“Journey” teaser series: Why are so many white women converting to Islam?

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For a full answer to this and other questions, see Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam.

Four out of five white converts in to Islam are women, out of an estimated 30 thousand converts a year in America.  Of the women we met, like Nicole Queen for example, many had striking similarities in their reasons for converting to Islam. Women we met were seeing a culture out of control and women being treated as objects. They see Islam as a way of drawing boundaries around, and demanding respect for themselves and their families. They also complained that the excesses in society are a threat to the young. Each conversion is different and is to be examined only in its own context but we found many women reacting to aspects of their society—the indulgence, excesses and consumerism of the past twenty years.  These women were clearly not happy with what they were seeing around them. They went looking for modesty, and found it in Islam.

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8 responses to ““Journey” teaser series: Why are so many white women converting to Islam?

  1. This is a great website. Keep it up! As for white woman joining Islam, don’t you think some of it might be part of a bigger trend? Other religions have been sweeping the states for decades now…Buddhism to name one of the big ones.

  2. Peter Q. Wolfe

    It’s also a shame showing us that americans in general are becoming more and more illiterate. True God from true God and that means only one God. I’m a christian first and formost and I don’t agree with it. You also see Islam spreading to more illiterate countries other than the ultra politically correct europeans moving Islam into their nations. Those people also are illiterate and building mosques left and right and are seeing t he sleeping dragon wake up. It copied christianity and is decieving people into believing in a fake God. Think about that one for a bit and come back to me.

    God bless,
    Pete

  3. I THINK YOU ARE A MISGUIDED PERSON AND IT IS ABOUT TIME
    YOU GOT OUT OF THIS IGNORANT LIFE (NO OFFENCE INTENDED) .PICK UP A COPY OF THE QURAN IF YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO DO IT,I PROMISE ,IT WILL NOT BITE YOU,READ IT CAREFULLY PAGE BY PAGE AND YOU WILL SEE THAT AND COMPARE IT AND YOU WILL SEE HOW EDUCATED YOU WILL BECOME AND OUT OF DARKNESS YOU WILL SEE LIGHT.
    YOUR CHRISTIANITY TODAY IS FULL OF CONTRADICTIONS.YOU HAVE NO MORAL CODE IN YOUR RELIGION .DO WHAT EVER YOU WANNA DO ATTITUDE AND THAT IS DESTRUCTION OF THE SOUL AND MIND.READ THE QURAN AND GET BACK TO ME.PEACE BROTHER.

  4. Growth rate
    Christianity:- Birth rate(22,708,799) & CONVERSION rate(2,501,396)
    Islam:- Birth rate(21,723,118) & CONVERSION rate(865,558)
    *Christianity is less in birth rate but better standard of life
    Islam has higher birth rate but from 3rd world countries. Living in poor health & abject poverty.NEW trend,educated muslims have few children.Future??
    *CONVERSION= world has 12 classical religions.Christianity far exceeds all 11 religions put together.
    FACT! PRAISE THE LORD & SAVIOR JESUS!
    Muslims dont b in misled by your preachers deception that Islam is growing therefore it is Divine & all is well!
    In all the 7 continents Christianity or Christian Pentecostal movement is d fastest growing religion!Islam is known for lying to advertise their delusion to create a false market 4 themselves!Shame
    few Christians convert ignorantly & u immediately create youtube videos But hide about reverts!
    We keep muslims conversion to CHRIST secret coz u KILL APOSTATES!

  5. before u comments on islam plz learn about the quran ,we don’t hide anything ,there is a big difference between a blind and a seeing ,submit yourself to the will of god .there an old bible that they just discovered in palestine may it can guide to the only true religion

  6. allah says in the holy quran that by end of time u will see people entering his religion in big number

  7. I’ve done a little comparative religion in my Cultural Geography course at a major four year university in the southeastern United States of America. I’ve read the five pillars of Islam and that Jesus Christ is believed by the muslims to have ben nothing more than a regular prophet not a messiah like christians believe. They also believe in sharia in many areas and are spreading that idealogy to England. They also believe in the hijab or nikab to coverup a woman to sexism not modesty as they would have you to believe.
    Basically, the tennant of 2.5% of lmsgiving isn’t sufficient enough for your poor at all. Another thing is that most followers of your beloved Allah cannot afford the Hajj to Saudi Arabia. Fact again that why would God care if you pray five times a day? Retarded right? Christians have moral laws called the Law of Moses and moral law with us catholics or rather in my cases soon to be catholic christian. Again looking into your religion further it comes after christianity like Revelations predict to add or delete material is against God himself the creater almighty.
    Finally, I’m a sinner unworthy of Heaven, however, I know that the christian God has the most truth out of all other pseudo Gods. Mohammad the Prophet was jealous cause of the seminary rejection of judaism that is it. He demonized them by a vision he had to write down like the mormons. Perhaps that vision was not from God or Gaberiel raher Satan? Thik about Eden like the tora insomething we all agree on for the most part ssays to us on the snake. The ddeciever is the snake meaning Islam makes sense to denounce what is wrong with traditions of men like your cleaning of hands and feet uncecessarily. By the way, christians don’t believe in getting drunk, so get it right man.

  8. HOW TO KNOW THE TRUTH? TRUE PROPHET?
    How do we know a book is from Almighty God? How do we know a Prophet is truly send by Almighty God? ………..There is only one way…God should tell that truth to other human beings. God said in Bible that Moses is His Prophet….And that declaration was heard by more than 30 lakhs people of Israel at the bottom of Mount Sinai This historical declaration is recorded in Bible Exodus 19 to Exodus 20.

    At Mount Sinai
    1 On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on that very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai. 2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.
    3 Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you[a] will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”
    7 So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the LORD had commanded him to speak. 8 The people all responded together, “We will do everything the LORD has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the LORD.
    9 The LORD said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you.” Then Moses told the LORD what the people had said.
    10 And the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death. 13 They are to be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on them. No person or animal shall be permitted to live.’ Only when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they approach the mountain.”
    14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes. 15 Then he said to the people, “Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations.”
    16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain[b] trembled violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.[c]
    20 The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up 21 and the LORD said to him, “Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the LORD and many of them perish. 22 Even the priests, who approach the LORD, must consecrate themselves, or the LORD will break out against them.”
    23 Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, ‘Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.’”
    24 The LORD replied, “Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the LORD, or he will break out against them.”
    25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.

    ABOUT JESUS

    God declared about Jesus that He is my beloved Son… Read it in Gospel of Mathew and Gospel of Luke…quoted below
    Mathew 3:13-16.
    13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
    15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
    16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
    Luke 3:21-25
    The Baptism of Jesus in Luke Luke 3:21-25
    The Baptism and Genealogy of Jesus in Luke 3: 21
    21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” …Is it a secret declaration from God to Jesus? Absolutely not…This declaration was heard by John the Baptist and so many of his disciples and lot many Jews …

    Moses and Jesus are true Prophets of God, because of God ‘s declaration………………………..

    My question to muslim brethren?…If you believe the same God you worship , the God of Moses and God of Jesus, why no such declaration from God about the so called’ Final Prophet’, the Prophet of Islam? Either it is a secret declaration or a self declaration by so called prophet himself!! Both ways it is against the very nature of God of Bible…… I appreciate logical answer from Muslim brethren……..

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