Salaam alaikum y’all.
Today I want to talk about some of the most famous reverts out there.
And no, I’m not talking about celebrity reverts to Islam. Although, can we talk about that for a second? Why does everyone lose their mind every time a celebrity even looks like they are coming near Islam? I mean, alhamdulillah for anyone who is guided to the truth. Me, you, the old man down the street, Shania Twain….What I’m getting at is it should all be the same. Shania Twain shouldn’t be any more important than me when it comes to celebrating someone embracing Islam. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is super important for celebrities who do come to Islam to then use their immense influence to spread truth and goodness, but I don’t really think that we need celebrity converts to validate our religion.
Plus, today the media and Muslims are all like “OMG Lindsay Lohan wore an abaya, and she said salaam, and she held a Qur’an!!! AAAAAAAIGH!!!” But once they get a hint that she has officially converted it is going to be all “Lindsay Lohan leaves one strand of tantalising red hair showing under her new Islamic garments as she heads out for wasteful retail therapy in Dubai…”
I’m lookin’ at you double standards…
Anyhow. Back to the main topic: the most famous reverts.
I want to share this little reminder today for all the reverts who ever feel disheartened, who feel like they will always be relegated to being second-class Muslims, who are getting constant messages from the community that they aren’t actual real Muslims until they have dissolved their own culture and personality for that of a Muslim majority country and changed their name to Maryam or Muhammad.
The first generation of Muslims, the companions (ra) of the Prophet (saws), the best generation there was, were all reverts.
Zaid bin Harith, Khadija, Ali bin Abi Talib, Umar, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, Hamza, radiAllahu anhum and so many more. All of these people, men and women, that spent time with the Prophet (saws), learned from him, and followed his example as well as human beings could. All of these companions who we look up to, whose names we know and give to our children up until today, they were all reverts to Islam.
And just like the reverts of today, they all had different stories. Hamza (ra) accepted Islam almost accidentally, out of principle against the tyranny of Abu Jahal. Abu Bakr, Khadija and Ali (ra) all had so much trust in the Prophet (saws) that they accepted Islam almost immediately upon hearing about the revelation. Umar (ra) took more time, and had a rocky road to the truth.
“Make things easy and do not make things difficult. Give glad tidings and do not repel people. Cooperate with each other and do not become divided.” Narrated in Bukhari