As a revert, I am often greeted with the unwelcomed raised-eyebrow question 'did you convert for a guy?'. And I don't just mean non-Muslims, I also get asked this by our own brothers and sisters. It's slightly frustrating and really not appreciated. Some male reverts have told me people often assume they converted because of time spent in prison. Wow. It's great that I'm unmarried because people may believe me that I reverted to Islam on my own accord! What if turned around to them and asked 'hey what about you? Why are you Muslim?'. I don't identify as a Muslim revert, I am just a Muslim. The only difference is that I found Islam a little later in life. But why do I use the word 'revert' rather than 'convert'? I am in the belief that we are all born Muslim and some of us are raised to be something, but then Allah guides those He loves onto the right path. How merciful is Allah that when someone takes their shahada and becomes a Muslim, He forgives them for all their sins (whilst still rewarding them for the good deeds they have done in their previous life). Becoming a Muslim was the most beautiful feeling, you're like a new-born baby. A blank slate. In a way, yes, I found Islam through love. Love for our religion, love for Allah.
Tetapi boleh jadi kamu tidak menyenangi sesuatu, padahal itu baik bagimu, dan boleh jadi kamu menyukai sesuatu, padahal itu tidak baik bagimu. Allah mengetahui, sedang kamu tidak mengetahui."
(QS. Al-Baqarah 2: Ayat 216)
Hadith of the DayJawdan Radiyallahu 'anhu narrates that Rasullullah Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam said: If anyone offers an excuse to his Muslim brother and he does not accept the excuse, then he becomes guilty of a sin like that of an unjust tax collector. (Ibne-Majah: 3718)
#[16.119] Surely, your Lord to those who commit evil through ignorance and afterwards repent, and mend their ways your Lord thereafter is surely Forgiving, Merciful.
#[16.120] Abraham was (equal to) a nation, obedient to Allah, of pure faith and was not among the idolaters,
#[16.121] ever thankful for His favors. He chose him and He guided him to a Straight Path.
#[16.122] We gave goodness to him in this world, and in the Everlasting Life he shall be amongst the righteous.
#[16.123] Then, We revealed to you: 'Follow the Creed of Abraham, he of pure faith, he was not among the idolaters. '
#[16.124] The Sabbath was ordained only for those who differed about it. On the Day of Resurrection, your Lord will decide the differences that were between them.
#[16.125] Call to the Path of your Lord with wisdom and fine admonition. Dispute with them in the best manner. Your Lord is well aware of those who have gone astray from His Path and He is well aware of those who are guided.
#[16.126] If you punish, let your punishment be proportionate to the punishment you received. But if you are patient, it is better for the patient.
#[16.127] Be patient; yet your patience is only by the help of Allah. Do not grieve for them (the unbelievers), nor distress yourself because of their devising.
#[16.128] Allah is with the cautious and those who do good.
#[16.111] On the Day when every soul will come pleading for itself and when every soul will be recompensed in full for what it did they shall not be wronged.
#[16.112] Allah strikes a parable of the village which was safe and peaceful. Its provisions came in abundance from everywhere; but it was thankless for the favors of Allah. Therefore, for what they were doing, Allah let it taste the garment of hunger and fear.
#[16.113] A Messenger from their own was sent to them, but they belied him. So while they were harmdoers they were seized by the punishment.
#[16.114] Eat of the lawful and good things with which Allah has provided you and be thankful for the favors of Allah if it is He you worship.
#[16.115] These things alone He has forbidden to you: what is already dead, blood, the flesh of swine, what has been offeredup to other than Allah. But to whoever is forced to eat any of these, neither desiring nor wanting to transgress, Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
#[16.116] And do not say what your tongues falsely describe 'This is lawful, and that is forbidden, ' in order to forge a lie about Allah. Indeed, those who forge a lie about Allah shall never prosper.
#[16.117] Brief (is their) enjoyment, after which a painful punishment awaits them.
#[16.118] We have forbidden the Jews what We have already related to you. We did not wrong them, but they wronged themselves.