THE IMPACT OF "MAFUNZO KWA WAISLAMU WAPYA" POSTCONVERSION COURSE ON NEW MUSLIMS: A CASE OF MOMBASA DISTRICT.

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This study explored the impact of "Mafunzo Kwa Waislamu Wapya" postconversion
course on new Muslims from the perspective of how it had facilitated
them deal with post-conversion challenges. The research, which was done with
particular reference to Mombasa District, sought to explore factors motivating
peoples conversion to Islam; identify challenges new Muslims faced postconversion;
assess the knowledge, skills and attitudes imparted by the course, and
ascertain ways in which the same had facilitated converts deal with postconversion
challenges. It also undertook to suggest ways of making the course
more relevant to converts. Rambo's systemic stage model and the Islamic concept
of Fttrah were employed in understanding conversion to Islam. A sample of sixty
reverts, forty exposed to the course and twenty unexposed to any post-conversion
course, selected through purposive sampling and snowballing techniques was
utilized. Informants were exposed to questionnaires, interviews, and focus group
discussions. Data collected was descriptively analyzed using charts and tables. The
fmdings established most people in Mombasa District converted to Islam due to
socio-cultural factors rather than perceived truthfulness of Islam over their former
faith traditions; that converts faced profound challenges post-conversion, most of
which emanated from born Muslims; that the course facilitated them deal with
some of the post-conversion challenges. The fmdings recommended LC.T.,
modular approach, and day element be adopted in content delivery as to access
converts currently unreached. It was further recommended individual and group
counseling be made integral to the course.
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