An American pastor who turned Muslim preacher has said the friendly treatment he received while visiting Saudi Arabia led him to convert to Islam.
Shropshire first travelled to Jeddah in 2011 to work as an editor New translation of the Holy Quran. He made the comments in an interview with Saudi news website.
At first, the 71 years old said; he was wary and full of hesitation of Islam due to the negative portrait of the Muslims by the media in United States but later he realized that the reality was completely different from what he had seen in the media, before his coming to Saudi Arabia.
"I soon realised that reality was completely different from what I had seen in the media," he said.
"I saw good people, who take the initiative to greet people and are generous regardless of whether you are Muslim or not."
He added that hospitality he received in Jeddah coupled with his work on the Quran led him to embrace Islam.
"Saudis worship only one God and they have good morals."
When asked how a meet muslim people in saudi, he said;
“What I see and meet is actually good people, who take the initiative to greet people and be generous regardless of whether you are Muslim or not,” he concluded.
Shropshire, who now lives in Saudi Arabia, is the founder of non-profit organisation Muslim Voice for Peace and Reconciliation.