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How to rebut image of being a criminal?



New member
Feb 14, 2015
when I was a teenager I managed to get myself into the wrong crowd and engage in questionable activities.

Now that I am older and wiser how would I would rebut the image of being involved in the wrong crowd to being a changed respectable individual?

How would you do this?

I was told to get involved with my local community mosque and get involved in islam due to having a rough childhood.


Well-known member
Oct 21, 2014
A lot of people do things they regret when they are young (and often much later on).

But the good thing about life is that you can make changes to the way you live. Turn away from bad choices you may have made in the past and find a better way. If, for you, getting involved in the mosque and Islam seems a good choice, then do that. Also look for other positive things you enjoy. You will find that people will most likely soon forget past mistakes.


Well-known member
Aug 17, 2012
The West Country
I agree with what Sarah's said.
I'd also say it's quite important to forgive yourself and not to judge who you were in the past too harshly.

Getting involved in your community mosque - if you feel called to do so - would be a positive thing.
Anything where you're helping others or making a difference can help.

But yes, I also think it's an inside job too and not so much about what you're doing with your time. So practise self-forgiveness and really make an effort to stand by your morals, that kind of thing. :)
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