In the Name of Allah,

the Most Gracious,

the Most Merciful

01 Know that upon entering the

folds of Islam, Allah has effaced

all your previous sins and evil


The Prophet  said: “Do you not know

that Islam effaces all sin that is done

before it?” (Muslim #121)



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Rather, the evil deeds you committed

before you entered Islam are changed

into good deeds by the Bounty of Allah.

Allah says:

“And those who do not invoke with

Allah another deity or kill the soul

which Allah has forbidden [to be

killed], except by right, and do not

commit unlawful sexual intercourse.

And whoever should do that will meet

a penalty. Multiplied for him is the

punishment on the Day of Resurrection,

and he will abide therein humiliated,

except for those who repent, believe

and do righteous work. For them

Allah will replace their evil deeds with

good. And ever is Allah Forgiving and

Merciful.” [25:68-70]

Listen to this good news from Allah.

Those who embrace this religion

from the People of the Book - from

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the Jews and Christians - will be given

a double reward, due to their belief

in their Messenger and their belief in

Muhammad  Allah says:

“Those to whom We gave the Scripture

before it - they believe in [the Qur`an].

And when it is recited to them, they

say: ‘We believe in it. Verily, it is the

truth from our Lord. Indeed we were,

[even] before it, Muslims [submitting

to Allah].’ These will be given their

reward twice over, because they are

patient, and repel evil with good, and

spend (in charity) out of what We have

provided them.” [28:52-54]

The Prophet  said:

“Whoever accepts Islam from the

people of the two Books (the Jews

and Christians) they will have a double

reward. They will receive the rights we

enjoy, and they must give the rights we

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give. And whoever accepts Islam from

the pagans [other than them] will have

their reward, and they will receive the

rights we enjoy, and they must give the

rights we give.” (Ahmad #22288)

Your records are white and clean, so be

careful not to taint it by doing any sins.

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02 Now that you know the truth,

set aside a part of your time to

learn your religion.

The Messenger of Allah  said:“If Allah

desires good for a person, He gives

him understanding of the religion.”

(Bukhari #71 & Muslim #1037)

Seek the knowledge of ‘Aqeedah

(Creed) and then study everything

else you need in your daily life about

your religion, such as regards purity

and prayer and all the rest. You should

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also study the rulings of trade and

the rulings pertaining to your source

of livelihood, so that you do not

unintentionally fall into things which

are impermissible. Also, try your best

to memorize as much from the Book of

Allah as you can.

You should understand your religion

from its proper and trusted sources,

the Book of Allah and the authentic

Sunnah of His Messenger 

Your example should be Muhammad

, and so you should strive to learn his

biography so that you can emulate him.

Try your best to be in the company of

the scholars and students of knowledge

who practice what they preach.

Be advised that not everyone who

claims to be a Muslim is a true Muslim.

Therefore, you should be careful from

who you seek knowledge. Whatever

you read or hear should be scrutinized

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in light of the Qur’an and Sunnah

of the Prophet  And the Sunnah

should be understood in light of the

understanding of the early generations

of Muslims. The Prophet  said:

“I advise you to guard yourself from the

punishment of Allah [by obeying Him],

hearing and obeying your leaders, even

it be an Ethiopian slave(1). For indeed

whoever lives long amongst you will

see many differences. So adhere to

my Sunnah, and the Sunnah of the

Rightly Guided Caliphs. Hold tight and

cling on to it with your molar teeth.

And beware of innovated matters [in

religion], for indeed every innovated

matter is an Bid’ah, and every Bid’ah

is misguidance.” ( Abu Dawood #4607,

Tirmidhi #2676 & ibn Majaah #42)

Whatever is in accordance with his

Sunnah take it, and whatever opposes

it, leave it.

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03 Al-Wala and Al-Bara

You must love and stand with the

believers and dissociate from the

disbelievers and be cautious with

them. But to do this does not mean

that you have the right to oppress

and transgress against them or usurp

their rights. You should not hate

them, but rather your dislike should

only be toward their disbelief and

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misguidance. This should encourage

you to do your utmost to help save

them from the Hellfire. Do not prefer

disbelievers over Muslims, and do not

help them against Muslims. Allah says:

“The believers, men and women, are

allies of one another.” [9:71]

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04 Know that whoever accepts

Islam would face opposition,

disagreement and harm,

especially from those closest to


You should keep this in mind and know

that if you are oppressed in any way,

this would elevate your rank, purify

your sins, and would serve as a test

through which Allah is trying you to

see the extent of your truthfulness and

steadfastness on your religion. Allah


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“Do the people think that they will be

left to say, ‘We believe’, and they will

not be tried? But We have certainly

tried those before them, and Allah

will surely make evident those who

are truthful, and He will surely make

evident the liars.” [29:2-3]

Also, the Prophet  was asked:

“Which people are the most tested?”

He replied, “The Prophets, then

the righteous after them, and then

those after them. Every person is

tried according to the strength of his

religion, if his religion is strong, he is

tested more, and if his religion is weak,

his trial is lessened. A person continues

to be tested and tried until he walks on

the earth totally free of sin (for they

would be effaced due to the trials).”

(Tirmidhi #2398 & ibn Majaah #4023)

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Know that they will try to raise doubts in

your mind about Islam and constantly

mention these doubts to you. Ask the

People of Knowledge, so that you may

find a proper reply to these doubts,

from the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

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05 Calling to the religion of Allah

(Da’wah) and his authentic


You must be knowledgeable as regards

what you call people to follow. In this

manner, the doubts that the doubters

of Islam bring about can be easily

answered. Give Da’wah as Allah says:

“Invite to the way of your Lord with

wisdom and good instruction, and

dialogue with them in a way that

is best. Indeed, your Lord is most

knowing of who has strayed from His

way, and He is most knowing of who is

[rightly] guided.” [16:125]

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Save others from the Hellfire, just as

Allah saved you from it, and start with

those closest to you. Be mindful of the

words of the Prophet 

“Allah did not send me to make things

hard, rather as a teacher and to make

things easy.” (Muslim #1478)

Know that there is much good, and

a great bounty from Allah in helping

a person to become Muslim, The

Messenger of Allah  said to ‘Ali:

“If Allah guides a person through you,

it is better for you than all that is on

the earth.” (Bukhari #2783 & Muslim


You will receive the same reward as all

those who have been guided through

you, without their reward being

decreased in the least. The Prophet 

said: “Whoever calls to guidance, he

will receive an additional reward equal

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to those who follow him, without their

rewards being reduced in the least.

Whoever calls to misguidance, he will

receive the sin of those who follow

him, without their punishment being

reduced in the least.” (Muslim #2674)

Know that conveying this religion to

non-Muslims, and calling them to it,

is a duty upon every Muslim, so do

not fall short in doing this duty. The

Messenger of Allah  said:

“Convey to others (the religion), even if

it be one statement.” (Tirmidhi #2669)

You should do your best to make

people love the religion of Allah. The

Prophet  said:

“Give glad tidings, and do not cause

people to flee from the religion; make

things easy for people and don’t

make things hard.” (Bukhari #69 &


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Know that in calling others to Islam,

you are not responsible for the results,

for your calling is restricted to merely

clarifying and showing people the way

to the truth. Allah says:

“And indeed, [O Muhammad ], you

guide to a straight path. The path of

Allah, to whom belongs whatever is

in the heavens and whatever is on the

earth. Unquestionably, to Allah do [all]

matters evolve.” [42:52-53]

As for the guidance by which one

actually practices Islam, this is from

Allah alone. Allah says:

“Verily! You [O Muhammad ] guide

not whom you wish, but Allah guides

whom He wills. And He knows best

those who are the guided.” [28:56]

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06 Choosing Righteous Companions

Try to choose righteous companions

who encourage and help you to do

good, as well as warn and prevent you

from doing evil, and will be a support

for you in your life. The Prophet  said:

“The example of a righteous and evil

companion is like one who carries

perfume and another who is a

blacksmith. As for the one who carries

perfume, either he will give you some

perfume, or you might buy it, or [at

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least] you will find a pleasing scent with

him. As for the blacksmith, either he

will burn your clothes, or you will find

a hideous odor from him.” (Bukhari

#1995 & Muslim #2628)

07 Be careful not to go to extremes

in the religion

There is neither monasticism nor

fanaticism in the religion. Allah says:

“Allah intends for you ease and He

does not want to make things difficult

for you.” [2:185]

Anas bin Maalik said:

Three people came to the houses of the

wives of the Prophet  asking about

the worship of the Prophet . When

they were informed, they thought it

was too little and said, “Who are we

in comparison to the Prophet  for

indeed Allah has forgiven him his past

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and future sins.” One of them said, “As

for me, I will pray the whole night long.”

Another said, “I will fast every day

without breaking it,” and yet another

said, “I will stay away from women and

never marry.” The Messenger of Allah

 came and [when he heard of this]

he said, “Are you the people who said

such and such? As for me, by Allah,

indeed I am the most god-fearing

and most cautious amongst you, but

I fast and I break my fast, I pray [part

of the night] and I sleep, and I marry

women. Whoever desires other than

my practice (Sunnah), then he is not

from me.” (Bukhari #4776)

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On the other hand, there should be no

compromising or improper lenience

in the religion of Allah. The Prophet 


“Indeed, those before you were

destroyed due to their [persistent]

questioning and opposing their

Prophets. If I forbid you from

something, abstain from it, and if I

command you with something, do of it

as much as possible.” (Bukhari #6858 &


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08 Not all Muslims fulfill their


You will see many Muslims who do

not fulfill their obligations and do not

refrain from the prohibitions of the

religion. People differ in this; such that

some fulfill their obligations in a more

complete way than others. In any case,

the reason one does not fulfill these

obligations is due to the fact that Satan

is trying his utmost to misguide the

Children of Adam.

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Allah, the Exalted, says:

“[So mention] when your Lord said

to the angels, ‘Indeed, I am going to

create a human being from clay. So

when I have proportioned him and

breathed into him of My [created] soul,

then fall down to him in prostration.’

So the angels prostrated - all of them

entirely. Except Iblees; he was arrogant

and became among the disbelievers.

[Allah] said, ‘O Iblees, what prevented

you from prostrating to that which

I created with My hands? Were you

arrogant [then], or were you [already]

among the haughty?’ He said, ‘I am

better than him. You created me from

fire and created him from clay.’ [Allah]

said, ‘Then get out of Paradise, for

indeed, you are expelled. And indeed,

upon you is My curse until the Day of

Recompense.’ He said, ‘My Lord, then

reprieve me until the Day they are

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resurrected.’ [Allah] said, ‘So indeed,

you are of those reprieved. Until the

Day of the time well-known.’ [Iblees]

said, ‘By your might, I will surely

mislead them all. Except, among them,

Your chosen servants.’ [Allah] said,

‘The truth [is My oath], and the truth I

say - [That] I will surely fill Hell with you

and those of them that follow you all

together.’” [38:71-85]

Do not be discouraged from fulfilling

your duty in the field of invitation

(Da’wah) to the religion of Allah. Let

this be an incentive to yourself to strive

in spreading the religion of Allah.

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09 Practice Islamic conduct in your

daily life

Such as helping someone who is in

need whether you know him or not

and smiling in the face of your brother.

The Prophet  said:

“Smiling in the face of your brother is a

charity, enjoining good and prohibiting

evil is a charity, showing someone the

way when he is lost is a charity, helping

the weak-sighted is a charity, removing

a rock, a thorn, or bones from the path

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is a charity, and pouring water from

your bucket into the bucket of your

brother is a charity.” (Tirmidhi #1956)

Your clothes and all your things should

be clean. A Muslim must always be

clean, for his religion is the religion of

cleanliness. Allah says:

“O Children of Adam! Take your

adornment at every masjid.” [7:31]

You should try to do as many good

deeds as possible, such as giving

charity, performing voluntary (extra)

prayers and other acts of worship.

When one performs these deeds

[mentioned above] they are being

an excellent role-model and example

to the Muslims who are heedless of

their religion. They will also serve as

a shining ambassador to non-Muslims

trying to understand the religion; since

they would become curious and ask

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about Islam when they see its beautiful

aspects before them.

Treat your relatives well, and do not

sever your relationship with them even

if they oppose your acceptance of Islam.

You should have better relations with

your relatives, in order to please Allah,

and also as it may bring them closer to

worshipping Him. They would also know

that after you became a Muslim, your

manners improved, and you became a

better person. Asmaa´ said:

“My mother, who was a pagan during

the life of the Messenger of Allah

 came to visit me, so I asked the

Messenger of Allah : ‘My mother has

come to visit me. Should I keep ties

with my mother?’ He  said: ‘Yes, keep

your ties of relation with your mother.’”

(Bukhari #2477 & Muslim #1003)

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10 Know that the struggle between

good and evil will last till the

Last Day.

The weakness of the Muslims and

the strength of the disbelievers, the

minority of Muslims and the majority

of the disbelievers, the backwardness

of the Muslims and the advancement

of the disbelievers, the humility

of the Muslims and the might of

the disbelievers are not evidences

indicating the falseness of Islam. These

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are factors that change depending

upon the era. There is no doubt though

that the present circumstances of the

Muslims are the result of their distance

from implementing the legislation of

their Lord and their abandoning of

righteous deeds and calling to the path

of truth.

‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab, the second

Khaleefah (Caliph) said:

“We are a people who Allah honored

and gave might through Islam. If we

seek honor in something else, Allah

would humiliate us. The truth should

be followed...”

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11 We are in the last of times

Know my brother that we are in the

last of times (the Last Day is near) and

that each year that passes, we come

closer to the end of the world and

the establishing of the Final Hour. The

Prophet  said:

“The time of my advent and the Hour

are like these two fingers”, and he

joined his index and middle fingers.

(Bukhari #4652 & Muslim #867)

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The Prophet  foretold the state of

Islam [and Muslims] in this time. He 

said: “Islam started as a strange thing,

and it shall once again return to this

state. So glad tidings to the strangers.”

(Muslim #145)

Having many followers is not a proof of

the correctness of a methodology. The

Prophet  said:

“Glad tidings to the strangers! Glad

tidings to the strangers! Glad tidings

to the strangers!” Someone asked,

“Who are the strangers, O’ Messenger

of Allah?” He said, “Righteous people

amongst many evil ones. Those who

disobey them are more than those

who obey them.” (Ahmad #7072)

He also clarified the state in which the

Muslim who holds on to his religion

will be, and the various hardships he

will face (in practicing his religion),

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whether physical or psychological. The

Prophet  said:

“Enjoin the good and forbid the evil,

but when you see that greed is obeyed,

desires followed, the life of this world

playing its affect on people, and that

people are pleased with their own

opinions, stick to yourselves and leave

commanding the general public with

good, for indeed there will be days

after you in which having patience in

them is like grasping a hot coal. One

who does righteous deeds in them

will receive the reward of fifty of [the

Companions].” (Saheeh ibn Hibbaan)

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12 All affairs are judged by the way

they end

Know that all affairs are judged by the

way they end, so be keen to always

ask Allah that He keeps you steadfast

upon Islam, and that He causes you to

die with a good end. Make sure your

speech and deeds are purely for Allah’s

sake, that they are done according to

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what He legislated, and that you spend

your time in Allah’s obedience. Take

account of yourself, before you are

taken to account, and let Allah see you

doing what He commanded, not what

He forbade.

May Allah keep us steadfast on His

religion and cause us to die as Muslims.

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