Latin Muslims: Dominican Women Converted To Islam Talks About Prejudice, Rejection, Trump's Travel Ban [VIDEO]

Sayonara Diaz, a New Yorker fro the Dominican Republic, recently spoke to journalist Isolda Peguero, host and producer of “El Rincón de Isolda,” about prejudice and rejections she faces on a daily basis as a Muslim woman.

During the interview, Diaz revealed who led her to Islam. “I’ve been a Muslim for two years. The reason is because God revealed Himself to me and my daughter had a big influence,” the woman said. “My daughter studies physiology and has a minor in Middle East and Islam. Her concern about studying Islam, and knowing what’s beyond made me realize it's not only what people say.”

The phenomenon of Latinos converting to Islam grows every single day. Currently, it is estimated that in the United States, more than 3.3 million people practice Islam and 6% of those are Hispanic.

As of 2014, 57% of the population (5.7 million) identified themselves as Roman Catholics  and 23% (2.3 million) as Protestants, usually called "Evangelicos" due to them being overwhelmingly Evangelical Protestant or Pentecostal.

Recent immigration as well as proselytizing has brought other religions, like Spiritist, Buddhist, Chinese Folk, Islam and Judaism, being the last two the least popular among Dominican citizens.

Despite the immediate rejection of her family and friends after converting, Sayonara Diaz says that in Islam, a religion often associated with terrorist acts, she found spiritual peace and a true connection with God. “Unfortunately, I felt the rejection of some family members,” explained Diaz. “One of them commented he feels nervous with my conversion to Islam.”

When Peguero asked Diaz about her position on Trump’s travel ban, Diaz said she felt a lot of pain and sadness. She also said how unfair it is to be punished for something someone else did, bringing to the conversation the quote: “one does the harm, and another bears the blame.”

Watch the full interview below.


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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.