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The Final Revelation- A Young American Conversion to Islam

The Final Revelation- A Young American Conversion to Islam

This story was done about Stefni Richards an all American girl who was born in Fairmont, West Virginia.  Her freshman year she began to become interested in Islam from an Arabic exchange student she was friends with.  Last year, she converted to Islam which was a very large change in her life.  I documented the first stages of her transition. I tried to focus not only on her religion, but on other aspects of her life including work, school, and her relationship with her boyfriend who is from Malaysia.  I feel my story contained a lot of juxtaposition, but told the story in a neutral non-judgmental way. The whole experience allowed me to see a culture and view point that I had never seen before and that I most likely would of not seen if it weren’t for journalism.  I have attached the website address for a preview of the BOOK I designed for the story. HERE!

Islam according to Wikipedia. 

Islam (English pron.: /ˈɪslɑːm/;[note 1] Arabic: الإسلام‎ al-ʾislām  IPA: [ælʔɪsˈlæːm] ( listen)[note 2]) is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by theQur’an, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Arabic: الله‎ Allāh) and by the teachings and normative example (called theSunnah and composed of Hadith) of Muhammad, considered by them to be the last prophet of God. An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim.

Muslims believe that God is one and incomparable and the purpose of existence is to love and serve God.[1] Muslims also believe that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial faith that was revealed at many times and places before, including through AbrahamMoses and Jesus, whom they consider prophets.[2] They maintain that the previous messages and revelations have been partially misinterpreted or altered over time,[3] but consider the Arabic Qur’an to be both the unaltered and the final revelation of God.[4] Religious concepts and practices include the five pillars of Islam, which are basic concepts and obligatory acts of worship, and following Islamic law, which touches on virtually every aspect of life and society, providing guidance on multifarious topics from banking and welfare, to warfare and the environment.[5][6]

Most Muslims are of two denominationsSunni (75–90%),[7] or Shia (10–20%).[8] About 13% of Muslims live in Indonesia,[9] the largest Muslim-majority country, 25% in South Asia,[9] 20% in the Middle East,[10] and 15% in Sub-saharan Africa.[11] Sizable minorities are also found in ChinaRussia, and the Americas. Converts and immigrant communities are found in almost every part of the world (see Islam by country). With about 1.57 billion followers or 23% of earth’s population,[11][12][13] Islam is the second-largest religion and one of the fastest-growing religions in the world.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

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