And according to Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), a group that promotes Latino conversions, a little more than half of new converts are female.Scared? So Torres moves from an oppressive Communist society in Cuba where one lives in fear, can't deal with the new found freedom in America, so converts to an oppressive religion like Islam? Why didn't she just remain in Cuba?
Greisa Torres arrived in Miami four years ago from Cuba.
While she felt at home in the Florida city, where two out of the three residents are Hispanic, Torres says she lost her identity in the move and found it in the Prophet Muhammad.
While she was pregnant with her second son, Mahdi, Torres converted to Islam.
“It was very hard for me because we do not have family here, just my husband and my kids. On this day, my baby -- Mahdi -- he was going to be born. That is why I convert to Islam because I was scared," Torres says.
According to Stephanie Londono, a woman who wrote a book about Latina converts to Islam, it all makes sense.
Londono says some women turn to Islam because they are repelled by Western values of success -- as measured by careers, schooling or wealth. She says they are more comfortable with traditional gender roles.[snip]
Londono says her research found that some people might view Islam as giving women less freedom, but the converting Latinas see it as a positive change.
“It defines their world on a clear grid of what’s permitted or 'halal,' and what’s prohibited which is 'haram.' So they know exactly where they stand," Londono says. "So the Koran becomes this guidebook that tells you exactly what to wear, what to eat, how to wash, how to behave, when to pray.”
While feminist Muslims might avoid the hijab, many Latinas embrace it.Most of the Latina converts where the hijab, including Torres who believes people respect her for it.
“When people see you with the hijab, they respect you first. Second, it’s the emotion you feel because you are different. You believe in something. It’s amazing.”Sorry, not me.
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