As a women what do I need to know about converting to being muslim?

I am currently christian and have been all my life. Im willing and ready I just do not know were to start although I must admitt that im alittle worried about the reaction of others about my decision.

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  • 8 years ago
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    Salaam (Peace)

    Step 1:

    Review the five pillars of Islam: testifying that there is only one God and Muhammad is his prophet; praying five times a day; fasting for the month of Ramadan; offering charity each year; and making the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in your lifetime. Affirm these to yourself.

    Familiarize yourself with the various strains of Islam. Sunnis, Shias, and Ismailis are all Muslim but have slightly different core beliefs or aqeedah. Because Sunnis make up roughly 85 percent of the world’s Muslim population, this represents a sort of default option for conversion.

    Step 2:

    Sitting quietly by yourself, make your intention, either silently or out loud, to convert to Islam to please God alone, not for personal gain or to please other people.

    If someone is pressuring you to convert to Islam—for example a spouse or a boyfriend/girlfriend, remind him or her that according to Islamic law, a conversion without inner conviction is morally meaningless and religiously invalid.

    Step 3:

    Read out loud this statement in Arabic: “Ash-shadu an laa ill-laaha illa-lah.” This means in English: “I testify there is no God but God.”

    While many converts like to profess their new faith in a mosque and/or in the presence of other Muslims, witnesses are not required. You can become Muslim by yourself at home.

    Step 4:

    Read aloud this statement: “Wa ash-shadu anna Muhammadun-a rasuulu-lah.” This means “And I testify that Muhammad is the prophet of God.”

    Step 5:

    Repeat Steps 3 and 4. These two statements are known as the shahadah, or testament of faith, and they comprise the first pillar of Islam.

    Saying the shahadah in Arabic is required, but it might also help to repeat the statements in your native language.

    Step 6:

    Take a shower or bath, completely immersing your hair and body. With this washing, you are shedding all of the sins you may have committed before becoming Muslim.

    Step 7:

    Accept God’s mercy in forgiving all your past sins. It’s part of the gift of becoming Muslim.

    Step 8:

    Use this time to pray for others. God says the prayer of a new convert is likely to be accepted.

    Step 9:

    Begin to practice the other pillars of Islam as soon as you are ready. Most immediately, this means offering the five daily prayers.

    When you decide to make the pilgrimage, or hajj, another of Islam’s pillars, you might need your local mosque to write a letter certifying that you are now Muslim, as only Muslims are allowed in the city of Mecca.

    Step 10:

    Some converts like to start using an Arabic name in addition to or instead of their given name. Changing your name, however, is not required.

    While you will need to master a small amount of Arabic to correctly say the daily prayers, learning Arabic is not required.

    Step 11:

    When you are ready, begin to tell your friends, family, and co-workers that you have embraced Islam. Be patient with them if they express alarm or hostility. Don’t forget that there was a time when you, too, knew little about Islam.

    Step 12:

    Gradually incorporate other aspects of Islam into your life, whether that means dressing more modestly, reading the Quran, or visiting the mosque. While you may be tempted to completely change your lifestyle right away, realize that making slow, deliberate changes will serve you better in the long run.

    In the West, some of the most prominent Muslim are converts, including Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, and boxing champion Muhammad Ali.

    I hope I have been some help.

    Walaikum Salaam (and peace be upon you)

    What is Islam (Full Length Lecture) - Sh. Khalid Yasin

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=americas&hl=en&cli...

    Source(s): Frequently Asked Questions(By Non-Muslims) http://www.islamawareness.net/FAQ/ I Want to embrace Islam but ... http://www.islamicweb.com/begin/converts_faq.htm OK then, convince me... Why accept Islam http://www.islamic.org.uk/whyislam.htm Why do Muslims think that Islam is true. Is there any factual basis? http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/219/ Why I became muslim? (answered by various converts/reverts to islam) http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/103524 If Islam is really from God, why does it not make sense to me? http://www.questionsaboutislam.com/other-questions... Why Islam? http://www.islaam.com/Article.aspx?id=382
  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Mashallah conrgats!!!!!:D

    I am super happy for you! welcome! it is a blessing to have another muslim sister or brother in the world!

    The best advice I can give would be to thoroughly read an english copy of the Quran.

    I bet if you go to your local mosque and talk to someone there, people will be more than happy to help you out and give you info!

    Converting is super easy, all you have to do is say the shahadah

    I linked a youtube video on it below

    http://www.youtube.com/user/dawahaddict#…

    This dude has some great videos so you should definitely check them out! He is convert himself so he's good at explaining many things to make them understandable to people new to Islam

    Here is one about conversion stories you might also find interesting:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/dawahaddict#…

    Its kinda long but you can skip through some parts and stuff :)

    Also, here is a link to an awesome book that I think you could learn a lot from. This is what they use at a sunday school class at my mosque!

    http://kitaabun.com/shopping3/images/wha…

    Hope I helped!

    Congrats again!

    Wish you the best and all my prayers.

    And try not to worry too much about what others think, this is your own decision. even if some don't understand, remember you have a whole new family here for you <3 Muslims should be there for each other 100% of the time- remember you people who support you, understand, and only wish you the best.

    Peace Be Upon You!<3 :)

  • 8 years ago

    In the name of God the Merciful

    If you can go to a Muslim country would be better

    You do not need to tell others, but you need a companion to help you to synchronize and encourage both of you the other

    Muslims must learn the five basics( SHAHADA, 5 PRAYERS, RAMADAN FASTING , ZAKKAH , HAJ) AND doing them in there times

    After that you study the religion until you know God more because every time I have known will become stronger muslim

  • 8 years ago

    I love questions like these, I get so happy :D

    Congratulations on your decision :)

    If you know it in your heart that Islam is the truth, you believe Allah(swt) is God and Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) is the last messenger then you're ready to take your shahada (declaring you have reverted to Islam) Go to any mosque and tell the Imam that you want to become Muslim, he'll guide you. ALL of your previous sins will be wiped away and you start on a clean slate like a newborn baby. Don't worry about what anyone has to say, they are misguided and if they really loved/cared for you they wouldn't judge you on what religion you're practicing. May Allah(swt) make things easy for you. Ameen.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Congrats, I hope you convert soon.

    In order to become a Muslim, there are no specific religious rituals or customs that you need to perform, neither in specific areas nor in front of people. This is due to the fact that in Islam man has direct relationship with his Lord without any intermediaries.

    Also you don’t need to exert great efforts [to enter its folds] you merely need to utter a few words, which are easy on the tongue, while understanding their great meanings.

    One who has decided to become Muslim should utter Shahaadataan’ in order to enter the folds of Islam, which is:

    “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha ill-Allah, wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abd-ullahi wa rasooluh.

    Meaning: I testify that there is no true god except Allah, and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

    This statement is the key to enter Islam. Whoever utters it shuns all other religions besides Islam and all beliefs which differ with it. Through this statement, he receives the rights which all Muslims receive, and he must fulfill the rights which all Muslims fulfill. His wealth, honor and blood become inviolable, except for that which is prescribed by Islam.

    It is true that one is considered a Muslim by his apparent actions, but only Allah knows what is truly in the hearts.

    What One Should Do After Pronouncing the Testimony

    http://www.1ststepsinislam.com/en/after-pronouncin...

    Source(s): Be careful there are hypocrites here, some users here call themselves Muslims but they are not.
  • 8 years ago

    the main thing you need to know is to believe in one God, Allah.

    That he alone is one,

    That He is eternal (never created nor can be destroyed)

    That he does not bear children, nor was he born

    And that there is no one co-equal or comparable to Him.(so there is nothing like him, as everything you see is a creation and He is the creator)

    You need to believe that he has sent prophets, and they all carried this same message, adam, noah, moses , jesus (AS) they never claimed divinty for themselves.

    You need to believe that the bible, torah and pslams were once perfect revelation sent by Allah, however throughtout time they got changed.But the last and final reveation is the Quran, which is perfect and will remain perfect and unchanged until the day of judgement.

    This is most important thing in Islam, before anything, that every human is equal in terms of race, colour, gender except in taqwa(God consciousness) and there is no person between you and God(Allah) . So You believe In Tawheed.

    As a women, you can start to learn everything at your own pace such as wearing hijab, but learn your salah (prayers) and understand the main principles of Islam first.

    You dont have to be worried, inshallah you will be fine. at the time of the prophet salelahu alayhi wassalam the people who came to Islam were tortured (by the non-muslims) especially the slaves, yet many made it through the torture.

    You can email me for any specific questions of queries and i can give you a list of of reliable forum, islamic websites etc.

    watch this video and Inshallah it will amaze you, i went to one of his lectures last year as he came to England. He is also a convert to Islam and was a youth minister

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYMKQKSV0bY

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  • 8 years ago

    Remember this Rhyme,

    I believe Allah is one,

    WITH NO PARTNER AND NO SUN.

    well done for you. Islam is hard to adapt to but your just in time! Ramadan s in August!

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Salaam Aleykum - Peace be upon you! I am a muslim Convert. I would say one of the things I think people should be aware of before they convert to islam is that there are many different approaches to islam. Traditional Islam, for example, is not based solely on the Quran. I am a Quranist muslim which means I believe the Quran is the sole divine source of islam. The likelihood is, when you convert to islam, if you do, inshaaAllah (God Willing) is that you will be taught Sunni Islam (Traditional Islam, Mainstream Islam) You might want to find out more about Hadiths and their origins, and not just their authenticity but also what authority they hold in islam not only from Traditionalist point of view but try to also find out what the Quran itself says about Hadiths. You can use an online Quran and do a search for the word "hadith". Unfortunately Islam is being sold as a package deal these days. To be considered a "valid" muslim you cannot accept just the Quran on its own, you must accept all the hadiths too. If you reject the hadiths, this is quite a big deal and you may find yourself made to feel "outside" the fold of Islam. There are a lot of hadiths which do not contradict the Quran and which DO have their basis in the Quran - it's likely you will be taught these first.The problem is that the hadiths sometimes contradict each other and often either have no basis in the Quran or even in some cases contradict the Quran. The good news is that there are many muslims including a very high percentage of converts that think ex-communication is an unfair way to treat sincere believers who also believe that the Quran is the Holy Word of God and that the hadiths, whilst a rich source of information, are not divinely inspired. Should you decide to follow a more Quranist type approach, you would be very welcome to join the Quranists Reverts and Converts Support Network on Facebook . I would recommend giving the Sunni approach a trial first though so you can have first hand experiences of the teachings of Traditional Islam. Don't get me wrong, there is a LOT of good in Sunni islam as well as in Shia islam, and most of the followers of the Traditional kind that I have ever met are sincere friendly honest kind and good people. May God guide you (inshaaAllah - God Willing) and make your journey pleasant and rewarding. God Bless.

    Source(s): http://quranists.moonfruit.com http://quranists.net http;//quranistvoices.wordpress.com
  • Al
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    first don't second women are opressed in Islam i will pray for you to stay christian God Bless

  • Nazim
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    Welcome sister -- soon to be :-)

    You can start with this site. It's written for people like yourself:

    http://www.1ststepsinislam.com/en/

    Most importantly, practice the 5 pillars and study the Quran. There are some rulings that concern women (e.g. menstruation) which is something you'll have to learn quite early on.

    May Allah guide and bless you

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