The Islamic faith is steadily growing in Zambia, with many new converts crediting the religion's peaceful teachings for steering them away from vice and crime.
"Islam isn't a complicated religion. Unlike other religions in Zambia, Islam is easy to master," new convert Hanif Mumba told Anadolu Agency.
He asserted that many youths like himself had turned to Islam in hopes of attaining spiritual growth.
"In Islam, there aren't complicated rituals; it's based on discipline. Provided a person masters the art of pleasing Allah, he will then be happy," Mumba said.
"I have come to learn that, in life, a person cannot do everything, because life is too short," he noted.
"Islam teaches us to focus only on doing things that matter the most," he added. "For me, the thing that matters most is doing the will of Allah every day of my life."
Mumba is not alone.
Suzgo Zimba, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Zambia, confirmed that many Zambians were embracing the Muslim faith.
As evidence, he cited the increasing number of prayer areas being converted into mosques for congregational Muslim Friday prayers.