Revert- choosing a different faith


Are we born Muslim, Jewish or Christian?

Muslims believe that everyone is born a Muslim so they call people who become Muslims reverts. Why does someone revert or convert to a different religion? What makes someone change his or her beliefs and adopt a new way of life? Do people change religion for: love, greater understanding of another belief, or closeness to god? Whatever reason someone chooses to change his or her religion, we should respect that.

How easy is it to change religions? It is pretty easy to convert to Christianity. To revert to Islam one must pronounce the “Shahada”. The “Shahada” is the first and most important of the five pillars of Islam. It is a much lengthier process to convert to Judaism as conversion is a gradual process and the transition takes time.

How easy is to live your life as Muslim? A Hindu friend of mine converted a few years ago and she said that it was a hard process and she hid it from her family, as they wouldn’t approve. Surely, if you’re going to practice another religion and take that step you should embrace it fully,  you might think. But, this is not always the case for everyone.  So why did she hide it? She knew her parents would not accept and wanted to bide her time before she came out as a Muslim and married a Muslim. She prayed in her room and observed fasts all oblivious to those around her. Gradually her tight clothes were traded for looser fitting clothes and long tops. She has not chosen to wear the hijab. Why not? Some of us identify a revert female as one who adopts the hijab and abaya as part and parcel of converting. So is this girl not classed as a Muslim even though she prays five times a day, believes in Islam, observes her fasts and has performed Umrah? Who are we to judge and decide this? Surely, we should praise those who take a step forward instead of criticising and picking faults. Which one of us is a perfect Muslim, Jew or Christian?

When asked why she converted, she stated that she believed that Islam was the right religion and is happy to be a Muslim. When asked if she would ever wear the hijab, she replied that she is not sure, but she will try to dress more modestly. So do we condemn or praise her?

For me it is all about intention and trying to better yourself as a person. I respect all religions and I think it is very hard to embrace another religion, as people are not always welcoming, so I admire those who are bold enough to take that step.