Salam alaykum (Peace be unto all who follow true guidance):
You wrote to me the following:
hello, I found your email on a website about the fundamentals of Islam. I'm not really religiously backgrounded, but have had some Christian influence. I been doing some research and am considering coverting to Islam. If you have any advice or important info, it would be greatly appreciated
I would like to first of all, say thank you for taking the time to write to me and for considering that I am someone worthy to offer advice in such a serious matter as belief. I assure you that I am not worthy however, I will try my best, inshallah (God Willing).
First of all, we might like to detemine what is the purpose of our life?
We have prepared something about that on our site at: www.IslamTomorrow.com/purpose.htm
Also for audio regarding Islam and Terrorism, you might like to hear a five minute radio show that we did on Christian Radio in Texas last year:
Next, we might want to look to the discussion of the acceptance of the fact that there must be a God. After all, how else would we be able to explain the many miracles within the universe?
Let's check out some of the 'miracles' attributed to the Quran by Muslims to help determine if there is a God or not:
www.IslamTomorrow.com/quran and also: www.IslamTomorrow.com/everything/quran.htm
We notice that the word 'Allah' is being used more so than the word 'God' and it might be nice at this stage to determine which, if either, should be used to represent the "Lord God of the Universe." We do have some information on that at:
Audio explanation of why we use the word "Allah" is available at:
After you read this and the connecting links, you will be aware that the believe in God in Islam is not exactly the same as it is in any other religion. Although very close to the beliefs in Judaism and Christianity, there are marked and pronounced differences in the system of beliefs ranging from those about God; angels; Day of Judgment; Holy Scriptures; Predestination and others.
You might like to check these out while examining the meaning of the words "Islam" and "Muslim" and "Quran":
The 'actions' needed to be considered as a true Muslim are explained as follows:
But there would be no need for any of these actions without the proper belief system being in place, due to the acceptance being based only on the correct belief.
To listen to some of our programs on these subjects you might like to visit our audio pages for free downloads at:
Naturally, it is preferred to talk with someone "live" about these important issues, so we have designed a chatroom and live broadcast system on our website to facilitate this need. You can reach us everyday, live - at:
Please take time to read, reflect and pray to the One True God of the Universe and ask Him for your guidance. He alone, is the One to Guide you and help you in all that you do.
We are here and waiting to hear from you again,
National Muslim Chaplain
Washington, DC - USA