"converts, especially white converts, are not usually going to win a lot of love, either from our birth society or from the Islamic community itself"
Do you ever read something and it so perfectly encapsulates something, you're left thinking "I wish I'd written that"?
Anyway, I wrote my last post and had a good whinge and was stunned as always by the nice comments. Seriously, no troll-like types at all.
When people ask me about being Muslim, I always break into a massive smile, because to me, it's wonderful, in so many ways which are hard to describe.
Which is all very well, because there are times when it's very, very lonely.
You are Muslim. Your friends and family are not. No matter how well they might accept it, the fact remains that they would rather you weren't Muslim. That hurts. To have a big part of you your loved ones wish wasn't there. Plus, it is a whole range of experiences you can't share with them.
As for the Islamic community, there is the divide caused by different cultures, the fact that you will be overburdened with friendly advice on how to live your life by people who don't really know you, and they don't really know you because of the attitude that everything of your pre-Islam life is to be locked in a big box marked "Do Not Open".
Which is a ludicrous attitude. Especially as some people have very real reminders of their past life (i.e children) which cannot be so easily boxed away.
Besides which, those experiences, that life brought you to this point. Allah is the best of planners, Alhamdulilah.
Islam is a journey and for a convert, it usually means treading your own path.