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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…..

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    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.

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    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

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