Islam is, by some measures, the fastest-growing religion in the world. For one to join the Muslim Ummah, it requires a simple and sincere declaration of faith to become a Muslim. The declaration should not be made lightly, thus devoting oneself to a life guided by Islamic principles is one of the most important (if not the most important) acts you’ll ever make.
Accepting Islam erases all sins committed prior to becoming a Muslim. As a new convert, your record is clean; it’s equivalent to a rebirth. Thus upon accepting Islam, your past sins are forgiven. As stated in the Quran “no one’s sins are too grave to prohibit newfound purity”. You symbolically begin a new life centered on striving to improve your faith through good deeds.
Converting to Islam is a simple and easy process. All the person has to do is to pronounce the Shahada,(a sentence called the Testimony of Faith) which is pronounced as:
“ As Shaadu ar La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad rasoolu Allah.”
“ I testify that there is no true god (deity) but God (Allah), and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God.”
The first part means that, none has the right to be worshipped but God alone, and that God has neither partner nor son. The second part means that Muhammad (S.A.W) is a true Prophet or Messenger of Allah sent to humankind.
Once a person says the Testimony of Faith with conviction and understanding of it’s meaning, he/she accordingly has become a Muslim. The Shahada must be said with sincerity and understanding to be binding. You can’t become a Muslim just by pronouncing the words – the oral recitation must be a reflection of belief that’s held in the heart.
Immediately upon becoming a Muslim, you should take the purification bath/ Jannabat to start worshipping Allah properly. This signifies the washing away of the past and of emerging from darkness to light.
In addition to the Shahada, the one who newly converted to Islam should observe the following:
- That you have accepted Islam as your religion and you should be guided by Islamic principles.
- Believe in the oneness of Allah and worship him alone.
- Believe in the teachings of the Holy Quran and that is the literal word of God, revealed by Him.
- Believe in the five Pillars of Islam.
- Believe in the six Articles of Faith.