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O seeker of truth, if you really seek the truth put aside all preconceived notions, and open your heart…Do not let others judge or make a decision for you.

Our mortality

“Every soul shall taste death and then to Us you shall return”  (Qu’ran 29:57)

 

Death is inevitable, it is only a matter of time:

Life expectancy on earth is on average around 70 years.

Assuming that you are not going to die sooner in a traffic accident, an illness, a fatal fall, a cardiac arrest.. Ask yourself the following question, how long do I have left on earth?

 

Every individual is responsible for his/her own salvation:

Men and women were given a special status in the pattern of the universe, since God has endowed them with intelligence and the ability to know and react better than any living creatures. With these superior abilities, they can differentiate right from wrong.

 

In the Qur’an, God stated that he will not accept any diversion from those not in accordance with Islam.

“If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to God), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost all spiritual good” (Qur’an 3:85)

 

Everyone who hears the message of Islam in a sound and correct form and rejects it will have evidence against him. Whoever dies without having heard the message of Islam, or having heard it in a distorted form has their case in the hands of God.

God knows best about His creation, and He will never treat anyone unfairly.

 

For those who believe, do good deeds and live in accordance with Islam, prophet Muhammad (pbuh) described Paradise as follow: “It is what the eye has not seen, nor the ear heard, nor ever flashed across the mind of man.’”

And God in the Qur’an says:

“No soul knows what joy is kept in store for them as a reward for their labours.” (Quran 32:17)

 

And for those who reject the signs:

“But those who reject Our signs and treat them with arrogance, they are the companions of the Fire, dwelling therein forever.” (Qur’an 7: 36)

 

Becoming Muslim:

 

If you are still not a Muslim, ask yourself what is stopping you from becoming one? Review all the undeniable proofs you’ve read or heard on this website and see if you can come up with a good reason or excuse?

To become a Muslim, you do not need to take a course or obtain a certificate. While many converts like to profess their new faith in a mosque and/or in the presence of other Muslims, witnesses are not required. You can become Muslim by yourself sitting at home.

All you have to do is take the “Testimony of Faith” (Shahada) while making your intention, either silently or out loud, to convert to Islam to please God alone, not for personal gain or to please other people.

Read out loud this statement in Arabic: “Ashadu ana la ilaha ila Allah; Wa Ashadu ana Muhammad Rasul Allah.” And then repeat in English (or in your native language) “I bear witness that there is no God but God (Allah) And I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God”. (Peace be upon him)

Then take a shower, symbolically to start a new beginning. (Some people prefer to shower before making the declaration of faith above; either way is acceptable.)

 

Few things to keep in mind once a new Muslim:

Begin to practice the other pillars of Islam as soon as you are ready, starting with the five daily prayers once you have learned how to pray.

 

Some converts like to start using an Arabic name in addition to or instead of their given name. Changing your name, however, is not required.

 

While you will need to memorise a very small amount of Arabic to correctly say the daily prayers, learning Arabic is not required.

 

When you are ready, begin to tell your friends, family, and co-workers that you have embraced Islam. Be patient with them if they express alarm or hostility. Don’t forget that there was a time when you, too, knew little about Islam.

 

While you may be tempted to completely change your lifestyle right away, realize that making slow, deliberate changes will serve you better in the long run. And later on, if you wish to visit Mecca to perform Hajj (pilgrimage), make sure to contact your local Islamic Centre or any Mosque prior to booking your trip as only Muslims are allowed in Mecca. Any Mosque will pledge for you as long as you can say the Shahada.

 

By becoming Muslim, you become part of the biggest family on earth; we are 1.82 billion brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to share your story if you can, it could inspire others.

 

May God guides us in the right path and gives us the knowledge, strength and wisdom to leave our place on earth a better place for the future generation insha Allah.

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