Say the Shahada. If you’re absolutely sure you want to become a Muslim and fully submit to the will of Allah, all you need to do is recite the Shahada, a short oral declaration of faith. Be aware that once you have said the Shahada, you are committed to following Islam for life. The words of the Shahada are “Ash-hadu anla elaha illa-Allah wa ash-hadu anna Mhammadur rasul-Allah“, which translates to “I testify that there is no other god but Allah, and I testify that Muhammad is Allah’s messenger.” By saying the Shahada, you become a Muslim.
- The first part of the Shahada (“Ash-hadu anla elaha illa-Allah“) refers not only to deities from other religions, but also to worldly things which can take the place of Allah in your heart—wealth and power, for example.
- The second part of the Shahada (“wa ash-hadu anna Mhammadur rasul-Allah“) is a recognition that Muhammad is Allah’s final messenger. Muslims are required to live by the principles of Muhammad, revealed in the Quran and follow his example.
- The Shahada must be said with sincerity and understanding to be binding. You can’t become a Muslim just by pronouncing the words—the oral recitation is a reflection of belief that’s held in the heart.
- You should never kill, lie, steal, or anything of the sort, and will follow Allah’s commands detailing how He wishes to be worshiped. In other words, you will follow the Islamic rules.