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Former American pastor says he converted to Islam ‘because of Saudi hospitality’

An American pastor turned Muslim preacher has said the friendly treatment he received while visiting Saudi Arabia led him to convert to Islam.

Samuel Earle Shropshire made the comments in an interview with semi-official Saudi news website Sabq published on Tuesday and further reported by Al Araby.

The 70-year-old explained that when he first travelled to Jeddah in 2011 to work as an editor for a new translation of the Quran he was wary due to the negative image portrayed of Muslims in the US media.

“I soon realised that reality was completely different from what I had seen in the media,” he said.

“I saw good people, who take the initiative to greet people and are generous regardless of whether you are Muslim or not.”

This comes as no surprise as time after time, we see the true way to know a people is to interact with them.

He added that hospitality he received in Jeddah coupled with his work on the Quran led him to embrace Islam.

“Saudis worship only one God and they have good morals,” he said.

Shropshire, who now lives in Saudi Arabia, is the founder of US based non-profit organisation Muslim Voice for Peace & Reconciliation.

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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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