How to become a muslim?

HOW TO BECOME A MUSLIM

If anyone has a real desire to be a Muslim and has full conviction and strong belief that Islam is the true religion ordained by Allah for all human-beings, then, one should pronounce the "Shahada", the testimony of faith, without further delay.

The Shahada can be declared as follows:

"ASH-HADU ANLA ELAHA ILLA-ALLAH

WA ASH-HADU ANNA MOHAMMADAN RASUL-ALLAH".

The English translation is:

"I bear witness that there is no deity (none truly to be worshipped) but, Allah, and I bear witness that Mohammad is the messenger of Allah",

However, it would not be sufficient for anyone to only utter this testimony orally either in private or in public; but rather, he should believe in it by heart with a firm conviction and unshakeable faith. If one is truly sincere and complies with the teachings of Islam in all his life, he will find himself a new born person.

This will move him to strive more and more to improve his character and draw nearer to perfection. The light of the living faith will fill his heart until he becomes the embodiment of that faith.

What would be next after declaring oneself a Muslim? One should then know the real concept underlying this testimony which means the Oneness of Allah and meet its requirements. One must behave accordingly, applying this true faith to every thing one speaks or does.

What do the words of the "Shahada" signify? The significant point which every Muslim must know very well is the truth that there is no God (deity) to be worshipped other than Allah. He - glory be to Him - is the only true God, Who alone deserves to be worshipped, since He is the Giver of life and Sustainer and Nourisher of mankind and all creation with His unlimited bounties. Man must worship Allah, Who alone is worthy of worship.

The second part of the Shahada (i.e., Wa ash-hadu anna Mohammadan rasul-Allah) means that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is the servant and chosen messenger of Allah. No one must have two opinions about this matter. In fact the Muslim has to obey the commands of the Prophet (PBUH), to believe him in what he has said, to practice his teachings, to avoid what he has forbidden, and to worship Allah alone according to the message revealed to him, for all the teachings of the Prophet were in fact revelations and inspirations conveyed to him by Allah.

What is the meaning of worship? It simply means rendering sincere service, showing reverence for Allah. In a deeper shade of meaning, it implies total submission and complete obedience to Allah's commandments both in utterances and actions of man whether explicit or implicit.

Worship fall into two categories:

Visible (manifest or outward)

Invisible (concealed or inward)

Visible worship includes acts such as uttering the two parts of the "Shahada", performing prayers, giving Zakah (the poor-due), recitation of the Holy Qur'an, supplication, adoring Allah by praising Him, purifying our bodies before prayers, etc.

This type of worship is associated with movement of the parts of the human body.

Invisible worship is to believe in Allah, in the Day of Judgment (in the Hereafter), in the Angels, in the Books of Allah, in the Prophets of Allah, in the Divine Decree of destiny (that good and bad are determined by Allah alone).

This type of worship does not involve movement of parts of the body but it surely has bearing on one's heart which subsequently affects one's way of life.

It should be borne in mind that any worship not dedicated to Allah alone will be rejected as one form of polytheism and this causes apostasy from the Islamic fold.

The next step for a newly revert to Islam is to purify himself by taking a complete bath. He should then resolve to comply with the principles and rules of Islam in their entirety. He should disown all forms of polytheism and false beliefs. He should reject evil and be righteous. Such rejection of evil and being righteous is one of the exquisites of the motto of Islam - that is, Laa Ilaha Illallah.

Allah states in the Holy Qur'an:

"... whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy Hand-hold, that never breaks..." (Qur'an 2:256).

We have to consider that when we declare from our heart that "there is no god (deity) worthy to be worshipped but Allah", it implies on our part love, devotion, faith and obedience to the rules of Islamic legislations which are legally binding on all Muslims. It is a requirement of "there is no god worthy to be worshipped but Allah" to love for the sake of Allah and to reject for the sake of Allah.

We conclude with a humble prayer to Allah that may He cleanse the hearts and souls of those who are genuine seekers of truth and may He bless the community of believers. Aameen.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I am not a religious person, I am actually an agnostic, but if i was to follow a faith, i think I'd pick Islam, excluding the fundamentalists who pervert the word...

    I just personally find it the most righteous of all religions.

    As-salaam-alaikum (i think that's spelled right)

  • 5 years ago

    When you conver to islam, all your past sins are forgiven inshallah. and you start a new life. If you become a muslim and follow islam as it says then you will find urself to be a better human being. You will be more kind, loving, helpful and patience. This is your reward in this life. You become a muslim and you are on the right path, the true path and you are believing in the truth. This life is a test! the real life is eternal. Muslims do get married!! And who said you cannot see the girl before you get married? Ofcourse you can! You cannot date a girl before you get married!! Being a muslim doesnt mean you go straight to paradise!! You will have to give an account of your deeds. And nobody dies for your sins! you pay for your own sins! However, muslims will in the end will go to paradise. And there are many rewards, too many to list in here anyway. Islam is the only way to paradise..Belive in Allah, and his Prophets.. Accept islam. May Allah show you the right path...Ameen..

  • 1 decade ago

    First of all.... I got put off by this

    "I bear witness that there is no deity (none truly to be worshipped) but, Allah and I bear witness that Mohammad is the messenger of Allah"

    I could not read the rest after that. I admit.

    I don't believe in that, never have and never will. I don't mind if you believe in it or not. I just don't like it when people force something on me especially when I know its against my nature.

    I still have a happy life, morals and trust my feelings and instincts regardless. Something that life has taught and not religion.

    So thanks, but I'll stick to my own personal spiritual growth.

  • CAE
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Conversion during prison terms seems to be a common way, these days. Can you get yourself arrested? Read a book like everbody else.

    Islam for Dummies: A Reference for the Rest of Us!

    by Malcolm Clark

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  • 1 decade ago

    islam is like any other religion really... same crap..dont steal dont lie dont cheat etc... all people see are women with that black thing that covers them and they just assume all muslims are like that which is NOT true... by the way christian people the only difference between muslims and christians is that muslims believe jesus christ got lifted up in the sky and never got crucified some other guy who god made look like jesus did... you believe jesus got crucified THATS IT

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    jazaki Allah kol kher may all try to find the truth inside them self and believe then be Muslim keep on god help you

  • 1 decade ago

    Doesn't sound like you really wanted an answer. That said, dawah (spiritual encouragement) is a beautiful thing.

  • 1 decade ago

    Those who are TRUE, do not fear critisim, skeptisizm or scrutiny because they have nothing to HIDE.

    islam fears all three!

    enough said! and to find out why so many devout muslims are leaving islam just google leaving islam

    or google Ali Sina challenge

    Source(s): news.faithfreedom.org
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think It's awesome that you're considering another religion.. Whatever you find works for you.. Best of Luck!!

    And Ignore these prejudice people before me.. Shame that we can't get along.. Shame that prejudice still exists

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Jazakallah for posting that mayAllah swt bless you wid your efforts.

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