Before 2007, Aaron Wannamaker knew little about Islam.
It wasn’t until his girlfriend had a Muslim boss that he got to know the faith and it struck a chord.
One day his girlfriend brought home a little introductory book on Islam from work. Curious to learn, Wannamaker read the text and within three months he converted to religion because faith was meaningful to him.
âI kind of took the plunge,â he said.
“I hadn’t even finished reading the Quran at this point. I hadn’t set foot in a mosque.”
The short movie Aaron’s faith in Islam describes why Wannamaker converted to Islam and how he tackles common misconceptions about what it means to be part of the Edmonton Muslim community.
The film was produced by Amal Mohamud for CBC’s Creator Network, an initiative that works with various producers to amplify Canadian stories.
While Wannamaker said he had not had an overly religious education, he believed in one God and in Jesus, who is at the heart of the Islamic faith.
âI was very surprised to learn that a lot of what Muslims believe, I already believe,â he said.
While his family were shocked by his sudden conversion, Wannamaker said his parents were very supportive. His father even drove from Leduc to Edmonton to buy halal food.
While Islam is the second largest religion in the world, there are many misconceptions about faith, Wannamaker said.
âThe more I learned about Islam, the more I learned how global it is,â he told the CBC Edmonton show. Radio active.
Although many Canadians believe that religion is most prevalent in the Middle East, Wannamaker said, the country with the most Muslims is Indonesia.
When converting to Islam, Wannamaker said many people think it involves changing a person’s identity and culture, but he argues that it doesn’t.
âIslam is meant to be practical and practiced no matter where you live and what time you live,â he said.
Wannamaker said he felt united with other Muslims by his faith.
“It helped me understand that everyone has a unique story.”
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