How to Convert to Islam
To enter the fold of Islam, all one needs to do is to pronounce the testimony of faith (shahaadah) with sincere conviction, being fully aware of its meaning. The shahaadah is the first and most important of the five pillars of Islam and consists of two parts, namely:
- Ashhadu an laailaaha illallaah: This means: I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah; I worship Him alone without associating any partners with Him in worship.
- Wa ash hadu anna Muhammad an rasool-ullaah: This means: And I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah whom Allah has sent to all mankind; I will obey his commands and avoid anything he has forbidden and worship Allah according to His law and the teachings of His Messenger ﷺ. (See page 42-50)
Taking a Bath:
The very moment a person embraces Islam is doubtless the greatest moment in his life, for it signifies his real birth through which he has come to understand the real reason behind his existence in this life. Now that he has entered the fold of Islam, he is recommended to take a bath (ghusl), washing his entire body with water. Just as he has cleansed his soul of such things as associating partners with Allah in worship (shirk) and committing sins, he is recommended to cleanse his body by taking a bath.
When one of the Arab notables embraced Islam, the Prophet ﷺ directed him to take a bath. (Al-Bayhaqee’s As-Sunan As-Sughraa: 837)