New to Islam Reader: A Trusted Collection of Resources for Converts

The Ultimate Guide for New Muslims

Commonly Asked Questions for a New Seeker to Support Their Journey

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When one embarks on a journey to seek the truth, they may encounter several obstacles, questions, and confusions. One can conduct consistent research in small, regular steps to benefit from their studies in Islam. This reader provides guidance and clarity on commonly asked questions that are beneficial to anyone on the path, particularly those who have newly embraced Islam or considering Islam. A new Muslim can seek solace in remembering that the companions of the Prophet were new to Islam. Allah Most High has guided you to this point in His Absolute Wisdom, just as He guided those before you. 

Many of these questions have been submitted by new Muslims and answered by trained and reliable scholars. This reader was compiled by new Muslims with questions and resources that they felt were necessary to highlight. Topics include the conversion process, dealing with family members, and marriage.

Advice from Shaykh Abdullah Misra – A Convert, Counsellor, and Scholar

You will encounter a wealth of advice and guidance. But I urge you to take your time. Take small steps. Step by step, work on yourself. Limit your exposure to controversies and debates. Go easy on rules and practices. Learn values of being close to God and your character. Build on this with practices (fiqh). It might be tempting to leave your worldly life but aim for balance. New Muslims sometimes leave their worldly pursuits only to be completely changed – keep your identity. Incorporate small lifestyle changes over time, not overnight. Start with distancing yourself from any sinful practices. God is merciful and forgiving towards new Muslims. When seeking advice, take from good company and your teachers. Good company is important – we are interdependent on one another. When adversities in the Muslim community occur, attribute these to the person, not to Islam. When you find yourself in doubt, suspend judgment until you are able to seek clarity. Take your time with knowledge. Try to resist falling in love with certain groups of people or values they possess. If God and the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) are the cornerstone of your faith, you will not be disappointed.

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Marriage and Children

I Am a Convert and Ready to Marry 

This answer addresses how a new Muslim can involve their parents in their wedding if their beliefs are not entirely aligned. Advice includes performing the prayer of seeking counsel (istikhara) and treating them with respect and kindness. In this section, one can find useful guidance about maintaining relationships – commonly asked questions from new Muslims.

Husband not allowing me to support my mother after marriage 

Can Muslim women marry Christian men?

Can I see my family without my husband’s permission?

I Converted to Islam but My In-Laws Do Not Accept Me. What Do I Do?

Is There Any Leeway for a Muslim Woman to Marry a Non-Muslim Man?

Should I Marry a Muslim Man Who Does Not Pray?

Parents Don’t Approve of Marriage Despite My Conversion

Should I Marry a Muslim Man Who Does Not Pray?

Circumcision Rites & Imitating Non-Muslims 

Do not feel pressured to rush into marriage for the first few years. You will go through phases and ups and downs and that is normal, so wait until you’ve been around the block and settled in your practice before bringing someone else into your life.

Shaykh Abdullah Misra, On Finding a Soulmate as a Convert


Dealing with non-Muslim Family or Disbelievers

Dealing With Non-Muslim Parents (I)

Dealing With Non-Muslim Parents (II)

Given the high station of parents in Islam, and in an attempt to not displease them – new Muslims struggle with putting forth their true beliefs. The questions above, addressed by Shaykh Faraz Khan and Shaykh Abdullah Misra, give comfort and clarity to Muslims who are dealing with this difficulty. Shaykh Abdullah provides puts forth practical and useful advice, as he himself is a convert. This section is dedicated to providing guidance in navigating sensitive relationships and topics as a new Muslim.

Leaving Children with Non-Muslim Grandparents

I Am a Convert and Live With My Adopted Parents. What Are My Obligations to Them?

How Should I Tell Parents About Becoming Muslim?

My Mother Is Not Muslim. How Can I Help Her?

Does Not Talking About Islam With a Non-Muslim Mean That I Am Pleased With Disbelief?

Is My Family a Victim of Witchcraft?

Does the Tradition Regarding Angels Not Entering a Home With Dogs Affect the Convert Living With Non-Muslim Family?

I Have a Non-Muslim Family. How Should I Go About Writing My Will?

Is It Permissible to Supplicate for Non-Muslim Family Members? Is It Permissible to Attend a Cremation?

Should Muslim Converts Break Ties With Non-Muslim Family Members?

What Is the Proper Etiquette in Giving Condolences to the Family of a Deceased Who Is Non-Muslim?

How We Should Treat Our Non-Muslim Friends in Regards to Sin?

How to Deal With a Non-Muslim Relative’s Death

Attending Christmas Festivities of One’s Non-Muslim Family

Can I Eat Supermarket Meat With My Christian Family to Make Them Happy?

I Am a Convert to Islam and Struggle to Interact with My Family.

My Fiancé Does Not Like Me Keeping in Contact With My Non-Muslim Male Cousin. What Should I Do?

I Don’t Want My Husband’s Friend to Die as a Non-Muslim. What Can We Do?

Dealing With Non-Muslim In-laws Who Dislike Muslims

Inheriting and Property Bequests from Non-Muslims



Apostasy and Good Deeds


Loneliness and Depression

I Became Muslim and Am Now Lonely and Depressed. What Can I Do?

In the answer to this question, Ustadha Raidah provides hope for lonely new Muslims, including nine practical ways to deal with loneliness.

Ours is a deen embedded in the social fabric of families and communities. It is a very, very difficult path to tread alone. I pray that Allah eases your loneliness and grants you the companionship which you seek. – Ustadha Raidah

Prayer and Qur’an

Does a Convert Have to Make-Up Past Prayers?

A commonly asked question with a simple answer – your past sins are forgiven when you enter the faith of Islam. You do not need to make-up missed prayers. Read more commonly asked questions and their answers in this section.

Validity of Prayer

Making Up Missed Prayers: I Believed but Did Not Utter the Testimony of Faith

Can New Muslims Hold the Qur’an and Recite from It During Prayer?

Can New Muslims Recite from a Copy of the Qur’an During Prayer?

Making Up Missed Prayers: I Believed but Did Not Utter the Testimony of Faith

Convert Muslim: Is My Prayer Valid?

Illegitimate Children and Leading the Prayer.

What Is the Proper Etiquette When Reading the Quran?



Should I Seek Forgiveness from a Girlfriend I Wronged Before I Was Muslim?

Shaykha Zaynab Ansari answers this honest and heartfelt sentiment submitted by a new Muslim, offering a practical solution in the spirit of morality.

Purification of the Heart

How to Repent from a Statement of Disbelief?



My Non-Muslim Parents Get Upset When I Wear the Hijab

Dr. Bano Murtuja answers this question submitted by a concerned Muslimah.

As you are not required to hijab in front of your parents, you may be able to wear the hijab when out of their presence, but refrain from doing so within the home. As time progresses, and they see positive shifts in your character God willing, the hijab may become less jarring to them. – Dr Bano Murtuja

Can Muslim Women Wear Tight Jeans and Tight Dresses at Home?

Difficulties with Hijab in the West


Seeking Knowledge

Keeping One’s Faith While Navigating Differences of Opinion

What Is Belief and What Is Disbelief?


Conversion Process – Testification of Faith (Shahada) 

Does Saying the Testification of Faith (Shahadah) Suffice for Becoming a Muslim?

The testification of faith is powerful. This answer outlines the simplicity of converting to Islam. The door to Islam opens with this belief: There is no God but Allah and Muhammed is His messenger. This section answers many doubts and confusion relating to the testification of faith by our trained and reliable scholars.

I Have Doubts That Make Me Question Whether I’m Muslim

I am Hesitating Over Becoming Muslim. Could You Clarify Some Issues?

Shahada Online

Is a Convert Rewarded for the Good Deeds He Performed Prior to Converting to Islam?

I’m Hesitating Over Becoming Muslim. Could You Clarify Some Issues?

I Am Hesitating About Entering Islam. What Should I Do?

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

Have I Converted to Islam?

Is It Permissible to Add the Mention of Jesus to the Testimony of Faith When Becoming a Muslim?

Uncertainty Regarding the Validity of Ghusl and My Testimony of Faith (Shahada)

Have I Converted to Islam?

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

Conversion to Islam and How to Remove Major Ritual Impurity

Overwhelmed and Confused in Trying to Understand and Practice Islam: What Can I Do?

I Have Doubts That Make Me Question Whether I’m Muslim

Do not let the community make a trophy out of you or put you on a platform too soon, at the same time do not hesitate to get involved nor be dismayed if they fall short in welcoming you come up because you are under the protection & hospitality of Allah Himself who found you lost and guided you.

Shaykh Abdullah Misra, On Converting to Islam


Articles – Laila’s Story

Muslim Covert – Betraying Parents by Becoming a Muslim?

Muslim Convert – Wearing a Scarf to Hide her Cancer?


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Final Thoughts – Shaykh Abdullah Misra

Make an abundance of supplication (duaa) for yourself and others, because later you will realize that in the pure state of just having your sins forgiven as a new Muslim – an amazing number of your prayers would have been accepted. Make note of the people who help you along the way and always pray for them, even if your paths separate. Resist the temptation to look down on cultural Muslims because of your newfound knowledge, and rather work to improve yourself and others with your fresh perspective.

Shaykh Abdullah Misra: Biography

Shaykh Abdullah Misra was born in Toronto, Canada in 1983. His family hails from India and he was raised in the Hindu tradition. He embraced Islam in 2001 while at the University of Toronto, from where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then traveled overseas in 2005 to study the Arabic language and Islamic sciences in Tarim, Yemen for some time, as well as Darul Uloom in Trinidad, West Indies. He spent 12 years in Amman, Jordan where he focused on Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Prophetic Biography, and Islamic Spirituality while also working at the Qasid Arabic Institute as Director of Programs. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Alimiyya, Darul Uloom) and authorization in the six authentic books of Hadith, and is currently pursuing specialized training in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (ifta). Shaykh Abdullah has also sought knowledge in Canada, Jordan, Egypt, Trinidad, and India.

He holds a certificate in Counselling and often works with new Muslims and those struggling with religious OCD. He is an instructor and researcher in Sacred Law and Theology with the SeekersGuidance. He has taught intensive courses and lectures in Norway, Bosnia, and India, as well as the West Indies.

Shaykh Abdullah has traveled to around 25 countries and currently resides in the West Indies with his wife and children. His personal interests include Indian History, comparative religion, English singing-songwriting, and poetry. Mahatama Gandhi and Abdul Sattar Eidhi hold strong significance for Shaykh Abdullah for their contribution to humanitarian causes.

Can a Convert Whose Family is Hindu Participate in Their Rituals?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: If a person who was previously Hindu accepts Islam, but hides this from his
parents and performs the Hindu rituals to satisfy them and avoid causing problems in the household, is he still within the fold of Islam?

Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful.

It is not permitted for a believer to participate in religious rituals that constitute associating
partners with Allah or contravention of Divine Command. Allah Most High tells us repeatedly in
the Qur’an that He forgives all sins except associating partners with Him.

The convert brother should realize that what he was doing was a mistake, sincerely repent
to Allah, be thankful for the gift of faith and the means of approaching spiritual and worldly
serenity, and take the effective means of avoiding participating in the rituals. It would be good
for him to seek the counsel of local scholars or community members, for both guidance and

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani

My Non-Muslim Parents Get Upset When I Wear the Hijab

Answered by Dr. Bano Murtuja

Question: My parents are not Muslim, and they didn’t like it at all when I became Muslim.  They also have a big problem with me wearing the hijab. They get upset when they see me wear it. It has been the cause of great strife between us.  They aren’t comfortable with dress they associate with religious conservatives and extremism.  I live with them, so this is difficult. Since I’m required to obey my parents, do I obey them and not wear the hijab even though Islam tells me to wear it?


Answer: As Salam alykum,

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

There is no obedience to one’s parents without obedience to God. That said, it is very important parental concerns in matters such as these are handled with sensitivity, gentleness and mercy.

The hijab is a requirement on Muslim women, but can be incorporated into a style of clothing that your parents are comfortable and familiar with. Many sisters maintain a ‘western’ style wardrobe that covers them fully, is dignified and graceful.

As you are not required to hijab in front of your parents, you may be able to wear the hijab when out of their presence, but refrain from doing so within the home. As time progresses, and they see positive shifts in your character God willing, the hijab may become less jarring to them.

Above all you should seek to abide by the laws governing your dress but always approaching your parents with love and gentleness, explaining the importance of hijab to you and the practice of your faith, but never in an argumentative way.

For many watching our loved ones become Muslim is difficult but with time and with love they can come round.

May God make it easy for you and your family inshaAllah, and increase you in love and mercy with one another.



Dr. Bano Murtuja is the Managing Director of SeekersGuidance Toronto, unique learning foundation that connects transformative knowledge and spirituality with actionable community service and social engagement. It is open and welcoming to individuals of all ages, religious beliefs and walks of life, with equally diverse programs and activities offered at no cost.

Dealing With Non-Muslim Parents (II)

Answered by Ustadh Faraz A. Khan

Question: My non-Muslim parents and relatives are against my practicing of Islam. Obedience and submission to God has no place in their mind. Since I am with them now, far away from scholars and people to ask for advice, my faith is terribly low. Here, I’m involved in sin because I don’t find the strength to tell my family I don’t shake hands with women and that I must fast in Ramadan. My mother seems to be unable to bear such changes because she had many trials in the last years. She cries almost every day. So I don’t know how to tell her that it’s not finished, there’s something more, it’s not just praying five times a day and not eating non halal meat and not having girlfriends.

I keep making supplication to be delivered from this situation but I think my faith is weak. I don’t uphold the prophetic character because it’s hard for me, having no living example around me, being sad and stressed for this situation, finding hard to communicate with people, particularly my parents, without starting talking about impermissible stuff, slandering, or things like that. Please advise me.

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this reaches you in the best of health and faith. May Allah Most High shower you with blessings and ease for you your affairs, especially in the approaching blessed month of Ramadan.

Misgivings Regarding Weakness of Faith and Supplication Not Being Answered

In the Qur’an, Allah Most High calls the devil “the deceiver” [gharur], as he most often resorts to trickery and deception when casting misgivings in the breast of the believer. This is termed “satanic whispering” [waswasa], and is such a common tactic of the devil that Allah sealed His Book with the chapter that teaches us to seek refuge in Him Most High from such whisperings [Sura Nas].

Moreover, one of the aims of the devil’s whispering is to push the human being into despair and depression, making him feel so low as to lose all hope in Allah and His infinite mercy. When the believer entertains feelings of worthlessness and being undeserving of Allah’s compassion, he should immediately recognize those feelings as stemming directly from the devil and, as the Qur’an commands, “take him as an enemy” [35:6]. How does one respond to an enemy? Combat. This combat against the devil entails seeking refuge in Allah Most High, performing ablution, and turning one’s heart sincerely and solely to Allah Most High, in full hope, reliance, gratitude and love of the Divine. These lofty states of the heart are the most potent weapons against Satan, as he despises nothing more than a believer expressing love and gratitude towards Allah. Part of having true hope in Allah is to be certain that He will answer one’s supplication, as He Himself states in the Qur’an, “Call on Me, and I will surely answer you” [40:60]. This is a promise from Allah, and as He Most High states, “Allah never breaks His promise” [3:9].

Increasing the strength of one’s faith is a gradual process, and one should not get disheartened by slips and lapses in one’s practice, but rather take the means to ensure long-term growth and improvement. These include learning one’s religion, implementing what one learns to the best of one’s ability, and turning to Allah for help in obeying His commands. In light of your being a convert to Islam, I would recommend taking the steps outlined in the following answer with regards to dealing with your non-Muslim parents:

Love For Your Parents and When Not to Obey

Allah and His Messenger [peace and blessings be upon him] exhort the believer to love his parents and family, whether they are Muslim or not. The believer’s attitude towards his family should reflect ihsan, or kindness and excellence in conduct, in all circumstances. Allah Most High says, “And We have enjoined upon man kindness to his parents” [29:8]. However, obedience to one’s parents is conditioned upon it being in accordance with the Sacred Law. As such, the verse continues, “But if they strive to make you associate with Me that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not.” Allah Most High gives the example of parents trying to compel their child to engage in the most heinous of crimes, namely, associating partners with the Divine [shirk], yet the verse extends to anything prohibited by Allah. This is supported by the oft-cited prophetic statement, “There is no obedience to creation if it entails disobedience to the Creator” [Tabarani]. On a practical note, I would strongly encourage you to take courses on Islamic law [fiqh] to learn the limits of the Sacred Law and when you can or cannot take legal dispensations when dealing with your parents.

Finally, to encourage the believer to be strong and steadfast in the face of such an overwhelming trial, that of refusing to obey one’s parents in sin while simultaneously displaying the kindness and excellence owed to them despite their attitude, Allah Most High ends the verse with the most important thing to keep in mind with trials, “To Me is your final return, so I will inform you of what you used to do.” [Nasafi/Madarik al-Tanzil] The believer’s destination is Allah, and as such his hope is in Allah, his heart is with Allah, his days are for Allah, his nights are for Allah, and his very breaths are for Allah. The believer desires nothing except to win the good pleasure of his Lord. Keeping one’s destination in mind alleviates the toils of the journey, no matter how arduous, especially when the destination is one of ultimate joy and felicity.

Feelings of Being Left Without Guidance

If your questions to scholars are not being answered immediately, be patient and have a good opinion of both those scholars as well as Allah. Allah would never leave a servant without guidance; rather, such delays are part of the trials of life that He gives us to test our patience and contentment with the Divine Decree. Have the very best opinion of your Lord, and you will find Him to be as you conceive of Him. If you have firm conviction that He is always with you and will always give you a way out of your troubles, then He will never leave you in a bind. Our Beloved Messenger [peace and blessings be upon him] taught us that Allah says, “I am in the opinion of My servant” [Bukhari].

Remember also that such thoughts, that Allah would leave you without guidance, are again from the devil’s whispering, so take him as an enemy and never believe his vicious lies.

Fasting in Ramadan and Your Mother’s Feelings

If you are of sound health then you must fast in Ramadan. Do not worry about your mother’s emotions. Treat her with as much kindness, love and respect as you are able to, and leave the rest to Allah. The word for “heart” in Arabic is qalb, derived from a root meaning “to turn over or change.” Human hearts by their very nature are constantly changing, swaying from one emotion to the next, except those who Allah Most High makes steadfast on the truth. Remember that everything in this universe, including the emotional state of your parents, is in Allah’s hands. Our Beloved Messenger [peace and blessings be upon him] is reported to have said, “The hearts of the children of Adam, all of them, are between two fingers of the fingers of the All-Merciful, like one single heart; He turns them whichever way He wants” [Muslim]. And Allah says in the Qur’an, “And verily, He alone is the One who causes laughter and causes crying” [53:43]. So consign the matter of your mother’s heart and emotional states to Him, and trust His wisdom and decree. He is in full control, and He will never let you down, inshaAllah.

Dealing with Hardship

Focus instead on your own heart and relationship with Allah. The above hadith regarding human hearts ends with the following beautiful supplication: “O Turner of hearts, make my heart steadfast on Your obedience.”

اللّهُمَّ مُصَرِّفَ الْقُلُوْبِ صَرِّفْ قُلُوْبَنَا عَلى طَاعَتِك

Along with this supplication, keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah, send abundant blessings upon the Messenger, and learn about his blessed life and character [peace and blessings be upon him]. The more one learns about his life, the more tranquility one finds in the face of hardship.

Lastly, remember the following words of our Beloved Messenger [peace and blessings be upon him] and realize that the hardship you face brings much good for you in both this life and the next: “No toil, sickness, anxiety, sadness, harm, or stress afflicts a Muslim – even the thorn that pricks him – except that with it, Allah erases some of his sins” [Bukhari, Muslim].

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz A. Khan

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Faraz A. Khan has lived in Amman, Jordan, for several years studying and teaching traditional Islamic sciences, with a focus on Hanafi jurisprudence, hadith studies, theology, logic, and Arabic grammar. He translated and annotated the classical Hanafi primer “Ascent to Felicity” (Maraqi ‘l-Sa`adat) by Imam Shurunbulali, recently published by White Thread Press.

A Convert Dealing with Non-Muslim Parents

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra

Question: I reverted more than a year ago.  I’m 19 now. My parents live in Italy and I live in England with my sister. Now I am back to Italy again for the summer.  My present trouble is unless I tell my parents clearly that certain things are prohibited, I’ll find myself involved in them. If I tell them clearly, I can’t imagine how they would take it. Very bad, for sure, because for them these are just crazy, anti-social, foreign rules, not related to one’s relationship with God. Also Ramadan is approaching and I will be on the coast with them: they’re just totally against to fasting and I think they could force me to eat.  Please advise.

Answer: Wa alaikum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh brother in Islam,

Congratulations on your being guided to Islam! Reading your letter gives me a feeling of nostalgia- this was my exact life story almost 10 years ago. I’ll share with you some brief advices I have learned since then:

  1. Be with Allah Most High, and He will be with you when you need Him. Be firm with your belief and obligatory acts, and Allah Most High will make your heart firm. Be easy-going with others, and things will be made easy for you.
  2. Lower the wing of humility and obey your parents (short of disbelief, leaving a fardh act, or committing a clear sin). This summer, your job is to do everything you can in their service, forget the internet or even spending beyond prayer times in the masjid.
  3. Never ever get angry or drawn into a debate. Smile, say “ok”, or if heart-broken, simply show it but don’t complain, and take a time-out.
  4. Be neat in your appearance – no scruffy beard; cool out on cultural dress and smell good. Dress a bit nicer than normal, even at home. Comb your hair and shower.
  5. Don’t throw Islam in their faces. Don’t tell them what to do. Don’t make your room seem like a different country. Go out with them and have fun. Be a vegetarian if needs be.
  6. Be firm that you have to pray and fast – no exceptions. Don’t list off what you can’t do, except major acts like drinking, eating unlawful meat, etc. Know that unless you’re ready to handle the backlash, you may not be able to stop every unlawful cultural custom this time, so cling to repentance – its still your first year, so be patient.
  7. Learn fiqh (Sacred Law) so you don’t go overboard in applying rules; balance that with a course on spirituality or Propehtic behavior. Do well in school.

This is just a stage of life you have to go through – your parents will be displeased but you must show them you are still their son. Your parents’ hearts are in Allah’s control. Trust in Allah, be patient, and relish the sweetness of faith.    May he make you, and us, pleasing to Him.


Abdullah Anik Misra

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Sidi Abdullah Misra was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He converted to Islam in 2001 and completed a degree in Business Administration. In 2005, he left Canada to pursue Islamic studies. He now lives in Amman, Jordan with his wife and two daughters, where he studies various Islamic sciences and concurrently serves as the Study Abroad Director at the Qasid Institute.