Is there a new convert to Islam in your life? If the conversion of friend or family member came as a surprise, you might find yourself feeling confused, concerned, or upset. Maybe you’ve never heard or read anything positive about Islam and find it hard to understand why anyone would choose that path. Perhaps you assumed your loved one would always adhere to the faith of their upbringing, and now you are worried about the fate of their soul. Maybe you’re afraid Islam will change them in some fundamental way, and you won’t even know them anymore. You might feel like they’re turning their back on their family or culture. Those feelings can be scary and upsetting and can keep you from having constructive conversations or a good relationship with the new Muslim in your life.
Before you rush to harmful conclusions or ruin your relationship with them, here are some suggestions: