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What can I Do to become a Muslim?

To become a Muslim is very simple: To bear witness that there’s none deserving to be worshiped except the Almighty God (Allah), and to bear witness that Muhammad is his the messenger of God.

If I asked you to bear witness that your father is your father-- you would say, ‘Yes, my father is my father; My son is my son; My wife is my wife; I am who I am.’ Then why should you hesitate to bear witness that the Almighty God is the One and only God who deserves to be worshiped alone, and that the Almighty God is your Lord and your creator? Why do you find it difficult to do this? Are you being glorious? Do you possess something that God doesn’t possess? Or, are you confused? These are the questions you have to ask yourself.

If you had the chance to put things straight with your conscience, and to put things straight with God, would you do so? If you had the chance to ask God to accept the best of your deeds, would you do so? If you had the chance to do this before you die, and you thought that you would die tonight, would you not hesitate to bear witness that there’s only one God and that Muhammad is the final messenger of God and representative of all the prophets? You would not hesitate to bear witness that you are one of those who would like to be written down in the book of God as those who submit!

But, you think you’re going to live a little while. And of course, you’re not ready to pray every day! That’s because you think you’re going to live a while. But how much is ‘a little while?’ You got aches and pains in your knees and elbows and in other places of your body! How long ago was it when you were just a child, running and playing without a care? How long ago was it? It was yesterday! Yes. And you’re going to die someday, that day maybe today, tomorrow or in the near future. So how long you want to wait?

Islam is to bear witness that the Almighty God is the only God, the only One who has no partners.

Islam is to acknowledge the existence of the Angels who were sent with the duty of revealing the revelations to the prophets. Carrying the message to the prophets. Controlling the winds, the mountains, the oceans, and taking the life of those whom God has ordered to die.

Islam is to acknowledge that all the prophets and messengers of the Almighty God were righteous men. And that they were all sent by the Almighty God acknowledging the fact that there will be a final day of judgment for all creatures.

Islam is to acknowledge that all good and evil has been proportioned by the Almighty God.

Finally, Islam is to acknowledge that there will definitely be a resurrection after death.

Islam is like a big house. And every house has to be built with a foundation and pillars to support the house. Pillars and a foundation. And you have to build a house with rules. The pillars are the rules! And when you build your house, you must follow the rules.

The fundamental duties incumbent upon every Muslim are simple, and are summed up in just 5 simple rules, the so-called Five Pillars of Islam: Belief, Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving, and Pilgrimage.

Prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him) said:

[بُنِيَ الإِسْلاَمُ عَلَى خَمْسٍ شَهَادَةِ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ، وَإِقَامِ الصَّلاَةِ، وَإِيتَاءِ الزَّكَاةِ، وَالْحَجِّ، وَصَوْمِ رَمَضَانَ].

[1. To testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him).

2. To offer the (compulsory congregational) prayers dutifully and perfectly.

3. To pay Zakat (i.e. obligatory charity) .

4. To perform Hajj. (i.e. Pilgrimage to Mecca)

5. To observe fast during the month of Ramadan.] (Sahih al-Bukhari hadith no. 8).

The most important rule of Islam is to uphold the strict code of monotheism. That is, not to accept any partners with God. Not to worship anything along with God. The believer worships God directly without the intercession of priests or clergy or saints. Not to say anything about God that you have no right to say. Not to say, ‘he has a father, a son, a daughter, a mother, an uncle, an aunt, a board of trustees.’ Not to say anything about God that you have no right to say. When you bear witness, you sentence yourself. You take the sentence that you want. You either sentence yourself to peace and paradise, or you sentence yourself to confusion, frustration, hellfire and punishment.

So ask yourself, “Do I bear witness that there is only one God?” When you ask yourself that question, you should answer, “Yes, I bear witness.” Then ask yourself the next question. Do I bear witness that Muhammad is a messenger of the Almighty God? “Yes, I do bear witness.” If you bear witness to that, then you are a Muslim. And you don’t have to change what you were. You just have to make alterations in what you were--in your thinking and practice.

Finally, I ask you a honest and direct question: Have you understood what I have said to you? If you agree with what I said and are ready to enter Islam, then you are ready to become a Muslim.

To become a Muslim, you must first declare "the testimony" known as the Shahada; which is to declare the belief in the Oneness of God and the acceptance of Muhammad as God’s prophet.

Ash-hadu anlaa ilaaha illa-Allah,

wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan rasulu Allah.

“Which means that you believe that there isn’t any God who has the right to be worshiped except “Allah” the one and only true God who created everything and Muhammad is the messenger of God.

May Allah bless and guide us. I would like to say to all of the non-Muslim readers of this publication---Be very honest with yourself. Think about what you have read. Take this information with you and absorb it. Sit down with a Muslim person and let them explain more to you the beauty of Islam. Take the next step!

When you are ready to accept Islam and become a Muslim, wash yourself before formally becoming a Muslim. Accept Islam. Know about Islam. Practice Islam. And enjoy the bounties that Allah has bestowed upon you. Remember that the most important rule of Islam is to uphold the strict code of monotheism.

If you don’t put it into practice, you lose it like a fragrance. May Allah guide us. May Allah help us steadfast in righteousness till we meet him. 

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