Why did I convert to Islam
By: Laura M. Poyneer
I grew up and live near Seattle, in the United States. My parents have never been particularly religiously observant, but my mother was raised a Roman Catholic and when I was a child she sent me to Sunday School regularly so I could decide for myself whether to become a Catholic. However, I could never understand the Trinity or other aspects of Christianity.
After I graduated from college, I had entered graduate school but I soon discovered that it was not the place for me. This left me at loose ends for a while, because I had not considered any other path than what I had been taking. It was during this period, when I was trying to decide what direction to take next, that I began studying various religions. I looked into Christianity somewhat, but I still did not understand it. I also briefly read about Buddhism, but this did not reach me either. Therefore, my study came to focus on Judaism and Islam.
In Christianity, there is often a great deal of emphasis on believing the right details of theology as the key to salvation, whereas both Judaism and Islam have a simple theology (God is One) and instead stress living according to the right way. I had not been familiar with this before but as I read further it came to be appealing to me. In the West, people tend to think of Judaism as being “Christianity without Jesus”, but in fact it is not very much like Christianity when practiced in the traditional ways, and is more similar to Islam. However, I did not seriously consider converting to Judaism because I did not agree, nor wanted to, with the idea that God had only sent His Scripture and His guidance to the Children of Israel. So after a few months, my study turned to Islam.
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