New Muslims Guide to Islam
If you are a New Muslim or are thinking about taking the Shahadah (declaration of faith) then please read this advice carefully.
Firstly if you have not Muslim and not yet thinking of converting to Islam please read the go to the following section
If you have not converted and wish to convert to Islam please read the following article before proceeding:
If you have recently converted to Islam then I will say that many New Muslims could have saved themselves from much hardship and confusion if they followed the following advice and guidelines as to what to do.
First of all. You should realize that after converting to Islam you will be tested by Allah as to how firm you are on your Islam.
"Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: "We believe," and will not be tested.
"And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allah knows all that before putting them to test)". ( Quran 29:2.-3)
Not only do these tests separate the sincere Muslim from the insincere Muslim but they also enable a Muslim to reach a higher rank in heaven.
It was narrated by al-Bukhaari (2581) that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “In Paradise there are one hundred levels that Allah has prepared for the Mujahideen who strive for the sake of Allah. (The distance) between each two levels is like the distance between the heavens and the earth. When you ask of Allah, ask Him for al-Firdaws for it is in the middle of Paradise and is the highest part of Paradise. Above it is the Throne of the Most Merciful and from it spring forth the rivers of Paradise.
There are many levels in heaven and the best is called Al Firdous. So to reach the best level one should go through a more difficult set of tests. Those human beings that Allah honoured to become Prophets were tested the most. After them the ones who are tested the most are the pious. No one is tested beyond their capability. So no one can say I can not bare these tests nor say they are overwhelming and impossible. Allah made us and knows what we can bear.
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "If Allah loves a people, He tries them, and whoever has patience will have patience, and whoever is anxious will be anxious." (Reported by Imam Ahmad; Saheeh al-Jaami, 1706).
Again Allah says
And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, e.t.c..).
Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: "Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return."
They are those on whom
are the Salawat (.i.e.. blessings, etc.) (i.e. who are blessed and will be
forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is
they who are the guided-ones. (Quran 2:155-157)
If you are having difficulty dealing with the tests then you should immediately email MuslimConverts.com and I will InshaAllah give you advice and counselling.
Alhamdulillah I have been able to help those converts brothers and sisters who had a difficult time coping with the tests
So email email@example.com
2 Islam is a beautiful and wonderful way of life. After all it is from the one who created us. Islam governs every aspect of a Muslims life and thus has its own way of life.
When you become a Muslim. There is lot to learn about Islam and also some things to unlearn from your previous culture or religion.
If you try to learn everything you will get overwelmed after a few months and you are not expected to know everything right away. There are certain things which you arre required to learn first and thus you must prioritise your learning. This guide will explain the things which you need to learn first.
3 Do not worry about changing names right away
3) Try to read and understand what the conditions of the shahadah (declaration of faith) are and what negates ones Islam and here is a collection of articles you should read and understand thoroughly.
4 Do not worry about changing your name right away or learning Arabic right away because you need to concentrate on learning your prayers first.
5 LEARN to PRAYAfter having taken the Shahadah and having done the purifications and the Ghusl. (explained in detail on part two on following page www.muslimconverts.com/howtoconvert ) A Muslim needs to wear clean cloths and Learn how to pray. This is the first pillar of Islam and the 5 daily compulsory prayers are the secound pillar of Islam. You cannot jump onto aspects of Islam that seem more interesting to you such as marriage, learning Arabic, name change etc and put them before the prayers. This is incorrect and sinful.
After saying the Shahadah and doing the various purification and the Ghusl as described in the link above. You priority is to learn how to pray. You may want to know how to change your name or know about issues like marriage and so on. No leave them alone and learn how to pray. If you jump onto other issues and you have not started to learn how to pray then you may be sinning.
MuslimConverts.com has prepared for you easy to follow prayer guides for all 5 daily compulsory prayers on the following link
If you have any difficulties then email firstname.lastname@example.org
6 ) There are certain foods Muslims can eat and certain which they can not eat this I have described in detail along with the Islamic etiquettes of eating and drinking
7 You must dress Islamically.
The Muslim males must not shave their beards nor should they wear silk cloths. They must have their pants above their ankles.
The Muslim females dress is described in detail on www.muslimconverts.com/hijab
8 . Character of a Muslim
- Al-Wala'u wa Al-Bara'(1)
- Al-Wala'u wa Al-Bara '(2)
- Not working against Islamic teachings
- The proper way to thank Allah
9. With regards to fasting I have prapared an easy to follow guide. Due to the Islamic calendar being based on lunar months we cannot know the exact day Ramadan will begin until a day before the start of Ramadan
In 2014 Ramadan will be around June/July. Every year Ramadan starts 11-15 days earlier than the previous year
Please do not worry. Allah willing the exact date will be announced on the website when it is known.
Here is the our Ramadan Guide www.muslimconverts.com/ramadan
Please Start reading the Ramadan Guide at it one to two months before the start of Ramadan but not right away as you need to learn other things first.
After reading from the website if you still have questions on Ramadan then please email email@example.com or post your message on the website discussion board. You must try and do this before Ramadan because all Muslims are busy building their taqwa (piety) in Ramadan by praying more and reading Quran etc.
In Ramadan we will also have Ramadan pages, were you can read a new page every day of Ramadan.
10. After you have accomplished all this then please read the various sections of the website.
11. Don't get married right away and do not let others push you into getting married.
Bad marriages have sometimes ended in driving a New Muslim away from Islam. The Muslims Ummah (nation) has a wide spectrum of people. Some are good and some are bad.
To help converts get find the right person to marry we have started a matramonial service http://muslimconverts.com/matrimony/index.htm
12 A) Don't get dragged into debates with other Muslims expecially when you are new to Islam. Muslims are passionate about Islam and so they should be. It is very easy to offend some one by saying the wrong thing when one has little knowledge. You may not yet know the complete ruling on an issue and may say the wrong thing.
There are things that one can say which can take a person out of Islam. If you say such things in front of other Muslims they may start getting very angry and declare you as a non-Muslim which may greatly upset you and even drive you away from Islam. So please do not think you know everything about a topic in Islam just because you have read a book or two on Islam. The famous phrase LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS VERY DANGEROUS is very true.
B) Do not let Muslims push you into doing things or taking positions of athority which you are not qualified for or not capable of due to your limited knowledge of Islam and the Muslim world. Just say I am learning and when I have learnt sufficiently I will get back to you on this matter. Any information one gives out about Islam must be correct.
In the west we are often brain washed to hypothesizing about things we do not know the answers to. This we must avoid when talking about Islam. Because we are talking about the religion of Allah and no one has the right to say anything about it which Allah has not approved. Islam requires a person to say the truth. Rather than taking a guess or saying what pleases the public.
C) Do not start setting up web sites or groups. You can end up leading other Muslims astray. However do tell other non Muslims about Islam. Those brothers and sisters who ahve converted to Islam have been the most succesful in dawah (calling non Muslims to Islam) to non Muslims.
D). Just because some one is also a convert to Islam do not assume he or she will be a guiding beacon of light for you. In fact some are in the dark about Islamic rulings on many issues themslves and can mislead you.
Muslims have a tendency to hook up a new Muslim with another convert brother or sister but from my many years of experience and research I seen the problems this has caused.
13. If you have any difficulties do make sure you email and we will try to help you as much as possible.
Finally welcome to Islam and we are glad to have you as our Brother (if you are male ) or as our Sister (if you are female)