I wish that I was a bit more patient with other Muslims! But it's so hard to be, hahah. I'm a really private person with people that I don't know and I am getting to the point where I am sick of the questions that pretty much all Muslims ask when they realise I'm a revert.
I went to a takeaway Indian place a few weeks ago and the conversation went like this:
Her: "Are you from Saudi Arabia?"
Me: (I do NOT look Saudi, AT ALL. At a stretch, Lebanese or Turkish but NOT khaleeji) "No"
.... Silence ....
Her: "Where are you from?"
Me: "I'm from here"
Her: "Oh wow. But where are your parents from?"
Me: "They're from here."
Her: "Are you Muslim?"
..... I wear hijab btw
Her: "Oh I'm a Muslim too."
Her: "How did you become a Muslim?"
Me: "I researched it."
Her: "Oh, like you read the Qur'an?"
Her: "What do you feel is different between your life before and your life now?"
...At this point I was getting really upset because it's not like I'd come up to some random and ask where their parents are from and their inner most thoughts about their current life! She must have felt that I was rude because I didn't want to talk about my own personal feelings but I mean seriously. I find it so insulting that many people seem to think they have the right to question other people about really personal things, but they'd never do it to someone who wasn't a revert. And conversations like those above don't just happen with women, most of the time it's men who ask me questions like that which really annoys me because there is NO way I am going to describe my personal, religious journey with a man. Uh, no.
I do get that it's great to find other Muslims, believe me - it's only recently that more Muslims have moved here so it was good in the past to see them, but there is a line. Maybe my line is a bit too big because I'm a private person but there is a definitely a time and a place for asking those questions! I would share that information with a friend or perhaps someone in the mosque, not just someone that I bought some takeaway from and will never see again >.<