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Post-Conversion Muslim Issue – Sobriety

cork-738603_1920As the number of people converting/reverting to Islam grows globally, the ways that new Muslims address specific issues become increasingly relevant. In the United States, alcohol consumption has a significant place in social interactions.  According to a 2013 study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 83% of people in the US 18 years or older reported that they drank alcohol at least once in their lifetime. Some Muslim converts must contend with removing alcohol from their dietary consumption.

In “I’m a Convert And Giving Up Alcohol Was a Struggle“, an article posted in MVSLIM, convert Simone Donvang writes about her journey to Islam and her endeavor to refrain from drinking alcohol.

Alcohol was one of the largest challenges to give up as a part of becoming Islamic. I will explain for you why this is more difficult than first expected.

Most cultures around the world have developed a lot of social events around alcoholic beverages, and we are taught in a very early age, that this is the way to celebrate. If you have achieved something in your life you celebrate with alcohol. If you are happy, if it is your birthday or any other positive occasion, you celebrate it with alcohol. If you are looking to have fun together with your friends, you drink and go out with them. But the hardest part was not the social nor the celebrations. It was the emotional part.

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About Layla Abdullah-Poulos

Layla Abdullah-Poulos is an alumna of SUNY Empire State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Historical Studies and Literature and is presently a student in the School for Graduate Studies. She expects to complete her studies and receive a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and Advance Certificates in Women and Gender Studies and American Studies by 2016. An aspiring academic, Abdullah-Poulos uses her knowledge not only to develop her own scholarship but also that of other SUNY Empire State College students. A proponent for the enrichment of higher education through diversity, she plans to continue her work as an educator who conveys to students an ethnically diverse historical awareness and furnish them with the skills necessary to acquire political proficiency and constructively affect societal change.

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