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He is convinced of Islam but is concerned about his parents who are staunch Christians

Question: 6018

I am a Christian who is highly
interested in Islam, in fact I think it is the TRUE religion of God . My problem is that
my parents are staunch Catholics and get furious on seeing the Koran inside our house. I
do not wish to displease anyone and at the same time I want to continue with what is best
. Please advise me accordingly. Is there a way out of this dilemma? Would appreciate a
quick reply.

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

We thank you very much for sending this question to us, and we say to you
that your deep interest in Islam is what will make you embrace this religion soon, in sha
Allaah (if Allaah wills). Your current attitude is an important step towards entering this
religion, which Allaah wants and besides which He accepts no other religion. Your
conviction that this is the true religion of Allaah means that you must now take the
ultimate step and pronounce the Shahaadatayn (the twin declarations of faith). When this
reply reaches you, go and take a bath (ghusl) and say:

“Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan
Rasool-Allaah (I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah, and I bear witness that
Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah).” Then start to practice the rituals of this
great religion, above all the five daily prayers at the appointed times, as Allaah
enjoined them.

Know that one of the rules of Islam is that you should love Allaah and His
Messenger, and that love for Allaah should take priority over love for anyone else. Allaah
says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your
kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and
the dwellings in which you delight are dearer to you than Allaah and His Messenger, and
striving hard and fighting in His Cause, then wait until Allaah brings about His Decision
(torment). And Allaah guides not the people who are Al-Fasiqoon (the rebellious,
disobedient to Allaah)” [al-Tawbah 9:24]

The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad
(peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are three things, whoever attains them
will find the sweetness of faith: when Allaah and His Messenger are more beloved to him
than everything else; when he loves another person he loves him only for the sake of
Allaah; and when he hates to return to Kufr as he would hate to be thrown into the
fire.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari in his Saheeh, no. 15).

This means that love for Allaah must come before love for
one’s parents and any other created being. If there is a conflict between pleasing
Allaah and pleasing your parents, then pleasing Allaah must take precedence. In your
situation, as you have described it, we advise you to do the following with regard to your
parents:

  1. Address them in the best of terms and treat them in the best manner

  2. If they insist that you follow kufr, then conceal your Islam if you fear
    that you are not able to confront them openly, and pray where they cannot see you

  3. Do not think at all that there is any burden or sin on you if they get
    angry with you for becoming a Muslim. Remember that when a person pleases Allaah even
    though it makes people angry, Allaah will be pleased with him and will make the people
    pleased with him.

  4. Keep on praying for them to be guided and call them to Islam with wisdom
    and beautiful preaching. Maybe Allaah will guide them through you.

We ask Allaah to help you in this world and the next. Peace be upon
those who follow true guidance.

Source

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

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