Thirty-five years ago, at age 12, Reymund Nur converted to Islam while
still living in his parents’ Methodist household.

Five years ago, Boni Bee was a young Hindu woman seeking clarity and
purpose in her life.

Last spring, Leilani Downing was reading the Christian Bible and looking
for meaning in Christianity, her birth religion.

Today, all three are Muslims and live their lives according to the laws of

A common stereotype is that of the Arab Muslim, when in reality Islam draws
from many different ethnicities.

“The majority of people feel that all Muslims are Arab, but in reality only
a small percent – 15 percent – are of Arab descent,” said Faryah Humkar, a
member of the UCLA Muslim Student Association.

The Muslim population, she added, includes people from many different
backgrounds and ethnicities


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