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Can A Hindu Convert To Islam?

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G. Amit

Reply Date

Jan 16, 2017

Question

Dear Sir, I happen to visit your site through search engines when I was looking for something else. I liked your site very much and while going through it, it came into my mind to ask for a query which is troubling one of my best friends a lot since long back. As you understand from my name, I am a Hindu by religion and my friend also is a Hindu. Since past the few months he has been in love with a Muslim girl so dearly. Initially it started with friendship and slowly he took it seriously and now feels deeply for her that he wishes to marry though he never expressed the same to her. She is a Muslim girl and is a fond believer in the religion. She happened to talk to my friend also as we are all in such a field where we have to help each other. We are all in research field doing our Doctorate. Now, what I want to know is, is it allowed in Islam for my friend to convert and marry that girl? What are the things that are to be followed to make it possible? Kindly answer my query and please make my friend happy. Thank you.

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Answer


Salam (Peace) Dear Amit, 

Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question. 

First, let me reassure you that Islam is a faith that calls ALL to the Truth, regardless of their cultural, religious, or economic backgrounds.

All that is necessary to become a Muslim is, first of all, to study Islam and find out what it is really all about. You can find out all you need to know through searching About Islam (and see the links below). 

Secondly, after feeling convinced that Islam is the Truth about God and mankind’s relationship and duties to Him, it is a simple matter of making a testimony of faith.

This is done by testifying, preferably before two Muslims, “I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger”. 

It is really quite a simple matter to repeat these words, but the ramifications of what they imply are definitely a serious matter. 

It is making the conscious decision to turn away from the worship of man-made ideas or objects, to the worship of the One and Only God and Creator, Allah. 

It is the leaving behind of worshiping the creatures of Allah and turning to the worship of The Creator of all things. 

Becoming a Muslim means that you will obey the laws of Islam and implement them in your daily life, it is not a mere formality that is performed in order to achieve a personal objective.

It is also the Muslim’s responsibility to raise their children as Muslims and to teach them their religion from childhood. 

Having said that, marriage would only be considered valid in Islam between your friend and the Muslim woman if he accepts Islam first, not at the time of the wedding but as a result of study and understanding the tenets of Islam and personal conviction that there is no god but God (in Arabic, Allah) and that Muhammad is His Messenger.

Also, keep in mind that even if your friend decides to embrace Islam as a way of life, there is no requirement for her to marry him. A Muslim woman is free to choose her future husband and cannot be forced to marry anyone, even if it displeases her parents. 

Marriage is based on harmony and mutual understanding. If these two elements are lacking or missing, it is very difficult to have a successful life together. Since religious backgrounds and traditions play a central role in our understanding the world around us, it is absolutely critical that marriage is based on mutual understanding and respect

I hope this has clarified things for you. If you would like more information please feel free to contact us again. 

Thank you and Salam

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Waleed Ahmed Najmeddine is a Canadian born Muslim and public school administrator. He is an active member of the Muslim community and enjoys educating Muslims and non-Muslims about Islam. He currently holds a Master of Education degree in leadership and school improvement.

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