"Alhumdalillah you have found the truth"

Confession of a Muslim


La ilaha il Allah, Muhammad-ur-Rasool-Allah

Listen to the pronunciation of the shahada

(None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah)

As a Shi'a Muslim it is not required but you could say the following:

Ash-Hadu Anla Illaha Illa-Alllah, wa Ash-Hadu Anna Mohammedan Rasul-Ullah. 
wa Ash-Hadu An Amiree-ul Momineen wa Imam Al Mutaqeen, Ali an Wali-Ullah, Wasiyeh Rasul-Ullah, Wa Kalifatahu Bila Fasl. 
I testify that there is no God but Allah, and I testify that Mohammed is his Messenger, and I testify that the Commander of the Faithful, the Pure Leader, Ali, is the friend of Allah, the successor of the Messenger of Allah, and nothing can come between them  

The shahada  is the Muslim profession of faith, expressing the two simple, fundamental beliefs that make one a Muslim:

Sincere recitation of this confession of faith is the sole requirement for those who wish to join the Muslim community. It represents acceptance not only of Allah and his prophet, but of the entirety of Islam. As one of the Pillars, the shahada must be recited correctly aloud with full understanding and internal assent at least once in every Muslim's lifetime.

The shahada is also recited in the muzzein's call to prayer, included in the salat (daily ritual prayer) and incorporated in Sufi contemplative prayer. It is also recited in the moments before death.


What are some of the other basics of becoming a Muslim?

     The acceptance of the righteous deeds (such as your Shahada/confession to become a Muslim) is stipulated with the following two basic conditions which must be fulfilled:

  1. The intentions while doing such deeds must be totally for Allah’s sake only without any show off or gaining praise or fame, etc.
  2. Such a deed must be performed in accordance with the As-Sunnah (legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements, etc.) of Allah’s Messenger Muhammad bin ‘Abdullah, the last (end) of all the Prophets and the Messengers, saaws.

     You are only held accountable for that which you know. And you are also held accountable to make the time to learn that which you don't know, in areas you know you need to learn about.

     So, if you are not a Muslim, it is your responsibility to seek the knowledge of Al-Islam, to ask questions about things you do not understand or agree with regarding the basic fundamental beliefs of Islam.  


How do I become a Muslim?

     By first attaining the above understanding of shahada ("La ilaha il Allah, Muhammad-ur-Rasool-Allah") and then confessing it to Allah, glory and praise to Him.  

     To take your Shahada (i.e. make the confession of faith), just make your best attempt at pronouncing, in arabic, the statement, "Ashadu an (I bear witness that) La ilaha il Allah, Muhammad-ur-Rasool-Allah".  You do not have to have witnesses to this event, and you should not make a big ceremony out of it, because it is a very personal committment.  It is, however, recommended, if you can, to make your shahada with muslim witnesses, but do not delay becoming a muslim for this or any such reason.  After you become a muslim, then you are held responsible for learning when and how to do salah and wudu, acting upon the pillars of Islam and faith, and for implementing what you learn, when you learn it.


What should I do after becoming a Muslim?

Immediately upon becoming a Muslim, you should take a bath or shower (i.e. Ghusl).  

If able, you should then offer a two Rak’at prayer.

Then you must study and act upon the principles (pillars) of Islam, and study and believe in the six articles of Faith.

   


 

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GHUSL :
The full ritual washing of the body with water alone to be pure for the prayer. 

To do Ghusl: 

  1. Wash your private parts. 

  2.  Do Wudu . 

  3. Wash your entire body from the top to bottom and from right to left, without touching your privates parts again. 

It is necessary to have Ghusl on embracing Islam, after sexual intercourse or seminal emission, at the end of menstruation, after childbirth and before being buried (when your body is washed for you). It is also customary to have Ghusl before the Jumua and Eid prayers. It is necessary to be in Ghusl and in Wudu (or alternative to do Tayyamum under certain circumstances) being doing the Salat or touching the Qur’an.