Make sure you know what it means to be a Muslim and how to act like one. The first and foremost rule of being a Muslim is believing in the one and only Allah. Allah is the only God, the only Creator and the Almighty. He is the only one you should be doing your good deeds for and the only who shall be worshipped. There should be nothing stood beside His place. Allah’s messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the messenger and the last Prophet who came down to Earth, and there will never be any prophets after him. Islam considers itself to be the natural way of all creation. That is, Islam is the original, perfect state of being. So, when a person “converts” to Islam, he/she is actually reverting to their own original nature.
- Islam considers anyone who follows its teachings to be a Muslim, regardless of when or where she or he lived. For instance, Islam believes that Jesus was a Muslim, though he lived hundreds of years before modern Islam’s historical founding.
- Allah, the Arabic word for God, refers to the same God worshiped by Christians and Jews (aka the “Abrahamic” God). Thus, Muslims revere the prophets of Christianity and Judaism (including Jesus, Moses, David, Elijah, etc.) and consider the Bible and Torah to be divinely inspired, but modified over time, and therefore, unreliable. The Qur’an is God’s final scripture that affirms the truth in the previous scriptures and rectifies any falsehoods or corruptions.
- Avoid associating yourself with any sect in Islam. Allah and his
Prophet command us to be united. Therefore, Muslims should only obey
Allah and his Prophet and avoid bid’ah (innovation in religious matters). If the Allah or the Prophet didn’t command or do an action, don’t do it.
- “Indeed, those who have divided their religion and become sects—you, [O Muhammad], are not [associated] with them in anything. Their affair is only [left] to Allah ; then He will inform them about what they used to do.” [6:159]
- The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Beware! The people of the Book before were split up into seventy two sects, and this community will be split into seventy three: seventy two of them will go to Hell and one of them will go to Paradise, and it is the majority group.”