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What You Should Know Before Converting to Islam

Contents

1 Introduction 2 What should you know before converting to Islam? o 2.1 Why people convert to Islam o 2.2 Questions to ask 3 Conclusion 4 Further reading 5 See also 6 References

Introduction
Many converts to Islam are Christians, Jews, Hindus, atheists etc., who claim to have seen the light and believe that Islam is the one and only true religion. Muslims welcome these new converts and encourage them to share their stories on the internet, magazines, and television. They are often featured on various Muslim media outlets to demonstrate that Islam's appeal reaches further than simply those who are born into the faith. To Muslims these new converts are proof that Islam is the truth.

What should you know before converting to Islam?


Why people convert to Islam
On our website we host many testimonies of former converts to Islam. This table lists a few of their reasons for converting to Islam and our response to those reasons. In most cases, people convert to Islam after hearing or seeing something that 'impressed' them, while knowing very little about the faith itself, as there is no tradition in Islam of being well-versed in its laws and beliefs before taking one's "Shahada" or Islamic oath. Apostate Name Reason for Conversion to Islam Non-Muslim Response

If Christianity is wrong, it does not mean Islam is Blue Mage, Disillusion with Christianity right. God may exist but is any religion really Arjuna and didn't want to reject the from God or are they man-made? One must think Haridas existence of God carefully before believing that a certain religion is from God. "Islam looked like a Nothing can be further from the truth and one uniquely liberal religion that Blue Mage would realize that if they had read the Quran and embraced kindness, the hadiths acceptance, peace, and the

free expression of ideas." Arjuna Haridas Andrea "So many people were converting to Islam, so I decided to try it." "When I started studying Islam, I was utterly fascinated." One should think for themselves and not blindly follow whatever society is doing. If she was studying Islam from Muslim websites, of course she would be fascinated. Did she study Islam from all perspectives?

Andrea

Putting aside this particular verse which is in no way a peaceful verse and has actually had its ""To kill one man is the meaning and the texts itself vastly distorted, Islam same as killing all of contains a lot of contradictions. Reading the humanity" I really loved that Qur'anic text at face value, there are many good one. (Now that I think about things to be found but it is foolish to only look at it I can see the stupidity of those teachings and not research Islam in its this statement)" completeness before converting to Islam. These verses do not embody the spirit of Islam which is to make Jihad in its name. "I wanted to feel connected to something larger than myself, and I wanted to be surrounded by moral people, with strong convictions against immoral things" If she had studied the hadiths a little bit, she would have known that there is little morality in a religion if their 54 year old founder marries and has sex with a 9 year old girl. If you're looking for morality, Islam is the wrong place to go to.

Andrea

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Had questions about Christianity but had no answers. "in Islam, I was This is not true. Islam does not encourage allowed to ask questions and questioning at all. nearly always got reasonable answers." My teacher in this new religion also taught me the belief that women were never sex objects in Islam, but always treated with the highest respect. Once again, the convert did not make the effort to study Islam for herself and instead decided to listen to the person who was 'marketing' Islam without researching the product themselves. To see how Islam views women, see what the Qur'an and hadith say about women and sexuality. But did they really believe in it? He should have asked himself "Why am I converting", "Is it the right thing to do?"

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"When I proposed to my fiance, she wanted me to Jan Janssen convert to Islam, which I did."

Questions to ask
Remember to think for yourself and not to depend on Islamic apologists for answers to the following questions: 1. How do you know Islam is a religion from God? How do you know Muhammad was telling the truth when he said he was a messenger of God? God may exist but it doesn't mean Islam must be from God. If you believe God exists, perhaps he decided to reveal no religions on Earth. If a religion is from God, there must be solid irrefutable proof for it. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence from nonbiased external sources. Are there any non-Muslim sources at all that confirm any truth in the claim of Muhammad's prophethood? Just like Hindus have evidence for the truth of their religion, Muslims too have a lot of 'evidence' for their claims. You need external non-biased sources of information to prove that Islam is really true. 2. Islam views non-Muslims with a lot of hostility such as Qur'an 48:13 which says nonMuslims will burn in Hellfire (similar verses are spread all over the Quran). This applies to your family and friends. Are you ok with that? 3. Are you ok with harsh Islamic punishments? Qur'an 5:38 orders Muslims to cut off the hands of a thief. This is an actual Islamic law and a Qur'anic verse. If you don't believe in this kind of law, why are you converting to Islam? 4. In Qur'an 4:34, a Muslim man is asked to beat his wife if she doesn't obey him, or if he simply fears disobedience. Are you ok with that? 5. Perhaps you've been eating pork and drinking wine in moderation. Islam strongly prohibits both of these. Can you think of any logical reasons why you should stop eating pork and drinking wine in moderation? 6. Multiple sources exist to prove directly and explicitly that 51 year old Muhammad got himself married to 6 year old Aisha, and consummated the marriage with her when she was 9. Are you ok with that? Ask your family what they think of this. If there are any aspects of Islam that you want to keep secret from your family, that should raise a red flag for you in itself. 7. The Qur'an itself permits pedophilia, making it a halal practice for all Muslim men and for all time. As the great Islamic scholar, Maududi, had once said regarding this truth "obviously no Muslim has the right to forbid a thing which the Quran has held as permissible." Are you ok with that? If you had a young child, would you allow her to get married to someone who is older than yourself? 8. Women and men don't have the same rights in divorce, court hearings, or inheritance. A woman does not have a right to divorce her husband under the same terms as he does. Her testimony in court is worth 1/2 that of a man's[1] and she gets a smaller portion than her brother does in terms of inheritance.[2] These laws are taken directly from the Qur'an. Are you comfortable with that? 9. Islam does not allow for Western style adoption.[3] A Muslim child can only be a foster child and can not inherit, take on the family name, nor live with his foster parents past puberty. Is this a solution to the problem facing many Muslim countries with thousands of orphans that are abused regularly in orphanages? 10. Muhammad and his army sexually enslaved women, a tradition that continued with all Muslim armies. Even if this would not happen to you, are you OK with a spiritual leader acting in this way? 11. According to Muslim scholars, democracy is totally incompatible with Islam and is considered sinful. Do you believe in democracy?

Look for answers to these questions and after doing your own study, consult an Islamic scholar or the local imam. Ask them for information to see how they deal with the questions. Know that they are marketing Islam, so don't rely on their answers. If they show any sign of anger or impatience, that's a red flag. Read the links in the Further reading section at the end of this page and try to answer more questions that come up as you delve further into your research on Islam.

Conclusion
Do you value your life? If so, know that Muhammad ordered Muslims to kill anyone who left Islam. Please do not convert to Islam without studying it in detail and reading the actual sources for yourself, the Quran and the Hadith. Read all the additional links in the section below. Don't take the decision to convert too lightly. You may hurt family members and have regrets for the rest of your life after you convert and apostatize. If you're searching for answers in life, know that religion may not be the answer for everyone.

Further reading

Qur'an, Hadith and Scholars - study Islam from its own sources; what the Qur'an and Hadith say about various issues, such as: o Characteristics of Non-Muslims - How does Islam view non-Muslims? In other words, what does Islam think of your family? Read this if you love your family o Friendship with Non-Muslims - another page listing teachings of Islam about Muslim and non-Muslim friendships o Islamic Silliness - the lighter side of Islam For women: o Qur'an, Hadith and Scholars:Women - if you are a woman thinking of converting, you must read what the Quran and Hadith say about you before you convert o Islam and Women - a page that summarizes and links to all our women-related articles. o Top 10 Controversial Verses Concerning Women Jews and Christians in the Quran Islam and Apostasy - the punishment ordered by Muhammad for leaving Islam is death. Are you sure you won't want to leave it? There's no turning back. Corruption of the Qur'an - an article from a former Muslim, now a non-believer Are you an African American or black person thinking about converting to Islam? Read the following two links: o Qur'an, Hadith and Scholars:Slavery - what the sources of Islam say about slavery o Qur'an, Hadith and Scholars:Muhammad the Racist - Racists attitudes found in the teachings of Islam Converts to Islam - no other religion has converts who are involved in religiously motivated crime and terrorism as is the case for so many converts to Islam The Story of Umm Qirfa - Is Islam a peaceful religion? Decide for yourself after reading this article which tells the story of an old woman who was tied between two

camels and her body was split apart. Later Muhammad had her head paraded on the streets of Madina. Quotations on Islam from the Noteworthy - what famous people have said about Islam Numbers of Islam - read this article if you're short on time Is Islam a cult? - a good article studying how similar Islam is to a cult Questions to Ask a Muslim - does Islam really have the answers you're looking for?

See our Site map for more articles on Islam, and our Islam and Propaganda page which refutes the most popular ploys used to draw in new converts. Don't believe in the marketing that is done to promote Islam. Do your own research. Peaceful Muslims and good teachings of Islam do exist. We realize that people take different paths to happiness and fulfillment. However serious decisions require serious thought and effort. If something is bothering you in your personal life, talk to a friend or family member. Don't convert to any religion for the wrong reasons. Make your decisions carefully; you're worth it. Good luck.