If you are convinced by the evidences we’ve presented and you want to embrace Islam, we urge you to do so immediately! Do not wait! Even if you think you are too sinful to be a Muslim, it is far better to be a sinful Muslim than it is to be a disbeliever.
However, in order for your embracing of Islam to be valid, there are seven conditions that must be fulfilled:
- Knowledge that God is One, and that He alone is to be worshiped, and that Islam is His religion
- Certainty that God exists, and that Muhammad is His final Prophet and Messenger, and that Islam is the truth
- Acceptance of all of the conditions of faith, and all of the requirements and obligations of Islam, even if you don’t yet know them
- Submission to God and to His true religion, Islam
- Truthfulness in your embracing of Islam and in your fulfillment of the obligations of Islam, even if you don’t yet know them. The hypocrite utters the declaration of faith, but conceals rejection in his heart
- Sincerity in worshiping God, dedicating all acts of worship to God alone. The intention behind the performance of any kind of worship must be purely devoted to God
- al-Walaa wal-Baraa (Allegiance and Disavowal), meaning love and allegiance to Allah, His Prophets, His Religion (Islam), and your fellow Muslims; as well as enmity and disavowal towards disbelief, polytheism, and the enemies of Islam.
If you fulfill these conditions, then your declaration of faith will be valid.
If you wish to become a Muslim, all you have to do is simply state the declaration of faith, called the Shahadah. This must be done in Arabic, but you may also repeat it afterwards in English so that you know and understand what you are saying. We’ve broken it down into numbered parts so that it’s easier to follow, but the numbers themselves aren’t actually in the Shahadah, so don’t actually say them out loud.
[(1) Ash hadu an][(2) laa ilaha ill Allah][(3) wahdahu laa shareekalah][(4) wa][(5) Ash hadu anna][(6)Muhammadan abduhu wa rasooluh]
[(1) I bear witness that](there is)[(2) nothing worthy of worship except God][(3) alone without any partners][(4) and][(5) I bear witness that][(6) Muhammad is His servant and Messenger]
If you recited this statement with Knowledge, Certainty, Acceptance, Submission, Truthfulness, Sincerity, and Allegiance to and Love of God, then congratulations! You are now a Muslim! Allahu Akbar (God is Most Great)!
Now that you’ve become a Muslim, the first thing you need to do is learn how to pray. Prayer is THE most important thing in Islam, so it’s imperative that you learn how to do it as soon as possible.
The following video, called “Pray as You’ve Seen Me Pray”, goes through the prayer step by step so that you can easily learn how to do it properly. However, the best thing to do would be to go to your local masjid, meet some fellow Muslims, and have someone teach you the basics.
A word of warning:
Do not think that now that you’ve become a Muslim that your life is going to get any easier. In fact, the opposite is true. Your tests in life have just begun. People are going to hate you just because you worship God alone. Your friends might stop talking to you, your significant other might leave you, your own family might even disown you. As is the case of anyone on the path of truth, they become hated by those on the path of falsehood.
Do not let these tests get you down, and especially do not let them lead you away from Islam. You must always stick to the truth, and to honor, and to justice, regardless of what the disbelievers say about you or do to you. If you are patient and steadfast with what God decrees for you, and if you worship Him alone while never ascribing partners to Him, then your reward is with Him on the Day of Judgement.
Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while Allah has not yet made evident those of you who fight in His cause and made evident those who are steadfast?Qur’an 3:142
And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient,Qur’an 2:155
Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said,”When is the help of Allah ?” Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near.Qur’an 2:214