American citizen in Afghanistan embraces Islam

An American citizen in Afghanistan has converted to Islam at the hands of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, the state news agency said on Sunday.

Cristopher, who has been now rechristened Muhammad Isa, said he has been living in the country for many years and embraced the faith because he was inspired by the morals of the Taliban.

Zabihullah Mujahid officially converted the American national by reciting the mandatory Shahada (prayer of initiation into the faith) and gave him the Muslim name Muhammad Isa as the latter repeated after him with teary eyes, said the state-run news outlet.

The spokesman welcomed the conversion and hugged Isa.