Converts to Islam Face Difficulties as Muslims in US

January 27, 2005

Source: The Daily Bruin

On January 27, 2005 The Daily Bruin reported, "thirty-five years ago, at age 12, Reymund Nur converted to Islam while still living in his parents' Methodist household. Five years ago, Boni Bee was a young Hindu woman seeking clarity and purpose in her life. Last spring, Leilani Downing was reading the Christian Bible and looking for meaning in Christianity, her birth religion. Today, all three are Muslims and live their lives according to the laws of Islam. A common stereotype is that of the Arab Muslim, when in reality Islam draws from many different ethnicities. 'The majority of people feel that all Muslims are Arab, but in reality only a small percent – 15 percent – are of Arab descent,' said Faryah Humkar, a member of the UCLA Muslim Student Association. The Muslim population, she added, includes people from many different backgrounds and ethnicities."