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Does Making Shahadah Need Witnesses

New Muslims: Does Making Shahadah Need Witnesses?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. In this fatwa: Making Shahadah in presence of witnesses is not an essential condition, though it is preferable to put the official arrangements in order. Islam, as a matter of fact, lays …

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Embracing the Faith That's Part of My Racial Heritage

Much of my early awakening came from reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X as a freshman. I was riveted by Malcolm’s intimate story of how he came to realize that he’d been the victim of institutional racism that had imprisoned him long before he’d landed in an actual prison resonated with me.

Family Dislikes My Conversion and My Hijab

Family Dislikes My Conversion and My Hijab: What Should I Do?

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. In this fatwa: 1- You are to be commended for your earnest desire to practice your religion and to abide by wearing hijab. We …

How the Prophet Muhammad Cared for Converts

How the Prophet Muhammad Cared for Converts

Reflect for a moment on the idea that the companions could talk to the Prophet about whatever was going on in their life, for better or for worse, and they were met with that beautiful open prophetic heart. And reflect for a moment upon the priority…

Why Do Celebrities Convert to Islam?

When a famous person converts to Islam it often raises more than eyebrows, it forces people to ask questions about religion and about the nature and origin of humanity. People wonder why someone like Lauren Booth would choose a religion that was…

How My Spiritual Journey to Islam Began

How My Spiritual Journey to Islam Began

I was well into my life as a Muslim when I realized that growing in spirituality or strengthening my soul does not come with a simple statement of faith. It is a continuous spiritual exercise. Just like muscles don’t just appear because we have a gym membership, they must be worked for.

How Should New Muslims Deal Their Non-Muslim Families?

How Should New Muslims Deal Their Non-Muslim Families?

Wa `alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. In this fatwa: 1- Islam never commands new converts to cut off their relationship with their families. 2- After conversion to Islam, converts should …



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