To be a means of one accepting Islam is indeed an act of virtue. However,
that should be without any ulterior motive, for example, marriage.
We have noticed that many people accepted Islam for marriage convenience and
reverted to their old religion if the marriage did not work out. If the girl
sincerely wishes to accept Islam and marriage is not the reason, then refer
below on ‘How to convert’.
and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Q. “What is the procedure for a Christian to convert to Islam in order to
marry a Sunni Muslim girl?
A. It is not correct practice to embrace Islam for the sake of marrying a
Muslim girl only. Islam is a composition of certain beliefs and acts. It is
a way of life. It is a matter of faith and conviction. In order to become a
Muslim, it is necessary to accept all its basic teachings with one’s heart
and soul. If one’s real purpose is only to marry a Muslim girl, and he wants
to register himself as a Muslim only because he cannot marry that girl
without it, while he does not have faith in the basic beliefs of Islam, he
cannot be a Muslim in reality.
Therefore, one should know at the first instance that conversion to Islam is
not meant for marrying Muslim girls. One should, first, study the basic
Islamic beliefs and teachings, and if he is convinced that they are worth
accepting, he should accept Islam for its inherent rightfulness and its
intrinsic merits, and not only because he wants to marry a girl.
Now, the basic beliefs one is required to accept while entering into Islam
are the following :
(i) God is one. He has neither a partner, nor a son or daughter. He is one
in the true sense of the word which has no room for the concept of Trinity,
or for any other form of camoufaged monotheism or a disguised polytheism.
(ii) The Holy Prophet Muhammad ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam ) is the last
Messenger of Allah after whom no messanger or Prophet of Allah (in any sense
of the word) will come.
(iii) The Holy Quran is the last of the divine books revealed on the Holy
Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam ) and all its contents are true.
(iv) The life Hereafter is the eternal life one has to live after his death
where he will have to face the fate of his good and evil deeds.
(v) All the teachings given by the Holy Quran or by the Holy Prophet (
Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam ) in absolute and unambiguous terms are true and
Once a person accepts all these fundamental beliefs as true, both verbally
and with his heart, he becomes a Muslim.
Conversion to Islam has no particular procedure, like baptism etc. As soon
as a person accepts the aforementioned bel- iefs with his heart and soul and
professes them verbally, he enters the fold of Islam. It is not necessary
that he seeks the mediation of a saint or priest, nor is it a prerequiste to
go to mosque or to an institution for accepting Islam. One can acc- ept
Islam on his own. However, it is advisable to go to a learned Muslim who can
inform him about the basic beliefs of Islam and can teach him the concise
and comprehensive words to express his acceptance to those beliefs.
Normally following sentences are used for that purpose :
Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illallaahu wa ash-hadu anna muhammadan rasoolullah
I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that
Muhammad (S.A.W.) is His slave and messenger.”
Aamantu billaahi wa malaaikatihi wa kutubihi wa rusulihi wal yawmal aakhir
wal qadar khayrihi wa sharrihi minallaahi ta’aala wal ba’ath ba’adal mawt
“I have believed in Allah and His Angels and His Books (as they were
originally revealed on His Prophets) and in His messengers and in the Last
Day and in the fact that all the good and bad destinies come from Allah and
in being raised alive after death.”
A further requirement for a convert Muslim is to free himself from those
beliefs of his former faith or religion which are not in line with the
Islamic beliefs. For example, a Christian must proclaim that he does no more
believe Jesus Christ as the Son of God or a part of the Godhead. Instead, he
accepts that he was a revered messenger of Allah, and was no more than a
messenger, having all the human attributes. There is a large number of
Muslim institutes in karachi which can help a non-Muslim to do the needful
for accepting Islam. Here are the addresses of some of them :
Contemporary Fataawa – Mufti Taqi Usmani