Too much emphasis on your name
After you have accepted Islam, you are trying to learn so many new things all at once and it can feel very overwhelming. There are so many important things you are trying to familiarise yourself with and it can feel baffling when other Muslims are so concerned about your name. With so many other priorities, your name might be the last thing you are thinking about. Your name does not determine whether you are Muslim or how good of a Muslim you are, and it can feel like sometimes other Muslims need that validation to believe that you truly are Muslim. It is not a necessity to change your name or choose a Muslim name unless your name is associated with another religion or goes against Islam in any way. Other than that you can have the name your non-Muslim parents gave you and still be 100% Muslim. I know of many reverts that have not changed their name or chosen a Muslim name at all yet I also know of many reverts who did choose a Muslim name, myself included. For me, although I did get quite a few comments about my name, it was my own choice and decision to choose a Muslim name for myself. Whatever a revert decides to do about their name, it is completely their own choice.
Not all reverts getting the same welcome
Whenever somebody embraces Islam, they are welcomed warmly and widely by all Muslims. However not all reverts seem to receive the same excited and wide welcome. This is something I have unfortunately noticed, particularly on social media and it seems to all come down to appearance and most sadly of all, race. I have noticed much more excitement and sharing of lovely message for reverts who are white and in particular those who have pictures of themselves shared. If someone has no pictures of themselves anywhere on social media, they would receive virtually no attention. I find it sad that appearance seems to have as much weighting, even within the Muslim community, as it does in society in general.
Furthermore, there is undoubtedly a problem of racism within Muslim communities, meaning that black Muslims are often treated differently by non-black Muslims; some use derogatory terms and have a deep-seated view that they are superior. Along with this, black reverts are not welcomed as warmly in general. This whole problem within the ummah is completely against the teachings and principles of Islam and it can cause people to experience racism in ways they never did before.
Confusing culture and Islam
As a revert it can be very confusing when you are a brand new Muslim learning pretty much everything from scratch. What makes it even more confusing, is when people are telling you how you should or shouldn’t do things according to their own interpretations, their own sect or their own culture. It can be very difficult knowing where to turn and who to trust and learn from. When it comes down to it, it is best to stick to the basics. Our’an and Hadith. When you have Muslim friends who you are surrounded by in your early stages, it can be very easy to pick up habits and practices which are in fact purely cultural and nothing to do with Islam. As a revert you have to make the judgment and decisions by yourself, without parents to guide you or decide for you, and you have to be very careful.