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Becoming a Good Muslim

Islam only asks for a sincere and simple declaration of faith (Shahadah) to become a Muslim. But the declaration is not light, devoting yourself to living with the teachings of Islam is one of the most important things you do in life.


1. Ensure you understand the meaning of being a Muslim.
Islam is called the religion of human nature. That is, Islam believes that humans are born in a pure and perfect state, and Islam is a way of life that is in accordance with that natural fitrah. So, when someone “converts” to Islam, he actually returns to his natural nature as a human being.


2. Read the Quran.
The Qur’an is a book that contains Islamic teachings, believed to be pure words or revelations of God.
Reading these texts and scriptures will give you an understanding of the historical stories, laws, and lessons that make up the Islamic faith.


3. Talk and converse with Imam
The Imam is the Islamic religious leader who guides the people inside and outside the mosque. An Imam is chosen based on his character and knowledge of the Qur’an and Hadith. A good Imam will provide guidance and advice regarding your readiness to embrace Islam.


4. Syahadah
If you really believe you want to become a Muslim, all you have to do is say the Shahada, which is a verbal declaration of faith. The sentence of the Shahadah is “La ilaha illallah, Muhammadun Rasulullah” which means “I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” By saying the Shahada, you have become a Muslim.


5. Syahadad with witness
A witness is not the main requirement to become a Muslim. Allah is omniscient, even if you recite the Shahada alone with faith, you will become a Muslim before Allah. However, to be officially recognized by the mosque and the Islamic community, you must say the Shahada in the presence of witnesses. Eligible witnesses are two Muslims or an Imam (Islamic religious leader) who has the authority to ratify your new faith.


6. Clean yourself
As soon as you become a Muslim, you have to take a bath as a form of purification. It is a symbol that symbolizes cleansing from past sins and the transition from darkness to light.
There is no sin too great that cannot be purified. After saying the Shahada, all your past sins are forgiven. Your new life is centred on trying to improve your Islam by doing good deeds

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