HOW TO BECOME A MUSLIM
All praises be to Allah, the Lord of the Universe. May the
peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad His last messenger.
The objective of this handout is to correct a false idea
spread among those willing to adopt Islam as their faith. Some people are
facing difficulties on the basis of their mistaken belief that entering
into the Islamic fold requires an announcement from the concerned person
in the presence of high ranking scholars or sheikhs or reporting this act
to courts of justice or other authorities. It is also thought that the act
of accepting Islam, should, as a condition have a certificate issued by
the authorities as an evidence to that effect.
We wish to clarify that the whole matter is very easy and
that none of the above mentioned conditions or obligations are required.
For Allah; the 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 Muslims with the concerned governmental agency, as this
procedure may facilitate for them many matters including the possibility
of performing Hajj and Umrah.
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 (SWT) for all human beings, then, one should pronounce that
"Shahada" (The testimony of faith) without further delay. The Holy Qur'an
is explicit in this regard as Allah (SWT) has stated.
"Truly, the Religion on the sight of Allah is Islam."
In another verse of the Holy Qur'an, Allah (SWT) has
"And whosoever desires a religion other that Islam, never
will it accepted of him; and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of
those who are lost." (3:85)
In addition, Islam is the only Religion prevailing over all
other religions. Allah (SWT) has stated in the Holy Qur'an;
"And to thee. We have sent the Book in truth, (This Qur'an)
confirming the scripture that came before it, and a witness over it…"
Muhammad, the Prophet of Allah (Peace and blessing of Allah
be upon him), said:
"Islam is based on five pillars: testifying that there is no
God worthy to be worshipped but Allah, and that Muhammad is the messenger
of Allah and His servant; performing the prayer; paying the Zakat
(obligatory charity); fasting the month of Ramadan; and perfuming
The Shahada can be declared as
''ASH-HADU ANLAA ILAHA ILLA ALLAH WA ASH HADU ANNA
MUHAMMADAN ABDUHU WA RASUULUH."
The English translation is:
"I bear witness that there is no deity worthy to be
worshipped but Allah, and I bear witness the Muhammad is His servant and
However, it would not be sufficient for anyone to utter only
this testimony orally either in private or in public, but rather, one
should believe in it by heart with a firm conviction with the teachings of
Islam in all his life he will find himself a new born person, (or new
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 be becomes the embodiment of that faith.
What would be next after declaring the testimony of faith
(Shahada) and then becoming a Muslim? He should know the real concept
underlying this testimony which means the Oneness of Allah and accept
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as the last of the Prophet, and meet its
requirements. He must behave accordingly applying this true faith to every
thing he speaks or does. What do the words of "Shahada" signify.
The significant point which every Muslim must know very well
is the truth that there is no God (ditty) to be worshipped other than
Allah, (Glory be Him). He 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 "Sahada" i. e. "We ashhadu anna
Muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluh" means that Prophet Muhammad (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 follow his teachings, to
avoid what he has forbidden, and to worship Allah alone according to the
message revealed to him.
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 and whether private or public.
Worship falls 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 Zakat (Obligatory charity),
observing fast in the month of Ramadan, performing Hajj, 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 human body, [actions].
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
Divine Decree of destiny (that good and bad are determined by Allah
This type of worship does not involve movements of parts of
the body but it surely has a bearing on one's heart which subsequently
affects his way of life. (Beliefs).
It should be borne in mind that worship not dedicated to
Allah alone, will be rejected as one form of polytheism or shirk, which
amount to apostasy from the Islamic point of view.
The next step for a devotee (newly reverted to Islam) is to
purify himself by taking a bath (total ablution). He should then resolve
to comply with all the principles and rules of Islam in their entirety. He
disowns 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 Islam that is, Lailaha Illal Laah.
Allah has stated in the Holy Qur'an:
"… whoever disbelieves in false deities and believes in
Allah, hath grasped the most trustworthy Handhold, that will never break…"
we have to consider that when we declare from our heart that
"there is no god (ditty) worthy to be worshipped but Allah." It implies on
our part of love, devotion, faith and obedience to the rules of Islamic
legislation which are legally binding on all Muslims. It is requirement of
"there is no god worty to be worshipped but Allah," to love for the sake
of Allah and to reject for the sake of Allah. This is the firmest anchor
of belief which materializes the meaning of "AL-WALA and "AL-BARA". It
means that a Muslim should love and be loyal to his Muslim brothers. He
should, as a practice, dissociate himself completely from practices of the
unbelievers and refuse to be influenced by them, both in worldly and
We conclude with a humble prayer to Allah that He may
cleanse the hearts and souls of those who are genuine seekers of truth and
may He bless the community of believers.