The Muslims in Japan have only recently started thinking seriously about their future and that of their children and grandchildren in the country. As practical measures to solve the growing issues the Muslim community is facing in the country, they have started imparting religious education to their children in the hope of preserving the religious identity of their children, establishing regular schools for the new generation and
However, despite all the efforts made by the first-generation Muslims to keep Islam as a central path of their identity, we find at least some Muslims leaving their religion.
Due to the largely atheist society in Japan, we do find non-religious Muslims or non-practicing ones. Due to the open societal norms in Japan and other Western countries, some Muslims abandon their faith at least partially if not completely.
The phenomenon is specially evident among second-generation young Muslims who although were raised as Muslims in their childhood, no longer embrace Islam as they grow older or do not identify themselves as Muslims.
The Muslims who do not wish to identify themselves as Muslims also include Japanese people who embraced Islam at some point in their lives. However, left the religion due to the rejection from their non-Muslim friends, co-workers and family members and scant opportunities for social interaction with the Muslim community due to the language and other cultural barriers.
To solve this growing problem, we need to raise an awareness among Muslim community that it is their collective responsibility to provide moral, financial and other necessary support to the new converts, establish good relationships with them, help them make a smooth transition into the fold of Islam.
For them to be able to do so, the first-generation Muslim community needs to be educated on how to handle these issues. They also need to keep a watchful eye on their kids who find it difficult to associate themselves with Islam and Muslims due to the cultural and other pressures by their colleagues in schools and offices.