Christianity to Buddhism to Islam: Abdur Rahim Green
Abdur Raheem Green (born Anthony Vatswaf Galvin Green; 1962) is a British Muslim convert who is known in some Muslim communities for his work in Dawah, both in televised formal settings and informal contexts such as Hyde Park’s Speakers Corner. He is a presenter on Peace TV. He is engaged in education and media work on Peace TV and is the chairman of iERA, the Islamic Education & Research Academy. Green has given talks overseas, including a peace conference held in Mumbai.
Green was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. His father was a colonial administrator in the British Empire and his mother is Polish. His father was agnostic and his mother a devout Roman Catholic. Green was raised in the Roman Catholic faith from a young age.
Green attended a Monastic Roman Catholic boarding school, St Martin’s Ampleforth at Gilling Castle, and then Ampleforth College. When he was 11, his father took a job in Cairo, and so Abdur Raheem would travel to stay there during his school holidays. He studied history at the University of London, but did not complete his degree because of a growing disillusionment with what he regarded as the Eurocentric teaching of the British educational system.
At a young age, Green began to question his Roman Catholic upbringing. However, at the age of 19, he stated that he would “vigorously defend” the faith, even though he did not actually believe in it. He also practiced Buddhism for nearly three years, though never formally embraced it. In 1987, Green first became interested in Islam, picking up his first copy of the Qur’an. Green embraced Islam in 1988, and has been a Dawah practitioner ever since.