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Assalamualeikum.

I am convert (1997) and spent eight years in an Islamic country before returning home (United Kingdom) to take care of an elderly parent.

I know it is my duty as a muslim, but the situation has become increasingly hard regarding keeping to the straight path.

I feel very isolated here and where before there was the call to prayer echoing from mosques, here there are no reminders. People are not interested in discussing religion. I find myself moving towards my old lifestyle before I converted and would like to seek your advice on how to save myself.

I am also scared to announce my beliefs at work in case I suffer persecution from people and I seem to be living in fear. I know that I am in trouble, but am not sure what to do. I hope that you can offer some good advice.

Sinccerely,

Adam

Answer
Bismihi Ta’ala

We do sympathize with your situation greatly.

Imaan is a great and constant struggle against one’s desires. There are many obstacles put in the way of every individual. Sometimes, these obstacles come in different forms. It is a great test from Allah Ta’ala to hold steadfast to ones Deen (religion).

In the above-mentioned case, it seems you do not have the moral and social support for your Deen. It maybe advisable that you leave that town with your elderly parent, and move to one where there is more religious practise and conciousness. To stay steadfast on ones deen without the moral support, in this day and age becomes extremely difficult.

Ponder over your situation, think about the possible options. Seek Allahs guidance by making Istikhaarah and make Duaa in abundance. Allahs help is with the sincere believers.

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Mufti Yaseen Shaikh

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This answer was collected from MuftiSays.com, based in London (UK). It is one of the fruits of Darul Uloom London. Many ‘ulama are involved in answering the Q&A on the site, including: Shaikul Hadeeth Mufti Umar Farooq Sahib, Mufti Saifur Rahman Sahib, Mufti Abdullah Patel Sahib, Maulana Qamruz Zaman Sahib, Mufti Abu Bakr Karolia Sahib.

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