bashi-bazouk replied to your post:why are there so many reverts who become jihadis??I’ve thought the same but I’m white and non-muslim so I keep it in my head. Friends tell me about some diabolically sketchy preachers they’ve encountered. Maybe if you’re new, it’s harder to spot when you’re encountering something outside the norm?
i think that’s a plausible explanation but even when you convert, deciding to go to a foreign country to fight a war or even supporting that (monetarily or ideologically) is still so far outside the norm that it would be hard to imagine that a revert would think it was a mainstream thing? but i don’t doubt it has something to do with the people they encounter that introduce them to islam or those they surround themselves with. wanting to form a community as a revert is probably high priority, and maybe you’re more likely to accept the things they do or believe because of that? idk… some of these e-jihadi reverts confuse me
my response was too long for a reply but I think part of the issue is that there’s this aspect to reverts that’s never been acknowledged (anywhere I know) because we’re just supposed to feel good that they’ve “chosen the proper religion”. When the fact of the matter is, if you’re being realistic, it’s not that easy to go against the indoctrination that makes them start off thinking islam is bad (at least for young reverts) so this means one of two things: either they’re very open minded or they’re very susceptible to influences outside of their “norm” because of things that’ve happened in their past. and if they’re very susceptible to changes outside their norm it usually means that they run the risk of going overboard into the e-jihadi dark side of the moon… It’s something I’ve wondered about reverts I’ve come across, how much of this is you actually choosing for islam and how much of this is you running away from something else? (at the end of the day, I won’t know what’s in their minds but it does come close to explaining the issue)