Following is an excerpt from an interview with Egyptian journalist 'Ata Abd Al-Aal, which aired on Al-Rahma/Al-Rawdha TV on December 12, 2010.
'Ata Abd Al-Aal: The rate of converts to Islam in the US is very high. This is of great alarm to the Zionist circles in the US, because this rate is rising on a daily basis. These converts adhere to Islam with total conviction. They become preachers themselves, and convince others to convert to Islam. You are more knowledgeable than me in this issue, and you know that many Americans convert to Islam every day.
Interviewer: To conclude this show, let me ask: Even though Islam has a strong presence and deep roots among the Islamic communities in the US and Europe, what is required of the da'wa institutions in our countries?
'Ata Abd Al-Aal: They should send religious guides, as the Americans call them, or preachers, who should put an end to the calls not to participate in the elections. Some of the sheiks who go to the US during the month of Ramadhan or on other religious occasions incite the Muslims living there not to take part in the elections, because they are living among infidels. This is very troubling, and runs counter to the rights of the Muslims in the US.
The Islamic institutions in the Islamic world should send preachers who are well versed in Islam, who know how to preach to the American mentality, and who are proficient in English and can communicate with the Americans. Over there, they must forsake their own material and personal interests, and must act for the sake of Allah.
[Ultimately,] the US will be transformed into an Islamic republic, as a sheik in the US told me. He said that the most important place for the future of Islam, after Mecca and Medina, was the US.