Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Stories of 4 Brit Women Who Converted To Islam

Jayne Kemp- The Sun
According to The Sun news over 5,000 Brits become Muslim every year, well over half are white, and 75 percent of those happen to be women. I have no clue what the appeal is, particularly for women, even after reading the reasons four Brit women converted to Islam, including a policewoman, a model, a student and a jobseeker. All four have different reasons for converting, the most understandable being the one who married a Muslim, the least being the one who converted after getting her heart broken by a Muslim man. All four have decided to show the world their decision by wearing the hijab.

This is 28-year-old police officer Jayne Kemp's story. She's the oldest of the lot:

But what would make someone want to change their lifestyle so dramatically? Police Community Support Officer Jayne Kemp left her Catholic roots behind after “falling in love” with Islam while helping victims of so-called honour violence.

JAYNE KEMP patrols her beat wearing a traditional hijab headscarf and even works extra time after shifts so she can attend Friday prayers at her mosque.

Devout Jayne converted to Islam last April and even plans to change her name to Aminah.

The single mum, who patrols Eccles, Gtr Manchester, as a Police Community Support Officer, says: “I thought Islam was all about women being forced to slave away in the kitchen — but I found out it was about being generous with your time, and patient and respectful of others.

“As I looked into it, I saw similarities with Catholicism and noticed values such as looking after your neighbours and cherishing the elderly, which is something older people say younger people don’t do any more.

“I wasn’t looking for any religion at the time but for every question I had answered about Islam, I had five more. I think I fell in love with it.”

Devoted Jayne even missed out on celebrating Christmas with her son, nine, and daughter, seven. She sent them off to their dad’s and cooked her own meal so it would be halal — the meat slaughtered in the manner prescribed by Sharia law.

Read the rest of her story, and that of the other three women.

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