- Jul 19, 2016
I was told by a person I trust with knowing about these things that the important thing is that you convert. After that, while appreciated, no one really cares how you live and do not expect one to be a perfect Muslim. (no such thing). It's a numbers thing and good image builder for the Imam who converted you to take to the neighborhood Iman juice bar to brag about how he converted a bule. Get's him a free juice or some kind of plaque to stare at later.I'm more of the DNA type... as for the conversion, my point is that in Indonesia the conversion it is usually superficial for the families sake. I converted so we could have a Muslim wedding, but I didn't believe in the shahada for even a millisecond nor have I ever been to a mosque, prayed or done any of the 5 pillars (except for donations which my wife did with out me knowing). My wife's parents were a little disappointed at first that I didn't want to learn to pray and when we hit the first Ramadan and I didn't fast they were a little disappointed, but they got over it. I think the fact that they can tell their family and friends that their daughter's husband converted is enough.