Islam is the religion and way of life of Muslims all over the world. There are over one billion Muslims spread across the globe from all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. Islam was the religion of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. It was also the religion of all the Messengers of Allah like Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus (peace and blessing of Allah be upon them all). The essence of their message was “O Mankind worship your Lord, there is none worthy of worship other than Him”. Our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) was the last of this chain of messengers. For mankind to prosper in this life and the hereafter it is an obligation that they worship Allah according to the teachings of His final messenger, Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) which is found in the Qur’an and the authentic Prophetic traditions (Sunnah).
The Five Pillars of Islam
The Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him), said:
“Islam is built on five (pillars):
- Testifying that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the Messenger of Allah;
- Performing the prayer,
- Paying the Zakah (poor-due),
- Fasting the month of Ramadan, and
- Performing the Hajj.”
The Pillars of Faith
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) taught us that every Muslim should have a firm belief in the following pillars of faith:
- Belief in Allah (the Arabic word for God);
- Belief in all of Allah’s messengers;
- Belief in all the Books sent down to His Prophets. These books include the Torah revealed to Moses, the Gospels, revealed to Jesus, and the Qur’an revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all). However of these books the Qur’an is the only one that has been preserved and contains the final teachings which mankind is obliged to follow.
- Belief in the Angels;
- Belief in the Day of Judgment and Life after Death, Heaven and Hell;
- Belief in the Divine Decree or Predestination.
How to Become a Muslim
Becoming a Muslim is a very basic process. To convert to Islam you only need to pronounce the statement below with conviction and understanding:
I testify that “La ilah illa Allah, Muhammadur rasoolullah.”
The translation of which is:
“I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”
Many new Muslims chose to change their names to an Arabic one when they accept Islam; however this is not a prerequisite to becoming a Muslim. When you accept Islam, you in essence repent from the ways and beliefs of your previous life. The day you accept Islam your slate is wiped clean, and it is as if you have just emerged from the womb of your mother, free of sin. You should try as much as possible to keep your record clean and strive to do as many good deeds as possible.
If you have read this and accepted Islam, we welcome you to Islam, congratulate you for your decision, and will try to help you in any way we can.
How to Learn More About Islam
The best way of learning about Islam is to attend classes and events delivered by knowledgeable speakers, like those advertised on this portal. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and meet Muslims first hand.