We finished Part 2 by mentioning that when
a person converts to Islam all his previous sins, no matter how grave or small, are eliminated. The slate is clean,
free from sin, shiny and white; this is a new beginning. However there are
some people who may hesitate to accept Islam because they fear they will be
unable to stay away from sin. We begin part 3 by discussing this topic.
7. I want to be Muslim but I know there are
some sins I cannot stop doing.
If a person truly believes that there is no
god but Allah, he or she should accept Islam without delay,
even if they believe they will continue to sin. When a person is used to
living a life unencumbered by any set of moral principles, Islam may at first
seem like a set of rules and regulations that are almost impossible to fulfil.
Muslims do not drink alcohol, Muslims do not eat pork, Muslim women must wear
scarves, Muslims must pray five times every day. Men and women find
themselves saying things like, “I could not possibly stop drinking”, or “I
would find it too difficult to pray every single day let alone five times”.
The reality is however, that once a person
has accepted that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah, and developed a relationship with Him the rules and regulations drift
into insignificance. It is a slow process of wanting to please God. For
some, accepting the guidelines for a happy life is a matter of days, even
hours, for others it can be weeks, months, or even years. Every person’s
journey into Islam is different. It is important to remember that God forgives all sins. A believer can, by the mercy of God, be admitted to
paradise no matter what sins he has committed. On the
other hand, a non believer, one who worships something or someone other than
the One True God, will be admitted to eternal Hellfire. Therefore given a
choice between not accepting Islam altogether or being a Muslim who is sinning,
the second choice is certainly much better.
8. I want to be a Muslim but I am afraid to
As we have stressed repeatedly there is
nothing in the world that should prevent a person from embracing Islam. If one
fears the reaction of others, such as his or her parents, siblings or friends, and
feels that they are not ready to inform them, still they should convert and try
to practice Islam in secret as much as they can. As time passes, and the
connection with God is established, a person’s faith will become stronger and they
will know how to handle the situation better. In fact the new
Muslim will almost certainly feel liberated and begin to feel the need to
inform the whole world about the beauty of Islam.
In the meantime it is a good idea to
slowly and subtly prepare your friends and family for the changes that will
obviously take place. Perhaps one could begin to talk openly about God and
religion in general, express an interest in other faiths or Islam in particular.
When a person begins to practice Islam, which is in fact a way of life, those
close to them often notice a difference. They will see a new found respect for
them, the family and society in general; they will also see a change in
demeanour often from anxious and unhappy to relaxed and contented.
Islam is a way of life and it's difficult
to hide it for long. It is important to remember that when people learn of
your conversion to Islam there will be a reaction. It will range from those
that are happy and accepting, to those who feel upset and disappointed. Often those
upset, with time get over it and begin to accept the change. And when they see
many positive changes in you, they may actually begin to appreciate your
conversion. One needs to stay strong, determined and know that God is with you.
Your words and experience may very well lead others to follow your example. Trust
in God, learn all you can about your new found faith and let the light of Islam
shine through your eyes.
9. I want to be a Muslim but do not know any
Some people learn about Islam from
reading, others from watching the behaviour of Muslims they see in their cities
and towns, some even learn about Islam from programs on TV and for others, it
is the sound of the call to prayer. Often people seek and find the beauty of
Islam without ever meeting a Muslim. It simply is not necessary to know
Muslims before accepting and converting to Islam.
Conversion to Islam is as easy as saying
the words, I testify that there is no god but God and I testify that
Muhammad is His messenger. The conversion does not have to be done in
a mosque (Islamic centre) and nor are witnesses needed for the conversion. These
things however, are manifestations of the brotherhood of Islam and mark the
beginning of a new faith with the moral and spiritual support of others. If
there is no Islamic centre nearby or Muslims to help, one can simply follow the
procedure explained in the “How to convert to Islam and Become a Muslim”.
Consequently after conversion it could be
very helpful for the new Muslim to make contact with other Muslims. Members of
your new spiritual family can be found by approaching local mosques and Islamic
centres, or introducing yourself to the Muslim who lives down the street, catches
the same bus, or works in the same company. However, even if a new Muslim is
totally alone, he or she is connected to 1.5 billion other Muslims.
Before or after conversion this website is
available to help new Muslim or those thinking about converting to Islam. There
are literally hundreds of easy to understand articles about Islam. After your
conversion, this website will help you get started as a new Muslim by giving
you useful resources and online support through Live-Chat.