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Do I need to convert in front of witnesses to become a Muslim?

It is not a requirement for one who takes Al-Shahadatayn (testimony of faith) to have it witnessed, but it is preferred as a form of da'wah (invitation) to others to embrace Islam. There is no verse ...
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Do my good deeds committed before converting to Islam count?

In the name of Allah the most Beneficent the most Merciful, In such issues, there are always some differences in the opinions of scholars. Why? There are lot of reasons for scholarly difference; I ...
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Do my good deeds committed before converting to Islam count?

Allah says in Surat-ul-Furqan: إِلَّا مَن تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا فَأُولَٰئِكَ يُبَدِّلُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ حَسَنَاتٍ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا Except for those who ...
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How does a convert woman go about finding a guardian?

The Islamic state acts as the Wali for someone who does not have a Wali. In a non-muslim state, you should look for someone who has the qualifications of a qadi(judge) to act as your wali; a Mufti or ...
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Do left-handed converts need to start eating with their right hand?

To the best of my knowledge, although it is recommended to eat by the right hand, instead of left hand (and actually it is said that it is Makruh to eat by the left hand), but it doesn’t mean that it ...
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Is a convert required to immediately choose a sect, e.g. Sunni or Shia?

A non-Muslim who elects to convert to Islam, at the time of conversion, does need not to select between different sects, different schools of jurisprudence, or otherwise. The requirement to become a ...
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How should a convert go about choosing a Muslim-appropriate name?

Just to re-iterate, its not required to change your name unless your name is associated with a false god or diety. There are no sanctioned guidelines in Islam for how to choose a name, any name ...
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Can a person who has converted to Islam keep his old name?

Basically yes, unless it's an anti-Islam name: As for the question raised at the end of your letter regarding changing her name, the answer is: if the name of the person has a forbidden meaning, ...
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Do I need to take shahada again

لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله Regardless of whether or not your prior shahada was accepted, if you want to be a Muslim, then say the shahada. It's normal for Muslims to say the shahada multiple ...
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Does every non-Muslim need to accept Islam or die?

Every kafir does not need to accept Islam or die. On the contrary the life of a kafir is sacred and forbidden to take when he is: Dhimmi - has become the subject of the Islamic state by agreeing to ...
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What should a convert do with their old Christmas photos?

If it is in the public domain and one has control over it then it should be taken down because it is haram to display oneselves, or any other hijab observing woman, in public. In case, it is not in ...
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If someone in a same-sex marriage converts to Islam, what do they need to do?

That marriage is not valid according to Islam. So if one or both of them converts to Islam, the first thing they need to do is to break their haram union, and separate from each other immediately and ...
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Is it halal to leave my wife who converted from Hinduism to Islam to marry me?

Technically it is halal to divorce a woman. But you must be aware that your reasons for this are very weak and the situation you describe is a situation where this "worst of halal" act could be a ...
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Is a conversion to the Muslim faith valid, if it happened by deadly threat?

Scholars are divided over coercion into Islam. Those scholars like ibn kathir, Abdul Aziz bin baaz who say pagans can be forced to Islam base their view on Quran 9:5. They say 9:5 abrogates 2:256( no ...
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As a new Muslim, how should I pray?

I asked about this when I was learning to pray: Going from "never prayed in my life" to my first prayer? Nowadays, learning to pray is usually a matter of following whatever YouTube video ...
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I want to convert to Islam but I don't know what is the correct shahada?

Both are correct. Understanding the meaning is important because faith is belief in the heart and expression upon the tongue and action upon the limbs. First one: I testify that there is no God but ...
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Is a conversion to the Muslim faith valid, if it happened by deadly threat?

Basically, that's not how belief/disbelief works. While it may be possible for a human to force someone to e.g. pray, it is not possible to force someone to believe, i.e., become a Muslim. There ...
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explain verse 34 al nisaa to a female christian

Are men allowed to hit woman? It is possible and most likely that the word اضْرِبُوهُنَّ is miss-translated to beat or hit while it also has other meanings such "separate/Isolate" as pointed out in ...
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Looking at converting, have some questions

Assalamu 'alaikum. Like the above answers: Name is not a problem if it doesn't have non-islamic or bad meaning. Hair is not even a problem. Even Prophet Muhammed(pbuh) also had hair like your's. It ...
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Looking at converting, have some questions

I am going to answer your questions about the name and the hair. Consider this answer: Is the name “Christine” haram? About your name: "Early Christians used it as a metaphorical name, expressing ...
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Looking at converting, have some questions

This is a rough answer without any evidence (I'll try to give some later): IMO Todd as a name is OK the bigger problem would be with Christopher, as for the ruling on whether you'll have your new ...
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Does having doubts when re-reciting the shahada render it invalid?

Tabraze Azam at SeekersHub addressed this exact problem: ...I struggle with words as my my heart wavers. I think this happened when i was reading about the essentials of becoming a Muslim. A ...
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If someone stole something before converting to Islam, what should they do with what they stole?

here's two things to consider. firstly, the sin of stealing something, not the stolen object itself. When mentioned "all sins are forgiven", that includes this sin. Then, the stolen object itself. ...
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Is the name “Christine” haram?

According to where one live, to change one's name - if it's not really required - might not be the best idea. For instance using a Muslim name tend to get you through hardship in many situations, such ...
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Is it halal to leave my wife who converted from Hinduism to Islam to marry me?

No, this is never a valid excuse to divorce your wife. And your family can intimidate you only. They can't force you to marry someone else without your consent. Allah has clearly prohibited divorcing ...
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Is a bath compulsory in order to convert to Islam?

Short answer: Because you eventually need the bath to purify yourself for prayer, so I guess it's required. But converting to Islam shouldn't be a system or a list of things to do, just Believe in ...
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When did converts to Islam start being called "reverts"?

TL;DR: I look at Google Trends, Google Ngram, and Google Books data (in English) to investigate when "convert" started being called "revert". The term "convert" is and ...
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Is there a process to become a Shia Muslim from Sunni Muslim?

To the best of my knowledge, there seem to be several items that you ought to pay heed to them (and factually perform them) to be a Shia Muslims, such as: Believing in Allah (the oneness of God) (...
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How does a Christian begin to embrace Islam?

A person becomes a Muslim by proclaiming Ash hadu an la ilaha ill Allah wa ash hadu anna Muhammadar Rasul Allah, the translation for this is "I testify that There is no god except Allah, and I testify ...
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Could it be beneficial to leave Islam and convert back with a clean slate?

It is indeed the case that embracing Islam erases past sins. However, the scheme in question of leaving Islam and reverting to start with a clean slate is definitely flawed as: One may die while in a ...
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