Islām means “submission to God”. Islām is the belief that there is only One God, whose proper name is Allāh, which means “the God”. Islām is the same message given to all the prophets, from Adam , Noah , Moses , Abraham , Jesus , and finally to the Prophet Muhammad , the last messenger. They all brought the same message: worship only God, and stop worshiping human beings and their ideas.
Prophet Muhammad , welcomed even those, who had previously fought him and killed his loved ones. These people later on were to become the heroes of Islām. So no matter what your background and no matter what you may have done or said to Muslims or others in the past, you should rest assured that you will be welcomed with open arms.
Who can become a Muslim?
Some people are worried often worried if they will be allowed to become Muslim due to a variety of reasons. So before proceeding onto how to convert to Islām. I wish to reassure you that anyone can become a Muslim.
Islām is for the whole of humanity. Islām unites together people of different colours, languages, races. and nationalities into one brotherhood.
❝Indeed the Believers are but brothers.❞ ― Al-Qur’ān, sūrah al-Ḥujurāt (Apartments), Chapter 49, verse 10
So you will be our brother or sisters in Islām when you convert to Islām.
Any human being can embrace Islām. You do not need anyones permission to become Muslim. You can be any colour, race, age, speak any language and still become a Muslim. There are many American, British, European, Indian, children and Adults who accept Islām every day.
You may hear from some Muslims incorrect advice due to their lack of knowledge of Islām or due to lack of correct knowledge of Islām. So please note that:
You do not need to do a course or obtain a certificate to become a Muslim
Someone may say you have to do a course or obtain a certificate to be a Muslim. This is incorrect. You do not need to attend a course or obtain a certificate to become Muslim.
You should not delay in becoming a Muslim
If someone advices you to delay your conversion to Islām. This is also incorrect. If you believe Islām is the truth, then you should not delay your conversion to Islām. You should convert immediately because we are given a certain lifespan. Since we do not know when we are going to die. Not even a minute should be lost as your time to leave this life may be up the next minute.
If you have tattoos you can still become a Muslim
Some one may say to you that you must remove all tattoos to be a Muslim. This is also incorrect. Tattoos are not allowed in Islām, but they DO NOT prevent a person from becoming Muslim. There is no sin on you for what you did before becoming Muslim.
If you have a wild past of have committed a many of sins you can still become a Muslim
No matter what sins you have committed or how wild your past was. You can still become a Muslim.. Islām erases all sins committed prior to becoming a Muslim. Prophet said,
❛Islām annuls what came before it.❜ ― Narrated by Muslim in his Sahih, no. 121
As soon as you become a Muslim all your previous sins are forgiven and you start a blank state. Or a complete clean record.
Muslim (121) narrated that Amr ibn al-Aas said: When Allāh put Islām in my heart, I came to the Prophet and said: Give me your right hand so that I may swear allegiance to you. He held out his hand and I withdrew my hand. He said, What is the matter, Oh Amr? I said, I want to stipulate a condition. He said, What do you want to stipulate? I said, That I will be forgiven. He said, Do you not know that Islām destroys that which came before it?
If you are a Small child you can still become a Muslim without your parents permission
If you are a child you do not need your parent’s permission to become a Muslim. If you fear they may harm, you can become Muslim in secret and tell them when you are ready.
What if their are no Muslims (or no Mosque or Islāmic center) in your town
Another common question is that there are no Muslims in the city. This too is not an obstacle in you becoming a Muslim. You do not have to go to a Masjid (Mosque) or Islāmic center or know any Muslims in order to be a Muslim. You can say the declaration of faith (called the Shahādah) to yourself, and from then onwards you are a Muslim.
Become a Muslim Now!
If you believe there is only One God who should be worshipped, and no one/nothing else has that right but Him, and you believe Muhammad was a messenger who brought the same message as all the prophets before him, then you are basically a Muslim.
Do Not Hesitate
If someone receives the message of Islām and dies rejecting it, they are forever destined to Hellfire. Anyone who truly believes in the message of Islām, their previous sins are forgiven and they will spend eternity in Paradise . If you have belief, act on it. Do not worry about what anyone else thinks. Your eternal life is at stake.
❛Do you not know that accepting Islām destroys all sins which come before it?❜ ― Sahīh Muslim
To become a Muslim, simply declare the following:
Ash-hadu an lā ilāha illallāh, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasūluh. [I testify there is nothing worthy of worship except Allāh, and I testify Muhammad is His slave and messenger.]
When you say this with your heart, Allāh will forgive your past sins. The gates of heaven will open for you. Everything in the heaven and earth will cry out, “You have expressed an absolute truth. We all testify the veracity of this maxim.” When you bow down to Allāh , everything in the universe will bow with you, because everything is obedient to him. When you will testify Lā ilaha il Allāh Muhammdur rasul’Allāh, from the sun in the sky to the most insignificant particle on earth will become your companion. You will never be alone.
And if by now you have declared it, I welcome you to the family of Islām.