|How a Person Becomes Muslim|
|Wednesday, 23 April 2008 17:59|
The most important information on this website for a person who is ready to submit fully to the will of his Lord who is one, without partners. Muslim means 'one who submits', understood in the context of submission fully to the will of the Creator which includes entering His Religion and following the rules prescribed therein. This in turn ensures Paradise in the hereafter.
Source: This is an amended copy of "HOW TO BECOME A MUSLIM" originally prepared and published by the Co-operative Office for Call and Guidance - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia [islaam.ca] Published: Pre 2000 Invitation to Islam Newsletter
All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe. May peace and blessings of Allaa be upon Muhammad, His last messenger.
The purpose of this hand out is to correct a false idea spread among those willing to adopt Islam as their faith. Some people have a wrong notion that entering into the Islamic fold requires an announcement from the concerned person in the presence of high ranking scholars or reporting this act to courts of justice or other authorities. It is also thought that the act of accepting Islaam, should, as a condition, have a certificate issued by the authorities, as evidence to that effect.
We wish to clarify that the whole matter is very easy and that none of these conditions or obligations are required. For Allah, Almighty, is above all comprehension and knows well the secrets of all hearts. Nevertheless, those who are going to adopt Islam as their religion are advised to register themselves as Muslims with the concerned governmental agency, as this procedure may facilitate for them many matters including the possibility of performing Hajj (Pilgrimage to the Holy City of Makkah) and ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage).
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 "Shahaadah", the testimony of faith, without further delay. The Noble Qur‘an is explicit on this regard as Allaah states:
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.
One should then know the real concept underlying this testimony which means the Oneness of Allaah 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 Shahaadah (i.e., Wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan rasool-Allaah) means that Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi was sallam - peace be upon him) 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 (sallallaahu ‘alayhi was sallam - peace be upon him), 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.
It simply means rendering sincere service, showing reverence for Allah. In a deeper shade of meaning, it implies total submission and complete obedience to Allaah's commandments both in utterances and actions of man whether explicit or implicit.
Worship fall into two categories:
Invisible worship is to believe in Allah, in the Day of Judgement (in the Hereafter), in the Angels, in the Books of Allah, in the Prophets of Allaah, in the Divine Decree of destiny (that good and bad are determined by Allaah 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 bore 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 (for the one who believes that worshipping someone besides Allaah is good and correct, the one who may have done this by mistake should immediately repent and seek Allaah's forgiveness).
The next step for a new revert to Islam is to purify himself by taking a complete bath. He should then resolve to comply with the principles and rules of Islaam 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 requisites of the motto of Islaam - that is, Laa Ilaaha Illallaah. (none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah) Allaah states in the Noble Qur‘aan:
We conclude with a humble prayer to Allaah 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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