Being a good Muslim is an effort that should be consistent throughout our lives for the sake get grace, mercy and good reward from God.
1. Keep on reading Quran
You can learn a lot from the translation of the Qur’an. Some translations may be more difficult to understand than others. The most widely used English translation in the west is from Abdullah Yusuf Ali and Pickthall. But it is better if you seek guidance from people who study the Qur’an rather than relying on yourself to interpret the Qur’an. At every mosque there is usually someone who will be happy to guide and help you learn more about Islam, some even have a “New Muslim” study circle which is a great place to start. Be careful, but relaxed, in choosing someone you feel comfortable with and you believe has enough knowledge to teach you well.
2. Learn more about Islam and choose 1 mazhab and/or fiqih way
In Sunni Islam, the laws and procedures for performing worship are divided into four schools of thought. Study all the Schools and choose the one that suits you. Following one School will give you an understanding of the laws and procedures of worship in Islam as stated in the main sources of Islamic teachings (Al Qur’an and Hadith). Please remember that all these Schools are valid. The recognized schools are:
3. Put effort into always trying to be a good Muslim
Even if you are angry, sad, or upset, your job in this world is to be a good person who is useful to others. Muslims believe that Allah created humans to have a good and happy life. Use your abilities and talents to help others and improve society. Be open minded, and never harm anyone.
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