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So now for the second part. Ok I’ve already covered the ‘don’ts’ but what about the ‘dos’? There is a great deal of good that can be learnt online; however there is a certain etiquette of going about this. Firstly, there are certain very important principles or pillars of belief that we must learn about before anything else; our religion is deficient or our belief may even be incorrect without these pillars. These pillars are not the be-all and end-all; and Islam is a balance of belief, speech [i.e. utterances on the tongue, such as what we say in the salah, and remembering Allaah] and action [ie the physical movements of the salah; and any other good deeds that involve a physical action]; but like everything you need to start with a foundation. Having this foundation will be of invaluable benefit to you in this life [ad-dunya] and the hereafter [al-akhirah].

The following famous and hadith [report of something The prophet Salalahu Alaihi Was Sallam; or his very close family or companions; did, said or approved of] speaks of the pillars of Imaan [belief] in the most basic terms.

“One day while we were sitting with the messenger of Allah there appeared before us a man whose clothes were exceedingly white and whose hair was exceedingly black; no signs of journeying were to be seen on him and none of us knew him. He walked up and sat down by the prophet. Resting his knees against his and placing the palms of his hands on his thighs, he said:”O Muhammad, tell me about Islam”. The messenger of Allah said: “Islam is to testify that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, to perform the prayers, to pay the zakat, to fast in Ramadan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you are able to do so.” He said: “You have spoken rightly”, and we were amazed at him asking him and saying that he had spoken rightly. He said: “Then tell me about Iman.”He said:”It is to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day, and to believe in divine destiny, both the good and the evil thereof.” He said: “You have spoken rightly”. He said: ” Then tell me about Ihsan.” He said: “It is to worship Allah as though you are seeing Him, and while you see Him not yet truly He sees you”. He said: “Then tell me about the Hour”. He said: “The one questioned about it knows no better than the questioner.” He said: “Then tell me about its signs.” He said: “That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and that you will see the barefooted, naked, destitute herdsman competing in constructing lofty buildings.” Then he took himself off and I stayed for a time. Then he said: “O Umar, do you know who the questioner was?” I said: “Allah and His messenger know best”. He said: “He was Jibreel [Gabriel], who came to you to teach you your religion.” (Narrated by Muslim)

This hadith is one of the most famous on the topic of Islam and imaan; and is sahih [sound without a shadow of a doubt]. So from this we can deduce the following are obligatory for the Muslim to learn about. Firstly; to testify that there is no true God worthy of worship except Allaah. Belief in this pillar of Islam, entails that a person equip themselves with a basic knowledge of Allaah’s names and attributes; and the different categories of tawheed; which will be explored in the next part.

    For more information about the Names and Attributes of Allaah; please visit The basics-at salafi publications
    The next part of this pillar is that Muhammad, Salallahu Alaihi Was Sallam is The Final Messenger of Allaah. However this pillar also entails believing in ALL the Messengers that Allaah sent throughout history, as well as all of The Prophets. There is a difference in Islam between a Messenger [Rasul] and a Prophet [Nabi], The Messengers are those who had revealed to them; and came to their people with a new textual revelation, i.e. Muhammed, and Isa [Jesus]. The Prophets; are those who did not come with any new revelation from Allaah that was to be written down; but they were there to reinforce a previous message. All Messengers were Prophets; but not all Prophets were Messengers. There are many Prophets named in the Qur’an and Hadith; some of whom are also mentioned in the Bible, but also some mentioned by number that are not named. The previous Prophets; before Muhammed Salalahu Alaihi Was Sallam were sent to their nation only; but Muhammed Salalahu Alaihi Was Sallam was sent to all of Mankind, as well as the Jinn [unseen beings made from smokeless fire]. For more information please look at

    Why Allaah Sent Prophets and Messengers-from Islaam.ca

    and

    Muhammad The Final Messenger-from Islaam.ca

    The next pillar of Islam is the Salah, or prayer; which is obligatory five times a day for the Muslim. I will not go into much detail on the specifics of the prayer, and its ritual purification beforehand, as I could go on all day however you may find the following article useful

    The Conditions, Pillars and Requirements of The Prayer- from Al-Ibaanah

    The next pillar of Islam after that; is to pay the zakat; and after this is fasting in the Lunar month of Ramadan. During Ramadan there are special night prayers called Taraweeh which you may have seen being performed in Makkah; these are not obligatory but to know about them and to perform them if you are able; is of great benefit. InshaAllaah this article; again from the excellent site Al-Ibaanah provides an excellent and concise explanation on all three issues. ‘Lessons on Fasting, Zakat and Taraweeh’

    The final pillar of Islam; is the Hajj or pilgrimage to Makkah; once in a lifetime; if one is able and has the financial means to do so. There is also a shorter; optional pilgrimage called Umrah. The following collection of articles has a lot of information about the Hajj. ‘Hajj section at Salafipublications’

    InshaAllaah the next section of this article will deal with the pillars of Imaan; or faith…..

    I’m assuming most sisters reading this have already taken their shahadah; or are very close to doing so. It is unanimously agreed that a person doesn’t have to have an in-depth knowledge of the deen; only to know the very basic pre-requisites of it that Allaah is the only true God worthy of worship and Muhammed Salalahu Alaihi Was Sallam [commonly translated as ‘Peace be Upon him’] is His Messenger. So often sisters come to the deen with little but the most basic of knowledge; that is if you’re blessed enough to come to the deen with those who have knowledge; or with anyone at all. The shahadah as opposed to common misconceptions can be said privately; although it is recommended to make it public due to reasons of being recognised publically as a Muslim; which is necessary in cases of going on Hajj or Umrah; also any one of us could die at any time and in order to have the correct Islamic burial it is important to be known as being amongst the Muslim Ummah. I took my shahadah online at a time when I was not really around many Muslims; the book I learnt the salah from was a book I had been allowed to borrow from my non-Muslim school by my R.E. teacher; although it is a book used by many madrasahs and the like in the UK; it did contain some errors and cultural beliefs that I found quite confusing. For a long time after becoming Muslim I knew about the word Tawheed; but not what it entailed; as for the word Aqeedah I didn’t understand what it meant until about 3 years later. I just read a random array of books; some authentic, some highly dubious and many on topics that are not even required knowledge. This is coming from someone who studied Islam; to a level I thought to be very thorough at the time, for two and a half years before saying my shahadah! How wrong I was!

    After taking your shahadah the first thing you should do is learn enough to enable yourself to practice Islam properly; and to protect yourself from incorrect beliefs; or even Shirk (associating partners with Allaah; which is unforgiveable without repentence). This may seem like a gargantuan task; but with the correct intention, [or niyyah] InshaAllaah it can be done very easily. Of course no-one becomes an expert overnight; we are just talking about the basics here. If you are blessed enough to have a good community; and a good sound masjid or centre close to you; take advantage of any classes or circles for new Muslims they offer; the added benefit of this is; you may also get to meet new sisters on your wavelength; or other more experienced sisters who can share their wisdom with you. If you aren’t blessed enough to have a good community around you; for whatever reason then MashaAllaah while not the ideal; there are always other means such as books, CD lectures, and the internet.

    InshaAllaah I will cover recommended books and CD lectures in a future post. What I will cover here is the internet. If used correctly; the internet can be a fantastic resource for learning. However; there are some common mistakes in seeking knowledge ‘online’ and I will cover these; before covering the obvious pros of learning online.

    • Joining social networking sites; such as Myspace and Facebook with the sole aim of learning Islamic knowledge [‘ilm] from them. While such sites serve a purpose; in meeting like-minded sisters, and this is what I use them for in a limited capacity myself; to rely on them for genuine authentic Islamic knowledge; is a mistake. There are all types of people on there; some even from groups such as The Nation of Islam (who are not Muslims at all; by consensus) yet their religion says ‘Muslim’ or ‘Islam’. Also such sites can take up your valuable learning time; with learning nothing at all. Thirdly such sites are full of fitnah [trials and tribulations], free-mixing which is not permitted in Islam and many other things such as music playing on the page; impermissible images etc. If you’re a very new-Muslim to be bombarded with such mixed messages; can be too much.
    • Going into general chat rooms; and expecting to learn from them. The only chat rooms I would recommend are the Paltalk rooms such as ‘salafi publications’, ‘Understanding Islam’ (found in social issues) and the ones of various smaller masajid [mosques] upon the correct understanding; in various countries. In the distant past I used to make the mistake of going on general Islamic or even just Arab chat rooms; and expected to learn my deen; instead I got harassed by brothers, got told a lot of falsehoods and ended up being banned by my non-Muslim folks from going online at all due to me being so het up; which didn’t give them a great impression of Islam at the time; I’m sure. Another mistake is those new to the deen; with very little knowledge; going into such rooms to refute people or argue with them. Don’t, these people have probably already made up their minds about what ever they believe; and if you don’t know entirely what you’re talking about you could say something incorrect or misleading. Even the scholars do not debate in this manner; which is just a big waste of time.
    • ‘Free-mixing’ online. This follows on from the previous two, free-mixing between unrelated men and women (and unrelated includes anyone you’re allowed to marry, including cousins) is not permissible in Islam. Of course most of us know this; but when it comes to the internet; a lot of us forget. A lot of impermissible mixing goes on in chat rooms, forums and other places; just because you are not face to face with the brother; does not mean it is ok. Such rules are only in place to protect us; as Muslim sisters. There are unfortunately unscrupulous brothers online; and I have come across sisters known personally to me who have met a seemingly pious brother online; whom they ended up sleeping with outside of marriage; which is a major, major sin. In other cases the sister has gone on to marry such a brother; and found he was not as he claimed.
    • Taking knowledge from any site that comes up in Google and ‘going with it’; I know it sounds funny but i have seen this done. However I’m sure we all know that the way Google works is on what is most popular; not what is most authentic. Just as I am sure you wouldn’t diagnose yourself with an illness; via a page you found on google; you wouldn’t take knowledge of the deen from any old page. The most troubling thing is even the dodgy pages have daleel [textual evidences] and often from authentic sources; but unless you know the source it is hard to distinguish what has been taken out of context; or misquoted from what is authentic and genuine. I am not saying don’t use Google; but just use caution and if you find an article; check its credentials; if you are in doubt then don’t take anything from it.

    In part two I will continue InshaAllaah with the benefits of learning online; and ideal resources for learning InshaAllaah.

    The 20 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Islam

    Author: The Reign of Islamic Da’wah Centre  
    Source: [islaam.ca] Published: 1998

     This peace is contentment with yourself and your surroundings that could only be achieved by wilfully submitting to God, obeying what He commands and abstaining from what He forbids. – The Reign of Islamic Da’wah Centre, Toronto, Canada

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

    The word “Islam” means peace and submission to the Will of the only God worthy of being worshipped. This peace is contentment with yourself and your surroundings that could only be achieved by willfully submitting to God, obeying what He commands and abstaining from what He forbids.

    WHO IS ALLAAH?

    Allaah is the name in Arabic for the “One God”. Allaah is the Creator, Sustainer, Planner and Organizer. He is the only deity that has the right to be worshipped (i.e. praying, supplicating, fasting, etc.). In Islam, the belief in the One God cannot be separated from the acts of worshipping the One God. In other words, it is not enough to simply think you believe in the Oneness of the Creator but that belief must be affirmed by your statement and actions. Example, it would negate ones belief in the Oneness of the Creator if he directs his worship to a man (or any of the other created things).

    WHO IS A PROPHET?

    A Prophet is a person who is appointed by God to call the people to the worship and believe in the One God. All Prophets were given miracles by Allaah to prove that they were Prophets. For example, Moses was given the miracles to free the Children of Israel, Jesus was given the ability to heal the sick and raise the dead by Allaah’s’ leave and Muhammad was given the Qur’an which is the everlasting and literal speech of Allaah. May Allaah send His peace and blessings on all the Prophets. Ameen!

    WHAT IS THE QUR’AN?

    The Qur’an is the Last Revelation from your Lord. It was revealed in the pure Arabic language to the Prophet Muhammad and has been kept preserved and unchanged, in its original form. The English interpretation of the Qur’an will be used as reference in this brochure. It is not Allaah’s’ Word rather, it is a general interpretation of the meaning of the Qur’an. The Qur’an confirms the truth in the Torah, Psalms and the Gospel.

    WHO WAS MUHAMMAD?

    Muhammad is the Final Prophet and Messenger. He was born into the tribe of Quarish in the year 570 AD. His ancestry goes back to the Prophet Ishmael, the son of Prophet Abraham. His father died before his birth and his mother died before he was six. As a young man he was known as Al-Ameen (the trustworthy). He would retreat to a cave outside of Mecca where, he would ponder and reflect about the immoral practices and customs of the Pagan Arabs. He received revelation from the Creator at the age of 40 through the Angel Gabriel. Subsequently, the Revelations came over the period of 23 years and are collectively in the Qur’an.

    WHAT ARE THE PILLARS OF ISLAM?

    Islam has 5 Pillars.

    1. (Iman) Belief that no deity is worthy of worship except Allaah and Muhammad is His Last Prophet and Messenger.
    2. (Salat) Prayers, which are performed 5 times a day.
    3. (Siyam) Fasting in the month of Ramadaan. Abstaining from food, drink and sexual relations with spouses from sunrise to sunset.
    4. (Zakat) Charity is the requirement of 2.5% of a Muslims’ saved earnings given to the poor once a year as purification of his wealth.
    5. (Hajj) Pilgrimage is a journey to the Kab’ah in the sacred city of Mecca. Muslims are required to do this at least once in a lifetime if they are physically and financially able.

    WHAT ARE THE FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH?

    Belief in Allaah, His Oneness and ascribing no partners to Him.

    Belief in the Angels (Gabriel, Michael, Israfil, etc.).

    Belief in the revealed scriptures (Torah, Psalms, Gospel) in their original form, not as they exist today.

    Belief in Allaah’s Messengers (Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad etc.)

    Belief in the Day of Resurrection.

    Belief in Pre-Ordainment. The good or bad of it.

    WHO IS A MUSLIM?

    One who practices the 5 pillars of Islam and believes in the fundamentals of faith. One can become a Muslim by saying; “Ashadhu An Laa ilaha illa Allaah, wa ashadhu anna Muhammad ar-rasulullah.” This means, ” I bear witness that no deity has the right to be worshipped except Allaah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Final Messenger.” All Prophets preceding Muhammad were Muslims. This includes Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and Jesus. Is there a doubt that these Prophets did not submit their will to the Creator? Allaah says in the Qur’an: “Abraham was neither a Jew or a Christian, but he was a true Muslim and he was not of the idolaters.” (Qur’an 3:67) It is important to note that other religions are derived from the name of a place or a person. Examples of this are: Judaism is derived from the tribe of Judah, Hinduism is from the Indus River, Buddhism is from Goutam Buddha and Christianity is from Jesus Christ. Islam is the only revealed religion and way of life that directly attaches its worshippers to the servitude of the Creator.

    IS ISLAM THE ONLY RELIGION ACCEPTABLE TO THE CREATOR?

    Yes! As explained in the introduction, Islam means peace through the submission to the Will of Allaah. One who does this is called a Muslim. Therefore, the only thing acceptable to the Creator is submission to Him. Allaah says: “Do they seek other than the Religion of Allaah (Islam)? While to Him submit all other creatures in the heavens and the Earth, willingly or unwillingly. And to Him they shall all be returned. Say, ‘We believe in Allaah and what was sent down to us, and what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob and the tribes, and what was revealed to Moses, Jesus, and the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between them, and to Him (Allaah) we have submitted (in Islam).“And whosoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the hereafter he will be of the losers (in the hellfire).” (Qur’an 3:83-85)

    WILL THE ACTIONS OF NON-BELIEVERS BE WASTED?

    Yes! Allaah says: “Say, ‘Shall We tell you the greatest losers in respect of their deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds. They are those who deny the revelation of their Lord and the meeting with Him (in the Hereafter). So their works are in vain and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall not give them any weight. That shall be their recompense, Hell; because disbelieved and took My revelations and My Messengers by way of jest and mockery. Verily, those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah-Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds shall have the Garden of Paradise for their entertainment.” (Qur’an 18:103-107)

    WHAT IS THE HEREAFTER?

    The “Hereafter” is the final destiny of all worldly existence starting at the time of death. The day mankind will be resurrected from their graves then they shall be brought to account for their deeds whether good or evil. Allaah says: “I (Allah) swear by the Day of Resurrection, and I (Allaah) swear by self-reproaching person. Does Man think that We shall not assemble his bones? Yes, We are able to put together in perfect order the tips of his fingers. Nay! (Man denies Resurrection and Reckoning. So) he desires to continue committing sins. He asks, ‘When will be this Day of Resurrection?’ So, when the sight shall be dazed, and the moon will eclipsed, and the sun and the moon will be joined together. On that day man will say, ‘ Where is the place that I can flee to?’ No! There is no refuge! Unto that your Lord (Alone) will be the place of rest that day. On that day men will be informed of what he sent forward ( of evil or good deeds), and what he left behind (of his good or evil practices). Nay! Man will be a witness against himself.” (Qur’an 35:1-4)

    DO MUSLIMS WORSHIP MUHAMMAD?

    No! Muslims do not worship Muhammad nor do they worship any other Prophets, Saints, or created things. It is not permissible for a Muslim to pray, supplicate, or direct any type of worship to any created thing in rivalry to the Lord of all that exists. Allaah says: “Say (to them Muhammad), ‘I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your God is One God. So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the Worship of his Lord.’ “ (Qur’an 18:110)

    WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR CREATION?

    As we examine Allaah’s creation, we will inevitably conclude that all things have a purpose. If we look at the delicate balance of our universe, as vast as it is, orchestrated in perfect synchronization. The human body and its various different processes like thought, movement, vision and its ability to heal itself. The earth and its countless number of life forms, various plants, vegetables and animals. The weather system, the seasons and the water cycle. Surely, these things have some purpose, more so for human beings. Allaah says: “And We (Allaah) created not the spirits and men, except that they should worship Me (alone).” (Qur’an 51:56) As the verse states in point #8, all things are in a state of submission to the Creator by following the natural laws that they have been created for. We were born in a state of submission, not in a state of sin as we had no choice in the matter and we will die in submission. Between these two time spans, man has been given the rational ability to choose to submit to his Creator. Know for surety that we will all die and none of us knows when we’re going to die. Isn’t it time you submitted to your Lord?

    WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS?

    Jesus, the son of Mary is a servant and Messenger of Allaah. Allaah says in the Qur’an that Jesus was born of a miraculous birth; “Verily, the likeness of Jesus before Allaah is the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then (He) said unto him: ‘Be’ and he was.” (Qur’an 3:59). He performed many miracles as a Prophet by Allaah’s permission such as resurrecting the dead, healing the blind and sick, making a living bird out of clay and speaking as new born infant. Jesus brought the same message as the other Prophets. He is not to be worshipped as the “Son of God!” Jesus was raised alive up to Allaah from where he will return to re-establish the Law of Allaah on earth.

    WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT THE “SON OF GOD”, “TRINITY” AND MARY?

    Your Creator says: “Surely, they have disbelieved who say: ‘Allaah is the Messiah (Jesus).’; But the Messiah said, ‘O Children of Israel! Worship Allaah, my Lord and your Lord.’ Verily, whosoever sets up partners in worship with Allaah, then Allaah has forbidden Paradise for him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the polytheists there are no helpers. Surely, the disbelievers are those who said, ‘Allaah is a third of the three (in a trinity).’ But there is no god but the One God. And if they cease not from what they say, verily, a painful torment will befall the disbelievers among them. Will they not repent to Allaah and ask for His Forgiveness? For Allaah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful. The Messiah, son of Mary is no more than a Messenger. Many were the Messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a truthful woman. They both used to eat food (As other human beings, while Allaah does not eat). Look how Allaah makes the revelations clear to them, yet look how they are deluded away (from the truth).” (Qur’an 5:72-75)

    DOES ISLAM OPPRESS WOMEN?

    No. On the contrary, 1400 years ago Islam liberated women. At that time in Europe, Christian scholars were debating whether women had souls, if yes, did they have animal souls or human souls? Until recently women were stripped of their last names to illustrate that they were the property of their husbands. As for Islam, women are equal to men in all acts of piety, they keep their last names, they are allowed to keep their own money, choose who they want to marry, have the right to seek a divorce, have the right to inheritance and have the right to be protected and maintained by their husbands. They have been dignified and exonerated by the Hijab (Islamic covering). In the West, women are portrayed as sex objects to be used and discarded. We see them being used to sell cars, alcohol and even bubble gum. In Islam, women have been elevated to a stature that surpasses the roles placed upon them by any religion or culture. Women are not to be abused or oppressed but they are to be respected and cared for. As a result, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world amongst women.

    IS POLYGYNY PERMISSIBLE?

    Yes! Islam regulated matrimony in that men are permitted to marry up to four wives provided they treat them fairly and equally. The man must first be financially capable to take another wife, provide different residences and be able to divide his time equally amongst them. In the western society many men who are married to only one wife usually have extramarital affairs. Thus a survey was published in the USA Today (April 4, 1988; Section D) which asked 4700 mistresses, what would they like their status to be (mistress or second wife). They said, “I prefer being a second wife rather than the other woman”. The reasons for this are that they didn’t have any legal rights, nor did they have the financial equality of the legally married wives and it appeared that these men were using them. Islam is clearly against extra or premarital affairs (fornication) as this leads to corruption in the society and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Don’t people feel bad when they have children out of wedlock? These children have the right to grow up knowing that they have parents who are responsible enough to have planned to bring them into the world. No one would like to be told that they were an accident. As for those against polygyny, statistics show that because of wars there are more women in the world than there are men. Other reasons are, most married men engage in extramarital affairs and there is an increase in homosexuality amongst men, thus causing an excess amount of women to men. The Islamic solution of polygyny is the best solution to the seemingly difficult problems that plague our society in our man to woman relationships. Additionally, it is a permissible act, with conditions, legislated by the Creator. Wheras, the concept of monogomy is a neo-christian concept with no textual evidence from any of the revelations, a practice not used by the prophets and messengers.

    DOES ISLAM PROMOTE TERRORISM?

    Absolutely Not. Islam condemns all acts of oppression. Necessary force is permissible only when one is defending oneself, family, and right to practice his/her religion or fighting tyranny and oppression. Muslims who blow up buildings and kill innocent people are not acting in accordance with what Islam teaches.

    IS THERE RACISM IN ISLAM?

    No. Muslims are found in every country, whether they are European, African, Asian or American. 1 in every 5 people on the earth is a Muslim, Which means there are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world. Islam promotes racial harmony and tolerance. Allaah says: ” O mankind! We have created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you in the Sight of Allaah is the believer who has the most piety. Verily, Allaah is All Knowing, All Aware.” (Qur’an 49:13) This is in opposition to Louis Farrakhan’s disbelieving lies against Islam, in saying that, ‘Allaah appeared in the person of Master W. Fard Muhammad’, or ‘We the original (black) nation of the earth’. The Believers seek refuge with Allaah from such lies against Allaah. Ameen!

    HAS THE QUR’AN PREDICTED THE NEW DISCOVERIES OF MODERN SCIENCE?

    Yes! Since the Qur’an came from the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, it is only befitting that science would later confirm what is in the Qur’an. Examples of this are, the expansion of the universe as stated in the Qur’an: “With power did We construct the heaven. Verily, We expand the vastness of space.” (Qur’an 51:47) Every living thing is created from water: “Do not those who disbelieve know that the heavens and the earth were joined together as one united piece, then We parted them? And We have made from water every living thing. Will they then not believe?” (Qur’an 21:30) The trimester: “…He (Allaah) created you in the wombs of your mothers, creation after creation in three veils of darkness, such is Allaah your Lord. How then are you turned away (from the truth)?” (Qur’an 39:7) There are several other examples proving that the Qur’an is from your Lord. Allaah says: “Do they not consider the Qur’an carefully? Had it been from other than Allaah, they would have found therein much contradictions.” (Qur’an 4: 82)

    SHOULD YOU BECOME A MUSLIM RIGHT NOW?

    Absolutely! If you believe in what you have read in this brochure, we strongly suggest that you don’t delay. You are now accountable for what you know about Islam. For many people Islam has balanced their lives, created a form of discipline, given them respect and dignity and given them peace and tranquility in a society that has been ravaged by mental illnesses, excessive materialism, substance abuse, increase in crime and an all time decline in human morality. Allaah warns us in the Qur’an: “O you who believe! Fear Allaah as He should be feared. And die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims).”(Qur’an 3:102)

    If you wish to become a Muslim, refer to point #7 and/or view our contact page for more assistance.

    We invite you to become a Muslim.

    How Does Someone Become a Muslim?

    Simply by saying with conviction, La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammadur rasoolu Allah, one converts to Islam and becomes a Muslim (to hear it click here). This saying means “There is no true god (deity) but God (Allah),1 and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God.” The first part, “There is no true god but God,” means that none has the right to be worshipped but God alone, and that God has neither partner nor son. To be a Muslim, one should also:

    n Believe that the Holy Quran is the literal word of God, revealed by Him.

    n Believe that the Day of Judgment (the Day of Resurrection) is true and will come, as God promised in the Quran.

    n Accept Islam as his or her religion.

    n Not worship anything nor anyone except God.

    The Prophet Muhammad said: {God is more joyful at the repentance of someone when he turns to Him in repentance than one of you would be if he were riding his camel in the wilderness, and it runs away from him, carrying his food and drink, so that he loses all hope of getting it back. He comes to a tree and lies down in its shade (awaiting death), for he has lost all hope of finding his camel. Then, while he is in that state (of desperation), suddenly it is there before him! So he seizes its halter and cries out from the depth of his joy, “O God, You are my servant and I am Your Lord!” His mistake comes from the intensity of his joy.}2

    Taken from http://www.islam-guide.com/ a site that provides the well known book ‘A Brief Illustrated Guide to Islam’ published as well as other basic information on Islam.

    Bismika Allaahumma wa bi Hamdika, Ash-Hadu an La ilaaha illa ant, Astaghfiruka, wa atoobu ilayk. Amma Ba3ad.

    Asalaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatu

    I am writing this blog because I meet many new Muslim sisters; who have just taken their shahadah and they lack support and credible; sound sources of information. Many fall prey to extreme movements; individuals or become disillusioned and sadly leave the deen. In this modern society many sisters have to look to the internet for information about Islam due to their location and personal circumstances, and this can be very confusing; there is a lot of misinformation out there both from non-Muslim and purportedly Islamic sources.

    Now to clarify a few things, I am not a scholar nor will I ever claim to be, this blog is not designed to make fatwas or rulings; rather it is to aid the new muslimah on her path with Islam and seeking knowledge. I wouldn’t recommend seeking all of your knowledge from any website; including mine. I will InshaAllaah be posting articles of benefit; but they will be linked back to the original source; for your reference. Please note the articles I will link to; are free to share but my blog is not specifically endorsed by the sites in question. Secondly this blog is to share my own experiences; some things I write will be quite personal; though anonymous and within the boundaries Islam places for us in such matters; sometimes personal experiences can really be of help in explaining certain things.

    Secondly this blog is written from the standpoint of someone who, InshaAllaah, aims follows Qur’an and Sunnah according to Ahl-us-Sunnah wa’al Jama’ah, from the understanding of the ulema from amongst the companions, tabi’een, tabi tabi’een, salaf and right up until modern times.   I do not adhere to any sect or group; although I try to adhere to the salafi methodology.  The salafi methodology is based purely upon interpreting the texts according to the ways that have been clearly shown in the hadith literature; and the reports and writing of the earliest scholars; as well as being the way that the four imams were upon; it is not a seperate sect or an extreme group (in fact the salafi scholars warn both against extremism and group-ism); and InshaAllaah in later posts I will aim to clear up some common misconceptions about it.

    All good in this blog is from Allaah ta’ala and all bad is from myself; if you see any errors of any type in my blog please bring them to my attention by posting a comment on them so that they may be corrected as soon as possible InshaAllaah.

    Umm Abdullaah