"It took me some time because I did not want to convert simply for the sake of marriage alone."
Daphne Eleanor Iking, on embracing Islam on the same day she married businessman Azmi Abdul Rahman. [The Malay Mail]
I think Daphne is of politician material. When commenting about her recent conversion to Islam, she was careful to include that important word, "alone". The whole sentence is somewhat comical, to say the least. It begs the question: What, then, was the main reason for that conversion?
A number of my siblings have embraced Islam; and the main reason they did it was because they wanted to get married. They may not admit it, of course, but just like Iking, they converted just about the time when they were getting married to their respective Muslim spouses. Thankfully, however, none of my siblings were practising Catholics before they converted. And as far as I'm concerned, it made no significant difference whether they're Christians or Muslims.
Iking, however, is slightly different. I had visited her blog in the past, and I found it interesting that she used to have verses quoted from the Holy Bible. She also posted some articles in which she expressed her faith in God who would help her through her difficult times. I haven't been to her blog for a while now, so I don't know if there are changes there since her conversion to Islam.
Perhaps it is possible that Iking had no intention to lie to her fans. But because so many people are looking up to her as a role model, maybe she felt obliged not to disappoint them. After all, items put on display at the shops as window dressing are supposed to be beautiful and perfectthings that would seduce the shoppers to buy.
I'm convinced that that comment by Iking above was not just something that happened at the spur of the moment; it probably was a well-thought out comment which was not exactly a lie to her fans. I'm sure there were many other minor reasons why she converted.
The truth is that very, very few people would admit that they converted because they wanted to get married. Well, at least not openly. It takes a very brave person to be truthful in that sense.