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O humanity! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female, and made you into peoples and tribes so that you may ˹get to˺ know one another. Surely the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous among you. Allah is truly All-Knowing, All-Aware. Quran 49:13

How to Be a Muslim

 
 

The term "Muslim" refers to one who submits themselves to God, Islam means submission to the will of God. We believe the first Muslim was Adam, as he submitted himself to God alone. Islam is based on the teachings of the Quran, which Muslims believe to be the word of God as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and the Hadith, which are collections of sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

To become a Muslim, one simply states the Shahada, which is the declaration of faith. The Shahada is a simple proclamation that there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger. By sincerely reciting this declaration with full understanding and acceptance of its meaning, a person can formally convert to Islam. This declaration marks the entry into the Muslim community.

It's also common for new Muslims to take part in a formal ceremony where they recite the Shahada in front of witnesses, typically at a mosque, although this may vary depending on cultural and regional practices.

After embracing Islam, one is expected to abide by the Five Pillars of Islam, which are:

  1. Shahada (Faith): Declaring the belief in the oneness of God and the prophethood of Muhammad.

  2. Salah (Prayer): Observing the five daily prayers at prescribed times. Learn how to pray here.

  3. Zakat (Charity): Giving a portion of one's wealth to those in need. Learn about Zakat here.

  4. Sawm (Fasting): Fasting during the month of Ramadan from dawn until sunset. Learn how to fast here.

  5. Hajj (Pilgrimage): Making a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, at least once in a lifetime, if physically and financially able. Learn how to perform hajj here.

In addition to these, Muslims are expected to follow Islamic teachings and principles in their daily lives, striving for righteousness, compassion, and justice. It's also important for new Muslims to seek knowledge about Islam and its practices, often through studying the Quran, attending classes or lectures, and seeking guidance from knowledgeable individuals in the community.

The Shahada

Saying these simple words, with conviction, enters one into the religion of Islam.

The Shahada, also known as the Testimony of Faith, is a simple yet profound statement that encapsulates the essence of Islam. It is recited as follows:

أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وأشهد أن محمدا رسول الله
Transliteration: "Ash-hadu an la ilaha il-Allah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan Rasool-Allah."

This translates to:
"I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except God, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God."

 
 

What does it mean to be Muslim?

 

The Arabic word ‘Islam’ means ‘submission’, and is derived from a word meaning ‘peace’. As such, the religion of Islam teaches that in order to achieve true peace of mind, one must submit to God. The word “Muslim” means one who submits to the will of God.

Islam is not a new religion because ‘submission to the will of God’ (i.e. Islam), has always been the only acceptable religion in the sight of God. For this reason, Islam is the true ‘natural religion’, and it is the same eternal message revealed through the ages to all of God’s prophets and messengers.

The main message of all the prophets has always been that there is only One True God and He alone is to be worshipped. These prophets include Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, John, and Jesus, peace be upon them all.

Islam is for the whole of humanity. Islam unites together people of different colours, languages, races, and nationalities into one brotherhood.

Allah says: “Indeed the Believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace with your brethren.”.” (The Noble Qur’an 49:10)

So, any human being can become Muslim. You do not need anyone’s permission. You can be any colour, race, age, and speak any language. Everyone is welcome!

 

Benefits of Converting to Islam

 

Achieving Inner Peace

In a world of excessive materialism, human beings are unsatisfied and spiritually empty. Submitting your will to God leads to something that everyone is looking for: inner peace and tranquillity. Humans are made up of two components, one is the physical body and the other is the soul. The physical body gets nourishment from food, but the soul needs a connection with God for its satisfaction. Worshipping God gives contentment to the soul.

“Those who have faith and whose hearts find peace in the remembrance of God- truly it is in the remembrance of God that hearts find peace.” [The Quran, Chapter 13, Verse 28]

Having a Direct Relationship with God

By accepting Islam, one forms a personal and direct relationship with God. This close friendship with God will lead one to face up to challenges and trials of this life and the next. The knowledge that God is with you every moment is an immense relief and whenever you face a challenge in life, you can put your trust in Him to resolve it for you.

“Unquestionably, God’s friends have nothing to fear, nor shall they grieve.” [The Quran, Chapter 10, Verse
62]

 

Discovering Your Purpose in life

Converting to Islam means you are on your way to fulfilling the purpose of your life. The very reason God created us is to worship Him. Islam teaches you how to worship God and get closer to Him.

 

All Sins Forgiven

Upon converting to Islam, all of the previous sins are forgiven. A new Muslim is like a newborn baby. Whatever sin you have done, no matter how many times you did it or how big it was, God can forgive it. God loves to forgive; humans may get tired of asking, but God never tires in giving.

Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [The Quran, Chapter 39, Verse 53]

 

Eternal Bliss

The greatest benefit is that a Muslim is promised by God the reward of eternal Paradise (Heaven). Those who are blessed with Paradise will live eternally in bliss without any sort of sickness, pain or sadness. God will be pleased with them and they will be pleased with Him. In Paradise, there are pleasures that no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard, and no mind has ever thought of. It will be a very real life, not spiritual only, but physical as well.

"Every soul will taste death and you will be paid in full only on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever is kept away from the Hellfire and admitted to Paradise will have triumphed. The present world is only an illusory pleasure." [The Quran, Chapter 3, Verse 185]

 

I want to become Muslim, but…

 

There aren’t any Muslims or Mosques around where I live

This is not an obstacle in anyone becoming a Muslim. You do not have to go to a Mosque or Islamic center or know any Muslims in order to be a Muslim. You can say the declaration of faith (called the Shahadah) to yourself and from then onwards you are a Muslim! Join a Muslim Community on our Discord server here.

I have tattoos, can I still become Muslim?

Tattoos are not allowed in Islam but they DO NOT prevent a person becoming Muslim. You should become Muslims and later you can have the tattoos removed if you can afford it. If you can not afford it then do not worry, there is no sin on you for what you did before becoming Muslim, you are still a Muslim. You will still be accepted and loved by Allah!

 

I am a child, how do I become Muslim?

If you are a child, you can still become Muslim. It is honourable to know who you are at a young age and accept Islam. This journey will be most beneficial as you grow and experience this life. If you believe your parents will not agree, you do not need your parent’s permission to become a Muslim. If you fear they may harm you or chastise you, you can become Muslim in secret and tell them when you are ready and it is safe for you.

 
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