I often see born Muslims, in the West, referring people who converted to Islam as “reverts”. I call myself a revert to born Muslims and other converted Muslims because of other Muslims telling me “everyone is born Muslim”. So in theory, I am reverting back to what I was born as. I want to state as to why I feel that I am a convert to Islam versus being a “revert”. I usually say I am a “revert only because I want to avoid a debate.
Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) told us in more than one hadith that each child is born Muslim and with Fitrah (human nature). Everyone’s human nature contains values of Islam, which are believing in one God, etc. The parents are the ones who choose to make the child a Jew, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Muslim, etc.
No other religion or their followers refer to their converts as reverts. Muslims are the only ones to do so. I say Muslims, not Islam. I can’t find anything within Islam, that being the Quran or hadiths, that says to call a person, who chooses to be Muslim, “a revert”. I can’t find it because it is not there. There is nowhere that says that anyone who chooses to become a Muslim, is, or should be called a revert. There is no word in Arabic that is equivalent to the term “revert”.
Whether it’s convert or revert, kindly call converts what they want to be called. I would rather call myself a convert because I feel I am a convert. When you revert, you are returning to something you used to previously do or practice. I never practiced Islam before I became Muslim. I practiced Christianity. If I was a born Muslim that practiced Islam as a child but quit practicing. Then later in life I started revisiting and practicing the faith I was given from my parents, I would be a revert to Islam. If I would leave Islam to be a Christian, God forbid, I would be reverting to Christianity because that is what I used to practice. I feel when you revert to something, that is something you used to do and practice. I have never practiced Islam before. So how could I revert back to it?