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How do I become a Muslim?

The Declaration of the Testimony (Shahada)

To convert [or more accurately revert] to Islām and become a Muslim, a person needs to pronounce the below testimony with conviction and understanding its meaning - with other Muslims present:

"Ash hadu Anla ilaha Illa Allah...Wa Ash hadu Anna Muhammad ar-Rasool Allah."

I testify that there is none that deserves to be worshipped except Allah [God], and I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah [God].

When someone pronounces the testimony with conviction, then he/she has become a Muslim.

Forgiveness for All Previous Sins
A person need not despair from the mercy of God in regards to the sins one may have committed in their life, for indeed God, The Most Forgiving and Merciful, is able to forgive all sins.When someone converts to Islam, God forgives all of his previous sins and evil deeds.  A man called Amr came to the Prophet Muhammad, m...
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Dealing with Doubts
To understands that doubts in one’s faith are a natural human occurrence. To acquire the tools with which to banish these doubts.Shaytan - sometimes spelled shaitan or shaytaan.  It is the word used in Islam and the Arabic language to denote the devil or Satan, the personification of evil. Sunnah - The word Sunnah has...
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Should I Change My Name?
Many people who convert to Islam make an active choice to change their name to denote the beginning of a new life, a new start and a new religion.  We must remember however that it is not obligatory for a person to change their name except under very specific circumstances.  A person is in no way obliged to change ...
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Trials and Tribulations after Conversion: God’s mercy is embedded in the difficulties of life
Taqwa - Linguistically it means “to protect” or “to shield”, as in to protect oneself from wrongdoing.  In Islam, Taqwa refers to consciousness of Allah.  It describes a state of awareness of Allah in everything you do.Sahabah - the plural form of “Sahabi,” which translates to Companions.   A ...
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Getting Adjusted To the Muslim Community
Practicing Islam entails one to participate in the community of faithful in communal worship. This lesson provides guidance to help in the process of adjusting and becoming part of the Muslim community.Practicing Islam entails one to participate in the community of faithful in communal worship. This lesson provides guidance ...
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Breaking the News to Family
A two-part lesson containing practical advice for new comers to Islam facing the challenge of breaking the news of their new faith to friends and family. Part 1: This lesson aims to dispel anxiety and develop confidence in dealing with loved ones.Objectives·        To remove anxiety caused...
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The Benefits of Converting to Islam
Many articles on this web explain how easy it is to convert to Islam. There are also articles and videos that discuss the obstacles that can prevent one from accepting Islam. Real converts tell their stories, and we can share their elation and excitement. There is even an article that explains exactly how to become Muslim. C...
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What Drives People to Convert to Islam?
The various aspects of Islam which drives people to convert despite its negative portrayal in the media.The nature of religious faith is quite mysterious.  As part of their religious faiths, people believe in a variety of deities.  There are people who have religious faith in the unseen supreme inimitable power, an...
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I want to be a Muslim but... Myths about Converting to Islam
God makes converting to Islam easy, not difficult.The most fundamental belief in Islam is that there is no true god (deity) but Allah.  He, the One, the Only, the First and the Last, has no partners, sons, daughters or intermediaries.  He is Alone in His Dominion and in His Omnipotence.  It is a very simple co...
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