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Wants to embrace Islam but is nervous about going to the mosque

Question: 2666

I am very much interested in becoming a
righteous Muslim women and God willing I will be soon declaring my faith. However I am
very concerned about the fact that I have never stepped foot inside of a mosque and feel
very self-conscious about attending since I am not familiar with the customs. How would
you suggest I go about attending service for the first time? How important is it that a
Muslim goes to mosque? I am from Brooklyn, NY would you suggest a mosque with a womens
group that I could attend? Thank You,

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family.

Praise and thanks be to Allaah for His help and the blessing of your being
convinced of Islam and eager to enter this religion. This would not have happened if
Allaah had not willed it, for He guides whom He wills to the Straight Path. We are
overjoyed to learn that you will soon enter Islam and become our sister in faith. You do
not have to go to a mosque in order to enter Islam. It is enough for you to pronounce the
Shahaadatayn (declaration of faith) and begin to practice the rituals of Islam straight
away. On this web-site you will find a number of questions and answers which will explain
how to enter Islam and what the new Muslim should do. If you can go to a reliable Islamic
centre to register your Islam and get to know some Muslim sisters, this is good. After you
become Muslim, there is nothing wrong with going to the mosque to spend time there, so
long as you adhere to the conditions required by sharee’ah, such as not being on your
period. Do not worry about not knowing what goes on in the mosque; in sha Allaah you will
find some Muslim sisters who can explain to you how worship is conducted in the mosque. We
also want to tell you that a woman’s prayer and worship in her own home are better
than her prayer in the mosque, as our Prophet Muhammad
(peace and blessings of Allaah
be upon him) told us. We will do all we can to let you know the name of an Islamic centre
or mosque in your city as soon as possible. We welcome you warmly to the oasis of Islam.

Source

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

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