just to ensure my Mother could care for us all children. They had a very traditional relationship based on classical gender roles, and they felt all the more fulfilled by it.

    Growing up in America was a nightmare for me. I tried to assimilate because every girl wants to feel a part of peer group, and it caused me alot of pain. America, since the sexual and feminist revolutions, has lost its sense of family. Sex is extremely common, most of my peers were doing it before reaching high school, many became pregnant or got diseases. None of them cared much for education, they ridiculed the intellectuals among them. Materialism and superficiality was the pinnacle of their thoughts, emulating the non stop stream of hollywood stars anyone who didn't engage in it was a social outcaste.

    In adulthood this thought process really became terrible. Men didn't have any protective or providership instincts for women. They see us as sexual objects who they can conquer and then move on to the next. Women are reared believing their sexual attraction verifies their values and so they give themselves repeatedly and are left broken hearted. If you are lucky enough to marry there is a 52% chance it will end in a divorce. We have an 80% infidelity rate. Most women in America have 8-12 sexual partners in their lifetime, most men 12-20. Sexually transmitted diseases effect nearly 40% of the population. One of our four people here have herpes, one out of 250 have aids.

    The divorce rate isn't shocking considering the lifestyle women have. Feminism threw women into the working world, with a flood of cheap labor it lowered the wages. We haven't seen a normative standard of living wage here since 1974. To run a family on a single income here is near impossible. Instead of men getting two jobs, they see their wives of course as equals and so force them out into the working world. Women put their kids in daycares to be raised by paid strangers, put their elderly parents in nursing homes to die alone. The most couples interact now-a-days is a few hours in front of the tv at night. Cooking healthy meals rarely happens because there simply is no time, there is no one in the home. Hence, obesity has become a major issue in this country, along with heart attacks and cancer from the low-quality diets. There are so many problems in American society its impossible to list them all.

    The bottom line is however: Women miss being women. Living under feminism the last generation has taught us that it wasn't going to bring the advances it promised, many are waking up after years of usary understanding that we were better off with former system of synergy based on traditional roles. At least then women could raise their children, help their parents, take care of their homes, donate time to causes that mattered such as personal education, charities, etc. We have now been reduced to pack mules, treated in the same manner of men yet we aren't and never can be.

    These women who are longing to return to what their heart and biology screams for, these women who are yearning to be mothers and housewives without shame, are looking at Islam and feeling excitement that a vestige of these old ideals still exist.

    That's my take on it, as an American woman. And not just any woman, but one who teaches comparative religions and so engages daily in conversations with women who voice these very thoughts. Islam has become a band-aid in healing the pain of the fractured family for many tired females.
    Amazing, never wud I have imagined that a post like that wud come from a person wit the username "kafir".

    SubhanAllah.:sunny:
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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

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    One day I was browsing in the library and happened upon a book on Islam. I felt prompted to open it and read. I wasn't looking to become a Muslim. I didn't know anything about Islam except what the West propogates as news. I sat down and began to read and a feeling of peace came over me.

    As I sat and read I was astonished to find that nothing I was reading in the book was what I had come to know as Islam. My mind couldn't understand why it was different in the book than it was in real life. As I kept reading, I was fascinated and wanted to know the truth so I decided the only way I could know the truth was to go to the Middle East and find out for myself.

    I saved up my money for a year and a half and went to Egypt. There I found the most generous and beautiful people I had ever met. This was at a time when tourists were targets of extremists yet I felt no fear at all as I walked amongst some of the best people I have ever encountered. I found the beauty of Islam in small families who hardly had enough to eat each day, yet would invite a complete stranger into their homes to share an evening meal and speak and teach me Islam. I found no hardness of heart toward America or Americans but a gentle spirit that hoped for peace amongst all people. Everywhere I traveled up and down the country, I found Islam in many different ways but the one way I found that was the same everywhere I went, was that five times a day I saw people, rich and poor, educated and non-educated, business owners and workers, all stop whatever they were doing to kneel and pray to the One God (SWT), Allah. That was and still is the most humbling experience, especially for an American, to ever witness.

    Even though I wanted to covert during that trip, my logical mind told me to keep studying so I stayed in England for a time and studied with a wonderful women in London. She taught me how to perform salat. I watched her cook (which I was not good at) and observed all her daily manners and behaviors. I never found anything inconsistent with what I had read. It was almost as if a little peice of Egypt was in her home. I discovered later that it was really the spirit of Islam that permeated her home and all those of others all over the world I traveled to who were also Muslims. I found that there is a spirit of peace and generosity that surrounds those who practice and belive in Islam.

    Of course, she taught me for free, along with a group of other sisters, and never asked for a thing in return. It was during that time, I decided to make a second trip back to the Middle East. This time I visited all the mosques and universities. Everytime I heard the call to prayer, I felt something very beautiful inside of me. It is hard to describe in words but it felt as if I was being touched by the hand of Allah himself. It felt like in that instance I was one with the world. Even today, each time I hear it, it is as if I am hearing it for the first time again. It is beautiful and it never loses it's wonderful feeling...... it's a kind of magic (not literally) all it's own.

    I could, of course, list all the reasons why I converted as has already previously been posted. Eventually, as I continued on my path, I found all those reasons and the truth in them. But when I look at all the reasons, if I could pick only one, it would be because of the great example that all Muslims the world over showed to me in person. The correct behavior of all those who strive to adhere to Islam will convict and convert any who have an open mind and heart and are truly seeking the truth.

    When I was young I had a sign over my bed that read, "Seek the truth and the truth shall set you free". It was a passage from the bible, ironically. But it didn't matter so much to me where it came from as the message it contained. Many will argue that there is no such thing as "the truth" but that there are many "truths" and paths to find it. I can't speak for those people and I certainly can't speak for all women. I can only speak for myself when I say that I had been seeking what I considered to be "the truth" among many for as long as I could remember. I found it in Islam through a book in the library on a cold wintery morning, through a young child kneeling beside his father in salat in Huragada, through the testimony of a young couple in Alexandria, through the genorosity of a whole people throughout, not only the Middle East, but in Europe and Asia as well, and throughout the many pages of the Koran which I've read and ponder since that first day.

    It has been nearly twenty years now since I took my shahada in El Hussein Mosque and University in Cairo and I have been back and forth to the Middle East more times than I can count. Like the pyramids, the belief in Islam stands the test of time. The people never waiver in their beliefs or recieve new "revelations" which change the Koran's meaning or their belief system.

    In the same respect, each time I hear the call to prayer it reaffirms to me the truth and wonder I first found in Islam that is the same now as it was long before I discovered it and I know it will live inside of me forever. In my lifetime, if I am able to pass on all the warmth and unconditional genorosity to others that have been shown to me by Muslims, I will, indeed, be a lucky woman.
    MashaAllah sister, that was so beautiful it touched my heart n moved me to tears. May Allah keep us all guided n grant us jannah in the end ameen.=)
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    Re: Why are so Many Women are Turning to Islam

    I think i know a reason.If a woman has a husband who is not Muslim and neither obeying islamic rules this husband will be hard to bear.They drink,they cheat their wives,they say bad things to their wives...Having a nonmuslim man is awful for a woman.And when they see how Islam makes a man a good husband they find the truth.

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