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Allah, the Exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): "…Help you one another in al-birr and at-taqwaa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment." (Al-Qur‘aan 5:2)
Allah, the Exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): "By al-'asr (the time). Verily, man is in loss, except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience." (Al-Qur‘aan 103)
On the authority of Abu Huraira (RAA) who reported that Allah's Messenger (SAAS) said: "If anyone calls others to follow right guidance, his reward will be equivalent to those who follow him (in righteousness) without their reward being diminished in any respect, and if anyone invites others to follow error, the sin, will be equivalent to that of the people who follow him (in sinfulness) without their sins being diminished in any respect." (Muslim)
If anyone has a real desire to be a Muslim and has full conviction and strong belief that Islam is the true religion ordained by God, the Almighty, for all human beings, then, one should pronounce the shahaadah (the testimony of faith) without further delay. For Allah, the Almighty, is above all comprehension and knows well the secrets of all hearts.
The testimony of faith (ash-shahaadah) can be declared as follows:
"ASH-HADU ALLAA ILAAHA ILLA ALLAH,
WA ASH-HADU ANNA MUHAMMADAN 'ABDUHU WA RASUULUH"
The English translation is:
"I bear witness that there is no deity worthy to be worshipped but Allah,
and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger."
The time a person becomes Muslim, he should firstly seek authentic Islamic knowledge concerning his worship and methodology, then to act upon it, because the knowledge precedes expression and action. Allah, the Exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): "By al-'asr (the time). Verily, man is in loss, except those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth (i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds which Allah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which Allah has forbidden), and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allah's Cause during preaching His religion of Islamic Monotheism, etc.)." (Al-Qur‘aan 103)
Allah, the Exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): "And who is better in speech than he who [says: "My Lord is Allah (believes in His Oneness)," and then stands firm (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allah's (Islamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: 'I am one of the Muslims.'" (Al-Qur‘aan 41:33)
Allah, the Exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): "But those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism), and worked righteousness - We tax not any person beyond his scope - such are the dwellers of Paradise. They will abide therein forever." (Al-Qur‘aan 7:42)
'Ubaadah (RAA) narrated that the Prophet (SAAS) said: "If anyone testifies that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone Who has no partners, and that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger, and that Jesus is Allah's servant and His Messenger and His Word which He bestowed on Mary and a spirit created by Him, and that Paradise is true, and Hell is true, Allah will admit him into Paradise with the deeds which he had done even if those deeds were few." (Al-Bukhari)
How perfect You are O Allah! I praise You. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except You. I seek Your forgiveness and turn to You in repentance.