Elderly Catholic/Agnostic Australian embraces Islam and chooses Muhammad Ali as his new name

People from all walks of life are coming into Islam and it’s no surprise that it continues to be the fastest growing religion – not (just) because of birth-rate.

An elderly Australian man, who wishes to stay anonymous embraced Islam with Indonesia Street Dawah team and said he has chosen to keep Muhammad Ali to be his new name as he said the late boxing legend was an inspiration for him to be a Muslim too.

imageMuslim Council of Hong Kong caught up with the revert Muslim.

1) What was your belief before Islam and what made you follow that belief?

Prior to Islam I was really what you could categories as agnostic.

2) How did you get to know about Islam?

I had heard and read about Islam from Australia but obviously living in Indonesia and living and working with Muslims my knowledge of how a Muslim society works improved significantly.

3) Have you had or do you expect any difficulties once becoming a Muslim?

I don’t expect to have any troubles as a Muslim however I’m sure that I will have interesting dinner conversations.

4) As an Australian, you may know Islamphobia is quite strong, what’s your advice to those people?

As an Australian I know that Islamophobia is contained largely within a minority.

These people are usually the least educated and least travelled. It’s usually the same for those who hold strong negative and ignorant views about the west.

Written by Adeel Malik

Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Scotland and ethnically Pakistani, Adeel primes himself to be a multicultural individual who is an advent social media user for the purpose of learning and propagating Islam while is also a sports fan. Being an English teacher himself, he envisions a bright future for Muslims which he strongly believes can only be done with education.

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