Was it a challenge for you?
Taking the shahadah per se? Not really. I was nervous but I knew in my heart that I had no choice but to become a Muslim. I also felt much more at peace after I reverted. However, trying to be a practicing Muslim continues to be a challenge for me. And my biggest challenge right now is telling my dad about it.
How did your family react?
So far, I've told my mom and my brothers and have been tentatively trying to tell my grandma. I haven't told my dad yet. Initially they were surprised but they gradually got used to it. My brothers still think I am weird though and just yesterday one of them told me that he felt like I have become a different person. I don't know why because I don't feel like I've changed that much personality wise. Maybe it's the fact that I actually try to practice Islam, namely the 5 prayers. I guess they didn't know that I was this hardcore lol.
Did they support you?
For the most part, my family neither supports nor discourages me. My mom urges me to be more careful in making such a conclusion, and my brothers really don't care that much. My dad doesn't know yet but I know he is not going to support me (not being pessimistic; I just know).
Why did you convert?
I reverted because after doing some research I decided that I believe that there is only one God and Muhammad (pbuh) is His last messenger. I am convinced that the Quran can be from none but God alone. Rationally, I could not make myself deny what was obvious, and spiritually, my heart was undeniably drawn to God and to this way of life.
What was your previous religion?
Un-determined. I had been a Buddhist, an agnostic, gone to church regularly for a year, meditated in some New Age group lessons, and even probed into Scientology for a while (wow). However, I had already believed in God before I started researching Islam.
P.S. Why do people answer this question like this "I am a Muslim but I can answer this question" ... Um so converts/reverts are not considered Muslims?