What do I have to do to become a Muslim?

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It is indeed the greatest blessing to be rightly guided and to turn to the Creator and to be able to build a relationship with the Creator. It is the ultimate source of peace, contentment and happiness.


It is indeed the greatest blessing to be rightly guided and to turn to the Creator and to be able to build a relationship with the Creator. It is the ultimate source of peace, contentment and happiness.

 

In order to become a Muslim, you need to believe in seven (7) things and anybody who believes in the following is "technically" a Muslim:

1I believe in Allah (SWT);

 

2And His angels;

 

3And His books with Qur'aan being the FINAL and the LAST book;

 

4And His Messengers with Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) being the FINAL and the LAST Messenger;

 

5And in the Last Day (Day of Judgment);

 

6And in Fate, that good and bad is from Allah (SWT);

 

7And the life after death;

 

If you have any questions or need clarifications, please ask and we will be happy to answer them.

If you have no problems with any of these then you simply need to recite and declare that you are a Muslim. There are no witnesses required and no elaborate procedures you just need to repeat these words but you can chose to do so in your local Mosque or in the company of other Muslims OR you can choose to read from your screen and just reply to us that you have done so and you will be Muslim.

The testification is as follows:

اشْهَدُ انْ لّآ اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ وَحْدَه لَا شَرِيْكَ لَه، وَ اَشْهَدُ اَنَّ مُحَمَّدً عَبْدُه وَرَسُولُه

Transliteration: Ash-hadu an-La ilaaha ill Allah (SWT), Wahdahu La Sharika lah, wa ash-Hadu anna Muhammadan 'abduhu wa Rasoolu

Translation: "There is none worthy of worship but Allah (SWT) and I testify that Muhammed (Peace be upon Him) is Allah (SWT)'s worshipper and Messenger."

If you have any questions or need clarifications, please ask and we will be happy to answer them.

After becoming a Muslim Before doing anything (eating, drinking, etc) simply take the name of Allah (SWT). This isn't a requirement but a good practise to internalise that you are doing everything with the permission of Allah (SWT) and your purpose in life is to worship him, exclusively.

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Transliteration: Bismil-llāhi Ar-Raḥmān Ar-Raḥīm

Translation: In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Or you can even make it shorter and just say:

Transliteration: Bismi-llāhi

Translation: In the name of Allah.

You should now prioritise your learning and preferably have people around you to give you some time and assistance.


Accepting Islam: The Proper Way

By Shaykh (Mufti) Taqi Usmani (HA)

Q "What is the procedure for a Christian to convert to Islam in order to marry a Sunni Muslim girl?"

A- It is not a correct practice to embrace Islam for the sake of marrying a Muslim girl only. Islam is a composition of certain beliefs and acts. It is a way of life. It is a matter of faith and conviction. In order to become a Muslim, it is necessary to accept all its basic teachings with one's heart and soul. If one's real purpose is only to marry a Muslim girl, and he wants to register himself as a Muslim only because he cannot marry that girl without it, while he does not have faith in the basic beliefs of Islam, he cannot be a Muslim in reality.

Therefore, one should know at the first instance that conversion to Islam is not meant for marrying Muslim girls. One should, first, study the basic Islamic beliefs and teachings, and if he is convinced that they are worth accepting, he should accept Islam for its inherent rightfulness and its intrinsic merits, and not only because he wants to marry a girl.

Now, the basic beliefs one is required to accept while entering into Islam are the following:

1 God is One. He has neither a partner, nor a son or daughter. He is One in the true sense of the word that has no room for the concept of trinity, or for any other form of camouflage monotheism or a disguised polytheism.

 

2The Holy Prophet Muhammad, Salla-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, is the last Messenger of Allah after whom no messenger or prophet of Allah (in any sense of the word) will come.

 

3The Holy Qur'an is the last of the divine books revealed on the Holy Prophet, Salla-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, and all its contents are true.

 

4The life Hereafter is the eternal life one has to live after his death where he will have to face the fate of his good and evil deeds.

 

5All the teachings given by the Holy Qur'an or by the Holy Prophet, Salla-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, in absolute and unambiguous terms are true and acceptable.

 

Once a person accepts all these fundamental beliefs as true, both verbally and in his heart, he becomes a Muslim.

Conversion to Islam has no particular procedure, like baptism, etc. As soon as a person accepts the aforementioned beliefs with his heart and soul and professes them verbally, he enters the fold of Islam. It is not necessary that he seeks the mediation of a saint or priest, nor is it a prerequisite to go to a mosque or to an institution for accepting Islam. One can accept Islam on his own. However, it is advisable to go to a learned Muslim who can inform him about the basic beliefs of Islam and can teach him the concise and comprehensive words to express his acceptance of those beliefs.

Normally following sentences are used for that purpose:

"I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad, Salla-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and messenger."

"I have believed in Allah and His angels and His book (as they were originally revealed on His prophets) and in His messengers and in the Last Day and in the fact that all the good and bad destinies come from Allah and in being raised alive after death."

A further requirement for a convert Muslim is to free himself from those beliefs of his former faith or religion which are not in line with the Islamic beliefs. For example, a Christian must proclaim that he does no more believe Jesus Christ as the son of God or a part of Godhood. Instead, he accepts that he was a revered Messenger of Allah, and was no more than a messenger, having all the human attributes.

 


Certificate of embracing Islam

Masjid Tawheedul-Islam

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW,

Washington, DC 20500, United States

Phone: (202)-456-1111

 

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Certificate of embracing Islam

Praise be to Allah and peace and blessings be upon His final messenger Muhammad (Peace be upon him) Masjid Tawheedul-Islam hereby certifies that Mr. Dale Steyn (born July 6, 1946) who is an American citizen, previously Christian has embraced Islam today on the 19th of September 2013 (13th of Dhul-Qadah 1434)

He declared his Islam by pronuncing:

أشهد أن لا إله إلاَّ الله و أشهد أن محمد رسول الله


I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is his servant and Messenger.

He acknowledged his belief in the unity of Allah and acknowledged all of the prophets like Adam, Abraham, Noah, Jesus and all other Prophets culminating in the last prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) are servants and Messengers of Allah. He renounced all religions other than Islam and affirms from this day forth his adherence to Islam and Islamic law.

Dale has done so without any coercion or compulsion and he has been informed of his rights and obligations under Islam.

Dale has been informed and he acknowledges that prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) who lived and passed away 1400 years ago was the last and final messenger of Allah and Qur’aan is the final book. There are no more messengers or message to come. Dale has also been informed and he acknowledges that the companions of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) (Sahabah) are the best of the people after the prophets and he will respect and revere all of them with the following four (4) being the most superior (in rank and stature):

 

1 Abu-Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him)

 

2 Umar (May Allah be pleased with him)

 

3 Uthman (May Allah be pleased with him)

 

4 Ali (May Allah be pleased with him)

 

Dale was informed that there is no obligation for him to change his name but he has chosen to be known as “Osama” and would like to be known as such from this day onwards.

We pray that for Allah to guide him permanently along the straight path for He is the best Guider.

Shaykh Khalid Mansoor

 

Senior Imam (Masjid Tawheedul-Islam)

 

Osama (formerly Dale) Steyn

 

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Certificate of confirmation of Islam

Masjid Tawheedul-Islam

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW,

Washington, DC 20500, United States

Phone: (202)-456-1111

 

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Certificate of confirmation of Islam

Praise be to Allah and peace and blessings be upon His final messenger Muhammad (Peace be upon him) Masjid Tawheedul-Islam hereby certifies that Mr. Dale Steyn (born July 6, 1946) who is an American citizen, previously Christian has confirmed his Islam today on the 19th of September 2013 (13th of Dhul-Qadah 1434)

He confirmed his Islam by pronuncing:

أشهد أن لا إله إلاَّ الله و أشهد أن محمد رسول الله


I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is his servant and Messenger.

He acknowledges his belief in the unity of Allah and acknowledges all of the prophets like Adam, Abraham, Noah, Jesus and all other Prophets culminating in the last prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) are servants and Messengers of Allah. He renounced all religions other than Islam and affirms his adherence to Islam and Islamic law.

Dale has done so without any coercion or compulsion and he is aware of his rights and obligations under Islam.

Dale knows and acknowledges that prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) who lived and passed away 1400 years ago was the last and final messenger of Allah and Qur'aan is the final book. There are no more messengers or message to come. Dale also knows and acknowledges that the companions of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) (Sahabah) are the best of the people after the prophets and he respects and honours all of them with the following four (4) being the most superior (in rank and stature):

 

1 Abu-Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him)

 

2 Umar (May Allah be pleased with him)

 

3 Uthman (May Allah be pleased with him)

 

4 Ali (May Allah be pleased with him)

 

Dale was informed that there is no obligation for him to change his name but he chose to be known as "Osama" and since his convrsion to Islam been known as such. Dale has been Muslim and an adherent to Islam for the last 2 years and a member of our (local) Muslim community and this certificate merely confirms his Islam to others (where needed).

We pray that for Allah to guide him permanently along the straight path for He is the best Guider.

Shaykh Khalid Mansoor

Senior Imam (Masjid Tawheedul-Islam)

Osama (formerly Dale) Steyn

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