What Should I Do If I Want to Become Muslim Again?

Answered by Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

Question: Assalam alaykum,

If someone has left Islam can he only repent or does he also have to perform a ritual bath?

Answer: Wa alaykum al-Salam

Shukran for your question.

If it has been confirmed that a Muslim left the fold of Islam and he wishes to embrace Islam once again, it is a prerequisite that he pronounces the testimony of faith – I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad sallaLlahu alayhi wasallam is the final Messenger of Allah.

Performing ghusl is only a requirement for him or her to pray Salah and the like, if they happened to enter a state if janabah (major impurity) during their days of disbelief. [Majmu’]

And Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Abdurragmaan Khan

Shaykh Abdurragmaan
received ijazah ’ammah from various luminaries, including but not restricted to: Habib Umar ibn Hafiz—a personality who affected him greatly and who has changed his relationship with Allah, Maulana Yusuf Karaan—the former Mufti of Cape Town; Habib ‘Ali al-Mashhur—the current Mufti of Tarim; Habib ‘Umar al-Jaylani—the Shafi‘i Mufti of Makkah; Sayyid Ahmad bin Abi Bakr al-Hibshi; Habib Kadhim as-Saqqaf; Shaykh Mahmud Sa’id Mamduh; Maulana Abdul Hafiz al-Makki; Shaykh Ala ad-Din al-Afghani; Maulana Fazlur Rahman al-Azami and Shaykh Yahya al-Gawthani amongst others.

What Should I Do to Become a Muslim?

Answered by Shaykh Sulayman Van Ael

Question: Assalam alaykum,

I wanted to know what a person must do in order to become a muslim. I’ve read a wide range of opinions regarding this matter.

What is the valid view?

Answer: Bismillah,

To a person intrested in how to become a muslim,

To become a muslim you need to be one hundred percent sure that Allah is the Lord, King and Sustainer of the worlds. You have to believe that He is perfect and has no shortcommings, that He has not been created and that He does not look like mankind and is not described in such a way that may lead to thinking that He is comparable to His creation. You should believe that only He has the right to be worshiped. You have to believe in Muhammad (s) as being the last Prophet being send by Allah to all mankind. Believing in Muhammad (s) is not possible if you do not believe in all the prophets that were mentioned by him or by Allah in the Holy Quran. You have to believe that he conveyed the Divine message and that he did not dischieve or lied. You have to believe that the Quran is Allah’s last revelation as a guidance to mankind. You should believe that there is no oppression in His rulings and that there will be a day of ressurection and that everything has been decreed. You also believe that praying, fasting, paying zakat and visiting Allah’s house in Mekka are obliged. And you should believe that fornication, stealing, lying, drinking alcohol, magic, killing and being bad for ones parents and all the other sins are forbidden.

If you believe this firmly in your heart without any doubt, and confirm this with your tongue and strive your utmost to live accordingly, then you are a muslim.

[Shaykh] Sulayman Van Ael

Shaykh Sulayman Van Ael
received ijazah from various luminaries in the ten Qoranic readings, in Ihya ulum ad din, in several books of hadeeth, in Matn abi Shuja’, in several books of Shaykh Abu Ghudda and in many different basic texts in grammar, fundamentals of fiqh, tajweed …

Should I Clear All My Doubts Before Converting to Islam? Should I Change My Name and Cut My Hair?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: I am considering converting to Islam and have several questions.

Should I change my name due to it having un-Islamic meanings? It means ‘Christ-bearer’.

My hair is long, it is past my shoulders but is neat and kept clean. Am I commanded to cut it if I convert?

I still am researching and trying to clear doubts, should I take my Shahadah now or wait and clear my doubts first and say it with a clear mind?

Answer:  In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate

Assalamu alaikum,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.

You appear to already be a Muslim, as a Muslim is anyone who believes in God, and accepts the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as being a true Prophet of God. The outward act of converting—through uttering the testification of faith—is simply in order for others to know you to be Muslim.

The questions you ask are details of religious practice, and are not matters that should hold you back from embracing the faith.

Moreso, they are straightforward matters:

One. You don’t need to change your name. When people entered Islam—Arab or non-Arab—the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) did not order them to change their names, unless their names had clearly negative meanings.

Neither your first name nor last name has a negative meaning. As Muslims, we love and believe in Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) as a great Prophet of God.

Two. There is nothing wrong with long hair: The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) himself often wore his hair to his shoulder blades, or even slightly beyond. [Tirmidhi, Shama’il]

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and Executive Director of SeekersHub Global After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to Canada in the Summer of 2007. In May 2008 he founded SeekersHub Global to deal with the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge—both online and on the ground—in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He has been repeatedly listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims (The Muslim500).

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How Do I Enter Islam? I Want to Become Muslim.

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: I want to become Musim. How do I embrace Islam?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum (peace be upon you),

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.


Allah Most High says, “Whoever Allah wants to guide, He expands their heart to submission (islam).” [Qur’an, 6.125]

A Muslim is anyone who believes in One God (Allah); believes in the Prophet Muhammad as the Messenger of God; and accepts the guidance that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) came with as true.

To enter Islam, one simply says the “testification of faith,” which is to say:

“I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him).”

That is all it takes.

Some Advice for a New Muslim

As a Muslim, your focus should be on seeking the love and pleasure of Allah through upholding good in all aspects of your life. The embodiment of all that is beloved and pleasing to Allah is the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk), whose life and example are truly amazing.

The key to learning and living the example of the Prophet—the way to make one’s actions beloved to Allah, and to bring good to one’s life–is to seek sound, balanced, reliable knowledge; to practice it with consistency; to keep good company; and to strive to busy yourself with good in life.

I would recommend the excellent work, Being Muslim by Dr. Asad Tarsin (see here), and the excellent related course by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, which is offered completely free. This book and course explain Muslim beliefs and practice in a clear, reliable, and practical manner.

Strive to perform the five daily prayers (namaz/salat), consistently. Learn, step by step, how to pray—but also focus, from the beginning—on turning your heart in love, longing, and reverence to your Lord, Allah. Allah Most High commands, “Establish prayer for My remembrance.” [Qur’an, 20.14] Pray—and act—out of thankfulness to Allah for the gift of life, faith, guidance, and good. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, when asked about his lengthy worship at night, “Should I not be a truly thankful servant?”

I would encourage you to find a local community of Muslims—at your local mosque or Islamic centre, for example. Seek local scholars whose character and conduct reminds you of the beautiful character of the Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him).

I would encourage you to read some Qur’an each day, even in translation. Strive to read about the beautiful life and radiant example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), who embodied beauty, love, mercy, virtue, and excellence at the highest possible level of human perfection.

Finally, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Truly, this religion is ease. No one makes religion difficult except that it overwhelms them.” Thus, commit to seeking Allah in life—through striving to make choices that are pleasing to Him—but do so in a steady, gradual, and sustainable manner.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’re at your service. You will, God willing, find many answers and resources of benefit at SeekersHub Global.

May Allah grant you success and facilitation, in life and religion.

Faraz Rabbani

Is Circumcision Required Before a Man Becomes Muslim? (Maliki)

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour
Question: What are the rulings on circumcision for males in the maliki madhhab?
If an adult male was to become Muslim then is it wajib for him to get circumcised?
Answer: If a person wants to become Muslim, they do not have to be circumcised first. A person believing in Islam should pronounce his faith without any delay.
According to the Maliki madhab, the circumcision of a male is a highly recommended act (sunna). It is not an obligation (wajib). The ruling is the same whether the male is a child or an adult. [Risala of Ibn Abi Zayd]