Islam Channel GC: Faith value

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  • I personally think that Tinu Adeshile's conversion to Islam is fantastic. I,also having been brought up in a strong Liverpool Catholic family, fell out with "religion" in the 1960s. Having worked amongst Muslim people I became interested in Islam and finally converted two years ago whilst having a rather bad time looking after a seriously ill relative and I have never regreted it.

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  • My wife and I were very surprised to see an hijab-wearing sister on the cover page of the Lawyer. My wife is also a solicitor (hijab-wearing) and she understands how difficult it could be in the somewhat undiverse and monolithicc legal profession.........
    Anyway, as Muslims we always persevere irrespective of the obstacles because we understand that the ultimate provider is the Almighty......

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  • I believe Tinu Adeshile, is a great example to all of us. she has a greatest of hearts and I am fortunate to be given the opportunity to be working alongside her. Being a striving trainee solicitor from a Pakistani Muslim background, Tinu has brought me in and has built my confidence in many ways both religiously and in my work. The world needs many more like Tinu Adeshile. Keep up the good work.

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  • ‘If …wasn't impressive in itself,… Adeshile was inspired enough… to reject her Catholic roots and convert to Islam’
    I had to do a second take just to check that this wasn’t something sent out by an Islamic proselytizing body.
    By all means congratulate Adeshile on her legal achievements.
    It is also great that she lives in a society where her faith choice does not result in a claim of apostasy (or the violence and death so often inflicted under Sharia law on those who seek to convert away from Islam), but conversion to Islam should not be promoted in this way in what purports to be a legal journal.

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  • Well done to the Lawyer for promoting diversity in the Legal Profession. It is well needed and a story about the conversion makes it more interesting!

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  • Wow, what an article. I think I'm ready to convert after that one!
    While her professional accomplishments might, indeed, be 'impressive', why is her conversion to Islam and her 'rejection of her Catholic roots' equally 'impressive'? I doubt very much such a gushing account would ever be written about anyone 'rejecting his Muslim roots' and converting to another religion.
    Additionally, talk about 'changing people's negative impressions of Islam' while conveniently pretending there aren't many good, legitimate reasons for the public's mistrust is dishonest. Other religions are routinely raked over the coals for any of their members' outrageous behavior. Why does Islam deserve exemption from equal treatment, especially given the frequency and severity of said outrageous behaviour?
    Last, on the topic of how wonderful and inclusive an environment it is, I'd be curious to know the number of and advancement prospects of their gay employees, or indeed of all non-Muslim employees.

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  • It has been inspiring reading about Tinu Adeshile.Qari Asim at DLA Piper is also an inspiring young lawyer who is a lawyer and Imam (prayer leader) at a mosque. I believe he is the only one in the country that leads daily prayers and practices full time. Truly inspirational and a wonderful example of the force for good that faith can be.

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  • Great to read Tinu’s story. I am a young muslim trainee at a firm which, I must say, has been respectful of my religious views. However, I know it’s not like that everywhere, especially in private practice. The pressure cooker environment and the need to “fit in” can make it difficult to balance religious commitments, especially if you’re the only seriously practicing individual at the firm. It’s come as no surprise to me to see many who were once fully practising to have also had their religion “knocked out of them”. Granted, choosing the law as a career path is one's own choice, but surely that should not be at the expense of religion in todays day and age. We should be showing that having a successful legal career and practising your religion must no longer be mutually exclusive, and more articles like this will help.

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