More mixed marriages in Singapore amid rise in Muslim converts

Ms Li Jinghan (fourth left) with her family members (from left) Mdm Khor Chai Loo (grandmother), Mdm Lim Kim Hiang (mother), Mr Lee Soon Koon (father), Mr Muhammad Aizat Khalis Daud (husband) and Ms Li Jingrou (sister) having their reunion dinner on
Ms Li Jinghan (fourth left) with her family members (from left) Mdm Khor Chai Loo (grandmother), Mdm Lim Kim Hiang (mother), Mr Lee Soon Koon (father), Mr Muhammad Aizat Khalis Daud (husband) and Ms Li Jingrou (sister) having their reunion dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year in 2017. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

Number of new Muslims jumped to 775 last year, up from 574 converts in 2007

Ms Li Jinghan, 28, used to be a "full-on" atheist, until she fell in love with a Muslim she met in university.

Her boyfriend told her she had to embrace Islam if they were to marry. She was reluctant at first, as that would mean a complete change in her world view and identity.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 22, 2018, with the headline 'More mixed marriages and conversions'. Print Edition | Subscribe