As Muslims, we sometimes fall into the trap that many groups fall into. We develop a feeling of superiority based upon our association with Islam. We often look at people who are different from us and we scoff at them. We ridicule them, and insult them. We neglect to even approach them with Islam, yet we say how they need Islam in their lives. This type of attitude is the one of blissful ignorance. It's just lame.
I ask this because, I ran into an interesting situation. A friend of mine met a man who had converted to Islam. In his past, he had engaged in homosexual activity, but he turned away from that. My friend appreciated the fact that this person was honest. This person divulged this info because of interest in marrying my friend.
When all of this was explained to me, I mentioned that although this person had a past, he has also taken on Islam. It's the questions...
"Does my friend reject this person because of his past?"
"Will rejection potentially cause this person to withhold this information the next time they wish to pursue marriage?"
"Is there a chance that this person sees marriage as a cure for his previous behavior?"
"How will such information play into the married life of this person? Will it be a cause for argument or enmity between spouses?"
"Should this person have even shared such information about past acts?"
"But isn't sharing such information the responsible thing to do? Especially in this day and age?"
"Would a better match be with another convert who also had similar behaviour in the past?"
Oh the list went on. No answers though. What I know without a doubt is that we need to decide whether or not we want to continue to ignore these issues? We need to decide if brother "Tat Face" will be judged by his character content and if brother "Past Life" will have space among his ranks during salat. What will be our reaction to such people? After all of our criticism, how will they be treated when people like these two men, enter the fold of Islam?