In my reading, I often come across the statistic that within three years of converting to Islam, about 75% leave the faith. I may not have the statistic exactly right – but it is along these lines. I am also not sure where this statistic comes from or how it is calculated.
But I do wonder…. even if number is only approximate, why do so many people leave? And do they really stop believing or is it that they go back into the ‘Islamic closet’ permanently.
From time to time I ask myself if this will this happen to me?
There are definitely times when I feel frustrated, sad and alone. I wonder, who would know if I changed my mind? Stopped praying. Stopped learning. Stopped searching. Called a friend to go out for a glass of wine and a plate of prosciutto.
No one would know.
And Allah (SWT).
So, what do I do when these times hit me?
I think about what I truly believe: La ilaha illa Allah wa Muhammad rasul Allah.
Then I do salah, make dua and perhaps read a bit of the Qur’an.
And I know – simply – that this is who I am. Really……its who I have always been, it just took me a while to figure it out.
So, two years and two months from now will I feel the same? In 10 years and 10 months? Insha Allah.
Why do you think some reverts stay committed for the rest of their lives and some leave after a few years?
And what can we do to change this statistic of 75% who leave within three years?