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I want to be a Muslim but… Myths about Converting to Islam

The most fundamental belief in Islam is that there is no true god (deity) but Allah.  He, the One, the Only, the First and the Last, has no partners, sons, daughters or intermediaries.  He is Alone in His Dominion and in His Omnipotence.  It is a very simple concept, it is simply the truth.  Nevertheless sometimes the pure belief in God can be overwhelming. Often we are surprised when we call for God and He answers immediately.

The religion of Islam encompasses that simple concept – that God is One and wraps it in a package called submission.  Islam means, submission to the will of God. The root word of Islam (sa-la-ma) is the same that is shared with the Arabic word meaning peace and security. In essence, peace and security comes from living life according to God’s will.  Like a circle of life it always begins and ends in the same place – there is no god but Allah.  When we submit to the will of God, we are Muslims and to demonstrate our sincerity we testify that we are Muslim by saying, alone or in the company of other Muslims, La ilah illa Allah, Muhammad rasoolu Allah.  There is no true god (deity)  but Allah and Mohammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, is His messenger.

Whenever any human being experiences and understands God’s mercy, Satan tries his best to harm that individual.  Satan does not want us to feel comfort and mercy; he wants us to feel anxious and depressed.  He wants us to make mistakes and commit sins.  Satan despairs of ever feeling God’s love therefore he wants to corrupt as many human beings as he can.

(Satan said)  “…surely I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your Straight Path.  Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left…” (Quran 7:16-17)

Whenever a person realises the truth and wants to become a Muslim, Satan introduces the word ‘but’.  I want to become Muslim…BUT!  But I am not ready.  But I don’t speak Arabic.  But I am white.  But I don’t really know about Islam.  God warned us against Satan and his cunning ways.

“O children of Adam.  Let not Satan deceive you.” (Quran 7:27)

“Surely Satan is an enemy to you so take him as an enemy.” (Quran 35:6)

Satan’s whispers try to  prevent us from converting to Islam.  These ideas should not stand in the way of a person connecting, or reconnecting with the Most Merciful God.  In this article, and the next, we will discuss some of the most prominent myths, lay them open to scrutiny and see that God is indeed Most Merciful.  He makes converting to Islam easy, not difficult.  No buts!

1.     I want to be a Muslim but I do not want to change my name.

A person embracing Islam does not have to change his or her name.  Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said that everybody was entitled to a good name, a name that had meaning or character.  For the vast majority of people it is not an issue, however if you discover that your name has a bad meaning or an association with sinners or tyrants it is better to change it to something more acceptable.  If the person’s name is a name of an idol or reflects servitude to something or someone other than God, then it has to be changed.  Remember though that Islam is easy.  If changing your name officially would cause hardship, distress or harm, it would suffice to change it only among friends and family.

2.     I want to be a Muslim but I do not know any Arabic.

The religion of Islam was revealed for all people, in all places, at all times.  It is not a religion exclusively for Arabs or Arabic speakers.  In fact the majority of the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims are not from an Arab background.  A person can become Muslim without knowing a single word of Arabic; it does not affect his or her ability to accept Islam.  However, the language of Quran is Arabic and the daily prayers are performed in Arabic, so although it is not necessary to learn the whole language, after conversion it will be necessary to learn some Arabic words.

If a person is unable to learn enough Arabic to perform his prayers because of a speech defect or because he is not able to pronounce the Arabic, he must try as much as he can.  If learning at least some Arabic is not possible, then he is relieved of this obligation, because God does not burden people with more than they are able to bear.  However God also says that he has made learning Quran easy, therefore it is obligatory for a person to try his best.

“God burdens not a person beyond his scope.” (Quran 2:286)

“And We have indeed made the Quran easy to understand and remember” (Quran 54:17)

A man came to the Prophet and said: “O Messenger of God, teach me something of the Quran that will suffice me, for I cannot read.” He said, “Say: Subhaan-Allaah wa’l-hamdu Lillaah wa laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wa Allaahu akbar wa laa hawla wa la quwwata illa Billaah (Far removed is God from every imperfection, praise be to God, there is no god except Allah and God is Most great, there is no god except Allah and there is no power or strength except with God).”

Entering the fold of Islam is easy.  It is a simple process, free of complications.  In part 2 we will discuss circumcision, the fact that Islam has no ethnic or race restrictions and becoming Muslim without knowing very much about Islam.

There is no god but God.  It is a simple statement that should make converting to Islam easy.  There is only One God, and only one religion, nothing could be more uncomplicated.  However, as we discussed in the previous article, whenever a person realises the truth and wants to become a Muslim, Satan introduces the word but.  I want to be a Muslim…BUT. But I am not ready.  But I don’t speak Arabic, or but I do not want to change my name.  Today we will discuss more myths that prevent people from converting to Islam.

3.      I want to be a Muslim but I do not want to be circumcised.

Prophet Muhammad said that every child was born in a state of fitrah, with the correct understanding of God. and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad tell us that the conditions related to fitrah (the natural state of being) are five.

“Five things are part of the fitrah: shaving the pubic hair, circumcision, trimming the moustache, plucking the armpit hairs, and cutting the nails”.  This is believed to be the ancient way, the natural way, followed by all of the Prophets, and enjoined on the believers by the laws that they brought.

The majority of Islamic scholars agree that circumcision is obligatory for men providing they do not fear that it may harm them.  When assessing the degree of harm a man must look to the Quran and the authentic teachings of Prophet Muhammad for guidance.  If a man is not able to be circumcised due to fear of injury or any other valid reason that may make his life miserable, the obligation is waived.  It is not permissible for the issue to become a barrier that prevents a man from accepting Islam.  In other words, it is not a condition for becoming a Muslim.  Also, it does not prevent a man from leading the prayers.

There is no requirement for female circumcision in Islam.

4.      I want to be a Muslim but I am white.

Islam is the religion that was revealed for all people, in all places, at all times.  It was not revealed for a particular race or ethnicity.  It is a complete way of life based on the teachings found in the Quran and the authentic traditions of Prophet Muhammad. Although the Quran was revealed in the Arabic language and Prophet Muhammad was an Arab, it would be wrong to assume that all Muslims are Arabs, or for that matter, that all Arabs are Muslim.  In fact the vast majority of the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims are not Arabs.

There are no racial or ethnic requirements for one to be a Muslim.  In his final sermon Prophet Muhammad reiterated this fact very succinctly.

“All humankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab and a non-Arab has no superiority over an Arab; a white person has no superiority over black person nor does a black person have superiority over a white person, except by piety and good action.  Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.”

“O humankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another.” (Quran 49:13)

5.      I want to be a Muslim but I do not know anything about Islam.

There is no need to know a lot about Islam to become a Muslim.  It is enough to know the meaning of testimony and the six pillars of faith.  Once a person has embraced Islam, there is time for him to learn about his religion.  There is no need to rush and be overwhelmed.  Take things slowly, but steadily move forward at your own pace.  There is time to understand the inspirational beauty and ease of Islam, and to learn about all the prophets and messengers of Islam including the last prophet, Muhammad.  A Muslim never stops learning; it is a process that will continue until death.

Prophet Muhammad said, “The believer will never have enough of listening to good things (seeking knowledge) until he reaches Paradise.”

6.      I want to be a Muslim but I have committed too many sins.

When a person says the testimony of faith (Shahada), I testify that there is no god but God and I testify that Muhammad is His messenger, he becomes like a new born baby.  All his previous sins, no matter how great or small are washed away.  The slate is clean, free from sin, shiny and white; this is a new beginning.

“Say to those who have disbelieved that if they cease, what has previously occurred will be forgiven for them…” (Quran 8:38)

There is no compulsion for anyone to accept the truth of Islam.  However if your heart tells you there is only One God, do not hesitate.

“There is no compulsion in religion.  Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path.  Whoever disbelieves in evil and believes in God, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break.  And God is All-Hearer, All-Knower.” (Quran 2:256)

We finished Part 2 by mentioning that when a person converts to Islam all his previous sins, no matter how grave or small, are eliminated.   The slate is clean, free from sin, shiny and white; this is a new beginning.  However there are some people who may hesitate to accept Islam because they fear they will be unable to stay away from sin.  We begin part 3 by discussing this topic.

7.  I want to be Muslim but I know there are some sins I cannot stop doing.

If a person truly believes that there is no god but Allah, he or she should accept Islam without delay, even if they believe they will continue to sin.  When a person is used to living a life unencumbered by any set of moral principles, Islam may at first seem like a set of rules and regulations that are almost impossible to fulfil.   Muslims do not drink alcohol, Muslims do not eat pork, Muslim women must wear scarves, Muslims must pray five times every day.   Men and women find themselves saying things like, “I could not possibly stop drinking”, or “I would find it too difficult to pray every single day let alone five times”.

The reality is however, that once a person has accepted that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah, and developed a relationship with Him the rules and regulations drift into insignificance.   It is a slow process of wanting to please God.   For some, accepting the guidelines for a happy life is a matter of days, even hours, for others it can be weeks, months, or even years.   Every person’s journey into Islam is different.   It is important to remember that God forgives all sins.  A believer can, by the mercy of God, be admitted to paradise no matter what sins he has committed.  On the other hand, a non believer, one who worships something or someone other than the One True God, will be admitted to eternal Hellfire.  Therefore given a choice between not accepting Islam altogether or being a Muslim who is sinning, the second choice is certainly much better.

8.  I want to be a Muslim but I am afraid to inform others.

As we have stressed repeatedly there is nothing in the world that should prevent a person from embracing Islam.  If one fears the reaction of others, such as his or her parents, siblings or friends, and feels that they are not ready to inform them, still they should convert and try to practice Islam in secret as much as they can.  As time passes, and the connection with God is established, a person’s faith will become stronger and they will know how to handle the situation better. In fact the new Muslim will almost certainly feel liberated and begin to feel the need to inform the whole world about the beauty of Islam.

In the meantime it is a good idea to slowly and subtly prepare your friends and family for the changes that will obviously take place.   Perhaps one could begin to talk openly about God and religion in general, express an interest in other faiths or Islam in particular.  When a person begins to practice Islam, which is in fact a way of life, those close to them often notice a difference.  They will see a new found respect for them, the family and society in general; they will also see a change in demeanour often from anxious and unhappy to relaxed and contented.

Islam is a way of life and it’s difficult to hide it for long.  It is important to remember that when people learn of your conversion to Islam there will be a reaction.  It will range from those that are happy and accepting, to those who feel upset and disappointed. Often those upset, with time get over it and begin to accept the change.  And when they see many positive changes in you, they may actually begin to appreciate your conversion.  One needs to stay strong, determined and know that God is with you.   Your words and experience may very well lead others to follow your example.  Trust in God, learn all you can about your new found faith and let the light of Islam shine through your eyes.

9.  I want to be a Muslim but do not know any Muslims

Some people learn about Islam from reading, others from watching the behaviour of Muslims they see in their cities and towns, some even learn about Islam from programs on TV and for others, it is the sound of the call to prayer.  Often people seek and find the beauty of Islam without ever meeting a Muslim.  It simply is not necessary to know Muslims before accepting and converting to Islam.

Conversion to Islam is as easy as saying the words, I testify that there is no god but God and I testify that Muhammad is His messenger.  The conversion does not have to be done in a mosque (Islamic centre) and nor are witnesses needed for the conversion.  These things however, are manifestations of the brotherhood of Islam and mark the beginning of a new faith with the moral and spiritual support of others.  If there is no Islamic centre nearby or Muslims to help, one can simply follow the procedure explained in the “How to convert to Islam and Become a Muslim”.

Consequently after conversion it could be very helpful for the new Muslim to make contact with other Muslims.  Members of your new spiritual family can be found by approaching local mosques and Islamic centres, or introducing yourself to the Muslim who lives down the street, catches the same bus, or works in the same company.  However, even if a new Muslim is totally alone, he or she is connected to 1.5 billion other Muslims.

Before or after conversion this website is available to help new Muslim or those thinking about converting to Islam.  There are literally hundreds of easy to understand articles about Islam.  After your conversion, this website will help you get started as a new Muslim by giving you useful resources and online support through Live-Chat.

I want to know the truth about islam

{But whoever desires the Hereafter and exerts the effort due to it while he is a believer – it is those whose effort is ever appreciated [by Allaah].} (Al-Israa’, [017]: 019)

Since the beginning of human history, worship has played a central role in people’s lives. Devotion to a higher being continues to tie humanity together despite differences in customs and a variety of beliefs. We often associate worship with specific religious acts performed to a deity, distinguishing it from other facets of one’s life. However, the concept of worship in Islam is all-encompassing and incorporates ritual worship as well as common daily tasks. This pamphlet discusses the balance Islam encourages between our spiritual and worldly endeavors, while also explaining core rites Muslims perform to worship God.

In Islam, worship is the very purpose of our existence. God declares in the Quran, the holy book of Islam, “I did not create … mankind except to worship Me” (51:56). Muslims worship God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, out of love and submission. They believe that He is the One God (Allah in Arabic) who is completely unique and only He deserves to be worshipped.

Worshipping God is a comprehensive concept within Islam. Along with traditional rituals, such as praying and fasting, it also consists of any lawful action a person does with God-consciousness and in the hopes of earning reward from Almighty God. Therefore, devoting oneself to God in Islam does not require a person to enter a place of worship nor embrace monasticism. Rather, fulfilling this purpose of life is an active daily pursuit from the Islamic perspective. Hence, a Muslim can be engaged in worship throughout the day, be it at home, work or anywhere else.

Foundations of Worship

Certain criteria determine whether an act can be considered worship. For instance, Islam teaches that the merit of a person’s action depends on the intention. Muslims believe that God looks at people’s hearts, not just their physical deeds. For an action to be regarded as worship, it must be performed with the pure intention of pleasing God. Therefore, the concept of worship in Islam encourages people to connect with God in every action they take, strengthening their bond with their Creator. In doing so, a person gains a sense of true peace that comes with carrying out their purpose in life.

In addition to purifying one’s intention, a person’s deeds must also be consistent with divine guidance. While God has inspired an intuitive moral sense in every individual, people do not always act in a just and ethical manner. In fact, our ability to judge between right and wrong can often be muddled by external influences, outward appearances or ulterior motives. Hence, having a moral compass alone does not enable one to internalize righteousness or bring one closer to God.

In order to guide humans to His worship and to truly differentiate between good and evil, God sent prophets as teachers and role models. He also revealed holy scriptures which provide us with knowledge directly from God and serve as manuals for virtuous living. The combination of prophetic examples and divine scriptures reinforces our moral inclinations and equips us with the knowledge to discern between right and wrong. They also provide us with the criterion which enables us to assess our own motives and deeds. Above all, they teach us how to worship God and to lead a life that pleases Him.

Islam is the culmination of God’s message since the time of Adam. The God of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and all the other prophets, is the same God who sent Muhammadp as His final messenger to humankind and revealed the Quran, God’s last scripture, to him. The Quran, the only divine book to remain intact in its original text, upholds the pure teachings of previous revelations. It is a testament to the continuity of God’s message from the beginning of human history, guiding people to achieve their fundamental purpose in life.

The guidance of the Quran and the example of Prophet Muhammadp, whose teachings have been meticulously preserved, form the basis of worship in Islam. It must be noted here that while Muslims esteem all of the prophets sent by God, including Jesus and Muhammadp, they do not worship any of them. In fact, worshipping any one besides the One God is strictly prohibited in Islam. Rather, Muslims invoke God to send blessings upon all the messengers and prophets.

Rites of Worship

Indeed, every single aspect of a person’s life can fit under the umbrella of worship in Islam, so long as the person’s intention is to please God and the action is consistent with the Quran and prophetic example. At the same time, certain core rituals form the basis of a Muslim’s worship of God.

Quran

The Quran, which literally means the ‘oft-repeated,’ is, according to Muslim belief, the final revelation of God to humanity. It provides guidance in all areas of life. The recitation, study and memorization of Quran form a central facet of worship for Muslims. The Quran is also recited during every prayer. Although it is widely read in its original Arabic, various translations in numerous languages are also available.

Prayer

Islam enjoins Muslims to offer five prayers throughout the day at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and night. Prayer enables Muslims to physically and mentally take a break from their worldly activities to connect with God several times a day. The prayers consist of praising God while standing, bowing and prostrating, maintaining the practice of Muhammad, Jesus, Moses and all the other prophets, peace be upon them all. On Fridays, Muslims attend a special congregational noon prayer, complete with a brief sermon.

Mosques

The house of worship in Islam is called a mosque. Many Muslims congregate at mosques for prayer while others choose to pray at home, work or wherever they may be. While the primary use of a mosque is prayer, it also serves as a community center with people gathering to listen to lectures, attend study groups or enjoy communal dinners. Mosques are especially active on Fridays for the congregational noon prayer and during Ramadan for the nightly prayers.

Ramadan

Muslims fast during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, by refraining from eating, drinking and sexual interaction from dawn to sunset. Fasting instills self-restraint, provides spiritual cleansing and strengthens one’s willpower. While fasting, Muslims strive to increase charitable acts and control bad habits such as foul language, gossip and anger.

Charity

Muslims must give 2.5% of their annual savings to help the poor, the needy and the oppressed. This act of devotion acknowledges that all wealth comes from God and purifies the soul from material greed. In addition, Islam encourages voluntary acts of charity, be they monetary or physical. A famous prophetic tradition states, ‘Smiling is charity.’

Hajj

The pilgrimage to Mecca must be performed by every Muslim once in their life if they are physically and financially able. It symbolizes the unity of humankind as Muslims from every race, nationality and social status assemble together in equality to worship God, following the traditions of Abraham.

Holy Days

The two Eid festivals mark important holy days for Muslims. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated at the completion of Ramadan while Eid-al-Adha falls during the days of Hajj. Both occasions begin with a congregational prayer and a sermon; these are followed by festive meals, gift-giving and socializing.

Supplication

Muslims supplicate to and address God directly for their needs and desires anytime and anywhere. This direct relationship is an essential element of worship in Islam. Whether asking for guidance, seeking solace or beseeching God for forgiveness, Muslims reach out to God at any time, without an intermediary. The practice of confession to another being does not exist in Islam.

A Holistic View

Worshiping God adds meaning to our lives and constantly renews our purpose. In the good times, we are thankful for His blessings, and in challenging circumstances, we trust God will see us through. Therefore, worship strengthens our relationship with the Creator – instilling a sense of gratefulness for the countless favors we enjoy as His creation as well as enabling us to develop values such as patience, perseverance and resilience when faced with trials and tragedies. As a result, it helps us achieve humility, recognizing God as the Originator and Sustainer of the universe and surrendering to Him in worship.

Muslims consider their earthly existence as temporary and prepare for the real life ahead, the eternal life of the hereafter. As God clearly states in the Quran, He “created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed” (67:2). Salvation in Islam is connected with doing good deeds and refraining from bad ones. One who excels in goodness will be rewarded generously, but one whose evils outweigh his virtues will be punished. The fear of accountability and hope for God’s mercy in the afterlife inspires Muslims to be mindful of God in their daily lives, encouraging them to more fully worship Him.

Indeed, Islam enjoins Muslims to lead balanced lives in this world while striving for success in the hereafter by living righteously. Therefore, the concept of worship in Islam encompasses not only the outward religious duties, but also the development of a strong moral character, good relations with people, and striving for just and harmonious societies.

Worship in Islam is as broad as life itself. It could be removing an obstacle from the road, helping someone in need, being good to your family, doing an honest day’s work, sharing food with your neighbor, visiting a sick person, attending a funeral and so on. Of course, the above-mentioned criteria apply here as well: to be considered worship, the act must be done earnestly to please God and should be consistent with divine guidance.

Therefore, Islam blurs the line between ‘religious’ and ‘worldly,’ because practically any action can become spiritual in nature and is rewarded by God – whether it is seeking knowledge or maintaining good neighborly ties. When someone keeps this comprehensive approach in mind, they naturally steer clear of cheating, lying and exploiting others. Instead, they strive to be honest, compassionate and tolerant in their dealings.

When it comes to worship, Muslims draw inspiration from the life of Muhammadp, the final messenger of God. He was the quintessential human being who successfully fused his ‘worldly’ and ‘religious’ acts into a seamless whole. His entire being was focused on submission to God, whether he was with his family or in the mosque. Muslims endeavor to follow his example and stay mindful of God throughout their day.

In the end, worship in Islam extends to all aspects of life, transforming mundane tasks into spiritual ones. Muslims balance their religious duties and everyday responsibilities, aware of their accountability to God in the hereafter. When people fulfill their true purpose of worshiping God, it enables them to attain a profound sense of peace that results from submitting to the Creator, the only One worthy of worship.

“… Truly it is in the remembrance of God that hearts find peace.” (Quran, 13:28)

Jesus in Quran – Jesus & mariam in islam

Indeed,  the  religion  in  the  sight  of Allah is  Islam.  And  those  who  were  given  the Scripture  did  not  differ  except  after  knowledge  had  come  to  them  –   out  of  jealous animosity  between  themselves.  And  whoever  disbelieves  in  the  verses  of Allah ,  then indeed, Allah is  swift  in  [taking]  account.

3:20
Sahih International

So  if  they  argue  with  you,  say,  “I  have  submitted  myself  to Allah [in  Islam],  and  [so have]  those  who  follow  me.”  And  say  to  those  who  were  given  the  Scripture  and  [to]  the unlearned,  “Have  you  submitted  yourselves?”  And  if  they  submit  [in  Islam],  they  are rightly  guided;  but  if  they  turn  away  –   then  upon  you  is  only  the  [duty  of]  notification. And Allah is  Seeing  of  [His]  servants.

3:21
Sahih International

Those  who  disbelieve  in  the  signs  of Allah and  kill  the  prophets  without  right  and  kill those  who  order  justice  from  among  the  people  –   give  them  tidings  of  a  painful punishment.

3:22
Sahih International

They  are  the  ones  whose  deeds  have  become  worthless  in  this  world  and  the  Hereafter, and  for  them  there  will  be  no  helpers.

3:23
Sahih International

Do  you  not  consider,  [O  Muhammad],  those  who  were  given  a  portion  of  the  Scripture? They  are  invited  to  the  Scripture  of Allah that  it  should  arbitrate  between  them;  then  a party  of  them  turns  away,  and  they  are  refusing.

3:24
Sahih International

That  is  because  they  say,  “Never  will  the  Fire  touch  us  except  for  [a  few]  numbered days,”  and  [because]  they  were  deluded  in  their  religion  by  what  they  were  inventing.

3:25
Sahih International

So  how  will  it  be  when  We  assemble  them  for  a  Day  about  which  there  is  no  doubt? And  each  soul  will  be  compensated  [in  full  for]  what  it  earned,  and  they  will  not  be wronged.

3:26
Sahih International

Say,  “O Allah ,  Owner  of  Sovereignty,  You  give  sovereignty  to  whom  You  will  and  You take  sovereignty  away  from  whom  You  will.  You  honor  whom  You  will  and  You  humble whom  You  will.  In  Your  hand  is  [all]  good.  Indeed,  You  are  over  all  things  competent.

3:27
Sahih International

You  cause  the  night  to  enter  the  day,  and  You  cause  the  day  to  enter  the  night;  and You  bring  the  living  out  of  the  dead,  and  You  bring  the  dead  out  of  the  living.  And  You give  provision  to  whom  You  will  without  account.”

3:28
Sahih International

Let  not  believers  take  disbelievers  as  allies  rather  than  believers.  And  whoever  [of  you] does  that  has  nothing  with Allah ,  except  when  taking  precaution  against  them  in prudence.  And Allah warns  you  of  Himself,  and  to Allah is  the  [final]  destination.

3:29
Sahih International

Say,  “Whether  you  conceal  what  is  in  your  breasts  or  reveal  it, Allah knows  it.  And  He knows  that  which  is  in  the  heavens  and  that  which  is  on  the  earth.  And Allah is  over all  things  competent.

3:30
Sahih International

The  Day  every  soul  will  find  what  it  has  done  of  good  present  [before  it]  and  what  it has  done  of  evil,  it  will  wish  that  between  itself  and  that  [evil]  was  a  great  distance. And Allah warns  you  of  Himself,  and Allah is  Kind  to  [His]  servants.”

3:31
Sahih International

Say,  [O  Muhammad],  “If  you  should  love Allah ,  then  follow  me,  [so] Allah will  love  you and  forgive  you  your  sins.  And Allah is  Forgiving  and  Merciful.”

3:32
Sahih International

Say,  “Obey Allah and  the  Messenger.”  But  if  they  turn  away  –   then  indeed, Allah does not  like  the  disbelievers.

3:33
Sahih International

Indeed, Allah chose  Adam  and  Noah  and  the  family  of  Abraham  and  the  family  of ‘Imran  over  the  worlds  –

3:34
Sahih International

Descendants,  some  of  them  from  others.  And Allah is  Hearing  and  Knowing.

3:35
Sahih International

[Mention,  O  Muhammad],  when  the  wife  of  ‘Imran  said,  “My  Lord,  indeed  I  have pledged  to  You  what  is  in  my  womb,  consecrated  [for  Your  service],  so  accept  this  from me.  Indeed,  You  are  the  Hearing,  the  Knowing.”

3:36
Sahih International

But  when  she  delivered  her,  she  said,  “My  Lord,  I  have  delivered  a  female.”  And Allah was  most  knowing  of  what  she  delivered,  “And  the  male  is  not  like  the  female.  And  I have  named  her  Mary,  and  I  seek  refuge  for  her  in  You  and  [for]  her  descendants  from Satan,  the  expelled  [from  the  mercy  of Allah ].”

3:37
Sahih International

So  her  Lord  accepted  her  with  good  acceptance  and  caused  her  to  grow  in  a  good manner  and  put  her  in  the  care  of  Zechariah.  Every  time  Zechariah  entered  upon  her in  the  prayer  chamber,  he  found  with  her  provision.  He  said,  “O  Mary,  from  where  is this  [coming]  to  you?”  She  said,  “It  is  from Allah .  Indeed, Allah provides  for  whom  He wills  without  account.”

3:38
Sahih International

At  that,  Zechariah  called  upon  his  Lord,  saying,  “My  Lord,  grant  me  from  Yourself  a good  offspring.  Indeed,  You  are  the  Hearer  of  supplication.”

3:39
Sahih International

So  the  angels  called  him  while  he  was  standing  in  prayer  in  the  chamber,  “Indeed, Allah gives  you  good  tidings  of  John,  confirming  a  word  from Allah and  [who  will  be] honorable,  abstaining  [from  women],  and  a  prophet  from  among  the  righteous.”

3:40
Sahih International

He  said,  “My  Lord,  how  will  I  have  a  boy  when  I  have  reached  old  age  and  my  wife  is barren?”  The  angel  said,  “Such  is Allah ;  He  does  what  He  wills.”

3:41
Sahih International

He  said,  “My  Lord,  make  for  me  a  sign.”  He  Said,  “Your  sign  is  that  you  will  not  [be able  to]  speak  to  the  people  for  three  days  except  by  gesture.  And  remember  your  Lord much  and  exalt  [Him  with  praise]  in  the  evening  and  the  morning.”

3:42
Sahih International

And  [mention]  when  the  angels  said,  “O  Mary,  indeed Allah has  chosen  you  and purified  you  and  chosen  you  above  the  women  of  the  worlds.

3:43
Sahih International

O  Mary,  be  devoutly  obedient  to  your  Lord  and  prostrate  and  bow  with  those  who  bow [in  prayer].”

3:44
Sahih International

That  is  from  the  news  of  the  unseen  which  We  reveal  to  you,  [O  Muhammad].  And  you were  not  with  them  when  they  cast  their  pens  as  to  which  of  them  should  be responsible  for  Mary.  Nor  were  you  with  them  when  they  disputed.

3:45
Sahih International

[And  mention]  when  the  angels  said,  “O  Mary,  indeed Allah gives  you  good  tidings  of  a word  from  Him,  whose  name  will  be  the  Messiah,  Jesus,  the  son  of  Mary  – distinguished  in  this  world  and  the  Hereafter  and  among  those  brought  near  [to Allah ].

3:46
Sahih International

He  will  speak  to  the  people  in  the  cradle  and  in  maturity  and  will  be  of  the  righteous.”

3:47
Sahih International

She  said,  “My  Lord,  how  will  I  have  a  child  when  no  man  has  touched  me?”  [The  angel] said,  “Such  is Allah ;  He  creates  what  He  wills.  When  He  decrees  a  matter,  He  only  says to  it,  ‘Be,’  and  it  is.

3:48
Sahih International

And  He  will  teach  him  writing  and  wisdom  and  the  Torah  and  the  Gospel

3:49
Sahih International

And  [make  him]  a  messenger  to  the  Children  of  Israel,  [who  will  say],  ‘Indeed  I  have come  to  you  with  a  sign  from  your  Lord  in  that  I  design  for  you  from  clay  [that  which is]  like  the  form  of  a  bird,  then  I  breathe  into  it  and  it  becomes  a  bird  by  permission  of Allah .  And  I  cure  the  blind  and  the  leper,  and  I  give  life  to  the  dead  –   by  permission  of Allah .  And  I  inform  you  of  what  you  eat  and  what  you  store  in  your  houses.  Indeed  in that  is  a  sign  for  you,  if  you  are  believers.

3:50
Sahih International

And  [I  have  come]  confirming  what  was  before  me  of  the  Torah  and  to  make  lawful  for you  some  of  what  was  forbidden  to  you.  And  I  have  come  to  you  with  a  sign  from  your Lord,  so  fear Allah and  obey  me.

3:51
Sahih International

Indeed, Allah is  my  Lord  and  your  Lord,  so  worship  Him.  That  is  the  straight  path.”

3:52
Sahih International

But  when  Jesus  felt  [persistence  in]  disbelief  from  them,  he  said,  “Who  are  my supporters  for  [the  cause  of] Allah ?”  The  disciples  said,”  We  are  supporters  for Allah . We  have  believed  in Allah and  testify  that  we  are  Muslims  [submitting  to  Him].

3:53
Sahih International

Our  Lord,  we  have  believed  in  what  You  revealed  and  have  followed  the  messenger Jesus,  so  register  us  among  the  witnesses  [to  truth].”

3:54
Sahih International

And  the  disbelievers  planned,  but Allah planned.  And Allah is  the  best  of  planners.

3:55
Sahih International

[Mention]  when Allah said,  “O  Jesus,  indeed  I  will  take  you  and  raise  you  to  Myself and  purify  you  from  those  who  disbelieve  and  make  those  who  follow  you  [in submission  to Allah alone]  superior  to  those  who  disbelieve  until  the  Day  of Resurrection.  Then  to  Me  is  your  return,  and  I  will  judge  between  you  concerning  that in  which  you  used  to  differ.

3:56
Sahih International

And  as  for  those  who  disbelieved,  I  will  punish  them  with  a  severe  punishment  in  this world  and  the  Hereafter,  and  they  will  have  no  helpers.”

3:57
Sahih International

But  as  for  those  who  believed  and  did  righteous  deeds,  He  will  give  them  in  full  their rewards,  and Allah does  not  like  the  wrongdoers.

3:58
Sahih International

This  is  what  We  recite  to  you,  [O  Muhammad],  of  [Our]  verses  and  the  precise  [and wise]  message.

3:59
Sahih International

Indeed,  the  example  of  Jesus  to Allah is  like  that  of  Adam.  He  created  Him  from  dust; then  He  said  to  him,  “Be,”  and  he  was.

3:60
Sahih International

The  truth  is  from  your  Lord,  so  do  not  be  among  the  doubters.

3:61
Sahih International

Then  whoever  argues  with  you  about  it  after  [this]  knowledge  has  come  to  you  –   say, “Come,  let  us  call  our  sons  and  your  sons,  our  women  and  your  women,  ourselves  and yourselves,  then  supplicate  earnestly  [together]  and  invoke  the  curse  of Allah upon  the liars  [among  us].”

3:62
Sahih International

Indeed,  this  is  the  true  narration.  And  there  is  no  deity  except Allah .  And  indeed, Allah is  the  Exalted  in  Might,  the  Wise.

3:63
Sahih International

But  if  they  turn  away,  then  indeed  – Allah is  Knowing  of  the  corrupters.

3:64
Sahih International

Say,  “O  People  of  the  Scripture,  come  to  a  word  that  is  equitable  between  us  and  you  – that  we  will  not  worship  except Allah and  not  associate  anything  with  Him  and  not take  one  another  as  lords  instead  of Allah .”  But  if  they  turn  away,  then  say,  “Bear witness  that  we  are  Muslims  [submitting  to  Him].”

3:65
Sahih International

O  People  of  the  Scripture,  why  do  you  argue  about  Abraham  while  the  Torah  and  the Gospel  were  not  revealed  until  after  him?  Then  will  you  not  reason?

3:66
Sahih International

Here  you  are  –   those  who  have  argued  about  that  of  which  you  have  [some]  knowledge, but  why  do  you  argue  about  that  of  which  you  have  no  knowledge?  And Allah knows, while  you  know  not.

3:67
Sahih International

Abraham  was  neither  a  Jew  nor  a  Christian,  but  he  was  one  inclining  toward  truth,  a Muslim  [submitting  to Allah ].  And  he  was  not  of  the  polytheists.

3:68
Sahih International

Indeed,  the  most  worthy  of  Abraham  among  the  people  are  those  who  followed  him  [in submission  to Allah ]  and  this  prophet,  and  those  who  believe  [in  his  message].  And Allah is  the  ally  of  the  believers.

3:69
Sahih International

A  faction  of  the  people  of  the  Scripture  wish  they  could  mislead  you.  But  they  do  not mislead  except  themselves,  and  they  perceive  [it]  not.

3:70
Sahih International

O  People  of  the  Scripture,  why  do  you  disbelieve  in  the  verses  of Allah while  you witness  [to  their  truth]?

3:71
Sahih International

O  People  of  the  Scripture,  why  do  you  confuse  the  truth  with  falsehood  and  conceal the  truth  while  you  know  [it]?

3:72
Sahih International

And  a  faction  of  the  People  of  the  Scripture  say  [to  each  other],  “Believe  in  that  which was  revealed  to  the  believers  at  the  beginning  of  the  day  and  reject  it  at  its  end  that perhaps  they  will  abandon  their  religion,

3:73
Sahih International

And  do  not  trust  except  those  who  follow  your  religion.”  Say,  “Indeed,  the  [true] guidance  is  the  guidance  of Allah .  [Do  you  fear]  lest  someone  be  given  [knowledge]  like you  were  given  or  that  they  would  [thereby]  argue  with  you  before  your  Lord?”  Say, “Indeed,  [all]  bounty  is  in  the  hand  of Allah –   He  grants  it  to  whom  He  wills.  And Allah is  all-Encompassing  and  Wise.”

3:74
Sahih International

He  selects  for  His  mercy  whom  He  wills.  And Allah is  the  possessor  of  great  bounty.

3:75
Sahih International

And  among  the  People  of  the  Scripture  is  he  who,  if  you  entrust  him  with  a  great amount  [of  wealth],  he  will  return  it  to  you.  And  among  them  is  he  who,  if  you  entrust him  with  a  [single]  silver  coin,  he  will  not  return  it  to  you  unless  you  are  constantly standing  over  him  [demanding  it].  That  is  because  they  say,  “There  is  no  blame  upon us  concerning  the  unlearned.”  And  they  speak  untruth  about Allah while  they  know [it].

3:76
Sahih International

But  yes,  whoever  fulfills  his  commitment  and  fears Allah –   then  indeed, Allah loves those  who  fear  Him.

3:77
Sahih International

Indeed,  those  who  exchange  the  covenant  of Allah and  their  [own]  oaths  for  a  small price  will  have  no  share  in  the  Hereafter,  and Allah will  not  speak  to  them  or  look  at them  on  the  Day  of  Resurrection,  nor  will  He  purify  them;  and  they  will  have  a  painful punishment.

3:78
Sahih International

And  indeed,  there  is  among  them  a  party  who  alter  the  Scripture  with  their  tongues  so you  may  think  it  is  from  the  Scripture,  but  it  is  not  from  the  Scripture.  And  they  say, “This  is  from Allah ,”  but  it  is  not  from Allah .  And  they  speak  untruth  about Allah while they  know.

3:79
Sahih International

It  is  not  for  a  human  [prophet]  that Allah should  give  him  the  Scripture  and  authority and  prophethood  and  then  he  would  say  to  the  people,  “Be  servants  to  me  rather  than Allah ,”  but  [instead,  he  would  say],  “Be  pious  scholars  of  the  Lord  because  of  what  you have  taught  of  the  Scripture  and  because  of  what  you  have  studied.”

3:80
Sahih International

Nor  could  he  order  you  to  take  the  angels  and  prophets  as  lords.  Would  he  order  you to  disbelief  after  you  had  been  Muslims?

3:81
Sahih International

And  [recall,  O  People  of  the  Scripture],  when Allah took  the  covenant  of  the  prophets, [saying],  “Whatever  I  give  you  of  the  Scripture  and  wisdom  and  then  there  comes  to you  a  messenger  confirming  what  is  with  you,  you  [must]  believe  in  him  and  support him.”  [ Allah ]  said,  “Have  you  acknowledged  and  taken  upon  that  My  commitment?” They  said,  “We  have  acknowledged  it.”  He  said,  “Then  bear  witness,  and  I  am  with  you among  the  witnesses.”

3:82
Sahih International

And  whoever  turned  away  after  that  –   they  were  the  defiantly  disobedient.

3:83
Sahih International

So  is  it  other  than  the  religion  of Allah they  desire,  while  to  Him  have  submitted  [all] those  within  the  heavens  and  earth,  willingly  or  by  compulsion,  and  to  Him  they  will be  returned?

3:84
Sahih International

Say,  “We  have  believed  in Allah and  in  what  was  revealed  to  us  and  what  was  revealed to  Abraham,  Ishmael,  Isaac,  Jacob,  and  the  Descendants,  and  in  what  was  given  to Moses  and  Jesus  and  to  the  prophets  from  their  Lord.  We  make  no  distinction  between any  of  them,  and  we  are  Muslims  [submitting]  to  Him.”

3:85
Sahih International

And  whoever  desires  other  than  Islam  as  religion  –   never  will  it  be  accepted  from  him, and  he,  in  the  Hereafter,  will  be  among  the  losers.