Conversion to Islam

Conversion to Islam is the adoption of the set of beliefs identified with the Islamic faith to the exclusion of others.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answer updated 1 month ago

There are a lot of books about Islam that you can read, and I think it's good to read whatever seems to fit your needs and interests now, since people have different interests.

However, this might be of interest and also has a brief discussion of hijab: https://www.al-islam.org/seeking-straight-path-reflections-new-muslim-di...

There are some small differences between Sunni and Shi'i methods and times of saying the 5 daily prayers. (Also there are some small differences between the 4 main schools of thought among Sunnis.) So some of the guidance you will find in books or online will vary. If you are not committed to any specific school of thought/sect now, I suggest you just pick one method and do it, and if you want to change how you do it, you can change later.

Here is a Sunni descrption: https://muslimhands.org.uk/latest/2020/07/how-to-perform-salah
Here is a Shi'i description: https://www.al-islam.org/articles/laws-and-practices-how-perform-daily-p...

I am sure there are some helpful videos on YouTube too.

Sometimes all the details (and, for people who do not speak Arabic already, Arabic words) can be intimidating so just do your best. 

Best wishes on your journey!

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Seyed Ali Shobayri, Seyed Ali Shobayri is of mixed Iranian and Scottish descent who found the path of the Ahlul Bayt (a) by his own research. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University through the... Answered 2 months ago

Bismillah,

Asalamu alaykom, 

In regard to your husband, have you noticed that there is any particular reason why he has become non practicing? Is there any way you could possibly influence him or take him to someone that can? 

Divorce should be a last resort and as long as he says that he is still Muslim, your marriage would be valid. Also there is no sin upon you for the sins of your spouse. If however you exhaust all avenues and you find that such a marriage is lowering your faith as well, then you need to reevaluate whether this will be best for you in the long term. 

At the same time remember, one’s faith can go up and down so try to remain patient as this could be a test. Try to help you husband regain his faith and make constant dua for him. 

May Allah grant you success

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 2 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

A temporary marriage contract cannot be "converted" to a permanent marriage. What would need to be done is the man says to the woman he is in a mutah contract with that he frees her for the remaining period of their contract, and they can then do a permanent marriage contract. 

Of course, they would need to agree on a mahr as well, and there is no 'iddah period, because he will be marrying the same person he was with. This means that once he frees her of the remaining mutah period, they can straight away do the permanent marriage. 

And Allah knows best. 

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 5 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

This is unacceptable. Whatever the family's religion may be, Muslims must honour and respect their families. Your wife has no right to do this. 

If she has certain concerns, you should address them. There might be something she has seen, like abuse, or intimidation, or trying to brainwash your son, etc... Try to pinpoint what the dispute is about, and deal with it. 

But if it is just because she has no respect for your family, this does not give her the right to deprive her son of visiting or being with his grandparents and family. 

With prayers for your success.  

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 5 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

If all other shar'i requirements are met, yes, she can marry that man.

The marriage proposal must take its normal procedure, primarily around the parents giving their consent and their blessings. This is the most important part. 

A second important step is to see the character traits of the person, their moral standards, their family, compatibility, etc.

A third step to take is seeking consultation and advice, trying to find out if this prospect marriage is a good idea, and the obstacles they might face. This is necessary for any case of marriage, Muslim born, or convert. 

Both of them should study this from all its angles, for the sake of making the right decision and having a successful marriage. 

With prayers for your success.  

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 5 months ago

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answer updated 5 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

In Islam circumcision of a male is regarded as a Sunnah, strongly emphasised on, especially at a young age. The specific time that a male should be circumcised, being very mustahab, is on the seventh day after his birth. If parents are not able to do it in this time, then any time after that.

If the male reaches bulugh and has not yet been circumcised, he will be responsible to get it done. In Shi'i jurisprudence, many of our esteemed jurists consider it to be obligatory for a Muslim male to undergo circumcision whenever they can, if they were not circumcised when they were young. 

If a male is not circumcised, this will not affect his acts of worship, except for Hajj. If a man wishes to perform his Hajj pilgrimage, one of the obligatory prerequisites is that he must be circumcised in order for his pilgrimage to be valid. 

 In answering the specific question, being circumcised or performing circumcision is not a necessary condition for converting to Islam or being a Muslim, and he can do it whenever possible, even after converting. 

For any male, whether Muslim by birth, or having converted to Islam, who has not undergone the process, they should consider doing it, as there are many religious and physical benefits for it. 

In any case, please refer to the specific view of your Marja' taqleed in this regard. 

And Allah knows best.  

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 6 months ago

Allah never sends on His creatures sufferings but He always showers us with His blessings and mercy and bounties. Your sexual desires are your own desires and never imposed on you by Allah. If you feel lonely because of your sexual desires, you should deal with the reason of your loneliness. If you are a follower of the Ahlul Bayt as you wrote, you need to read about their teachings in this matter to really follow them. 
 Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 6 months ago

You can be a Shia Muslim by just believing in the main faith of Islam (There no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger and Ali is the successor after the Prophet). This faith is enough for you to become a Shia Muslim.

Obligatory acts are not condition to be a Shia Muslim although you need to do whatever you know and can afford.

When you perform Hajj, you need to get yourself circumcised before performing Tawaf around the Ka'bah.

Wassalam.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 7 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

The fiqhi ruling for this is the same for any wali amr, and she would need the consent of her father, whether he is Muslim or not. This is in the case that she has not been married before and is not completely independent in everything she does (balighah/rashidah). 

And Allah knows best. 

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Real Christians are those who follow the real teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ gave the good news of the Messenger after him who is called Ahmad. Old bibles have this fact despite changes made many to hide it in other versions of bible.

Islam is the real message from God Almighty which is sent to all human beings. Jesus Christ wants people to follow the message of God. More details can found in many specialised websites. If she has specific questions she is welcome to write.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 9 months ago

Fasting during the whole month of Ramadan is obligatory on every Muslim even if they don't know how to perform Prayers properly. You must fast and pray as much as you know and must learn as much as you can.

You should take help from those Muslims who know how to pray or pray with congregation.

'Wassalam.