She Converts Then Asks "What's Next?"

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Islam Newsroom UPDATE: "WHAT'S NEXT?" Monday March 9, 2015
"What is next?" - Good question.
After watching videos, listening to talks & asking good questions - Al Hamdulillah, our new sister came to Islam (means = surrender to God in peace) and now she asks us:
Dear brother,
I want to know what is next for me now as I convert to Islam?
I understand what is expected of me and what is my responsibility after 5 pillars of Islam.
But can you please help me, as my family is not really too supportive of my choice.
Thank you for anything you can do to help me.
Yours Truly,
[new sister name with held]
Answer: Bismillah, Al Hamdulillah (In the Name of God Almighty, Praise be to God)
Congratulations dear sister, on your research and efforts to find and discover the meaning of true Islam, and to submit to our Creator (Allah) on His terms in peace (Islam).
Here are some excellent links for you to get started: (basics of Islam compared to Christian: Likes & Differences) (people like you, who came Islam and made their own videos)
After using our websites - The sister wrote to us again . . . READ
After comparing Christianity to Islam on these websties - I wanted to learn more about what would happen to me if I accepted Islam as my way of life. I needed to meet someone who experienced it first hand. This would be very helpful.
Yusuf Estes, your story comparing Christianity to Islam convinces me totally - But I wonder, was it too difficult to convert to Islam?
I have been following your teachings on and feel at home with Islamic beliefs.
My problem is they told me I have to divorce my husband, leave my job, forget my friends and loose my family. Can you help me?
Answer: Yes. You are right - after compaing Christianity to Islam, I too had to re-think everything I knew since the day I was born.
After honestly considering everything, I came to the same conclusion as you - Islam is the only way. To serve God on His Terms, Obeying His Commandments - What else is there?
Sister, I did just as you are doing - I accepted Islam! Al Hamdulillah.
But then what? My parents - What will they do?
My other relatives - Will they turn their back on me?
My friends - What will they say?
My co-workers - Will they reject me now?
So many questions in my mind, but I am convinced in my heart - I KNOW ISLAM IS THE TRUTH!
But, like so many converts ask me, "Where to begin?"
Islam is all about CONNECTIONS:
First, Connect Your Heart to Your Lord: Start with the 'Shahadah' (testimony and oath to follow God's Commandments)
Read this important article to help you understand what the shahadah really means (Muslims should review this one too): This explains the 9 important conditions of the shahadah and how to put them to work for you.
Next - Connect to Your Worship Daily: Start the salat (connection in worship) with Allah and establish these acts of worship in your life, five times a day as soon as possible.
Next - Connect to Knowledge: Begin learning more about our beliefs, practices and responsibilities to Allah, His Deen, His Quran, His Prophet, peace be upon him, the Muslims and of course to all of the other people as well.
Next - Connect with Scholars & Teachers: We have scholars who come online with us every day and you don't want to miss this great chance.
Next - Connect with Muslim brothers and sistersBe with the Muslims as much as possible. If you are not in a community with a lot of Muslims.
Many new Muslims visit our live chats online:
If possible, find some Muslims in your area. Talk with them. Keep in mind, many born Muslims never really searched their own religion. So don't be surprised if they have mistakes or don't even know things you learned. You are searching for truth and guidance, and many Muslims are not thinking much about that today, due to attractions to this material world (dunya).
Next - Connect to Your Local Muslim Community: Visit your local mosque, if you have one in your area. Try to learn what is going on with the Muslim community close by. If you do not find a community of Muslims who practice true Islam, based on Quran (in Arabic) and follow the sunnah (way of Muhammad, peace be upon him) then go to our chatroom (above link) and talk to our scholars there who will provide insight and understanding for you to be able to help yourself and your community as well.
Next - Stay Connected to Your Family:
Be careful not to turn them away from Islam and rejeccting you totally before they even have a clue to what it is all about. None of us reverts were warned enough about this problem and we found out too late. Then our parents and relatives and friends turned further from Islam just watching us do crazy stuff, and trying to argue with them about Christianity, Bible, Jesus, Quran, terrorism, world wars, etc.
The first thing to keep in mind, is the rights of parents, family, neighbors and others and how they must see you properly behaving and living the life of the true Muslim. Be patient, kind, loving and give the best service to all people. Islam is about service. Service to Allah is number one, and after that is the service to the people.
DO NOT DEBATE like attacks on YouTube videos - with those whom you love, if you want them to really learn and know Islam. Just live the righteous life of a true servant of Allah.
That is the way of Muhammad, peace be upon him.
These links helped many families to settle differences and have more resepect for new Muslims: many links to compare Bible to Quran Read 'Son of WHO?' & 'Who is Jesus' share with Christian relatives to understand your choices compare beliefs between Christian & Muslim here
When people come to attack your new faith and hurt your feelings, remember the people of the time of Muhammad, peace be upon him, also attacked him and his followers in much worse ways, but they endeavored to persevere and be patient. They did not attack back and debate and argue. Just present the truth and then pray for them. That is best.
More links to help you along the way: Get the real story of details, what we believe about Allah, God - and why Proof that no one can deny - Real eye-openers Basics, Beliefs, Duties and simple comparison to Christianity and Judaism Read, Listen, Learn and enjoy the Quran. Many reciters, nice explanations and EZ learn features What did people say about Muhammad, peace be upon him, at his time? And future times? Find more of our websites all dedicated to presenting true Islam in simple English
Another link to help share your faith with others too:

My Sincere Advice to you sister (and all new Muslims): Do not go to extremes!
Take everything one step at a time. Do not make drastic moves that you will regret later.
Some Muslims will begin right away telling you things you "must do" according to them. But sometimes they are only talking about cultural things from their countries or backgrounds. Just ask real scholars before making any rash moves.

Next - Connect with US: Be with us as we broadcast our LIVE and recorded programs every day on www.GuideUS.TV online or on satellite TV, or iPhone, iPad and now on Face Book:

UPDATE YOUR CONNECTIONS: Read articles on our website here (www.IslamNewsroom.combe sure to RATE & COMMENT each article.

And of course sister, we must all keep asking Allah Almighty, the same thing over and over every day - GUIDE ME, O Allah, Guide me.

My Prayer for you (and all new Muslims everywhere): May Allah always guide you and protect you and keep you on the straight path, ameen.
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#10 Dina Amalia 2012-02-28 23:46
Mashaallah that's the right and the best teaching from you, Sheikh. Just follow it, sister, inshaallah Allah will guide you the way and make it easy for you. Du'a from me here in Indonesia.
#9 Md. Raqibul Islam 2012-02-28 07:47
Alhamdulilah, congratulation, yes it is your turning period in life and also difficult, really difficult ,but you have turned your heart to your Creator Allah who knows everything, so be patient and ask for His help, pray for your family, Inshallah He will help you,He is our only shelter provider so He will stabilize your heart giving peace in it, He knows you, don't worry sis,INSHALLA,pe ace be upon you.
#8 fahmie 2012-02-28 06:13
ALHAMDULILLAH and WELCOME sister.May ALLAH always havemercy on us all.HE he who guides none can misoguide him/her...Take things one step at.atime sister and apply them to ur daily life and INSHAALLAH, you will find out that ISLAM is really the RIGHT one for you.Consider youself sister one of tje GUIDED ONES by ALLAH (S.W.T).YOU are now in every prayer of every Muslim in this world.CONGRATUL ATIONS..!
#7 ahmed 2012-02-28 03:53
sister.....welc ome on the right path.....first u must know the path....u knew it then u must walk in the path and that's won't happen except by knowing more and more...._1stly, ,,,,keep ur self busy with urself...u know that that is the right way so walk on it don't look aside,,,,,,_Isl am is not easy way if u really interested to find the prophet and all good people and Allah above 'em all_I'm not scaring u,,,absolutely ,,but I'm telling u it is a serious hard way u will find the absolute rest at the end In sha'a Allah_and trust Allah he can do what u never thought _know it don't try it..._the prophet says...who leaves a thing for Allah Allah make up for him better,,,,or as the prophet said,,,,okay_so read the Koran and try to memorize the Koran learn Arabic to facilitate ur walk and pray so much and do the good deeds u can do_and above all,,,,,trust Allah and ask him to help u__^_^_welcome again_ur brother from Egypt
#6 Mohammed ali 2012-02-28 02:49
SalamAlekum Sister,__Its mashallah a very good thing and i congragulate you with all my heart. may Allah give you the strength to handle everything and may he make everything go swiftly. You are on the right path now with the grace of God. Things might look easy but just hold on for some time and everything will get into its place. __Regarding your family, I pray that everything gets easy for you and they all accept you and islam. Inshallah they will. just have faith in Our creator. __You are in every Muslims dua now.:-) . Welcome to Islam.__Peace
#5 va 2012-02-28 02:33
Sister ,__Please take things easy and if you are not sure ask someone who has a good knowledge of Islam . Take things one step at time and not to extremes or it will be too hard for you to handle . Allah is with you and so is the community . Sit with people who can give you the right advice and support you and not feel pressured . See you are very lucky that you have chosen Islam because so many people in this life search for the truth and happiness when it only exists with Allah and Islam . __I will pray for you that Allah keep you in your faith and May Allah make it easy .
#4 Iram Ansari 2012-02-28 02:26
As salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah my sister in Islam. Inshallah with hardship comes ease. My advice to you would be to find a group of revert muslims who are knowledgeable about your issues. Their views will also not be so tainted with cultural practices that are often contradictory to Islam. Seek comfort in the perfect words of Allah by reading the translation of the Quran, performing the salah and making du'a. We will also make du'a for you, may Allah make it easy for you. And i hope you will get comfort from knowing that if Allah intends a good thing for his servant he blesses him/ her with knowledge of the religion. Also, the deen show is excellent. Check it out online. Wa'salam
#3 Masoodur Rehman 2012-02-28 01:39
Assalaam Alekum,

First of all i congratulate you for accepting islam.
And i want to say that its really difficult for left your beloved mother, sister , husband and friends, but you find the true God (Allah) and inshallah Allah will help you in every step in your life, be strong and ask help from Allah.
If i can help you for any thing for you i will be very happy.

Allah Hafiz
May Allah help you
#2 sk 2011-10-14 13:38
If a woman embraces Islam before her husband and the husband remains non-muslim then the wedlock becomes invalid. She has to practice 'Iddah (waiting period). If he embraces Islam during her 'Iddah, then he can take her as his wife. __leaving job
#1 Former Protestant Christian Looking at Islam 2011-10-06 22:55
At last someone has the kind of answers that seem more logical and makes it easy to consider Islam as a righteous way of life. I never did look at the faith of the Moslems or even the Moslems themselves, to be bad.
I think of them as "righteous poeple in need of Jesus"
But today for whatever reason, Muslims seem assured and confident.
I want to be happy in this life and the Next Life too.

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