If you are ready to take the step and embrace Islam as a way of life, then all that is required is for you to recite the Shahadah – the declaration of faith.
You will not have reached this stage in your journey without having seriously considered what you are about to do. You must be certain that this is what you wish to do.
You might still be a little worried, a little apprehensive, but in your heart you know that Allah is calling you and that you wish to respond to Him. Trust in Allah.
To enter the fold of Islam, make a declaration of your faith by reciting what is called the Shahadah.
You must recite it in Arabic – but you can then also recite it in your own language so that you understand exactly what you are testifying to.
” Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illaallaah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan-ar-rasool ullaah “
“I bear witness that there is no God worthy to be worshiped but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”
It is best to go to a local Mosque or Islamic centre and declare your shahadah. The Imam can take you through the correct recital and pronunciation of the Shahadah.
If you cannot get to a mosque then you can recite your Shahadah with another Muslim to help you – it is best to have two witnesses to your declaration of faith.
If you recite your Shahadah while you are on your own, as soon as you can you should also recite your Shahadah with a Muslim witness/witnesses in attendance, or listening to your declaration (perhaps on the telephone or in an on-line conversation if necessary).
If you come from a background where you have been a practising Christian then it is sometimes recommended to recite a slightly expanded Shahadah declaration in which all notions of the trinity are refuted.
This is not compulsory to enter the faith – If you recite the basic Shahadah with full knowledge in your heart that you reject the concept of the trinity, or any other false gods, then that is sufficient to become a Muslim.
“Ash-hadu Al-laaa Ilaaha Illa-llaahu Wahdahoo Laa Shareeka Lahoo
Anna Muhammadan ‘Abduhoo Wa Rasooluhu.”
“I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, the One alone, without partner,
and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.”
Once you have recited the Shahadah you have entered the fold of Islam.
Once you have taken Shahadah you should take a full shower or bath as an act of purification – this should be done as soon as possible after taking your Shahadah.
In order to help you understand the reciting and taking of the Shahadah, here are some YouTube clips which may be of help.
Remember that the easiest way to take your Shahadah, and to know that you have correctly recited the Arabic, is if you can find a Muslim who will slowly recite short phrases of the Shahadah statement for you to follow and recite. This will be a great honour for them to help you..
In the following video, saying the Shahadah is explained to you and tips on how to pronounce and recite the Shahadah are given.