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The word "Muslim" means one who submits to God, regardless of race, nationality, or ethnic background. Becoming a Muslim is a simple and easy process that requires no complex rituals or ceremony. You may convert alone in privacy or you may do so in the presence of others. The actual act of accepting Islam is between you and your Creator.
If anyone has a genuine 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 delay.
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 solely for the pleasure of God, all your previous sins are forgiven, and you start a new life. Your record is clean and it is as if he was just born from your mother's womb. You should try as much as possible to maintain the clean record and strive to do as many good deeds as possible.
:Prophet 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 servant and Prophet, and that Jesus is the servant of God, His Prophet, and His word 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
Here are the steps:
1. Make sure you know what it means to be a Muslim and that you are prepared to change your life for the better.
2. Every action begins with intention. Make the intention in your heart to accept Islam as your faith.
3. Say the ‘Testimony of Faith’ (Shahada).
You say, I testify “La ila-ha il-Allah, Muhammad Ra-soo lul-la”.
The Arabic words mean, “There is no true god (no one is worthy of worship) except God (Allah in Arabic), and Muhammad is the (true) Messenger (and Prophet) of God”.
Once you say these words with conviction and understanding, you become a Muslim in the sight of God.
4. Take a shower if you can. It symbolically cleanses you of your past life.
5. To become a member of the Muslim community and participate in community events, find the nearest Islamic center or mosque and have witnesses present at your recitation of Shahada.
Witnesses are not required to become a Muslim. God knows all things, so saying Shahada alone, with conviction, is enough to make you a Muslim in the sight of God. However, to be recognized as a Muslim within the Muslim community, you should say your Shahada in front of witnesses at a mosque or Islamic center. This becomes important when you want to go for Hajj (pilgrimage).
A "certificate of Islam" may be required to prove that you are a Muslim. Contact your local Islamic center to obtain one.
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