Saturday, November 10, 2007

How to become a Muslim

A quick discussion back in time

How to become a Muslim. Shahadah Declaration

إن الدين عند الله الإسلام

Verily the only religion in the eye of Allah is Islam.

1.      The word Islam means submission to the will of Allah regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, color or background. It is very simple to become a Muslim. It is a matter of few words only
No prerequisite, no rituals. 
2.      One can do it alone in front of Allah or with other people.

With the pronunciation of this testimony, or “Shahada”, with sincere belief and conviction, one enters the fold of Islam.
3.      Upon entering the fold of Islam purely for the Pleasure of God, all of one’s previous sins are forgiven, and one starts a new life of piety and righteousness.
“Do you not know that accepting Islam destroys all sins which come before it?” (Saheeh Muslim)
4.      In another saying, Muhammad, the Prophet of God, said:
“Whoever testifies that there in none worthy of being worshipped but God, Who has no partner, and that Muhammad is His slave and Prophet, and that Jesus is the Slave of God, His Prophet, and His word which He bestowed in Mary and a spirit created from Him; and that Paradise (Heaven) is true, and that the Hellfire is true, God will eventually admit him into Paradise, according to his deeds.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

5.      Your conversion should be based on:
  • knowledge
  • certainty
  • acceptance
  • submission
  • truthfulness
  • and sincerity.

6.      To convert to Islam and become a Muslim a person needs to pronounce the following testimony with conviction and understanding:
I testify “La ilah illa Allah, Muhammad rasoolu Allah.”
The translation of which is:
“I testify that there is no true god (deity) but God (Allah), and that Muhammad is a Messenger (Prophet) of God.”
7.      This conveys that all forms of worship, whether it be praying, fasting, invoking, seeking refuge in, and offering an animal as sacrifice, must be directed to God and to God alone. Directing any form of worship to other than God (whether it be an angel, a messenger, Jesus, Muhammad, a saint, an idol, the sun, the moon, a tree) is seen as a contradiction to the fundamental message of Islam, and it is an unforgivable sin unless it is repented from before one dies. All forms of worship must be directed to God only.
8.      The second part of the testimony means that Prophet Muhammad is the servant and chosen messenger of God. This implies that one obeys and follows the commands of the Prophet.
a.       He was sent in order to practically implement the Quran, in his saying, deeds, legislation as well as all other facets of life.
b.      One must believe in what he has said, practice his teachings and avoid what he has forbidden.
c.      One must therefore worship God only according to his teaching alone, for all the teachings of the Prophet were in fact revelations and inspirations conveyed to him by God.
9.      Briefly speaking, Islam is a religion of six folds:
a.       Testimony to the oneness of Allah
b.      Belief in the angels, prophets, books, the hereafter, and the destiny
c.       Sanctifying one’s soul and elevating it high above all evils and abominations.
d.      There is a dire need for virtues and perfect manners coupled with righteous deeds
e.      Committing one’s all affairs to Allah
f.       All of this should be coupled also with the belief in Muhammad’s message and abidance to his noble leadership and righteous guidance
Based on the teaching of our beloved prophet, I welcome you to Islam, and on behalf of the Muslim community of Concordia I congratulate you for your decision.
May you please come forward to declare your shahada 

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