Posted by: Dawud Israel | February 8, 2008

The Revert’s Best Friend

Often when people convert to Islam they get attached to a Muslim friend who does not leave them and truly cherishes this friendship.

This person is often a Desi Muslim who is so powerfully attached to this new type of believer. It’s a funny thing to see this deep level of devotion to friendship that it almost seems too hard to believe. It’s beautiful however and it’s something you will see much more of.

My own reflection is that this is a relationship that Allah places this into the hearts of Muslims and new Muslims as a bond to bring them together. Most new Muslims have to undergo a great deal of stress and difficulty as they are learning Islam and their non-Muslim friends and family are the only comfort they have, not their Muslim brethren. Its as if Allah has made this deep relationship between life-long Muslim and new Muslim that is so common for the purpose of spreading Islam and providing the moral support to build new Muslims into strong Muslims.

And there is a hadith narrated by Abu Dawud that goes something like, “A man is on the religion of his friends.” So naturally we must be more close to the Muslims than the non-Muslims and this is obvious among lots of Muslims that it doesn`t really need to be mentioned. 🙂
Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdik ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk. Ameen.


  1. This bond is very important for a new muslim. I didn’t connect with the muslim community until much later after my conversion. The muslim friend can be a real source of support and guidance that critcal for the new muslim. Without this support (especially for sisters) it’s like walking blind!

  2. I’d be the desi friend in this situation I guess, but I’ve always felt my revert friends, most who were students for me then became good friends help increase me in my eman.
    The purity of faith and the non-mix of cultural bidah is always amazing alhumdulillah!
    Its truly is from Allah!

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