Finding a faith that fits

Converting to Islam, or any faith, isn't something done lightly
Friday, February 27, 2009 | 3:50 p.m. CST
Imam Abdullah delivers a sermon during Dhuhr, the early afternoon prayer service, to practicing Muslims of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri on Feb. 20.

COLUMBIA — When Katie Hurst moved to Columbia 10 years ago to study religion at MU, her intention was to work at a nonprofit or teach Christian education. She didn’t expect to have adopted an entirely new lifestyle and belief system by the time she graduated.

But that’s exactly what happened. Katie entered MU a Christian and graduated a Muslim.


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It didn’t happen overnight. When Katie started college, she already had doubts about one of the fundamental Christian beliefs: the Holy Trinity. “It just didn’t make sense to me,” Katie says, bouncing her 10-month-old daughter, Maryam, on her lap while eating lunch at Kayotea Tea Room & Bistro. “In the Bible, it says to worship no god but God, but that conflicts with the teaching that Jesus is also God.”

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King Diamond February 27, 2009 | 4:29 p.m.

I strictly worship Satan, I find there is far more joy that way when something good comes your way.

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