This is from Al Qamar:
“Being a Convert can be hard
We read the Quran and we truly believe in what we have learned
BUT the words, actions and advice from the Muslims around us can make us turn away…
A reminder to be gentle with new converts ♥ The actions and words of individual Muslims and the entire Ummah can be the deciding factor for a potential convert
These are all things converts are told and witness – These are things we’ve seen in comments on Youtube, in forums and threads, in groups, in our inbox, to our faces. When a convert/potential convert knows little about Islam, Muslims are where they form their opinions and ideas about Islam from – Many do not make the realization that no Muslim is perfect, and cannot handle the constant criticisms and contradictions.
– This is a very personal post for any convert out there who has struggled or is struggling now – Many converts have been through this and understand. Though many don’t speak about feeling judged, being confused, not belonging, feeling lost, and not knowing what’s “right” – many brothers and sisters have been there. It can be lonely, it can be hard, it can feel like you’re stuck in the middle of two selfs. It can really, really hurt.
Sometimes, the only way to make it through is to believe. Even if you can’t bring yourself to do any more… when it’s time to move forward, you will be given the strength to do so. You’re already dealing with an immense amount of pressure and identity crisis – Take it a day at a time, a step at a time. Don’t try to be the best or look the best. Move at your own pace. It’s a lifelong race, and in the end, it’s only with yourself–”