How to Convert to Islam and Become a Muslim

How to Convert to Islam and Become a Muslim

Description: The steps a person needs to take to accept Islaam as his/her religion, enter its fold, and become a Muslim

The word “Muslim” means one who submits to the will of Allah (The Creator of all things), regardless of their race, nationality or ethnic background. Becoming a Muslim is a simple and easy process that requires no pre-requisites. One may convert alone in privacy, or he/she may do so in the presence of others.
If anyone has a real desire to be a Muslim and has full conviction and strong belief that Islaam is the true religion of Allah (The Creator of all things) then, all one needs to do is pronounce the “Shahadah”, the testimony of faith, without further delay. The “Shahadah” is the first and most important of the five pillars of Islam.
With the pronunciation of this testimony, or “Shahadah”, with sincere belief and conviction, one enters the fold of Islam.
Upon entering the fold of Islam purely for the Pleasure of Allah (The Creator of all things), all of one’s previous sins are forgiven, and one starts a new life of piety and righteousness. The Prophet salal-laahu a’laihi was-sal-lam (peace be upon him) said to a person who had placed the condition upon the Prophet in accepting Islam that Allah (The Creator of all things) would forgive his sins:
“Do you not know that accepting Islam wipe away all sins which come before it?” (Sahih Muslim)

When one accepts Islam, they in essence repent from the ways and beliefs of their previous life. One need not be overburdened by sins committed before their acceptance. The person’s record is clean, and it is as if he was just born from his mother’s womb. One should try as much as possible to keep his records clean and strive to do as many good deeds as possible.
The Noble Quran and Hadeeth (Prophetic sayings) both stress the importance of following Islaam as Allah (The Creator of all things) the Most High stated in the Qur-aan:
“…The only religion in the sight of Allah (The Creator of all things) is Islam…” (Qur-aan 3:19)
In another verse of the Holy Qur-aan, Allah the Most High stated:
“If anyone desires a religion other than Islaam, never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter, he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (their selves in the Hellfire).” (Qur-aan 3:85)
In another saying, Muhammad salal-laahu a’laihi was-sal-lam (peace be upon him) said:
“Whoever testifies that there in none worthy of being worshipped in truth but Allah (The Creator of all things), Who has no partner, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, and that Isaa (Jesus) is the Slave and Messenger of Allah (The Creator of all things), and His word[1] which He bestowed in Maryam (Mary) and a spirit created from Him; and that Paradise (Heaven) is true, and that the Hellfire is true, Allah (The Creator of all things) will eventually admit him into Paradise, according to his deeds.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
The Prophet of Allah peace be upon him also said:
“Indeed God has forbidden to reside eternally in Hell the person who says: “I testify that none has the right to worship in truth except Allah ((The Creator of all things)),’ seeking thereby the Face of Allah.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
The Declaration of the Testimony (Shahadah)
To convert to Islam and become a Muslim a person needs to pronounce the below testimony with conviction and understanding its meaning:
I testify “La ilah illa Allah, Muhammadun rasoolul-lah.”
The translation of which is:
“I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship in truth but Allah (The Creator of all things), and that Muhammad is a slave and Messenger of Allah.”
When someone pronounces the testimony with conviction, then he/she has become a Muslim.  It can be done alone, but it is much better to be done with someone who can give proper guidelines and to provide you with important resources for new Muslims.
The first part of the testimony consists of the most important truth that Allah (The Creator of all things) revealed to mankind: that there is nothing divine or worthy of being worshipped except for Almighty, Allah. Allah the Most High stated in the Qur-aan:
“We did not send the Messenger before you without revealing to him: ‘none has the right to be worshipped except I, therefore worship Me.” (Qur-aan 21:25)
This conveys that all forms of worship, whether it be praying, fasting, invoking, seeking refuge in, and offering an animal as sacrifice, must be directed to Allah (The Creator of all things)  and to Him alone. Directing any form of worship to other than Allah (whether it be an Angel, a Messenger, Jesus, Muhammad, a Saint, an idol, the sun, the moon, and a tree) is seen as a contradiction to the fundamental message of al-Islaam, and it is an unforgivable sin unless it is repented from before one dies. All forms of worship must be directed to Allah (The Creator of all things) only.
Worship means the performance of deeds and sayings that please Allah, things which He commanded or encouraged to be performed, either by direct textual proof or by analogy. Thus, worship is not restricted to the implementation of the five pillars of Islaam, but also includes every aspect of life. Providing food for one’s family, and saying something pleasant to cheer a person up , been dutiful to one’s parents are also considered acts of worship, if such is done with the intention of pleasing Allah. This means to be accepted, all acts of worship must be carried out sincerely for the Sake of Allah Alone.
The second part of the testimony means that Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu a’laihi was-salaam (peace be upon him) is the slave and chosen Messenger of Allah (The Creator of all things). This implies that one obeys and follows the commands of the Prophet. One must believe in what he has said, practice his teachings and avoid what he has forbidden. One must therefore worship Allah (The Creator of all things) only according to his teaching alone, for all the teachings of the Prophet were in fact revelations and inspirations conveyed to him by Angel Jibreel (Gaibreal) from Allah.
One must try to mold their lives and character and emulate the Prophet, as he was a living example for humans to follow. Allah the Most High stated:
“And indeed you are upon a high standard of moral character.” (Qur-aan 68:4)
also said:
“And in deed you have a good and upright example in the Messenger of Allah, for those who hope in the meeting of Allah (The Creator of all things) and the Last Day, and remember Allah much.” (Quran 33:21)
He was sent in order to practically implement the Qur-aan, in his saying, deeds, legislation as well as all other facets of life. Aisha, the wife of the Prophet, when asked about the character of the Prophet, replied:
“His character was that of the Qur-aan.” (As-Suyooti)
To truly adhere to the second part of the Shahadah is to follow his example in all walks of life. Allah the Most High stated:
“Say (O Muhammad to mankind): ‘If you (really) love Allah, then follow me.’” (Qur-aan 3:31)
It also means that Muhammad is the Final Prophet and Messenger of Allah, and that no (true) Prophet can come after him.
“Muhammad is not the father of any man among you but he is the Messenger of Allah and the seal of the Prophets and Allah is Ever All-Aware of everything.” (Qur-aan 33:40)
All who claim to be prophets or receive revelation after Muhammad are imposters, and to acknowledge them would be tantamount to disbelief.
We welcome you to Islam, congratulate you for your decision, and will try to help you in any way we can. Feel free to ask any question you might have regarding to Islaam.

[1] Allah (The Creator of all things) created him through His statement, “Be!”

The reason why the word God is not use to refer it the Creator, is because anything that is dual or plural is far of been the Creator. Allah is a unique name of the Creator (of the heaven and earth and all that exist in between them.