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17. Understanding Islam
SECTION SIX: UNDERSTANDING CONVERTS FROM ISLAM
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: SOCIETAL DIFFICULTIES FACED BY NEW CONVERTS FROM ISLAM

14.1. Rejection by family


This is perhaps the most common consequence, experienced by Muslim converts to Christianity the world over. Their family is very likely to disown them and refuse to have any further relationship with them. My own father reported me to the police for becoming a Christian, and years later after his death, and after I had left the country, when I returned for a visit thinking things might have got better, my brother in turn reported me.

Muslim culture is generally based on honour/shame, where the good of the group supersedes the good of the individual, and family reputation is everything. Leaving Islam is one of the greatest shames a person can bring to his family. Thus to restore honour in the eyes of the community, the family will break all ties or in some cases (sadly not as rare as we would like to think), kill the family member who has brought such shame.

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