The word “Muslim” means one who submits to the will of God, regardless of
their race, nationality or ethnic background. Becoming a Muslim is a simple
and easy process that requires no pre-requisites. One may convert alone in
privacy, or he/she may do so in the presence of others.

If anyone has a real desire to be a Muslim and has full conviction and
strong belief that Islam is the true religion of God, then, all one needs to
do is pronounce the “Shahada”, the testimony of faith, without further
delay. The “Shahada” is the first and most important of the five pillars of

With the pronunciation of this testimony, or “Shahada”, with sincere belief
and conviction, one enters the fold of Islam.

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. The Prophet said to a person who had placed the condition
upon the Prophet in accepting Islam that God would forgive his sins:

“Do you not know that accepting Islam destroys all sins which come before
it?” (*Saheeh Muslim*)

When one accepts Islam, they in essence repent from the ways and beliefs of
their previous life. One need not be overburdened by sins committed before
their acceptance. The person’s record is clean, and it is as if he was just
born from his mother’s womb. One should try as much as possible to keep his
records clean and strive to do as many good deeds as possible.

The Holy Quran and Hadeeth (prophetic sayings) both stress the importance of
following Islam. God states:

“...The only religion in the sight of God is Islam...” (Quran 3:19)

In another verse of the Holy Quran, God states:

“If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of
him; and in the Hereafter, he will be in the ranks of those who have lost
(their selves in the Hellfire).” (Quran 3:85)

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
 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*)

The Prophet of God, may the blessing and mercy of God be upon him, also

“Indeed God has forbidden to reside eternally in Hell the person who says:
“I testify that none has the right to worship except Allah (God),’ seeking
thereby the Face of God.” (*Saheeh Al-Bukhari*)
The Declaration of the Testimony (Shahada)

To convert to Islam and become a Muslim a person needs to pronounce the
below testimony with conviction and understanding its meaning:

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.”

To hear it click here <> or click
on “Live Help” above for assistance by chat.

When someone pronounces the testimony with conviction, then he/she has
become a Muslim.  It can be done alone, but it is much better to be done
with an adviser through the “Live Help” at top, so we may help you in
pronouncing it right and to provide you with important resources for new

The first part of the testimony consists of the most important truth that
God revealed to mankind: that there is nothing divine or worthy of being
worshipped except for Almighty God. God states in the Holy Quran:

“We did not send the Messenger before you without revealing to him: ‘none
has the right to be worshipped except I, therefore worship Me.’” (Quran

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

Worship means the performance of deeds and sayings that please God, things
which He commanded or encouraged to be performed, either by direct textual
proof or by analogy. Thus, worship is not restricted to the implementation
of the five pillars of Islam, but also includes every aspect of life.
Providing food for one’s family, and saying something pleasant to cheer a
person up are also considered acts of worship, if such is done with the
intention of pleasing God. This means that, to be accepted, all acts of
worship must be carried out sincerely for the Sake of God alone.

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. One must believe in what he has said, practice his
teachings and avoid what he has forbidden. 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.

One must try to mold their lives and character and emulate the Prophet, as
he was a living example for humans to follow. God says:

“And indeed you are upon a high standard of moral character.” (Quran 68:4)

God also said:

“And in deed you have a good and upright example in the Messenger of God,
for those who hope in the meeting of God and the Hereafter, and mentions God
much.” (Quran 33:21)

He was sent in order to practically implement the Quran, in his saying,
deeds, legislation as well as all other facets of life. Aisha, the wife of
the Prophet, when asked about the character of the Prophet, replied:

“His character was that of the Quran.” (*As-Suyooti*)

To truly adhere to the second part of the Shahada is to follow his example
in all walks of life. God says:

“Say (O Muhammad to mankind): ‘If you (really) love God, then follow me.’”
(Quran 3:31)

It also means that Muhammad is the Final Prophet and Messenger of God, and
that no (true) Prophet can come after him.

“Muhammad is not the father of any man among you but he is the Messenger of
God and the last (end) of the Prophets and God is Ever All-Aware of
everything.” (Quran 33:40)

All who claim to be prophets or receive revelation after Muhammad are
imposters, and to acknowledge them would be tantamount to disbelief.

We welcome you to Islam, congratulate you for your decision, and will try to
help you in any way we can.


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