You’ve said your shahada and you believe from your heart there is no God or Deity worthy of Worship except Allah and Muhammad is his slave and messenger. Now what? What happens next? Here are a few tips to help you in sha Allah…
1. Practice Islam as much as you can.
The main way to practice Islam is your Salāh. Your 5 Daily Prayers. Concentrate on praying each prayer at its prescribed time and don’t be hard on yourself if you are late or miss one or two. The fact you are trying, making the effort is beloved to Allah. The beautiful Mercy of Allah is more than our imaginations can imagine. Just keep going.
Keeping up with your devotional practices is something that will strengthen your faith immensely. You become stronger and upset if you miss a prayer. I’ve realized that a great deal of your happiness depends on how dedicated you are to your Salāh.
“There is no compulsion in (the acceptance of) religion. Truth stands clear of falsehood. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut (false gods) and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break.”
– Surah 2 Ayah 256; Holy Qur’an.
Not only is there no compulsion in accepting Islam – there is no compulsion in practicing either. It’s down to you. How dedicated you are is from your heart, no one can take you to the prayer mat – except you.
2. Do small things, but do them consistently.
The deeds most loved by Allah are those done regularly, even if they are small.
“Truly, this Qur’an is a rope; one end of it is in Allah’s Hand and the other end is in yours. Hold fast to it. Indeed, you will never go astray or be ruined after it. (After holding onto it)
– Prophet Muhammad Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam.
You’re not going to wake up one day and be the ultimate Muslim. Set daily goals for yourself, push yourself everyday, if you pray all your Fardh start praying your sunnah if you haven’t been reading Qur’an make it your goal to read one page a day etc. Nothing is just going to come to you, you have to try…
3. Be good to your parents.
When a man asked the Messenger Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam to whom should he show the best companionship and he replied, “Your mother.” He said, “Then who?” He said, “Your mother.” He said, “Then who?” He said, “Your mother.” He said, “Then who?” He said, “Your father.”
If you are a revert, chances are your family are not Muslim. Therefore you will face difficult challenges with your new Faith. The truth is, people think you’re crazy if you talk about things they don’t understand. Learn to embrace the insults, especially from your parents. Do not return insult for insult. Instead ignore, pray to Allah for their Forgiveness and eventually through your good example they will accept your choice.
The Prophet Muhammad Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam said, “Shall I not tell you who will be forbidden from the Fire? Every gentle, soft-hearted and kind person.”
Ya Allah, Please give my mother what’s best for her, ease her pain and reward her for every single ounce of pain she ever felt….
4. Force yourself to go the extra mile.
Some days will be easier than others. If you find the journey difficult remember – it’s supossed to be. Nothing ever worth having comes easy, if Jannah was so easy to achieve what’s the purpose of the Dunya? Each day is a new chance to better yourself. People expect God to do all the job. He blessed you with a brain, two legs, two arms. He will show you the path but won’t take it for you. No one can do it for you but the best part is no one will benefit more than you. Every obligatory duty on each Muslim comes from Divine Knowledge, the Creator of the Creation Himself. Who else is more Trustworthy with you life?
5. Stay away from extremism.
If you must be extreme, be extreme in kindness, love and humility…
Alhamdulillah you are Muslim, slowly you can stop calling yourself a revert and acknowledge that you are Muslim. You don’t have to look down on others who are not yet practicing as well as you, or anyone who isn’t Muslim, like you. Remember, you were once in their shoes. Confidence isn’t walking into a room with your nose in the air and thinking you’re better than everyone else. It’s walking into a room and not having to compare yourself to anyone else in the first place. Be humble, always.
6. Keep Learning.
Islam is the moderation of life. Islam gives you rights & with that comes responsibilities.
Your relationship with God is a journey, it will take time. Allah, says, “We have not created the heaven and earth and all that is between them without meaning or purpose.” Find your purpose. Ask Allah to increase you in what you’re good at. Knowledge is a beautiful thing. It gives you peace and it leaves you humbled.
7. Accept your bad days and relish in your good days.
Life can be unfair at times and those are the times when you must maintain faith and never let go.
If you see yourself deteriorate, pick yourself up by repenting and seeking Allah’s forgiveness and by asking Him to keep you firm.
“And don’t become careless, and neither say: “In shaa Allaah, my eemaan will become stronger” (without doing anything about it).
Instead from right now – from the moment you feel that you are ill – you must implement the cure.”
– Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaymīn, Tafsīr Sūrah an-Nisā (v. 2, p. 53)
Good people sometimes make bad choices. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person, it means you’re human.
Nouman Ali Khan said, ‘Every single success you experience is a combination of two things: your effort and Allah’s help. When you don’t put in enough effort, Allah does not give His barakah. And sometimes you might put in a lot of effort but you may not see the result you expected. That, also, is Allah’s Barakah.’
8. Meet new Muslim’s. Don’t isolate yourself.
When you take a step towards Allah, he takes 10 towards you. Walk towards Allah, I will run towards you. Whether that means forcing yourself to visit the local mosque, finding other new Muslim’s online or travelling abroad to a Muslim country, when there is a will there is a way. Do your best to remain social (halal environments of course) Islam does not mean isolation from society. In fact join in. Show the world what Muslims really are.
9. Avoid too many dispute’s.
So you’ve never studied Islam, never read the Qur’an and never lived amongst Muslims yet you claim Islam is evil?
Overcome the bigots, racists and ignorant people in your life. Remember Allah guided to YOU to Islam, you searched for the answer and you found it. “He Found you Lost and Guided you.” Surah 93 Ayah 7; Holy Qur’an.
Be happy and constantly remind yourself of the blessings in your life. There are a lot of good things that will happen to you and you are on the straight road to Jannah (paradise). Rejoice in being Muslim. Remember the Sahabah (companions) were all converts to Islam and they were human beings that came from Adam and Eve just like you! Be strong and find comfort in your prayers and worship to Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla.
“And say, “The truth is from your Lord, so whoever wills – let him believe; and whoever wills – let him disbelieve.”
Surah 18 Ayah 29; Holy Qur’an.
Keep a diary/journal and write down anything you wane. Quotes, memories, new things you have learned, moments. It will all come together and help you to keep moving forward.