Japanese youth increasingly convert to Islam, NU Indonesia

Source: NU Online

Tired of the material life, Japanese youth are increasingly converting to Islam, setting a new balance between their life and religious beliefs.

“That was nothing but a divine revelation,” Masashi Nagano, a 28-year-old Japanese Muslim, told The Japan Times on Monday (17/12).

Born and brought up in a society with predominantly Shinto and Buddhist undertone, Nagano hated religion as a child.

He was appalled by the atrocities perpetrated by Japanese terrorist cult Aum Shinrikyo, including the 1995 poison gas attack on the Tokyo subway system that killed a dozen people and sickened thousands of commuters.

This fact, however, changed in 2008 when he was in graduate school.

Reading the Noble Qur’an as part of his anthropology studies, he started to mingle with Muslims living in Japan.

Now, he praises himself as a devout Muslim.

“I owe what I am to the Quran,” Nagano added.

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8 replies

  1. Japanese are one of those nations farthest from religion or God.

    May Allah guide all of them on right path. Nice people no doubt but these days under extreme conditions due to both natural calamities and economical dwindling.

    May Allah keep mercy on them and open their eyes to see Islam beauty and its sole rightmost representation Jam,at Ahamdiyya Ameen!

  2. “I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of
    its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to
    possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which
    can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him – the wonderful man
    and in my opinion for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the
    Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the
    dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems
    in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today.” [G.B. Shaw, THE GENUINE ISLAM, Vol.
    1, No. 81936.]

    Iftikhar Ahmad

  3. hi, im Indonesian
    Muslim japanese very rare, I was surprised to get this story, so apparently there is also guidance for the Japanese, the Japanese are very fast-paced environment in the technology then that religion does not take precedence. but Allah gives guidance to those who want to learn Islam, the fight is long and tough fight for my taste a little faith in Japan.

  4. I am a Maldivian and I got married with a Japanese, before marriage she converted to Islam and now I can say she is batter than me in religious way! Alhamdhulillah!

  5. I just can’t understand how can one intellectually accept Islam for it forbids even some of the basic human rights… When I look at what is going on in the middle East I am afraid! May God help us to broaden our vision!

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