Muhammad Ali – Cassius Clay

American boxer, Three times World Heavyweight Champion, embraced Islam in 1965. "I have had many nice moments in my life. But the feelings I had while standing on Mount Arafat (just outside Makka, Saudi Arabia) on the day of the Hajj (the Muslim pilgrimage), was the most unique. I...

What drives people to convert to Islam?

There are many statistics in the media that highlight the phenomenal rate at which people are converting to Islam.  Although, the authenticity of all these sources has not been validated for the purpose of this article, some of them include the following: According to “The Almanac Book of Facts”,...

Why should I convert to Islam?

1. Major difference between Islam and most other religions. All religions basically exhort mankind to be righteous and eschew evil. But Islam goes beyond that. It guides us towards practical ways of achieving righteousness and eliminating evil from our individual and collective lives. Islam takes into account human nature...

Converted by the sword of Islam!

The first few who embraced the ‘new’ religion in Mecca in the Arabian Peninsula at the hands of the Prophet were his wife Khadijah, his servant Zaid, and his eleven year old cousin Ali. Among the ones who later joined this faith were the honest merchant, Abu Bakr; the...

34,000 Americans converted to Islam

Muslim American reports in the Arab press indicate that Muslim proselytizing efforts have been unusually successful since the September 11 attacks. ‘Alaa Bayumi, Director of Arab Affairs at the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), wrote in the London daily Al-Hayat that “non-Muslim Americans are now interested in getting to...

Why do priests convert to Islam?

Many people ask me how a preacher or priest in Christianity can ever go to Islam, especially considering all the negative things that we hear about Islam and Muslims everyday. Some people are simply curious, while others take a profound exception to my “conversion” to Islam. Some have asked...

From Drury Lane to Mecca

History has not recorded the name of the first British Muslim to carry out the rites of Hajj. Rumours abound of converted Crusaders who made the trip in medieval times, and of British Muslims in Ottoman naval service who visited the hallowed precincts in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries....

An interview with American women

Anway Carol’s interview with American women who became Muslim. It is an extract from ‘Daughters from Another Path’, by Anway Carols. Searching to fill the spiritual void Many of the respondents (new converts) were searching for something in the spiritual area to fill the void in their lives. It...