Editor’s Note: The convert/revert experience within the Muslim community, in a time of Islamophobia as well as hateful media and political rhetoric towards Muslims, can pose many challenges for the new convert. Individuals convert to Islam for various reasons and come from diverse backgrounds. Some have community and familial support, while the majority risk losing friends and family in the process. This experience can pose mental as well as physical strain on the individual. Despite the risk of losing friends and loved ones for the individual, as well as the struggle to fit into a new community, Islam continues to be the fastest growing religion in the world. Our guest author has generously provided us with detailed examples of his journey to Islam in the hopes of helping new converts as well as educate those born into Islam about the challenges related to conversion. For those of us who are blessed to have been born into Islam, we fail to understand the struggle involved in the journey of conversion. Insha’Allah this article will enlighten us and help us better support the new converts within our communities.
My Conversion Experience - Guest Post By Archimedes Aquino: Converted 5/3/17
I have had a very positive experience in converting to Islam. My Catholic family’s reaction to it, however, has given me multiple opportunities to practice the lessons of love and obedience that I have learned from the Qur’an. That’s my most positive way of shifting the perspective on what has been a difficult transition for them. My transition/conversion has been one of great ease and has been transformative in how I see the struggles that I face in my life. And I offer this description of my experience to give insight into what a new convert experience is like for lifetime Muslims to learn how to be supportive of new converts and for converts to know that they are not alone in their experience.