Rima Fakih First Muslim Miss USA opts Christianity

06 May 2016 | Angelopedia

Rima Fakih, who was the first Muslim woman to have won the title of Miss USA in 2010, has converted her religion to Christianity.  

The Ex-Shia, Rima Fakih has officially converted her religion to Christianity in April 2016, ahead of tying the knot to her Christian fiancee music producer Wassim Salibi.

In an interview in 2010 with the Huffington Post, Rima said, "We’re more of a spiritual family. Religion really doesn’t define me or my family. My family’s been very liberal, and we appreciate all different kinds of religions."

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Rima Fakih First Muslim Miss USA opts Christianity


She added, "I have a family that is a mix of different religions and different ethnicities. My brother-in-law is Christian, and he (and my sister) baptized their two sons. I have an uncle who converted to Christianity, and he’s a priest now."

She also talked about her connection with Muslim roots, and explained - “When I went to the University of Michigan, because there’s more of a Muslim community, my dad wanted me to learn more about Islam. I didn’t know much about Ramadan and other holidays, and my dad wanted me to take that opportunity and learn."

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After winning the Miss USA 2010, Fakih was quoted as saying: "I'd like to say I'm American first, and I am an Arab-American, I am Lebanese-American, and I am Muslim-American."

At the time of Miss USA pageant, some Muslim scholars criticised her for entering the competition in the first place.

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