I am not a regular in this forum, so I must admit I am uninformed. However, I was unaware that Muslims evangelized, or that Hispanics in the US were considered an important group to be recruited.
Quoting from the Religion News Service article:
*On Dec. 22, 2013, Lopez took the “shahada” — the profession of the Islamic faith — and joined the ranks of what the American Muslim Council estimates is a 200,000 strong Hispanic Muslim community across the U.S.
Unlike previous generations of Hispanic Muslims who were attracted to the faith by their own spiritual explorations, Lopez and many others like him are converting as a result of targeted Islamic outreach efforts.*
“Many Latinos do not know about Andalusian Spain when Islam gave birth to much of what we know as Hispanic culture today, including over 3,000 Spanish words,” said Hernandez. “We are opening their eyes to how being Latino and Muslim makes perfect sense.”
As they convert, many face ostracism from their families who are predominantly Christian, often Catholic, and feel the converts are abandoning their Hispanic identity. Likewise, many Hispanic Muslims do not find a ready welcome in masjids that are largely made up of Middle Eastern, North African, South East Asian and African-American Muslims.
(There is more information at the link)
We sometimes hear about the inroads into the Hispanic population that Evangelical Christians are making. However, this is the first time I have heard of Islam proselytizing among them. How common is this? Are Hispanics, who used to be known for being fervent Catholics, becoming post-Catholic?