My wife informed to me today that one of her former Quranic studies students is on the verge of converting to Christianity. Apparently this young lady was an orphan, fostered and subsequently lost touch with her Muslim heritage.
My initial response was that even if she ‘converted’ to Christianity she would be exposed to goodness and love. In time she may well ‘revert’ back to Islam but we should not attempt to ‘rescue’ her. Let her explore and make her own mind up. I am reminded of a Jewish anecdote that if someone has decided to put sugar into their tea they should not be prevented otherwise there will be a mess...Not forgetting the classic Quranic verse:
LET THERE BE NO COMPULSION IN RELIGION
This is a hidden and new phenomenon for minority Muslim communities residing in the West. On the otherhand I have more respect for ex-Muslims who are humane and law abiding than self-righteous zealots who can be deeply spiritual as well!