He has since opened several Muslim schools in the U. The history of Muslim-Christian relations is to some extent that of two civilizations championing a universalistic message and competing for world domination.
While liberalizing forms of interpretation have allowed more flexible approaches for some Muslim scholars since the late nineteenth century, this has not been the case in Saudi Arabia.
During the 1920s, Saudi scholars protested King 'Abd al-'Aziz Ibn Saud's decision to use wireless communication, claiming it was devilish. The introduction of television broadcasts in the 1960s also caused outrage.
He invokes the conversion of "a considerable number of Westerners" to Islam as one positive result of migration and contends that migration for the purposes of commerce and da'wa has been proven throughout history to be a constructive contribution to the spread of Islam. Internet sites operated by Muslim scholars and organizations play an important role in encouraging the conversion of Christians.
This role is part of an embrace and use of the Internet as a medium in the service of Islam.
The number of converts significantly increased in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attack, although it is not yet certain that the conversion surge in the United States has continued. While the data do not suggest that conversions can fundamentally change existing European demographics, they do highlight the challenge of conflicting values for Western democracies.
Freedom of religion guarantees every person the right to convince or be convinced that a different faith than his own is true; however, some Muslim converts reject the very liberal foundations that allow them to operate freely.
Many convert narratives depict Islam as a remedy to the growing secularization of Western life that Christianity fails to fill.
Former pop star Cat Stevens gave up a highly successful career in music and converted to Islam.
The attitude towards the Internet has proved quite different.
Even the strictest Wahhabi scholars have legitimized the Internet—and launched their personal websites.
And the same Muslims who accept conversions to their faith may not accept conversion away from it. Department of Homeland Security now requests pre-screening even for travelers from countries not requiring visas prior to travel to the United States. Many Sunni scholars urge their co-religionists in the West to spread the word of God actively.