The word "Muslim" literally means a person who submits to the will of God, regardless of their background.
Converting to Islam is a very easy process and can be done online in privacy, or you can also do it in the presence of other Muslims. If you have a real desire to be a Muslim and believe that Islam is the true religion of God, then, all you need to do is say the "Shahada" (Declaration of Faith). The "Shahada" is the 1st of the five pillars of Islam.
As soon as you say the Shahada and believe in it sincerely, you immediately enter the fold of Islam and have become a Muslim!
As soon as you convert to Islam for the sake of God, Allah forgives ALL of your previous sins and you begin a new life with a clean slate, as if you had been reborn!
As soon as you accept Islam, it is an automatic repentance from your previous beliefs and ways. Your record is now clean and you should try to keep your record clean as much as possible.
The Declaration of Faith (Shahada)
To convert to Islam and become a Muslim, all you need to do is say the below testimony with conviction and understanding its meaning:
"Ash Shadoo an La ilaha illa Allah, Wa Ash Shadoo ana Muhammadan rasoolu Allah."
The translation of which is:
"I bare witness that there is no true god except God (Allah), and I bare witness that Muhammad is the (Final) Messenger of God."
As soon as you pronounce the above testimony with conviction, you have become a Muslim! You can do it alone, or you can do it with an adviser, ie another Muslim so they can help you.
Welcome to Islam and congratulations on your decision!
The first few days can be a little overwhelming so the first resource that we would like to give you is a website called New Muslim Academy. This website is dedicated to new Muslims and helps to guide you step by step to make the whole experience easy for you. Just watch the video below for Andrew's story and how much it has helped him.
Need an Incentive?
At the time when you pronounce your declaration of faith, you will feel an overwhelming feeling! This feeling is thousands of angels of the highest ranks descending from the heavens to witness you saying it and they bring with them, mercy from your Lord. Watch the video below titled 'Muslim Heart Softness Test' to see the affect of that very moment!
Allah is making a deal with you and Allah never fails in keeping His end of the deal. Allah says that the second you pronounce (say) your declaration of faith, He wipes away ALL of the sins that you have ever committed in your life no matter how great or small the sin was so that you start your life from that moment, reborn and without sin.
Isn't that an excellent deal?
Well, Allah makes an even better deal than that. Not only will He wipe away ALL of your sins but He will transform all of those sins into rewards and give them back to you, so not only do you start your life from that moment without sin but also, you will be wayyy in front with all of those rewards and will be the envy of every Muslim out there because we all still have sins.
It is up to you to keep away from sin so that you can retain your high status in Islam.
Do you want to know what the last person to get into paradise gets?
The last person into paradise is a person that hasn't done any good deeds in his life but he believes in the declaration of faith ie "Ash Shadoo an La ilaha illa Allah, Wa Ash Shadoo ana Muhammadan rasoolu Allah".... If I told you that you would get a whole country to yourself, for you to keep, would that make you happy? What about the whole Earth? Well, the last person to get into paradise will get 10 times this Earth and everything in it in size!!!
Can you imagine owning real estate that is 10 times the size of this Earth?
Well, that's the LAST person on level 1 and there are 99 levels in paradise. Level 1 compared to level 2 is like the size of a ring that you wear on your finger compared to the entire desert. So your ring is level 1 and the desert is level 2.
Level 2 is a ring in level 3's desert and so on all the way up to level 99.
So if level 1 will get 10 times this Earth, what will level 2 get?
It is up to us to try and achieve the highest level in Paradise and that should always be your goal ie by doing good deeds.
The ones who are most deserving of your good deeds are your parents and helping your parents will earn you the highest rewards so serve them well.
We only get 1 chance at life so use it wisely because we do not know when it will be our turn to die and once we die, that's it, we will NOT be coming back to try again. what's done is done.
If you do happen to fall into sin in the future, always turn to Allah in repentance ie Always ask Allah to forgive you.
Allah said that if the son of Adam (ie all human beings) came to Me with sins mounting to the sky, without associating any partners with Me and they asked me to forgive them, I would forgive them.
So be sure to always turn to Allah for in repentance.
Remember, don't try to do everything at once because it will be overwhelming for you. Take everything in baby steps ie 1 thing at a time.
The first baby step was your declaration of faith. The next baby step is learning how to pray.