"...Islam is growing fast among African Americans, who are undeterred by increased scrutiny of Muslims in the United States since the September 11 attacks, according to imams and experts.
Converts within the black community say they are attracted to the disciplines of prayer, the emphasis within Islam on submission to God and the religion's affinity with people who are oppressed.
Some blacks are also suspicious of U.S. government warnings about the emergence of new enemies since the 2001 attacks because of memories of how the establishment demonized civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. As a result, they are willing to view Islam as a legitimate alternative to Christianity, the majority religion among U.S. blacks.
"It is one of the fastest-growing religions in America," said Lawrence Mamiya, professor of religion at Vassar College, speaking of Islam among black Americans.
He said there were up to 2 million black U.S. Muslims but acknowledged there are no precise figures..." (source)
Liz and I were discussing this a few weeks ago --wondering, once again, why any woman would willingly subjugate herself to this religion... And eventually we vetted out the answer. It keeps their men in the home, married, presumably faithful and drug and alcohol free. That's a pretty good incentive. If I came from a community where a higher percentage of the men where in prison (41%) than in college (4%), that had the highest number of children living with either the mother alone or neither parent, where the HIV infection rate is 43% (though African Americans make up roughly 12% of the population) I may be willing to don the Hijab too. (source1, source2)
So I will begrudge these women from my feminist high horse no longer. I get it now.
A mid-east newspaper is reporting that Michael Jackson has converted to Islam:
"The Arab-Israeli newspaper Panorama claims Jackson has announced the move and revealed plans to move to Bahrain, where he has bought property.
The singer's Muslim brother Jermaine yesterday claimed the Thriller hitmaker had taken interest in the religion since he converted in 1989 - and had been considering converting himself following his acquittal on child abuse charges in 2005." (source)