Is it stipulated that the one who wants to become Muslim must know the name of the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)?What is the ruling on one who wants to become Muslim, and knows that there is a Messenger to humanity, and believes in him, but he does not know his name? Has he become Muslim, or must he first know the name of the Messenger? Is it acceptable for him to know [the Prophet’s] kunyah, or a name other than Muhammad, such as Ahmad or al-Maahi?
Do You Need Witnesses to Take Shahadah?I am a young man who is married to a Muslim woman but her family is not Muslim. She became Muslim and learned some surahs and how to pray via the internet. After we got married I asked her: at whose hand did you become Muslim? She said: I became Muslim by myself. I said to her: You have to utter the Shahadatayn, so she uttered them before me. Is that correct? Please note that we got married in the mosque before the Shaykh and a number of witnesses, and she got a certificate proving that she is Muslim.
Islam Erases the Sins that Came Before itA brother of ours has recently become Muslim. During his days of Jaahiliyyah (ignorance – i.e., before he became Muslim), he earned a lot of money by dealing in drugs. He brought this money with him and opened a big bookstore and got married using this money. Recently he has been told that it is not permissible for him to give this money in charity, because Allaah is Good and only accepts that which is good, Our question is, what should he do with this money, and how sound is what he has been told?.
A Christian Asking About RepentanceIf a man decides after a life of sinfulness to come to God and promise to reform his life, I understand that Islam says that he will be forgiven and therefore inherit the promises etc. My question though is what has happened to the weight of this man's sin, as in sinning he has offended God and therefore this sin has to be atoned for; who is going to atone for his sin, if God is just going to forgive him on the promise of his being good and faithful? Surely as we saw with Adam there has to be a consequence for sin...
A Christian is Asking Whether it is Possible for Him to Enter IslamHello my name is XXX and I live in Sweden. I am not Muslim, but I am very interested about it. Is it possible for someone like me to become a Muslim? I feel that the Islamic beliefs are just like my thoughts. I want to know more about it.
A Christian Wants to Become Muslim and is Asking about the PrayerI have not read about the prayers anywhere yet, at least how they are performed. (movements, speech ie: what is said if anything specific). How can one convert not knowing Arabic? Isn't this the only language the Qu'ran should be read and recited in?
Help for New Muslims to Learn more about IslamMy question involves many things. I am a very new convert and at first I was praying all the prayers as best I could (I don’t know Arabic). Someone told me I should only speak in Arabic, so in the end I have stopped praying. I think of Allah many times in the day and follow the teachings but some things I know are wrong I cannot stop. Since Allah called me, I have improved my life immensely and am happier than I have been in a very long time. I used to be drunk every day but now I almost don’t drink at all. I used to gamble all my money but now I almost don’t gamble at all. When I do these wrong things, I can feel it is wrong and don’t want to go back to my old ways. I can feel Allah is guiding me in ways I don’t understand. I don’t feel guilty, I just feel why am I doing this. I have asked a few Muslim people I work with and even a person I met online to teach me to pray properly and help me in other ways but because I am Australian they don’t feel I am being serious about being Muslim so they have been reluctant I am not a good person I think but I am much better than I have been and with His help and guidance I know I will succeed. There are many things for me to learn. Please give me your advice; should I keep trying by myself, or continue to seek help from other Muslims even though they seem not to want to?
The Muslims as Seen by Themselves and by OthersHow are Muslims seen by others and how do they see themselves?
Islamic Holy Days and Special OccasionsWhat holy days does Islam have? What major historical events has Islam had?
The Tolerance of IslamHow can we prove to non-Muslims that Islam is a tolerant and easy religion?
When did Islam Begin and Who Started the Muslim Tradition?Who began the Muslim tradition, when did this faith start, what are the rules and how do you begin?
It is Easy to Enter IslamMy father is African American and my mother is white and I have done a lot of research on this religion. I am 16 and I really want to become a Muslim. I wanted to know if I could be one?
Interested in IslamI wonder if you could perhaps help me. I am currently studying Islam at school, and have become interested in the religion. I wonder if maybe you could e-mail me your views on the religion, and your thoughts on why I should become a Muslim? I know you are overloaded with questions from Muslims already, but if you could find a moment to email me I would be extremely grateful.
His Brother Has Become Muslim but he is Hesitant and Wants AdviceI want to become a Muslim, but am very hesitant. My brother converted a few months ago, which caused a lot of problems between him and my parents(both of them being Christian). I have a close relationship with my girlfriend, which doesn't help me out much either. I don't know what to do. I know it'll be a choice of Allah or my parents/girlfriend. I know what the right decision should be, I just don't know how, or when to make it. I just need some advice.
A Jewish Woman Thinking About Embracing IslamI have very difficult question and I think this is my only hope that you can help me to find the answer. I am a Russian Jewish girl and I know this Muslim guy for over a year. The longer we know each other, the more problems and difficulties we face. Not in the religious or cultural ways. We love each other and there is an issue of whether he can marry me or not. He is a very good Muslim and he comes from traditional family. I am very fond of his beliefs and beliefs of his family. I was born in a very agnostic country and couldn't be properly introduced into any religion. It was forbidden. When I came to the US I started my research on different religions and found out that my beliefs do not really match all Jewish sayings. I did a lot of research on Islam and by looking at him and a couple other Muslim boys and girls, and by reading Quaran, I have a very strong feeling that I could become a good Muslim. I want to go to school to learn the culture and religion more precisely, to learn the language. I contacted the mosque and was ready to go... but I faced the issue: would I be accepted as a Muslim sister like other people who came from different religions except Jewish? Jews and Muslims are in big contradictions and I know that friendship is almost impossible. I am praying to God (in my home language - Russian), to lead me the right way to achieve my beliefs. Please, help me to find my answers!
Why does Islam Continue to be Successful in the Developed World?Why has Islam continued to be so successful in the modern world?
Conversion to Islam: Should I Delay It?I have been researching Islam for the past month and have also started to read the Quran. I personally feel that I am ready to take the Shahaada but some of my Muslim friends do not feel the same way. They are warning me of making a lifelong commitment so hastily but I feel that I am ready. Could you please advise me on what I need to do so that I can readily accept and declare Allah as the one and only true God with a clear conscience that I did not do anything too soon?
Is There any Conflict Between Entering Islam and Playing Basketball?I am a non-Muslim, and I was wondering if I become Muslim can I still play basketball?
Starting-point for one who wants to enter IslamI want to know is there a starting point for a man who Is interested in the true religion of Islam. I have been given many different answers.
Converting to Islam: Why?I am very interested in the Islamic religion. What can I do in order to convert to become a Muslim? I have always been in search of a religion that makes me feel closer to God, like Islam does. Why should I convert to Islam?