The Right Time to Convert
- From: "Faris Jawad" <ana_faris_bila_jawad@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 11:07:41 -0500
The Right Time to Convert
You want to convert but are waiting until you feel strong. My advice is that
you go ahead and declare the Shahadah (the Testimony of Faith) and then you
can strengthen yourself by learning how to perform the Prayers and other
forms of worship. If you keep delaying your acceptance of Islam until you
feel you are "ready" you will never feel ready. This is just one of Satan's
tricks to keep you away from Islam.
Do you have any guarantee that you will live until tomorrow? So don't
hesitate if you are convinced that Islam is the Truth.
Also, don't expect your faith to be perfect and strong before you enter
Islam. Actually, all of us see our faith increase and decrease in turn.
Nobody, including Allah, expects you to be perfect from day one. Enter the
fold of Islam and then gradually learn to practice the faith.
If there is more than one mosque in your area, try to visit them in turn.
Some may be more supportive than others.
If you "live in an area where white Muslims can be the target of hatred from
both Muslim and non-Muslim communities." I want to make it clear that such
behavior of one group of Muslims against another group of Muslims is totally
against the teachings of Islam. Any discriminatory or hatred-based behavior
based on race, ethnic origin, or the like, is forbidden by Islam.
Unfortunately, there are Muslims who, out of ignorance, do not follow all
the teachings, so please judge the religion by its books - the Qur'an and
Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) - and not by how
The early Muslims and the Prophet himself (peace and blessings be upon him)
faced persecution, boycott, and torture for their beliefs, yet they remained
firm. God willing you will never have to face anything as difficult as they
The act of becoming a Muslim by saying the Shahadah (the words meaning "I
bear witness that there is no god but Allah; I bear witness that Muhammad is
the Servant and Messenger of Allah") takes only a minute, "really" becoming
a Muslim in your heart and your habits - in other words, becoming a mu'min
(believer) - takes months, years, maybe even a lifetime.
Take the first step by becoming a Muslim and then work gradually to become
strong and a believer.
May Allah help you, guide you, and strengthen you.
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