*It should be noted that the correct terminology is not convert, but revert.
Anonymous sent: do your followers think that muslim converts would benefit from a tumblr dedicated to converts, run by them? could you ask them to like this post if they would?
I’m sure that several of these already exist
I would like to see a blog that is run regarding convert issues that actually adhere to Islamic rulings when advice is asked.
I find that when people start up these blogs they turn into advice columns full of self interpretation and encouraging people to *take it slow* and do *however much ( little)* they want to do, when they want to do it.
While I realize ( myself also being a convert) that there are transitions that need to be made it doesn’t help anybody if we give out false information or go down the
*its okay if you don’t do that right now!!* road.
Sugarcoating doesn’t help anybody change. And often before people find it in them to change they will try everything they can to get justification to hold on to the things they used to do, the things they liked to do, the things that part of them still wants to do.
The last thing they need you to do is give them the justification they are looking for.
Another concern I have is that converts tend to be all over the place in the beginning. We think that we’ve been enlightened and that we suddenly have all the answers we’ve ever needed.
And it doesn’t help that we get a constant flurry of praise from other Muslims telling us how smart we are for embracing Islam. It just makes our egos sky rocket.
We have so much to learn. Saying the Shahadah is only the first step.
I’ve been Muslim for 4 years and I’ve only just realized how many mistakes I’ve made even within the last few years.
Major mistakes at that- while thinking that I was spreading nothing but good.
I’ve been Muslim for 4 years and I’ve only (i would say) just over a year ago figured out specifically which manhaj I’m upon. (Which is one of the most important things to know)
And about 90% of the speakers I used to listen to I’ve found out have flaws in their Deen and in the lectures they gave.
So I feel that at times it may be counter productive for converts to teach converts. Because recent converts especially just don’t have the knowledge to deal with something like this. Because we’re all still learning ourselves.
And in a few years , once said converts have learnt more, they’ll gasp at all the mistakes they made and spread, but they won’t be able to take back all the wrong information they’ve given to others. I know I did.
Rather, if converts want to make a blog, share relevant fatwa from recognized and knowledgeable scholars, good pdf files, inspirational posts- then no problem.
Just do your best to keep emotionalism and opinions out of posts that are supposed to educate, and don’t go down the road of self interpretation, and don’t encourage people to hold off fulfilling obligations set by Allah swt by allowing them some kind of justification.
And do your research on the speakers you promote beforehand.