As Muslims, we know and believe that Islam is the most true and absolute religion on earth and blessed by Allah SWT. Those of us who are born directly as Muslims should be grateful to God and believe in Him.
We as Muslims also know that Islam is the only religion that will provide a way of salvation in the hereafter. Nevertheless, we are encouraged to appreciate the beliefs of those who do not convert to Islam because Islam always teaches us about tolerance.
However, many non-Muslims are also interested in converting to Islam, believing in Allah SWT and becoming a convert to Islam(muallaf).
There have been so many non-Muslims turned out to be converts. But for those who are lacking information or embarrassed and do not know what the process should be.
Terms and Procedures Convert to Islam
According to sharia, converting to Islam or becoming a Muslim is very easy, which is just by saying two sentences of the shahada only.
He testified that there is no God but Allah and the Prophet Muhammad Sholallahu Alaihi wassala is allah’s messenger. The lafadz of the two sentences of the shahada is
أشهدُ أنْ لا إلهَ إلا اللهُ وأشهدُ أنَّ محمدًا رسولُ اللهِ
“I believe there is no god except Allah SWT. And I believe that the Prophet Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”
Basically, the pronunciation of the two shahada sentences can be done alone, but it would be much better if it was done in the presence of others who act as witnesses.
Why is that? Because this will aim rather that others can know the identity of Islam, and it will later be related to the rights of people who have converted, such as the right to inheritance, the right to marry, funerals, and so on.
In addition, the scholars also suggested that the prospective convert ask for help to ustadz, ulama, and a kiai to guide him in the process of converting.
It is better for the prospective converts to choose kiai or scholars who do not come from the wahabi class, because it is feared that the scholars will lead them to a false path.
Reading two sentences of the shahada also does not have to be done in a special place such as a mosque. But it can be done anywhere, for example in the office, school, or in other public places.
After saying it, it means that the person has legitimately become a Muslim, and he is obliged to follow everything that is commanded by Allah SWT in the pillars of Islam.
Such as performing prayers five times, fasting in Ramadan, performing hajj, paying zakat, etc. and staying away from all his prohibitions.