He is still often called by his birth name, Elizabeth. Although now, he had replaced all his official documents into Safia Al-Kasaby, his new identity after becoming a Muslim.
News he had converted controversy in the United States. Maklumnya, many things are not disconnected why then he dropped the option on the Islamic faith.
Not disconnected? Yes. Safia, 43, is Jewish and Puerto Rican descent. His grandfather is a Holocaust survivor who later escaped to Puerto Rico. They hid in a house of worship.
He is also a former first sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. And, this is it, Safia lost eight relatives – one uncle and seven cousins – in the September 11 attacks that places Muslims as “suspects” in 2001.
But for Safia, all-to-back. Precisely after the mourning tragedy of September 11, he find out about Islam. In her growing confidence in the U.S. increasingly discredited Islam, he felt was wrong there.
“I do not care who did it,” he said. “I only care about why Islam suddenly hated. I did not hate Islam, or hate Muslims. For me to be angry about what happened to the twin towers would be like me hating all the Germans who killed Jews.”
The more he devoured books about Islam, the more he falls in love with the religion which was broadcast by the great man, Muhammad SAW. He was more agitated. Finally arise courage, in 2005 or four years after the tragedy his family frowned, he bersyahadat.
Like other Muslims, Safia feels the tension around her: curious stares because she was wearing the hijab or headscarf and a shopkeeper who was suddenly asked for additional identification every time he went to the shopping center.
Even officials at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo refused to request the beginning of her future husband, a man from Egypt, for a temporary visa. Safia considered to have other hidden agenda to marry Egyptian men.
New religion has also expanded the gap between him and his family. His mother, three sisters and one daughter, Sylvia, questioned the choice.
Sylvia even want nothing to do with him. Sylvia berated Safia all-out when she appeared in her husband’s funeral wearing a headscarf and carrying the Koran.
But he was lucky, another one of his children, Natalia, to support his choice. “Religion is selected mama really cool,” he said.
The girl was 18 years old Safia appreciate the confidence transformation. He often can not stand with those who mock Islam or stereotype Muslims. “I said, ‘Wait a minute. my mother is a Muslim, “he said imitating when he interrupted his colleagues.” And he’s not a terrorist. ”
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