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Being a real Muslim is the greatest choice of all. Islam is all about believing that there is only one God, and that Muhammad is the messenger of God. Welcome to the Straight Path.
1. Have a good mindset of Islam. Be rest assured that the path to Islam is indeed very simple. Understand that in Islam one doesn't convert rather one reverts. In Islam every child is born innocent and stays so until puberty, thus all children that die young are taken directly to heaven. So when one "converts" to Islam he/she is actually reverting to their original nature.
2. Ask yourself this: Are you willing to commit yourself to Islam? You need to know that there is only one God and Jesus was a prophet and also that all prophets including Muhammad were directed by that one God.
3. Testify your faith by citing:
Ash-hadu an la ilaha illah-Allah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan rasul-Allah
"I bear witness that there is no God except Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God".
4. Purify yourself. Immediately upon becoming a muslim, you should take a bath or shower, to purify yourself because in Islam, hygiene is essential.
5. Know the truth of Islam. You can learn a lot from translations of the Qur'an, the most accurate guide to being a Muslim that is. Some of these translations may be harder to understand than others, however Abdullah Yusuf Ali and Pickthall are the two most common.
6. Offer your first prayer to God. If you're not sure how the prayer goes just do your best, in Islam the road to heaven is paved with good intentions.
7. Understand and execute the five pillars of Islam. They are the Testimony of Faith (as mentioned in Step 3), the five daily Prayers (as mentioned in Step 5), Fasting (in the month of Ramadan), Charity, and Pilgrimage (once in your lifetime for those who have the means).
8. Believe in the seven articles of Faith: Believe in God, his angels, his revealed books, his messengers (from Adam to Mohammad), the Last Day, the fate (good and bad) is predestined by Allah, and the Resurrection after Death.
* Always ask a moderately knowledgeable Muslim when you have questions about your newly acquired faith. A second opinion is advisable, possibly from the Imam of your local mosque.
* Listen to the Quran recitation in Arabic while reading the English translation.
* Read the book, The Forty Hadiths, to sample a few of the prophetic sayings. *Visit the websites of reverts to Islam to get a feel of this huge community
* Don't rush into it. You need to have a firm understanding of the different laws before you can achieve the status of a real Muslim.
· 1 decade ago