The Concept helps borderline converts push forward in their journey to God. Until now, these people have gone by unnoticed and ignored, though they actually deserve much of our attention.

What are borderline converts?

For most people, the journey to Islam is very similar.

Seeing Muslims say or do good things turns people's impressions upside down. Up until then, others had told them that Muslims were bad. But now their own eyes tell them that Muslims are good.

This confusion encourages them to learn for themselves.

So they begin to ask questions and listen to answers. They may even try to learn more from Muslims. But, more likely, they turn to Google.

The more they learn, the more they experience peace in their soul. Age-old questions are answered in ways that make sense. Confusions evaporate.

But as the truth of Islam becomes clear, so too does the possible consequences of embracing it.

Overcoming these fears are the person's first test in his journey to God. Those who fearless before Islam usually pass it straight away. But, for the majority, this period takes time. Many pass the test. But many do not.

Borderline converts are the people who are on this journey now, with some being closer to the border than others.

What holds them back?

The most common obstacle is thinking that Islam will be impossible to practice. From that comes the fear of failure, the fear of hypocrisy, the fear that they'll misrepresent Islam to others and much more.

Another common obstacle is the concern that Islam will turn them into something they won't like, that they'll need to change their names or adopt a foreign culture.

Sometimes they even feel like they're betraying their loved ones. Or, more generally, they fear how their friends and family will react.

The list of obstacles is extensive and can be surprising.

How do we help?

It's much easier to help a borderline convert than you think... all they need is some comfort. Comfort knowing that their concerns are normal and they can get through them.

But this comfort only makes sense when it comes from people who once stood in their shoes... CONVERTS!

In the old days, connecting potential converts with actual converts en masse was impossible. Leave aside the logistical nightmare, how do you even know who a borderline convert is?

But in the digital age, it's easy.

And that's what we do.

We reach out to converts and get them to tell us about the concerns they had and how things have turned out. We also seek their advice with regards to embracing Islam.

We capture it all in the form of video or written word, and then help borderline converts discover these insights through our YouTube channel and written publications.

The difficult part was wondering who I would become.

Would I become strange, dress differently, speak differently in the eyes of others?  What would my family, friends and workmates think of me?  Most importantly, what would I think about myself?  Would I like who I became?

I would spend time conducting searches online, looking for the stories of people who had gone through this experience themselves.

It is good to know that others have gone down this same path as you.
Alan Rooney, Scotland