How to Convert to Islam

How to Convert to Islam
How to Convert to Islam

To enter the fold of Islam, all one requires to do is to pronounce the testimony of faith (shahaadah) with sincere contentment , being wholly aware of its meaning. The shahaadah is the first and most significant of the five pillars of Islam and consists of two parts, namely:

     Ashhadu an laailaaha illallaah: This means: I bear testimony that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah; I worship Him alone without associating any partners with Him in worship.
    Wa ash hadu anna Muhammad an rasool-ullaah: This means: And I bear testimony that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah whom Allah has sent to all mankind; I will obey his orders and evade anything he has prohibited and worship Allah according to His law and the teachings of His Messenger May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him.

Taking a Bath:

The very moment a person converts to Islam is doubtless the greatest moment in his life, for it indicates his real birth through which he has come to comprehend the real cause behind his presence in this life. Now that he has entered the fold of Islam, he is recommended to take a bath (ghusl), washing his whole body with water. Just as he has cleansed his soul of such things as associating partners with Allah in worship (shirk) and committing guilts , he is recommended to cleanse his body by taking a bath.
When one of the Arab notables converts to Islam, the Prophet May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him guided him to take a bath. 
Sincere Repentance

Penance (tawbah) means “sincerely turning to Allah”, and a penitent person is one who gives up guilts and unbelief and turns to Allah in Penance .
A Muslim needs to penance and seek Allah’s forgiveness at practically all stages of his life; because it is only human to mistake , a Muslim has to penance and supplicate Allah’s pardon every time he commits a guilt.
What Are the Conditions of Sincere Penance ?

For Penance of all guilts, including the guilt of unbelief and shirk, to be valid and acceptable to Allah, a number of conditions must be met, including the following:

    To give up the guilt immediately

Sincere repentance from guilt with the deliberate desire to persist to commit it is not valid and will not possibly happen ; if, however, a person commits the sin again after sincerely repenting from it, his earlier repentance will still be valid but he will require fresh repentance, and so on.

    To feel deep sorrow and regret for having committed it
True Penance cannot possibly happen without feeling deep remorse for having committed the guilt . A person who talks about his past guilts and boasts about committing them is in no way considered repentant . As the Prophet May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him once stated, “Remorse is repentance.” (Sunan Ibn Maajah: 4252)

    To sincerely resolve not to commit it again

Sincere Penance cannot possibly happen  if a penitent person intends to repeat the guilt .
Steps towards Acquiring Determination

     Pledging oneself not to repeat the sin under any circumstances and hurdles , not even for an instant, for the Prophet May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him said, “Whoever possesses the following three qualities will relish the sweetness of faith.” Of these three characteristics, he mentioned “to hate to return to unbelief (kufr) after Allah has saved him from it, as much as he would hate to be thrown into the Fire.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree: 21; Saheeh Muslim: 43)
    Keeping away from people and places that are bound to reduce his faith and tempt him to commit sins.
     Repeatedly begging Allah May He be honored and glorified to keep him on the right path and adhere firmly to Islam until death, in any language or form. Examples from the Qur’an and the Prophet’s Sunnah contain the following:
        “Rabbanaa laa tuzigh quloobanaa ba‛da idh hadaytanaa” (Our Lord, do not make our hearts deviate after You have guided us) (SooratAal-‛Imraan, 3:8)
        “Yaa muqallibal-quloob, Thabbit qalbee ‛alaa deenik” (O Allah, Controller of hearts, make my heart adhere firmly to Your religion) (Sunan At-Tirmidhee: 2140)
What occur after Repentance?

If a person turns to Allah in penance , Allah May He be exalted and honored will certainly forgive his sins, no matter how serious they may be, for His mercy “extends to all things” (Soorat Al-A‛raaf, 7:156). The Qur’an says, “Say: ‘My slaves, you who have transgressed against yourselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Truly Allah forgives all wrong actions. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.’” (Soorat Az-Zumar, 39:53)
After a person sincerely penances to Allah, Allah May He be glorified and exalted will definitely pardon him and forgive his sins; in addition, He will reward him; immensely: He will change his bad acts into good ones, as the Qur’an states, “Except for those who repent, believe and act rightly: Allah will transform the wrong actions of such people into good — Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Soorat Al-Furqaan,25:70)
As this a reward is immense indeed, a sensible person ought to maintain such penance and spare no effort to avoid falling into Satan’s trap which will negatively affect his faith.
Sweetness of Faith

Those who will most definitely taste the sweetness of faith, experience deep tranquility and take great gladness in experiencing closeness to Allah are those who love Allah May He be honored and glorified and His Messenger May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him more than anyone or anything else, love others, commensurate with their closeness to Allah and sincerity to Islam, and hate to convert to unbelief just as they hate to be trounced in Hellfire. The Prophet May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him said, “Any person who joined 
these three qualities will definitely experience the sweetness of faith: (1) that Allah and His Messenger are dearer to him than anything else; (2) that his love of others is obviously for Allah’s sake; and (3) that he hates to relapse into unbelief as much as he hates to be cast into the Fire.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree: 21; Saheeh Muslim: 43)
A Muslim enjoys the sweetness of faith when he hates to relapse into unbelief just as much as he hates to be thrown into the Fire.
Showing Gratefulness to Allah for His Guidance

A Muslim owes Allah the Almighty a great debt of gratitude for assisting him repent of the sins he has committed and for directing him to the truth. The following are the best things a Muslim can possibly do to express gratitude to Allah for such blessings:

    Holding Fast to Islam and Patiently Enduring Hardships that Come One’s Way

It goes without saying that if a person has a invaluable treasure, he will undoubtedly do his best to save it. Islam is undeniably the best gift to mankind, for it is not a mere set of abstract ideology, nor is it a hobby which a person may practise whenever he feels like it; rather, it is a religion and a way of life which controls a Muslim’s life in all its aspects without exception. Commanding His Messenger May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him to stubbornly hold fast to Islam and the teachings of the Qur’an, being on the right path, Allah May He be honored and glorified says in the Qur’an, “So hold fast to what has been revealed to you. You are on a straight path.” (Soorat Az-Zukhrf, 43:43)

A Muslim must not feel sad if he experiences any shape of hardship, for it is part of Allah’s wise plan to test His servants. Allah May He be honored and glorified even tested His prophets and messengers, who are far better than us, and the Qur’an tells us how they encountered untold suffering at the hands of relatives and foes alike, without losing heart, weakening in their faith or wavering under adversity. The great hardship a Muslim faces due to his sincerity to the truth is one of the ways Allah May He be honored and glorified tests His servants’ faith. Therefore, live up to your lofty principles, try your best to pass the test, adhere to the truth under all circumstances and constantly pray to Allah to keep you on the right path, just as the Prophet May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him himself did. Repeat the invocation : “Yaa muqallibal-quloob, Thabbit qalbee‛alaa deenik” (O Allah, Controller of hearts, make my heart adhere firmly to Your religion). (Sunan At-Tirmidhee: 2140)

Allah May He be exalted and honored says in this context, “Do people think that once they say, ‘We believe,’ they will be left alone and not be put to the test? We certainly tried those who have gone before them, so Allah will certainly distinguish between those who are truthful and those who are lying.” (Soorat Al-‛Ankaboot,29:2-3)

    Doing One’s Best to Call to Islam with Wisdom and fair Admonition

Engaging in da‛wah work (calling others to Islam) is undoubtedly one of the best ways of expressing gratitude to Allah as well as one of the most effective means to stay constant in faith. If a person recovers from a life-threatening illness which has caused him a great deal of suffering and wretchedness after discovering the right cure for his illness, he will definitely spread such a treatment amongst people, specially amongst his relatives and closest friends. This point is illustrated as follows
How to Convert to Islam

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