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How to Become a Strong Muslim

A strong Muslim has a solidly grounded faith, which gives him and the people around him
inner and outer strength. By following a few simple steps, you will be well on your way on
becoming a true Muslim and understanding the love of God.

Steps
1.

Accept that Allah Almighty exists and that His attributes are beyond our
imagination. He is capable of everything and anything. Faith in Allah with
knowledge strictly deduced from Qur'an and Sunnah is incumbent. Also accept that
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is the last of a long line of
Prophets that started with Prophet Adam (peace be upon him), and continued with
such notable figures as Prophet Noah (Noah) (peace be upon him), Prophet Ibrahim
(Abraham) (peace be upon him), Prophet Musa (Moses) (peace be upon him), and
others. Accept that the Holy Quran is the most recent and true word of Allah. Never
believe what the media portrays about Muslims around the world, individuals or
groups. The kafir will always be against the true Muslims so don't side with them.

2.

Pray sincerely. Affirm that Allah is the closest to you with His knowledge. Always
pray on time, never delay. Never do things that will prevent you from doing tasks that
are of much greater importance. Nothing can be more important than obeying that
which Allah asks of you. Even while working or studying, halt everything you are
doing and go to the nearest mosque to pray. If somebody were to ask you where you
are heading, say that you are answering Allah's call to prayer.

3.

Pray in the middle of the night. Pray when most people around you are sleeping
soundly. The name of the prayer is Tahajjud. The night is the most efficacious time to
pray.

4.

Recite His name every time. Also known as Zikr in Islamic terminology, reciting
Allah's name will ultimately make you a strong Muslim because you are constantly
reminded of what good He has done for you and all of humanity.

5.

Be grateful for everything you have, be it spiritual, mental, or physical. The more
gracious you are, the more you will realize how much you have been blessed. And, by
doing this, Allah willing, you will be stronger because you will believe that Allah is
omnipresent.

6.

Protect your chastity. You must know that adultery is a sinful act, and thus must
always avoid it. This applies to both men and women. Men and Women should not
wear tight or revealing clothing, and both should always lower their gaze and be
modest.

7.

Keep to your promises. If you feel that you cannot manage something, just inform
the other party as soon as you can. Abiding by sworn promises will ultimately make
you a trustworthy person.

8.

Respect the opinion of others. No opinions can be "bad" or "stupid". You should
treat them as gems, or learn to derive gems from them. Without opinions, things will
never get better. If you do not like an idea, do not invalidate it right away; instead, add
on to the idea to improve it.

9.

Fast for the right reasons. Do NOT fast because you want to impress others or
because you want to feel superior in terms of the popularity you will gain when you
get fitter. Fast with the intentions to please only Allah, and to get the reward for doing
so. Additionally, fast because you will be able to perform your prayers correctly and
effectively and want to be responsible over your health. Nevertheless, fast in order to
relate to those who do not have privileges like food and water. Fast twice a week,
preferably on Mondays and Thursdays. Fast during the month of Ramadan and also
on the day of Arafah, which is on the 9th of Zulhijjah. Allah will forgive all the sins
you have done for one year before and after should you fast on the day of Arafah.

10.

Never lie. Allah hates his adherents to lie to others. Your integrity will directly have
an impact towards your dignity. People will look high upon you if you are honest and
true to whatever you say. Unless the lie will actually cover up somebody else's shame
or will avoid distress for everybody, lying is not permissible. For instance, if your
friend has stolen money from his parents, you should not tell others that your friend
has stolen money before.

11.

Be good to your family, The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "The
best of you is he who is the best to his family." Accordingly, be kind to them, always
support them.

12.

Struggle towards goodwill. Sacrifice your time and visit the mosque if there is a
lecture. Forfeit your property to those who need it more than you do. In other words,
always give charity. The recipient will be thankful that you have given them aid in
their daily life. Remember, the one who gives is better (in the context of providing
alms) than the one who receives.

13.

Practice felicity towards everything. Be gentle and good-hearted not only to your
parents, but to your cousins, to your friends, and even to the flora and fauna around
you. Always protect your surroundings. Never ever be aggressive towards animals.
You can always protect the environment by throwing rubbish properly and using
public transportation.

14.

Be gracious towards your parents. They work very hard to sustain the lives in their
households, which includes a lot more than putting food on the table. Your mother
suffered great pains to bring you into this world. What have you done to say thanks to
them? They have brought joy to your life by buying you presents every now and then.
Have you acknowledged that and appreciated them? Do whatever they expect of you
and you will surely be fine in the eyes of Allah.

15.

Don't sough over your loved one's death. Know that Allah did that because He
loves your loved ones even more than you do. Accept that death is a resting phase for
your loved ones against all the trouble this world can bring about.

16.

Never waste your time on useless things. Time is a blessing, make sure the way you
use it always comes as fruitful.

17.

Read the Quran a lot. Think deeply in every sentence's ((Ayat)) meaning in Quran.
Discuss among your friends and seek for their conclusions. Whenever you find that
you can't understand the main meaning of any sentence, refer to the book
"Explanations of Quran" or ask a knowledgeable person. It will keep your iman
stronger. It will keep your soul pure. You'll get thawab for every letter you say. The
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) said, "Two hours of thinking in
Quran's meaning, is better than one hundred years of praying."

18.

Try a lot to seek out knowledge, even if it is to be in your enemys hands.


Remember though that it is best to learn from authentic Muslim sources as some
websites and books seek to misinform people about Islam.

19.

Always think right. Never let evil ideas come into your mind.

20.

Keep your body, clothes, housewares and everything you own clean. Use
fragrances frequently and dress in warm, modest, and welcoming clothing.

21.

Always help the poor and orphans by any means possible. Feed them; give them
some money, and purchase new clothes for them.

22.

Repent if you have committed a sin. Allah shall forgive you, In Sha Allah. Try to
not repeat the same sin again. After all, He is the one you shall meet in the afterlife, so
obey his law and He shall give you paradise.

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In order to be a good Muslim, you are obliged to believe in what the Quran and
Hadith say, as in the Quran it says "Obey Allah and Obey the Messenger." It is
wrong to neglect belief in Hadith, but one should always check to make sure they are
sound, or take them from a trusted source like Sahih bukhari or Muslim (two books of
Hadith) [Find out if a Hadith Is Authentic or Not].

24.

Pick your sources very wisely. Don't read off the Internet a lot, and make sure that
what you're reading is a fact not an opinion. Islam is between you and God; that
relationship is sacred. You must not let anyone interfere with that. It is very likely that
people will disagree with you, so don't let them affect your own point of view.

Tips

Give all your trust to Allah, He will show you the best way!

If you do something wrong, immediately ask for forgiveness (Tawbah) from Allah. He
is the most merciful, meaning you should never give up from coming back for
forgiveness.

Perform ablution before every prayer, if you are not in the state of ablution. And
applying good perfume on Friday is recommended.

Establishing the 5 daily prayers in Islam is an obligation. The more you maintain
these daily prayers, the more you will see yourself coming back to Islam and
becoming a better Muslim.

You must not waste food and water because you have to be grateful for what you
have.

If you have committed a sin before, regret that sin always and try not to repeat it;
Allah is a forgiver.

Make dua to Allah often.

Don't be rude to the nonbelievers. Always remember that Allah is watching your
actions.

Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.

Respect your parents and take each day you spend with them as a blessing and
remember when it's too late you can't bring those years back.