EVERY year, more than 5,000 Brits convert to Islam.
More than half of those who make the switch are white – and 75 per cent are women.
But what would make someone want to change their lifestyle so dramatically? Police Community Support Officer Jayne Kemp left her Catholic roots behind after “falling in love” with Islam while helping victims of so-called honor violence.
Here EMILY FOSTER, JENNA SLOAN and EMILY FAIRBAIRN speak to Jayne and three other women about why they decided to become Muslim.
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PCSO Jayne, 28:
JAYNE KEMP patrols her beat wearing a traditional Hijab headscarf and even works extra time after shifts so she can attend Friday prayers at her mosque. Devout Jayne converted to Islam last April and even plans to change her name to Aminah.
The single mum, who patrols Eccles, Gtr Manchester, as a Police Community Support Officer, says: “I thought Islam was all about women being forced to slave away in the kitchen — but I found out it was about being generous with your time, and patient and respectful of others.
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“As I looked into it, I saw similarities with Catholicism and noticed values such as looking after your neighbors and cherishing the elderly, which is something older people say younger people don’t do any more. “I wasn’t looking for any religion at the time but for every question I had answered about Islam, I had five more. I think I fell in love with it.”