Though Peter Casey was raised by a Christian dad and a Jewish mom, he converted to Islam as a young teenager. Now, he uses social media to find out what it means to be Muslim in America.
Peter Casey, or Dawah Addict as he is known online, often rides a skateboard to the mosque and rarely thinks twice about performing his prostrations at a Starbucks. Mr. Casey, a 23-year-old recent Queens College graduate, does not do it out of a rebellious impulse to defy Muslim orthodoxy. Rather, he says he seeks to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions others have about his faith.
As a convert to Islam with a suburban upbringing and a Judeo-Christian background, Mr. Casey is in a rare position to do so. His boyish looks, clear blue eyes and pale white skin allow him to evade easy categorization from non-Muslims.