77% of American converts to Islam were previously Christian. Why did they make the change?

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Source: Pew Research Center

BY BESHEER MOHAMED AND ELIZABETH PODREBARAC SCIUPAC

reasons for accepting Islam

Among those who have converted to Islam, a majority come from a Christian background. In fact, about half of all converts to Islam (53%) identified as Protestant before converting; another 20% were Catholic. And roughly one-in-five (19%) volunteered that they had no religion before converting to Islam, while smaller shares switched from Orthodox Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism or some other religion.

When asked to specify why they became Muslim, converts give a variety of reasons. About a quarter say they preferred the beliefs or teachings of Islam to those of their prior religion, while 21% say they read religious texts or studied Islam before making the decision to switch. Still others said they wanted to belong to a community (10%), that marriage or a relationship was the prime motivator (9%), that they were introduced to the faith by a friend, or that they were following a public leader (9%).

In recent years, the number of American Muslims has been growing steadily, by around 100,000 annually. But the fact that the shares of people who enter and leave Islam are roughly equal suggests that conversions to and from the faith are having little impact on the group’s overall growth.

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6 replies

  1. at somi,

    I know it hurts you, but the fact is that there are more people accepting Islam especially in the west as compared to those who leave.

    Also Islam has the most conversion rate in the west as compared to christianity and other major religions.

    • I am happy if people convert or change his faith or religion either way. Why?

      Because those who converted his religion is that he wants to seek the truth. After he investigates few religions, and then he decide it what is right for him.

      Unfortunately most people follow his parents religion without learning and study religion in depth. Those people will be deceieved eazily by his clerics. Why?

      Because they never use their mind and knowledge. They become a bigotry or fanatic, or drunk of religion.

      God’s warning
      Those who place his trust on ( parent, imam) instead of God, will be syrick.

      I urge young Muslim around the world to seek the truth by investigating other religions with open minded. You will be sutisfied with your belief.
      All love❤️

  2. According to the Holy Quran, all children are born Muslims, it is their parents who make them Jew, Christian or others. This is one of the many reasons why now western peoples are reverting to Islam on their own free will. Through out the history, Muslims never forced non-Muslims to accept Islam. This is the main reason why Muslims lost Spain and India.

    The beauty of Islam is that it is a religion which appeals to common sense. There is no blind belief or dogmatism in Islam. The fundamentals of Islam are simple, straightforward and easy to understand.

    If Islam is so bad, then why is it the WORLD’S FASTEST GROWING RELIGION! It is also one of the youngest religions. However no matter how hard everyone tries to give Islam a bad name, it will be twice as more populated. So let’s get straight to the point yeah?, Basically Islam is the most hated religion I don’t know why hmm maybe because it is also the most fastest growing religion and 2nd largest but no one will be able to stop this religion from growing.

    A vast majority of people in this world just want to live their lives with their families and friends, and don’t give a hoot about what other people do, as long as they can go on with their families and friends. I find it almost impossible to believe that most Muslims want to kill people who don’t share their views. The matter at hand is how to change the mindset of people so a higher percentage does not turn to violence. One should not lump all individuals of any particular Faith in with the violent actions of a few misguided individuals who USE Religion to justify their violent actions. Every now and then a Muslim kills in the US and some people jump on ALL Muslims, as though WHITES, CHRISTIANS or otherwise, do not kill. They forget that non-Muslim killing far outnumbers Muslim killing in the US. They call for the expulsion of Muslims. The BEST SOLUTION would be for all FOREIGNERS to go back to their roots and return the country to the original AMERICAN NATIVES. Is this not a FAIR PROPOSAL? LOL! You white Christians have destroyed the Native Americans and it is only fair and right that YOU be destroyed by other communities.

    Islam will grow despite of strong opposition to Muslims in the west. Islam is not any new religion, Islam means to submit your will to one and true Lord, who is the Lord of the Thrones. Who sent Adam,Abraham,Ishmael,Isaac,Joanna,Lot,Joseph,Moses,Jesus and Muhammad( Peace and blessings of God be on them all),The Quran Honours Mary as the women chosen above women of all the nations and their is a chapter dedicated to her in Quran called chapter 19, Mary and Jesus(Peace be on him) was the mightiest messengers of God, he was born miraculously without any male intervention, he healed all the blind and sick by God’s Permission. And no Muslim is a Muslim if he does not believe in Jesus Christ as the messenger of God, and Jesus is coming back to this world, and this is our emaan our faith.Jesus says in the Bible that” on that day many will come to me and say, “Lord have we not done mighty works in thy name, in thy name cast out devils. Jesus says” You evil people depart from me, I never knew you”.

    Islam is the fastest growing faith in Britain. Hundreds and thousands of Brits are reverting to Islam. By the middle of this century, over half of Brits would be Muslims.

    “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.]
    IA
    http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

  3. QUANTITY —VS—-QUALITY
    Clerics of Progressive Islam need to change the mind- set of Muslim.
    Many Arab Clerics teach his followers that Islam is a religion of growing faster than others. Islam is the fastest growing religion. They do not care about quality of life Muslim. most Muslim live in poverty, as slave to others.

    Poverty usually create conflict and civil war as we see in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and YEMEN.

    Progressive Clerics want to promote Muslim NOT feel pround to be number ONE in quantity, but Muslim feel proud to live in excellent quality of life, live in wealth and prosperity as role of Model to others.

    All love❤️
    Prigressive Muslim bring a change !

    • The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria were started by non-Muslims. Yes, just because outsiders come to destabilize does not mean that we should oblige them. As Dr. Tariq Ramadan said ‘We are being destabilized because we are destabilizable’ … Yemen may have started by the Saudis, with arms and help from USA and UK …

  4. Why ex Muslim converted to Christian?
    Why ex Christian converted to Islam?

    We better learn from debate of 2 scholars
    Both scholars seek the truth,

    All ❤️