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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

MWA Member and Freelance Writer, Ruth Nasrullah on her Conversion/Reversion to Islam …

In this interview, Ruth Nasrullah, an American Revert, talks to Muslimah Voices about her reversion to Islam and shares some her experiences and challenges as a revert Muslim woman.

Medium: This interview was conducted via Email. Hence, the Question and Answer format.
"When I read the Quran I recognized it as truth. I always say to people it’s as though if I had been raised without mirrors and someone held one in front of me - I wouldn't know what I looked like but I would have recognized myself. I don’t remember any particular surah or ayat."
Ruth Nasrullah: I’m 51, live in Houston, originally from New Jersey, freelance journalist, involved in several community activities. I’m married and have an adult daughter and two adult stepsons.
My dad is Jewish and my Mom was raised American Baptist and when they married they both pretty much left religion behind.  They raised my sister and me free to choose our own faith practice, if any.  I went to Sunday school at a local Unitarian church for a couple years, where I learned about the faiths of the world.  In high school I briefly considered Hinduism, but that was mostly because of the Beatles, incense, clothing and similar things that have little to nothing to do with the faith itself.  During my senior year I joined the local United Synagogue Youth and considered formally converting to Judaism.  (Because I had a non-Jewish mother, I would have had to convert.)  Eventually, however, I saw Judaism as too insular. Read more ...

1 comment:

  1. Omar Ahmad, co-founder of CAIR (Council of American-Islamic Relations):

    "Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam ... Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."

    I can smell the toleration from here. So much for religious freedom, democracy, and the rest of that nonsense.

    There are similar quotations from even more prominent Muslims in the US who are very open about overthrowing the government. Most of us would consider that treason, but for Muslims, it's "religion."

    As I'm sure you know, the FBI has named CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in terrorism for its support of Hamas.

    What do ALL of the US Muslim terrorists (Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Major Nidal Hasan, etc.) have in common? They were ALL considered "moderate" or "normal" Mulsims. Until they weren't. They changed very quickly, and even their wives and parents weren't aware when they flipped. Same with the 80+ American Muslims who have gone to join ISIS. So explain why I should trust a "normal" Muslim who might turn into an extremist terrorist tomorrow?

    As someone who is half-Jewish, I'd like to know how you can be so comfortable in a religion who founder got to power by slaughtering the Jews of Medina.