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Prominent Converts to Islam

 

"There are as many paths to God as souls of Men"

Austria
Denmark
France
Germany
UK
USA

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their conversion stories

  • Austria
Muhammad Asad Muhammad Asad - Leopold Weiss
Statesman, Journalist, and Author
"I knew now, beyond any doubt, that it was a God-inspired book I was holding in my hand: for although it had been placed before man over thirteen centuries ago, it clearly anticipated something that could have become true only in this complicated, mechanized, phantom-ridden age of ours....

 

  • Denmark
Knud Holmboe

Knud Holmboe - Ali Ahmed
Journalist and Author
Overtaken by a painful crisis of identity and faith, he gave up writing and sought refuge in a French monastery.....but something must have struck a chord, for a year on, we find him emerging from his retreat with his early interest in Islam confirmed.

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  • France
René Guénon

Rene Guénon - Abd al-Wahid Yahya
French Intellectual, Author and Critic
"Modern science in disavowing the principles [of traditional metaphysics and cosmology] and in refusing to attach itself to them, robs itself both of the highest guarantee and the surest direction it could have; there is no longer anything valid in it except knowledge of details, and as soon as it seeks to rise one degree higher, it becomes dubious and vacillating.
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Frithjof Schuon

Frithjof Schuon
"Islam confronts what is immutable in God with what is permanent in man."

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  • Germany
Wilfred Hoffmann Wilfried Hofmann
German Social Scientist and Diplomat
"I began to see Islam with its own eyes, as the unadulterated, pristine belief in the one and only, the true God, Who does not beget, and was not begotten, Whom nothing and nobody resembles …

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  • United Kingdom
Headley al-Farooq Lord Headley Al-Farooq
Leading British peer, statesman and author.
"Islam and Christianity, as taught by Christ himself, are sister religions, only held apart by dogmas and technicalities which might very well be dispensed with...."
Hedley Churchward

 

Hedley Churchward - Mahmoud Churchward
Artist Hedley Churchward became the first recorded British 'Guest of God'...

 

Gai Eaton Charles Le Gai Eaton - Hassen Le Gai Eaton
Former British diplomat and Author
"I did not see how I could put one foot in front of the other unless I understood where I was going and why....All I knew was that I knew nothing - nothing, that is to say, of the slightest importance - and I was paralysed by my ignorance as though immobilised in a dense fog....."
Jemima Khan Jemima Goldsmith - Haiqa Khan
"It would seem that a Western woman's happiness hinges largely upon her access to nightclubs, alcohol and revealing clothes; and the absence of such apparent freedom and luxuries in Islamic societies is seen as an infringement of her basic rights. However, as we all know, such superficialities have very little to do with true happiness....

Sir Archibald Hamilton
Statesman and Baronet
"There is no religion that is so maligned by the ignorant and the biased as is Islam; yet if people only knew, it is the religion of strong for the weak, the rich for the poor...

Yusuf Islam

Yusuf Islam
Former Pop star Cat Stevens
"I realized that this was the true religion; religion not in the sense the West understands it, not the type for only your old age. In the West, whoever wishes to embrace a religion and make it his only way of life is deemed a fanatic. I was not a fanatic....

William Burchell Bashyr Pickard

William Burchell Bashyr Pickard
Author, Poet and Novelist
"I purchased a copy of Savary's French translation of the Qur'an .... It was as if a ray of eternal truth shone down with blessedness upon me....

Marmaduke Pickthall

Marmaduke Pickthall
Translator of the Quran
Pickthall converted to Islam in 1917 and soon became a leader among the emerging group of British Muslims.

Peter Sanders

Peter Sanders - AbdulAdheem Sanders
Photographer
For Peter Sanders, faith and photography have both been part of his spiritual development. It was his search to capture the essence of reality that led him to Islam and, with camera in hand, to the door of the Kaaba......

Ruqaiyyah Waris

Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood
Author
Author of some forty books on Islam and other subjects. She gained her honours degree in Christian Theology at the University of Hull in 1963, and Post Graduate Teaching Certificate in 1964, with distinctions in theory and practice.....

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  • USA
Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali - Cassius Clay
Boxer, Three times World Heavyweight Champion

"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............"

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor
Basketball Player
Acknowledged by many players as the greatest basketball player of all time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the most visible Muslims in the American public arena.

Jeffrey Lang

Jeffrey Lang
Author and Professor of Mathematics
He was conquered by the Qur’an...“Painters can make the eyes of a portrait appear to be following you from one place to another, but which author can write a scripture that anticipates your daily vicissitudes?..

Colonel Donald S. Rockwell
Poet, Critic & Author
"The democracy of Islam has always appealed to me. Potentate and pauper have the same rights on the floor of the mosque, on their knees in humble worship. There are no rented pews nor special reserved seats...

Alexander Russell Webb

Alexander Russell Webb
Former US Consul, Writer and Journalist
"Unless one feels his mental independence and determines to exercise it firmly; unless he divests himself completely of the prejudices acquired from those with whom he has been in constant intercourse all his life, and which cling to him more closely than the barnacles to the ship's bottom, his investigation will be of little real value to him...."

Michael Wolfe
Author and Journalist
"After twenty-five years as a writer in America, I wanted something to soften my cynicism. I was searching for new terms by which to see......."

Malcolm X

Malcolm X - Malik el-Shabbaz
"My pilgrimage broadened my scope. It blessed me with a new insight. In two weeks in the Holy Land, I saw what I never had seen in thirty-nine years here in America. I saw all races, all colors, -- blue-eyed blonds to black-skinned Africans -- in true brotherhood! In unity! Living as one! Worshipping as one!"

Hamza Yusuf

Hamza Yusuf - Mark Hanson
Director-Zaytuna Institute
"As a westerner, the child of civil rights and anti-war activists, I embraced Islam not in abandonment of my core values, drawn almost entirely from the progressive tradition, but as an affirmation of them..."

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