A French woman who travelled to Tekirdağ, northwestern Turkey, for tourism has converted to Islam after being impressed by her Muslim friend.
During her stay, Elodle Moreno, 24, started researching about Islam. Taking the decision to join the fastest growing religion in the world, she applied to the provincial mufti, Anadolu Agency reported.
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Elodle, who recited the shahada, or the Muslim declaration of faith, chose the name Sibel.
Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world, with the number of Muslims set to grow at more than twice the rate of the overall world population between 2015 and 2060 according to research by the Pew Research Center.
France is home to a Muslim community of more than six million, making about 9% of the country’s population, the largest in Europe.
According to Pew Research Center, three million foreign-born Muslims in France are largely from France’s former colonies of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. The number of Muslims in France will exceed 10% by 2030, the Center said.