Banished Because Of Religion

I felt the need to write this article because a close friend of mine decided to convert from Christianity to Islam. Now personally i dont see any problem with this, i mean seeing that it is her life, her faith it should be her decision to choose what religion she feels closest to god in. But of course many people ( mostly her family do not feel the same way, they hate her and say that she is going to hell for this and have all but turned their backs on her and banished her from their lives).

Most people know that Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all descended from Abraham, the Patriarch of the three Semitic faiths. If these three religious “children” all came from the same “Father” so to speak, why can’t they all just get along?

First of all I would like to tell everyone hat I was born into a Christian family and went to church every single Sunday as well as had the bible extensively drilled into my head until I was about 18 and left home to go to university in a different continent( thousands of miles away from my all abiding Christian famiy). The issue of converting was never a factor in my life, since ( even though I don’t wanna say his) I was kind of ignorant about the other religions worshipped by other people. So as I started university and began to live in a different society and enviroment, I started to be curious about other religions, namely Islam and judism. And the more I learnt the more I realized how connected they all are, from judism to christianity to Islam. Needless to say that this curiousity made my mother feel that maybe I am thinking about converting to a different religion, and his frightens her out of her mind, the idea of a child changing from a religion that his or her family has to a different one that hey might feel it’s not a good religion is one that rips families apart. I do not really understand why it is a big deal for families when their child chooses to worship a different religion as I feel it is their choice. Everyone has a right to choose what religion hey feel works best for them. What religion they feel makes them feel closest to god.

Would it bother you if your child, mother, sister, brother, husband, wife or even your closest friend chose to convert to a different religion that you might not necessarily understand or even tolerate?

P.s this is not me saying that I’m ready to convert. 🙂 it’s just my thoughts on the issue


4 thoughts on “Banished Because Of Religion”

  1. The differences between Christianity and Islam are primarily traditional and cultural—so I don’t know if I would bother converting even if I preferred the little things that one stressed over the other.

    Did your friend explain her reasons for converting?

    1. yup she did. and they make sense, to me anyway, she feels closest to god in islam and she says all the answers that she has had since she was young have finally been answered as she is learning about Islam. and she feels more at peace and the happiest she has been in her whole life.. Wouldnt you say if this is the way she is feeling then her converting is good for her?

      1. Well, like I suggested, the faith and theology aspects of Christianity and Islam are virtually the same. In my experience, it seems that most people who convert (in either direction) lack a prior understanding of their own faith. She may have had to dig into medieval or earlier Christianity to find the same ideas that she is encountering in Islam, but they’re all there.

      2. i agree with you, they are the same and they are all there, but there is a difference in the practice of Christianity now days, i dont know if i should say it is not as followed or as strict as Islam is, so that is one of the reasons she converted, and also the fact that Muslims believe that all christians should have already converted to Islam as it is the religion that the prophet who followed Jesus ( Mohamed) stated to all.. so these are some of the reasons she chose to convert, but now her family has disowned her and banished her from their lives because she is now of a different religion than them, a religion that they feel is evil. thank you for your interesting comments!! 🙂

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