Lawyer who wanted to marry Malia Obama converts to Islam
The Kenyan lawyer who expressed interest to marry President Barack Obama’s first born daughter, Malia, has converted to Islam.
Felix Kiprono Matagei, who hit the headlines globally after announcing he was offering 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats as bride price for Malia Obama, says he ditched Christianity after being introduced to Islam by a lady friend in 2012.
“I converted to Islam in 2012 at Jamia Mosque after my female friend introduced me to the religion. I have been a Muslim since then,” he told Citizen Digital.
“The lady had a good heart, and she managed to convince me that Islam completely embraces brotherhood, so I bought the idea of converting,” said the learned friend.
The lawyer added it has taken him almost three years to undertake Tawhid classes, which he said held him back from publicly announcing his conversion.
“I have been taking Tawhid classes since 2012, and did not want to talk about my conversion before I finish the studies. Now that I have less than three months to complete the classes, I can boldly come out to reveal my true religion,” Kiprono added.
Tawhid is a doctrine of Islam that declares the unity and uniqueness of God as the creator and sustainer of the universe.
Kiprono added that he has acquired an Islamic name: Adnan. The Middle Eastern name originates from the tribe of Qureish; one of the tribes in which Prophet Mohammed hailed from.
“My Islamic name is Adnan and it is included among my four names in the conversion certificate that I acquired from religious leaders,” he said.
Asked if he is fasting during this holy month of Ramadhan, the lawyer replied to the affirmative and added that he has been studying the Quran.
“I have been fasting all through since it is a requirement of my religion, and I have never absconded. I have also been studying the Quran for a better part of my life as a Muslim,” he said.
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