to my original name from the “Muslim” name I was given by someone I met on a bus that kept pestering me about when I was going to take a Muslim name. I used to defend my use of a “Muslim” name and it served me well at a certain point in my journey.
I made the switch last year and some of the sisters that I have known for a while still slip up every so often but it’s nice that other sisters remind them to call me by my birth name.
The process of re-introducing myself with my birth name and subsequently explaining why I no longer wished to be called by the “Muslim” name was not at all like I had expected.
Advice for name reverts, begin by telling your close friends (in a group is better so they can remind each other and tell others for you), introduce yourself with the name you want to be called to all new acquaintances, and just be firm but gentle about it.
From the Storehouse: