I want to touch on a topic I have been ignoring quite sometime now. I was asked once by student, while I was unfamiliar with the situation. Why do so many African Americans convert to Islam, while in prison. Shocking point.
Until I went to Optometrist (eye doctor) I have not come across this. During the waiting session, the electricity went out. And mostly people start to go one by one. Mother and I were waiting for a ride. For that reason we were the last once to leave. Any who, while we were waiting. this man came to us.
Asalamu Aleykum, he said.
Okay, I am not trying to be racist but my entire life, I have only seen one African American who happened to be a Muslim. This was not shocking to me, I just didn't expect the eye doctor to be a Muslim It didn't had anything to do with his skin color.
Usually when someone came up to me and says "Asalamu Aleykum", especially, White and African Americans. I always doubt whether they have pick up the phrase or are they're really a Muslim. As strange as it may sound, I didn't hasted to replay to this man. From his attire and way his face shine you could just tell that this guy was a Muslim.
On the other hand my sister couldn't keep it, so she asked.
Are you a convert?
The amazing part was his answer.
No, Everyone is born as a Muslim.He reply
Takbiir!!!!! there he began to tell us his journey.
I have seen so many people who call them selves "Revert Muslim", "Islam Convert" and similar to it. It always made me ponder. Why point to a door you closed. Why would you want to read at a letter you teared.
He refused to be called a convert. Because he never was, indeed he was on the right path. Masha'allah.
.Last week our English teacher brought it up, she looked at me and say is the true. I didn't want to say this, as she her self was African American. Few point had been laid out.
Why in prison and not before?
During the slavery era, the history and background of African American had been destroyed. Therefore when they get to prison they lay the foundation. They get exposed to the literature work.The second reason that is mainly talked about is , prison is a very racist place. Mostly they walk out of there disliking white and vice verse. They end up considering Christianity a white religion. And want belong to a group.Or they get to exposed to the reality. Indeed,Allah guides who he wants.