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Question: What are the procedures to follow if someone wishes to convert to Islam?
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Conversion to Islam is a simple procedure; it does not entail any complicated rituals or ceremonies, since in Islam allows for no intermediaries in worship, and as such there are no priestly class to administer specific rites.

Conversion therefore is mostly a person's own choice; as long as he/she is willing to accept the basic tenets of faith, without any external coercion or pressure, and as long as one expresses it in words in front of people the conversion is acceptable. However, because of the need for documentation, it is best that a person goes to an Islamic center which can issue a certificate of conversion. For this one needs to simply book an appointment with the imam of the local mosque; he would be more than willing to facilitate the conversion.

At the time of conversion one will be asked to repeat the following words of testimony: Ashahadu anlaa ilaaha illa Allah wa ashahdu anna Muhammadan rasoolul Allah (I bear witness there is no god but Allah; I bear witness that Muhamamd is the Messenger of God). Besides this, it is also good to affirm faith in the following tenets of Islamic faith: I believe in Allah; in His angels; in His scriptures; His messengers; the Last Day and the fact that good and bad are decreed by God. You should request a certificate indicating the date of conversion as you may need it for purposes of pilgrimage to Makkah.

Finally, let me also suggest that you consult the following excellent work entitled, "Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam" by Yahya Emerick (2nd edition): It has all of the essential information you need to know about Islam.

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