For many converts to Islam, the holiday season can be particularly challenging. With one foot in the culture of their upbringing and another foot firmly in their new Islamic lifestyle, converts often find it hard to know where to stand. Some new Muslims wonder if it’s permissible to celebrate events like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve with their loved ones. Others have become distanced from their family due to their change in faith and lifestyle. For them, the holidays can be particularly isolating and lonely.
How can converts navigate this tricky season? Is it possible to be part of the holiday fun while still true to one’s Islamic beliefs? On the other hand, if the months of November through January render some individuals alone and unmoored, what can they do? Here are some tips from someone who’s been there: