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33 situations that converts to Islam know only too well

The good, the bad, and the ugly. They call it a journey.

1. When born Muslims insist on telling you what to call yourself.

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2. People who want your conversion story the first time they meet you.

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I don’t even know your name yet!

3. People who you’ve never met before and who want to know how your family took the news.

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4. Praying in very odd places.

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Still getting used to the idea of other people knowing you’re Muslim.

5. Assumptions about how or why you converted to Islam, based on your ethnicity/appearance/background.

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6. Strangers asking you when you’re getting married.

7. The first time you watch someone else make wudhu.

8. Confusion about madhhabs.

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9. When you feel like a unicorn/freak in every social setting.

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10. People who want you to follow their sheikh/madhhab.

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11. People’s insulted feelings when they find out you don’t/won’t follow their madhhab.

12. Unhelpful questions, like “How’s it going, being Muslim?”

Oh, jolly good, thank you, yah, quite nice, swell, just rad, thanks for checking up on me, WHAT?!

13. “I will teach you PROPER Islam.”

14. People who are surprised you know anything about Islam, since you’re a convert.

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15. People who assume you must know everything about Islam, even though you’re a convert.

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16. Being referred to as “the convert” at mosque/halaqas.

17. Very lonely Ramadans and Eids.

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18. Things happening at the mosque, that no one informed you of.

19. Being overly enthusiastic about learning Arabic.

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20. Almost giving up on learning Arabic.

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21. 10 different translations of the Quran in English on your bookshelf.

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22. Avoiding old friends who still don’t know you’re Muslim.

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23. LADIES: Dealing with figuring out how on earth to wrap a scarf around your head like they do in the tutorials.

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24. Mass texts about eid, travel packages and product discounts, from people you’ve only met once.

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25. Picking up various languages spoken at mosques you frequent.

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26. People who ask you how good bacon is.

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27. Questions about alcohol. All the questions.

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28. “Who’s your sheikh/marja?”

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29. Other Muslims who can’t understand how you’re Muslim if you don’t know Arabic.

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30. The concept of Fajr for the first few years.

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31. Missing suhoor the first time.

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Is it even possible to survive the day?!

32. Istinja.

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33. Watching the community decide when eid is.

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All in all, there’s a lot to learn and many adjustments to make.

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At the end of the day, alhamdulillah!

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May we all gain sabr and remain steadfast – ameen!

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7 Comments

  1. The idea of ‘giving’ a new Muslim an Arabic name is ridiculous. But so many new Muslims are approached minutes after declaring their faith about adopting a ‘Muslim’ name. I know so many Jamals, Abdullahs etc who are Arab Christians. So many ‘Muslim’ names are simply Arabic names.

    The reason why so many sub-continental (Pakistani, Indian, Bengalis) Muslims push the name thing down our throats is because over there when a Hindu accepts Islam so many of them are named after one or more Hindu ‘gods’. That name must change but if someone in Europe or America with a WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) name becomes a Muslim, that name has nothing against Islam and therefore it is not important to change it. Sorry for the rant but this irks me to no end.

  2. Muslims are ignorantly called “reverts” because some Desi Muslims in the UK in the 1980s were obsessed with avoiding any terminology used by Christians, so they started calling converts “reverts” – not knowing English well enough to realize it was deeply insulting.

    ”Revert” means, “to go from an improved or better state, back to a lesser, degraded state”. In American English, to call someone a “revert” is always a grave insult. Remove this word from your vocabulary.

    One says, “the patient was improving, but reverted to critical”; or, “the parolee was living a law-abiding life, but reverted to their criminal behavior”. One never says, “The student was doing poorly, but reverted to good grades”. Additionally, in the south and western United States, the word “revert” connotes “prevert”, a common mispronunciation of “pervert”. It is deeply insulting, and could provoke physical assault. Do NOT refer to anyone as a “revert”!

  3. I do not like this . It gives the impression people who are born to Muslim parents know everything about Islam. It also gives the impression that people born to Muslim parents are better. This convert thing is getting out of hand. ALL of the Prophets companions were converts. I wish this convert thing stop. Immigrants came up with this term. I have never heard an American born Muslim refer to themselves as converts until I met immigrants in the south.

    1. MashaAllah.. Ive never thought of it that way before! Thanks for the new perception!! Signed a delayed Muslim lol… ;)

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