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    All praises be to Allah, the

    Lord of the Universe. May the

    peace and blessings of Allah be

    upon Muhammad His last


    The objective of this handout is

    to correct a false idea spread

    among those willing to adopt

    Islam as their faith. Some

    people are facing difficulties

    on the basis of their mistaken

    belief that entering into the

    Islamic fold requires an

    announcement from the concerned

    person in the presence of high

    ranking scholars or sheikhs or

    reporting this act to courts of

    justice or other authorities. It

    is also thought that the act of

    accepting Islam, should, as a

    condition have a certificate

    issued by the authorities as an

    evidence to that effect.

    We wish to clarify that the

    whole matter is very easy and

    that none of the above mentioned

    conditions or obligations are

    required. For Allah; the

    Almighty, is above all

    comprehension and knows well the

    secrets of all hearts.

    Nevertheless, those who are

    going to adopt Islam as their

    religion are Muslims with the

    concerned governmental agency,

    as this procedure may facilitate

    for them many matters including

    the possibility of performing

    Hajj and Umrah.

    If anyone has a real desire to

    be a Muslim and has full

    conviction and strong belief

    that Islam is the true religion

    ordained by Allah (SWT) for all

    human beings, then, one should

    pronounce that "Shahada" (The

    testimony of faith) without

    further delay. The Holy Qur'an

    is explicit in this regard as

    Allah (SWT) has stated.

    "Truly, the Religion on the

    sight of Allah is Islam." (3:19)

    In another verse of the Holy

    Qur'an, Allah (SWT) has stated:

    "And whosoever desires a

    religion other that Islam, never

    will it accepted of him; and in

    the Hereafter he will be in the

    ranks of those who are lost."


    In addition, Islam is the only

    Religion prevailing over all

    other religions. Allah (SWT) has

    stated in the Holy Qur'an;

    "And to thee. We have sent the

    Book in truth, (This Qur'an)

    confirming the scripture that

    came before it, and a witness

    over it..." (5:48)

    Muhammad, the Prophet of Allah

    (Peace and blessing of Allah be

    upon him), said:

    "Islam is based on five pillars:

    testifying that there is no God

    worthy to be worshipped but

    Allah, and that Muhammad is the

    messenger of Allah and His

    servant; performing the prayer;

    paying the Zakat (obligatory

    charity); fasting the month of

    Ramadan; and perfuming Hajj."

    The Shahada can be declared as





    The English translation is:

    "I bear witness that there is no

    deity worthy to be worshipped

    but Allah, and I bear witness

    the Muhammad is His servant and


    However, it would not be

    sufficient for anyone to utter

    only this testimony orally

    either in private or in public,

    but rather, one should believe

    in it by heart with a firm

    conviction with the teachings of

    Islam in all his life he will

    find himself a new born person,

    (or new man).

    This will move him to strive

    more and more to improve his

    character and draw nearer to

    perfection. The light of the

    living faith will fill his heart

    until be becomes the embodiment

    of that faith.

    What would be next after

    declaring the testimony of faith

    (Shahada) and then becoming a

    Muslim? He should know the real

    concept underlying this

    testimony which means the

    Oneness of Allah and accept

    Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as the

    last of the Prophet, and meet

    its requirements. He must behave

    accordingly applying this true

    faith to every thing he speaks

    or does. What do the words of

    "Shahada" signify.

    The significant point which

    every Muslim must know very well

    is the truth that there is no

    God (ditty) to be worshipped

    other than Allah, (Glory be

    Him). He is the only true God,

    Who Alone deserves to be

    worshipped, since He is the

    Giver of life and Sustainer and

    Nourisher of mankind and all

    creation with His unlimited

    bounties. Man must worship

    Allah, Who Alone is worthy of


    The second part of the "Sahada"

    i. e. "We ashhadu anna

    Muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluh"

    means that Prophet Muhammad

    (PBUH), is the servant and

    chosen messenger of Allah. No

    one must have two opinions about

    this matter. In fact, the Muslim

    has to obey the commands of the

    Prophet (PBUH), to believe him

    in what he has said, to follow

    his teachings, to avoid what he

    has forbidden, and to worship

    Allah alone according to the

    message revealed to him.

    What is the meaning of worship?

    It simply means rendering

    sincere service; showing

    reverence for Allah. In a deeper

    shade of meaning, it implies

    total submission and complete

    obedience to Allah's

    Commandments both in utterances

    and actions of man whether

    explicit or implicit and whether

    private or public.

    Worship falls into two


    Visible (manifest or outward)

    Invisible (concealed or inward)

    Visible worship includes acts

    such as uttering the two parts

    of the "Shahada" performing

    prayers, giving Zakat

    (Obligatory charity), observing

    fast in the month of Ramadan,

    performing Hajj, recitation of

    the Holy Qur'an, supplication,

    adoring Allah by praising Him,

    purifying our bodies before

    prayers, etc.

    This type of worship is

    associated with movement of the

    parts of human body, [actions].

    Invisible worship is to believe

    in Allah, in the Day of

    Judgment, in the Hereafter, in

    the Angels, in the Books of

    Allah, in the Divine Decree of

    destiny (that good and bad are

    determined by Allah alone.

    This type of worship does not

    involve movements of parts of

    the body but it surely has a

    bearing on one's heart which

    subsequently affects his way of

    life. (Beliefs).

    It should be borne in mind that

    worship not dedicated to Allah

    alone, will be rejected as one

    form of polytheism or shirk,

    which amount to apostasy from

    the Islamic point of view.

    The next step for a devotee

    (newly reverted to Islam) is to

    purify himself by taking a bath

    (total ablution). He should then

    resolve to comply with all the

    principles and rules of Islam in

    their entirety. He disowns all

    forms of polytheism and false

    beliefs. He should reject evil

    and be righteous. Such rejection

    of evil and being righteous is

    one of the requisites of the

    motto of Islam that is, Lailaha

    Illal Laah.

    Allah has stated in the Holy


    "... whoever disbelieves in false

    deities and believes in Allah,

    hath grasped the most

    trustworthy Handhold, that will

    never break..." (2:256)

    we have to consider that when we

    declare from our heart that

    "there is no god (ditty) worthy

    to be worshipped but Allah." It

    implies on our part of love,

    devotion, faith and obedience to

    the rules of Islamic legislation

    which are legally binding on all

    Muslims. It is requirement of

    "there is no god worty to be

    worshipped but Allah," to love

    for the sake of Allah and to

    reject for the sake of Allah.

    This is the firmest anchor of

    belief which materializes the

    meaning of "AL-WALA and "AL-

    BARA". It means that a Muslim

    should love and be loyal to his

    Muslim brothers. He should, as a

    practice, dissociate himself

    completely from practices of the

    unbelievers and refuse to be

    influenced by them, both in

    worldly and religious matters.

    We conclude with a humble prayer

    to Allah that He may cleanse the

    hearts and souls of those who

    are genuine seekers of truth and

    may He bless the community of

    believers. Ameen.
    lma, Nov 14, 2007
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