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Lesson How does a person enter into Islam

The moment a person enters into Islam is the greatest single moment of his life. It is considered to be his true birth after realizing the reason for his existence in this life. This lesson deals with what one needs to become a Muslim and enter into this great religion.

  • Know how one enters into the fold of Islam
  • Know the importance of repentance and factors that ensure one has fully repented

A person enters into Islam upon pronouncing the two-part testimony of faith, in awareness and certainty of its meaning, and submitting to what they entail.

The two-part testimony of faith is as follows:

I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah (i.e., I bear witness and believe that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, and I worship him alone without any partners or associates).
And I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah (i.e., I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah sent to all people, with obedience to what he commanded, and avoiding what he prohibited, and that I worship Allah according to his sacred law and sunnah).

Taking a bath for a new Muslim:

The moment a person enters Islam is the greatest moment of his life and his true birth, after which he knows the reason for his existence in this life. With his entry into the religion, it is prescribed upon him or her to wash their full body with water. As he internally purified himself from associating partners with him and disobedience, it is recommended for him to also purify himself externally with water.

The Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) commended one of the companions---and he was one of the leaders of the Arabs---when he intended to enter into Islam to wash himself (Al-Bayhaqi 837).

Tawbah (Repentance)

Repentance is the turning and returning to Allah, so whoever gives up his disobedience and disbelief and sincerely returns to Allah from his heart has repented to Him.

Conditions of a valid repentance:

Quitting the sin: Repentance from a sin is not valid while continuing to do it in the state of repentance, but if the sin recurs after a correct repentance, his previous repentance is not invalidated, but he must engage in a new repentance, and so on.
Regret for the past sins and transgressions: The Prophet ﷺ said: "Regret is repentance" (Ibn Majah 4252). Repentance is not conceivable except by a regretful, sorrowful, and remorseful person for the sins that he has committed. A person who takes pride in his past sins and flaunts them is not considered someone who is regretful.
Determination not to return to the sin: Repentance is not valid from a slave who intends to return to the sin after repentance.
Returning any property or rights to its rightful owners if the sins infringed upon the rights of people.

How to stay steadfast upon repentance

To promise himself that he will not return to what he was engaged in even for a blink of an eye, regardless of the circumstances and obstacles. The Prophet ﷺ said: “Three who were in them will find the sweetness of faith in them.” And he mentioned among them: “And that he hates to return to disbelief after Allah saved him from it as he also hates to be thrown into the Fire” (Bukhari 21, Muslim 43).
Staying away from people and places that weaken his faith and pressure him towards disobedience.
Supplicating to Allah frequently to remain steadfast in his faith until death, in any form and any language, including what is mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah: {Our Lord, do not deviate our hearts after You have guided us} (Ale-Imran:8) and “O turner of hearts, establish my heart firmly upon your religion” (Tirmidhi 2140).

What comes after repentance?

If a person repents and is penitent, then Allah the Exalted forgives all sins, no matter how great and vast they are. Allah's Mercy encompasses everything. As Allah said: {Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful} (Az-Zumar:53)

A Muslim comes out after a correct, sincere repentance without the sin. Rather, Allah the Exalted rewards the honest, humble, and sincerely regretful with a great virtue: their bad deeds get replaced by good deeds, as the Glorified said: {Except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them Allah will replace their evil deeds with good. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful} (Al-Furqan:70).

And whoever is in this situation, it is better for him to preserve that repentance and to make sacrifices with the most precious of things so that he does not fall into the traps of Satan that lead to his reversal.

The Sweetness of Faith

Whoever has the greatest love for Allah and His Messenger, and loves others according to their closeness to Allah, the soundness of their religion and Islam, and hates to return to what he was upon of disbelieve, polytheism, and misguidance, as he hates to be burned in the Fire, then he will find sweetness and pleasure in his heart with what he finds of solace in Allah and tranquility and serenity with His Law and His blessing of guidance upon him. The Prophet ﷺ said: “Three who has this will find with them the sweetness of faith: whosoever makes Allah and His Messenger dearer to him than anything else, that he loves a person only for the sake of Allah, and that he hates to return to disbelief after Allah has saved him from it. He also hates to be thrown into the Fire" (Bukhari 21, Muslim 43).

Holding fast to the religion and patience if any harm befalls you with it:

Whoever owns a precious treasure is keen to protect it from the hands of abusers and thieves and defends it from everything that affects it. Islam is the single greatest blessing that Allah bestows on a person. Islam is not merely an abstract ideological orientation or a hobby that a person exercises whenever he wants, but rather a religion that governs all facets of a human's life from its movements to its stillness. Hence, Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, commanded His Messenger to firmly adhere to Islam and the Quran and not to give up any part of it because he is on the straight path: {So hold fast to that which was revealed to you. Verily you are on a straight path} (Al-Zukhruf:43).

A Muslim should not be sorrowful if he encounters some hardship after his conversion to Islam, for this is Allah's way of testing them. Those who are better than us were afflicted with the most severe of tribulations, but they remained patient and struggled. The prophets of Allah were tested with affliction from those closest to them before those who were further away. But they did not show weakness in the face of their affliction for the sake of Allah, and nor did they change. Affliction is a test from Allah of the sincerity of the Muslim’s faith and the strength of his certainty, so he must be up to this test, adhere to this religion, and supplicate to Allah as the Prophet ﷺ used to pray a lot by saying: “O turner of hearts, make my heart firm upon your religion” (Tirmidhi 2140).

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