There are many advantages of converting to Islam, the most obvious one being the sense of calmness and well being that descends upon any person who realizes they have discovered one of life's most basic truths. Establishing a relationship a with God in the most pure and simple way is liberating and exhilarating, and it results in serenity. However, it is not the only advantage of converting to Islam, there are other benefits that one would experience. Below are some:
Converting to Islam liberates a person from slavery to manmade systems and lifestyles.
Islam emancipates the mind from superstitions and uncertainties; it liberates the soul from sin and corruption and frees the conscience from oppression and fear. Submission to the will of God, does not curtail freedom, on the contrary it gives a very high degree of freedom by freeing the mind from superstitions and filling it with truth and knowledge.
Once a person accepts Islam they are no longer slaves to fashion, or consumerism, and they are free from the slavery of a monetary system designed to subjugate the people. Islam also free a person from the superstition that rule the lives of those who have not truly submitted to God. A believer knows that good and bad luck do not exist. Both the good and the bad aspects of our lives come from God.
Converting to Islam allows a person to truly experience God's love.
Converting to Islam allows a person to achieve God's love by following His guide to life- the Qur’an, the authentic teachings and traditions of Prophet Muhammad. When God created the world, He did not abandon it to instability and insecurity. He sent a rope, firm and steady, and by holding tightly to this rope an insignificant human being can achieve greatness and eternal peace. Allah says in the Qur’an: "there is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the right path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut (anything worshipped other than the one True God) and believes in God, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And God is All- Hearer, All- Knower. (Q2:V256)
Converting to Islam guarantees Paradise.
Paradise as described in many verses of the Qur’an, is a place of eternal bliss and it is promised to believers. God shows his mercy to the believers by rewarding them with paradise. Whoever denies God or worships something with, or instead of Him, or claims that God has a son or daughter or partner, will be doomed in the Hereafter to the Hellfire. Converting to Islam will save a person from the punishment of the Grave and suffering on the Day of Judgment. The Qur’an says: "and those who believe (in the Oneness of God) and do righteous good deeds, to them We shall surely give lofty dwellings in Paradise, underneath which rivers flow, to live therein forever. Excellent is the reward of the workers" (Q29:V58)
Converting to Islam reveals God's mercy and forgiveness towards His creation.
As feeble human beings we often feel lost and alone. It is then that we turn to God and seek His Mercy and Forgiveness. When we turn to him in true submission, His tranquility descends upon us. We are often able to feel the quality of His Mercy and see it manifest in the world around us. However, in other to worship God, we need to know Him. Converting to Islam opens the gateway to this knowledge, including the fact that God's forgiveness knows no bounds.
Many people are confused or ashamed of the many sins they have committed over the course of their lives. Converting to Islam completely washes those sins away; it is as if they never happened. A new Muslim is as pure as a new born baby. The Qur’an says: "say to those who have disbelieved [that] if they cease, what has previously occurred will be forgiven for them…" (Q8:V38)
Converting to Islam answers all life's BIG questions.
One major benefit of converting to Islam is that it lifts the fog. Suddenly life, and all its ups and downs becomes clearer, it all makes more sense. The answers to the big questions that have been plaguing humankind for millennia are laid bare. At any time during our lives, when we stand on the precipice, or at the fork in the road we ask ourselves- "is this it, is this really all there is?" Well no, this is not all there is. Islam answers the questions and asks us to look beyond materialism and see that this life is little more than a transient stop on the way to life everlasting. Islam gives a clearer aim and purpose to life. As a Muslim we are able to find answers in the words of God, the Qur’an, and in the examples of His final messenger Prophet Muhammad- may God be pleased with him.
Converting to Islam allows every aspect of life to be an act of worship.
The religion of Islam was revealed for the benefit of all humankind who will exist until the Day of Judgment. It is a complete way of life, not something only practiced on the weekend or at annual festivals. A believer's relationship with God is twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. It does not stop and start. Through His infinite mercy, God has provided us with a holistic approach to life, one that covers all aspects, spiritual, emotional and physical. He has not left us alone to stumble in the darkness rather God has given us the Qur’an, a book of guidance. He has also given us the authentic traditions of Prophet Muhammad that explains and expands on the guidance of the Qur’an.
Islam fulfils and balance our physical and spiritual needs. This system, designed by the Creator for His creation, not only expects a high standard of behavior, morally and ethics but it also allows each and every human act to be transformed into worship. In fact, God commands the believers to dedicate their lives to Him.
"Say: 'Surely my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for God, the Lord of all the worlds" (Q6:V162).