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II - Eduardo Alves Dos Anjos

A man outside in the winter, smiling at the camera.

Eduardo Alves Dos Anjos

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(This article was first published in 2018)

Eduardo converted to Islam four years ago, after having spent many years distrustful of Muslims. Since then, he has been integrating into his new community and sharing his new religion with his Brazilian family and old friends, learning Arabic and delving into the life stories of other converts, like Malcolm X.

1 - 9-11 - Ten Years Later

Eduardo had developed a lot of hatred towards Muslims shortly after 9-11, blaming them for the terrorist attacks. Ironically, he converted to Islam a couple of years later, and went through a major lifestyle change.

2 - The Parent’s Point of View

Eduardo's parents split up when he was young. He lives with his father, and his mother is retired in Brazil. In this episode, Eduardo's parents talk about how they felt about his conversion to Islam.

3 - The Conversion

Eduardo reminisces about the day he converted to Islam. He got introduced to it via one of his classmates in high school. In this episode, he introduces us to his friend Oussama, and talks about how his friendship influenced his perception of Muslims.

Eduardo Alves Dos Anjos

Eduardo Alves Dos Anjos was born in São Paulo, Brazil and raised in Montreal. However, he prefers to consider himself a citizen of the world. He is currently studying at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business where he’s working towards his Bachelor’s degree.

He tries to maintain a balance in life between meditation and prayer, and his hobbies of jogging, capoeira (Brazilian martial art) and reading, as well as his academic studies. He also volunteers with the Concordia University Muslim Students Association in their community work and organization of Islamic events.

Eduardo is greatly inspired by philosophy and has a deep intolerance towards injustice and human suffering. He aspires to be more active in human rights organizations and would like to become a firefighter.

Two men drinking tea and smiling.

Eduardo chilling with a friend.

Photo: RCI / Mark Fiorani

A man smiling.

Eduardo smiling.

Photo: RCI / Mark Fiorani

A man smiling with a yellow background.

Eduardo Alves Dos Anjos.

Photo: RCI / Mark Fiorani

A man with a book, outside in the winter.

Eduardo happiness.

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Two men with their foreheads on the ground, praying.

Eduardo praying.

Photo: RCI / Mark Fiorani