Salam alaykum my friend. I have a dilemma. I was raised in a Christian household but have always been in awe of Islam and it's beauty. I started studying Arabic and I feel like maybe my prayers are heard when I pray in Arabic rather than when I pray in English. Lately I've been having more and more issues with Christianity and I want to convert but I am afraid to do so. How do I go about converting?
Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,
Converting is a formality. Once you have read the Quran and accepted it as the word of the God of Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, that’s when you are a Muslim.
As for the conversion process, all you will need to do is go to a mosque on a Friday, wait until the prayers are finished (around 1:10 PM at most mosques), go to whoever seems to be in charge, and tell them you want to convert. They will ask you to repeat a few sentences after them in front of everyone and then you are officially a Muslim. Mosques are not like Churches, most people are not “members”, you can go to any mainstream mosque and sit down among everyone else and no one will even give you a second glance. Most of the people at any mosque do not know each other, and there generally are people from about 25-50 countries praying together at the same mosque.
You may find this Scottish man’s story helpful: I’m a middle-aged, white Scottish man who converted to Islam without ever meeting a Muslim. This is how