Category Archives: Converts to Islam

Why people held captive by terrorist groups sometimes convert to Islam

Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, the couple who were recently rescued after being held hostage by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Pakistan for five years, most likely converted to Islam during the course of their captivity.

Even though they have not addressed the issue publicly, and experts say that under the intense emotional stress that people in hostage situations experience, it is not uncommon for people to reevaluate their core spiritual or ideological beliefs.


German schoolgirl, 16, found in Mosul ‘was MARRIED to a Chechen ISIS fighter and was captured with a gun in her hand before admitting to killing Iraqi soldiers’

Linda was found on her own, injured and screaming as Iraqi soldiers made their way through the bombed out houses of Mosul, Iraq’s war-torn second city, according to Iraqi Mohammed Shuraf, who used an alias when describing the moment they found the 16-year-old.

Another victim of a broken marriage. If only she had been born in Dubai…


The Real Jihadist Threat No One Is Watching

Most people can tell you who the potential jihadists are, especially the ones in Europe and the USA. You can point them out in a group: they are immigrants, or more often, the children of immigrants, who came from the Middle East or North Africa. They often converse among one another in Arabic. Many want to join the Islamic State and other terror groups in Syria, or have gone and since returned. They are mostly men, usually around age 20 or less, and have grown up feeling alienated from the societies in which they live.

Most of this is wrong.


Judge rejects mental retardation claim in Moore beheading case

A judge found Friday for the second time that the Muslim convert responsible for a 2014 beheading is not mentally retarded under the law.

Nolen beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54, with a large kitchen knife during a rampage inside Vaughan Foods on Sept. 25, 2014, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing and his own admissions to police and in court. He had been suspended from the plant for making racial remarks.

He also attempted to behead another co-worker, Traci J. Johnson, who had complained about his remarks. The rampage ended when he was shot by a plant official.


‘I am a Muslim… do you trust me enough for a hug?’ guy now faces jail for threatening to bomb MP’s house

A Muslim convert who protested outside Parliament with a sign saying ‘I am Muslim, do you trust me enough for a Hug-a-Muslim[1]hug?’ is facing jail for threatening to bomb an MP’s house.

Craig Wallace used the sign as Stop The War protesters came to Westminster for the vote on military action in Syria last week.

It stated: ‘I am Muslim, I am labelled a terrorist, I trust you, do you trust me enough for a hug?’

But the 23-year-old, of Willesden Green, north London, is now facing a possible prison sentence after he threatened Tory MP Charlotte Leslie online following the vote.

Wallace, who calls himself Muhammad Mujahid Islam online, wrote on Facebook: ‘I’m going to smash her windows then drop a bomb on her house while she’s tucked up in bed. You dirty f****** pig-s******* s***.’

…His defence lawyer Abu Sayeed said Wallace had posted the messages after he had been out protesting against the Syrian bombing vote for ‘two or three days and had very little sleep and had not taken his medication.’

h/t Small Dead Animals


Australia: Oliver Bridgeman’s friends shocked after he flees to Syria

He was a well-educated boy who was working with underprivileged children in Asia and dreamed of one day becoming a lawyer or doctor.

But family and friends of 18-year-old Oliver Bridgeman are devastated by revelations he had led a double life and is suspected of joining an al-Qaeda linked terror group in Syria.

The blonde-haired teen, from Toowoomba, on Queensland’s Darling Downs, had reportedly converted to Islam after becoming friends with several Muslim students at the school.

His friends believed the former high school captain and talented rugby league player had been transformed and brainwashed by the ‘wrong people’, The Courier-Mail reports…


Adam Gadahn Was Propagandist for Al Qaeda Who Sold Terror in English

WASHINGTON — If Osama bin Laden was the founding force behind Al Qaeda, then Adam Gadahn was perhaps its leading American voice.

A California-born convert to Islam, Mr. Gadahn was long seen as an important Qaeda propagandist who, as a member of the terror network’s media arm, As Sahab, played instrumental roles including translator, video producer and cultural interpreter.

President Obama said on Thursday that Mr. Gadahn and another American-born Qaeda leader, Ahmed Farouq, were killed in January in separate strikes against terrorist targets in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, but that neither had been specifically targeted. Mr. Gadahn had been rumored killed several times before but had always popped up again.

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UK: South London Rapper Finds Islam

Bilal Chin was brought up in London but traveled to Egypt and stayed there for about one year.

Now in his mid-twenties, he says that Egypt was good for him, as it helped him to get away from his surroundings and make a fresh start in his life.

He became a Muslim when he was nineteen years old. He admits that he had not really known what Islam was about. If he saw any woman with a scarf and anyone who fasted, he thought he or she was an Asian or an Arab and that this was just part of their culture.

He didn’t know it was a religion and no one tried to teach him about the religion. Later after, he embraced Islam, he remembered girls in school who used to wear a scarf and realized they were Muslims…

Let’s hope he turns out better than rapper convert Deso Dogg (Dennis Cuspert).


Spanish Hairdresser Converts to Islam, Plots to Bomb Jewish Bookstore

Antonio Sáez Martínez is arrested

There’s a pattern here. Nothing to do with Islam though. Just lots of people converting to Islam and then going on unrelated killing sprees.

Take Antonio Sáez Martínez, a fun-loving Spanish haidresser who decided to try on something in a more homicidal hairstyle…

h/t Marvin


BC terrorist Nuttall says he only wanted to target kafirs

An image from a video believed to be recorded by, and showing, terrorism suspects Amanda Korody, left, and John Nuttall.

John Nuttall has the look of a scolded schoolchild, hanging his head while an undercover police officer chastises him for not being invested enough in his terrorist plot.

Video taken in June 2013 and played for a B.C. Supreme Court jury on Wednesday shows the accused terrorist apologizing for failing to fine tune his plan to an officer posing as an al-Qaeda liaison…

Nuttall floats ideas for targets — a strip club, a gay bar, a ferry between Vancouver Island and Washington state, a visiting U.S. aircraft carrier — before concluding that pressure-cooker bombs would be faster and easier to build than homemade rockets.

“Get the stuff,” the officer tells him….

…In a recording taken while Nuttall, Korody and the officer were en route to Kelowna, Nuttall also mused about setting off a couple of pressure-cooker explosives in a Victoria shopping mall to serve as a distraction.

He suggested to the officer driving the vehicle that they place the explosives in a garbage can near the urinals in a men’s washroom to avoid killing women and children, as well as followers of Islam.

“Muslims would be in a stall,” Nuttall said.

“We don’t stand up to pee like a dog. Therefore we’d only be targeting kafirs,” he added, using the Arabic term for infidels or unbelievers…


Oppressive View of Women Came with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Islam Conversion

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born Lew Alcindor in New York City on April 16, 1947. In 1971, at the age of 24, while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, he converted to Islam and changed his name to one that means “the noble one, servant of the Almighty.” There was, however, an ugly side to Jabbar’s conversion to Islam — a troubling and oppressive attitude towards women.

81505467DM002_CALIFORMIA_PRAccording to actress Pam Grier’s 2010 autobiography, “Foxy: My Life In Three Acts,” she and Jabbar shared a passionate and serious relationship during the process of his religious conversion. Marriage was on the table. She had already met his parents, and their mutual destinies had launched.

Both were young. He was already a leading NBA scorer and had been named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. She was 22, impossibly gorgeous, and on the cusp of launching an acting career that would eventually lead to her earning her own status as a legend.

The relationship abruptly changed when Lew asked her to start calling him Kareem. He had begun a conversion to what would become a lifelong commitment to Islam. Immediately, he demanded she stop working. “A conservative man at heart who was getting more so by the day,” Grier writes, “he didn’t want to see his girlfriend working.”

At the time Grier was working as a dancer in a nightclub. The type of work she was doing wasn’t the only issue. He did not want her working at all, and he also wanted her to convert to Islam…


Why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Converted to Islam

I was born Lew Alcindor. Now I’m Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The transition from Lew to Kareem was not merely a change in celebrity brand name — like Sean Combs to Puff Daddy to Diddy to P. Diddy — but a transformation of heart, mind and soul. I used to be Lew Alcindor, the pale reflection of what white America expected of me. Now I’m Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the manifestation of my African history, culture and beliefs.

For most people, converting from one religion to another is a private matter requiring intense scrutiny of one’s conscience. But when you’re famous, it becomes a public spectacle for one and all to debate. And when you convert to an unfamiliar or unpopular religion, it invites criticism of one’s intelligence, patriotism and sanity. I should know.

Even though I became a Muslim more than 40 years ago, I’m still defending that choice…


Hip hop hijabis: Meet the Muslim women who rap in headscarves

Rap music and Muslim women… they are not four words that usually come together.

But two women from London are breaking down the boundaries for Islamic females across the world with their brand of inspirational hip hop.

Together, Muneera Williams, 34, and Sukina Owen-Douglas, 33, form Poetic Pilgrimage – a self-described ‘hiphop hijabis’ duo that has created a new type of rap music for the masses that addresses religion, gender and issues of identity.

The women, who were both born and raised in Bristol to Jamaican migrant parents first entered the hip hop world after they moved to the capital together to study at the University Of London a decade ago.

Since then, they have cultivated a global fan base of devoted followers from both inside and outside the Islamic community.

The attraction for their followers is, in part, the unlikely partnership between the fact that they are Muslim women who have an impressive ability to write and perform verse.

Sukina and Muneera converted to Islam ten years ago, just three weeks before the 7/7 bombings, and while the path hasn’t always been easy, they haven’t looked back…