I am becoming convinced we are not doing enough to help people that convert to Islam. If you know someone that just converted and doesn’t know anyone, do not just give them your number or add them on facebook and tell them to call you anytime or that you’re happy to talk etc. That’s a good start, but it can make the new Muslim feel as if they are a charity case and they are imposing on others.
Imagine what it’s like starting a new job and having to ask every 5 minutes how to do something, who to email, or even where the copy machine is. After the first week or so it can get humiliating, especially if you’ve already been showed once and forgot. We’ve all been in that situation and we’ve all been so grateful to the person who was nice to us and proactively showed up what to do without us even having to ask. We all know how grateful we were for that person’s kindness.
If you know anyone who has converted to Islam and seems like they could use a friend, message them, call them or text them yourself. Show them that you want to get to know them and not just for the fact they converted to Islam. Be interested in them as a person and don’t wait for them to contact you. All it can take sometimes is 5 minutes, but those 5 minutes can really make a difference.