In 2010, Rima Fakih was the first woman of Muslim faith to win Miss USA. As she did the interview circuit post-win, her Shiite-Muslim religion was a topic of conversation. Fakih shared about the role religion played in her family, stating that her family was more spiritual than religious. “We’re more of a spiritual family. Religion really doesn’t define me or my family,” Fakih explained. “My family’s been very liberal, and we appreciate all different kinds of religions.”
She also shared that there were many open, strong Christians in her family.
“I have an uncle who converted to Christianity, and he’s a priest now,” she said. “My family is Muslim. But none of this ever came up in our family. We don’t look at religion as something that defines us, we look at religion as something that we respect, and something that teaches us about ethics.”
Fakih followed that up with the expressed desire to be a Muslim ambassador as Miss USA.
But that appears to have changed within recent months. Reports are now circulating that Fakih has converted from her Muslim faith to Christianity. And while she has not confirmed this report outright, there are signs on her social media accounts that point to this change.
She recently posted this message on her Twitter account:
— Rima Fakih (@RimaFakih) March 30, 2016
She also shared Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
The encouraging news is that if Fakih has converted, she is one of hundreds of thousands of Muslims converting to faith in Jesus. If anything, these types of reports should inspire the church of Jesus to pray for our new brothers and sisters, that they would be firm in the faith and in the Lord. And that when they have a platform, that they would use it with wisdom and discernment in sharing their faith in Jesus. We also should continue to pray that Jesus would soften the hearts of men, women and children who don’t know Him and draw them to Himself.