Talk:Omar Ibn Said

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Religion issues[edit]

I see at the top of one of the references that the Omar became a Christian in 1820; therefore I take issue with his depiction as an "Islamic scholar", as all the material in question was written after his conversion. Mangoe (talk) 22:56, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Someone can be an Islamic scholar without being Muslim.--Chrono1084 (talk) 07:46, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Actually, we have to be a tad deeper in examining his life. It is very possible that even after his purported conversion, he kept a clandestine adherence to Islamic beliefs. This is supported not just by his dedications to Muhammad in his copy of the Bible, but also by the fact that he wrote his autobiography in 1831, which is filled with references to Quranic verses and introduced by a traditionally Muslim preface (http://omaribnsaid.com/http://omaribnsaid.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/omarpage14-medium.jpg). Near the end of his life, in fact, when asked to write out the Lord's Prayer in Arabic, he instead wrote out the Surah al-Nasr of the Quran. He never mentions a rescinding of Islamic beliefs. What would be more important and interesting to discover is what pressured him to publicly declare adherence to Christianity (safety?). —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.213.87.14 (talk) 23:13, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
Omar ibn Said is an Islamic scholar because he was trained as an Islamic scholar belonging to a family of Islamic scholars and employed as an Islamic educator in his homeland in Senegal before he was enslaved and brought to America. He copied verses from the Quran in public and personal writings both before and after his alleged conversion to Christianity.Azito (talk) 05:19, 25 July 2011 (UTC)