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Kathryn2425
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Hi! So within these past few months, I have really become close with the Islamic religion and have really been thinkin of becoming Muslim. The problem is that I was raised in a hard core catholic family and my dad and I always fight about religion because I have never liked being catholic. I'm afraid of telling them that I want to be Muslim because afraid that they will hate me forever:( any advice would help please!
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Sam W
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Hi Kathryn,

I'm sorry to hear that religion is such a source of tension between you and your dad.

Are there members of your family you feel more comfortable talking to about this subject (mom, sibling, aunt, etc)? Also, are you living with your dad at the moment?

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Kathryn2425
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There's not anyone I can talk to about this issue that's in my family because they are all against other religions:( and yes I live with both of my parents.
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Heather
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Well, one place to start might be by visiting a mosque, if you haven't already (I'm assuming you have if you are at the point where you're thinking about a religious conversion), and asking to talk to a religious leader or educator there, even just a fellow community member.

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I haven't actually visited the mosque yet because I can't go without my parents finding out, but I do know the sweet ladies that help run the mosque because they attend the Muslim prayer group that I go to with my friends. I will try my best to talk to them but do you have any advice about how to discuss this situation with my parents so that they can be understanding?
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Heather
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How about you ask the people in your Muslim prayer group about that?

Really, the issue of religion and discussing it with parents is pretty far afield of what we do as a sex and sexual health education service and organization, especially when the religious conflicts aren't about sexuality.

So, besides this topic really being outside our scope, I also think that the people who are becoming part of your own faith community are likely the best folks to talk with about this anyway.

[ 10-30-2013, 07:38 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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