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*❓Conversion to Islam and Misconceptions*
✅Converting to Islam is easy. This article explains how to convert and become a Muslim in a simple way.
The Arabic word ‘Islam’ means ‘submission’ and is derived from a word meaning ‘peace’. As such, the religion of Islam teaches that in order to achieve true peace of mind and surety of heart, one must submit to God and live according to His Divinely revealed Law.
The word “Muslim” means one who submits to the will of God, regardless of his/her race, nationality, or ethnic background. Hence, any person who is ready to submit to the will of God is eligible to become a Muslim.
*The Testimony of Faith (Shahada):*
Becoming a Muslim is a simple and easy process. All that a person need do is to say a sentence called the Testimony of Faith (Shahada), which is pronounced as: I testify “La Ilaha Illallah, Muhammad Rasoolullah.”
These Arabic words mean, “There is no true god (deity) but God (Allah), and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of the God.” Once a person says the Testimony of Faith (Shahada) with conviction and understanding its meaning and endeavoring to regulate one’s life following the instructions conveyed by Allah through his messengers, then he/she has become a Muslim.
By declaring that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Mohammed is the Prophet of Allah, the believer announces his or her faith in God’s oneness, His sole right to be worshipped and that Muhammed is the last of the prophets. It also confirms his or her belief in all prophets and the scriptures they brought.
*To be a Muslim, One Should Also:*
– Believe that the Holy Quran is the literal word of God, revealed by Him.
– Believe that the Judgment Day (Resurrection Day) is true and will come.
– Believe in the prophets that God sent and the books He revealed, and in His angels.
– Accept Islam as his/her religion.
– Not worship anything nor anyone except God.
*Embracing Islam and Name Changing:*
The one who embraces Islam, does not have to change his name unless his name indicates any form of Shirk (Polytheism) or with a bad meaning. Prophet Muhammad did not change his name from ‘Muhammad’ after his prophethood. The Prophet never ordered to change the names of Umar, Bilal, Ammar, Salman, Sumayya, etc after their conversion to Islam. But the names like, ‘Yesudas’, ‘Shivadas’, etc should be changed since we are the slaves of Almighty God; not of Shiva, Yesu (Jesus) or any other creations.
Even, it is not compulsory to have name in the Arabic itself. There are many names even the Quran quoted like Ibrahim, Ismail, Ishaq, Elias, Idris, Ayyub… none of these are Arabic names. Examples are there in our country as well.
*Embracing Islam and Family Relationships:*
Islam never teaches that one should get separated from his parents or leave the family after accepting Islam. Moreover, those who embrace Islam should have more attention and responsibilities towards their families and parents. Allah has obligated it in the Holy Quran itself.
In short, it is the agenda of anti-Islamic organizations to create a war-like atmosphere in the society whenever someone accepts Islam. Moreover, the change of religion of a person is purely a personal matter.
*Dear friend, we heartily welcome you to this beautiful way of life – Islam🌹*
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