Last week, in my post entitled, The Defining Characteristic , I wrote about an article in The Mail on Sunday, by Lauren Booth, on her conversion to Islam.
Another part of the article, which was entitled, "Why I love Islam (...and so do my daughters,)" intrigued and disturbed me, and that was where she described her two daughters' reaction to her conversion. I quote from the October 31 article in The Mail on Sunday:
I sat in the kitchen and called them in. 'Girls I have some news for you,' I began, 'I am now a Muslim.' They went into a huddle, with the eldest, Alex, saying: 'We have some questions, we'll be right back.'I reflected a lot on that snippet. With the simplicity of children they were ready to embrace whatever it was that caused these changes in their mother. I found it disturbing that their hearts and souls were so easily won.
They made a list and returned. Alex cleared her thoat. 'Will you drink alcohol any more?'
Answer: No. The response--a rather worrying 'Yay!'
'Will you smoke cigarettes any more?' Smoking isn't haram (forbidden) but it is harmful, so I answered: 'No.'
Again, this was met with puritanical approval.
Their final question, though, took me aback.
'Will you have your breasts out in public now you are a Muslim?'
It seems they'd both been embarrassed by my plunging shirts and tops and had cringed on the school run at my pallid cleavage. Perhaps in hindsight I should have cringed as well.
'Now that I'm a Muslim,' I said, 'I will never have my breasts out in public again.'
'We love Islam!' they cheered and went off to play...
In doing some research on the path that these three are setting out on I read an excellent article by retired U.S. army chaplain Pastor Bob Leroe entitled Islam—submission vs grace. Pastor Bob's blog can be found by clicking on his name. His article, from a well informed knowledge base, clearly and in a balance way, lays out information it is important to know about Islam. We are so generous in our acceptance, and we should accept and respect other's choices--the alternative is bigotry and prejudice--but we do need to be educated on what it is we are accepting and just how it differs from the faith we hold if we are Christ followers.
I pray for Lauren Booth and her daughters; who admitted to only having read 100 pages of the Koran; when she discovers what lies beneath the surface of the dreamy glow she is experiencing at the moment.
Post Script: I know that his is not the sort of topic that I write about usually, but the article sort of haunted me, especially thinking of the children.