#STOCKHOLM – The goalkeeper for #Sweden national team under 19, Ronja Andersson, has converted to #Islam, after years of studying the religion.
“I am Kaya Gravitter, a writer from the US. Not only did I convert of my own freewill, so was wearing hijab. It was not until my last two semesters in college I started to bluntly let people know that I was Muslim. I was a double major in international studies & political science. Islam and Muslims were often topics of discussion, which were followed by Islamophobic comments. I had to declare I was Muslim to them, to kill the stereotype they had in their minds. In my last semester, I was studying veiling in the Quran/hadiths, for my senior capstone project. I knew I wanted to wear it but wasn’t ready. Then a day in my capstone class, the Arab-Israeli conflict was the topic, I had to declare My faith and they should tone down their hate.
That night I was so upset, I decided I didn’t want to have to publicize my religion.
I wanted people to know I was Muslim before knowing anything else about me. So the next day I put on hijab and I’m covered under the constitution to wear it.”