I want to become Muslim but I am a certain race or form a certain country
Who can become a Muslim?
Some people are worried often worried whether they will be allowed to become Muslim due to a variety of reasons. I wish to reassure you that anyone can become a Muslim.
Islam is for the whole of humanity. Islam unites together people of different colours, languages, nationalities and races into one single brotherhood.
Allah says: "Indeed the Believers (believers in Islam) are but brothers." [Quran 4 9:10]
Previous prophets of Allah (peace be upon them all) were sent to different nations and tribes but Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was sent by Allah to sent to the whole of humanity. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
Say (O Muhammad): O mankind! Verily, I am sent to you all as the Messenger of Allah to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. None has the right to be worshipped but He; it is He Who gives life and causes death. So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the Prophet who can neither read nor write, who believes in Allaah and His Words, and follow him so that you may be guided. [al-Araaf 7:158].
There is no superiority of anyone over anyone else in Islam, except in terms of taqwa (piety, consciousness of Allah).
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has al-taqwa (i.e., is one of the muttaqoon i.e the pious). Verily, Allaah is All-Knowing, All-Aware. [al-Hujuraat 49:13] Allah created different nations and tribes for a reason
And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the difference of your languages and colours. Verily, in that are indeed signs for men of sound knowledge. [al-Room 30:22]
The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) affirmed the prohibition of racial discrimination and of
despising coloured people, when he said in his famous speech: "O
people, your Lord is One and your father [i.e., Adam] is one. There
is no superiority of the Arab over the non-Arab, or of the non-Arab
over the Arab, or of the red over the black, or of the black over the
red except with regard to taqwa." (Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 22391)
When a Muslim once insulted another Muslim having a black mother in the presence of the Prophet. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to him, You are a man who still has jaahiliyyah (ignorance) in him.
Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: There was an argument between me and one of my brothers whose mother was non-Arab. I insulted him about his mother, and he complained about me to the Prophet. I met the Prophet and he said, O Abu Dharr, you are a man who still has jaahiliyyah (ignorance) in him. (Reported by al-Bukhaari and Muslim; this version narrated by Muslim, 3139).
And thus racism was rooted out of the heart of that Muslim forever.
When you convert to Islam you will be our brother or sisters in Islam
Therefore any human being can become a Muslim if they believe in Islam. You do not need anyone's permission to become Muslim. You can be of any colour, race, age, speak any language and still become a Muslim. There are many American, British, European, African, Asian, from every race ,colour and nationality who accept Islam every day. Some of them are children and some are adults.
On www.muslimconverts.com we have people who accepted Islam from all ages and various backgrounds and nationalities.
not matter what you have committed in the past. For Example in the
past you may have waged war against Islam, you may have tattoos, you
may have been very wild or may have done many things. If you believe
in Islam then you can still convert to a Muslim.
Islam erases all sins committed prior to becoming a Muslim.
Allah says :
�Say to those who have disbelieved, if they cease (from disbelief), their past will be forgiven. But if they return (thereto), then the examples of those (punished) before them have already preceded (as a warning)�
Prophet (may the peace and blessings and mercy of Allah be upon him) said, Islam annuls what came before it. (narrated by Muslim).
As soon as you become a Muslim all your previous sins are forgiven and you start a blank state. Or a complete clean record.
Amr ibn al-Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: When Allah put Islam in my heart, I came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and said: Give me your right hand so that I may swear allegiance to you. He held out his hand and I withdrew my hand. He said, What is the matter, Oh Amr? I said, I want to stipulate a condition. He said, What do you want to stipulate? I said, That I will be forgiven. He said, Do you not know that Islam destroys that which came before it? (narrated by Muslim)
The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him even welcomed to Islam those people who had previously fought him and killed his loved ones. These people converted to Islam and even become the heroes of Islam.
You may hear from some Muslims incorrect advice due to their lack of knowledge of Islam or due to lack of correct knowledge of Islam.
Someone may say that you have to do a course or obtain a certificate to become a Muslim. This is incorrect. You do not need to attend a course or obtain a certificate to become Muslim.
You should not delay in becoming a Muslim
If someone advices you to delay your conversion to Islam. This is also incorrect. If you believe Islam is the truth then you should not delay your conversion to Islam.
You should convert immediately because we are given a certain lifespan and we it could be over at anytime.
If you are a Small child you can still become a Muslim without your parents permission
If you are a child you do not need your parent's permission to become a Muslim. If you fear they may harm, you can become Muslim in secret and tell them when you are ready.
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