Hey so i have a question. My parents are both from croatia and as you can guess my Family ist very catholic.. we live in the dijaspora. But i want to convert to islam 2 years ago i read the translation of the Kuran cuz i dont speak arabic. But i am scared i dont know how to learn all the prayers and i am scared that i cant be a good Muslim..
Hi, thank you for your message. It’s quite normal to be nervous and feel uncertain, and converting to another religion is quite a big decision. I would advise you to take it step by step, to try to learn things little by little before you actually convert (if you decide to do it). When it comes to the prayers, I would give you the same advice! I personally started learning how to pray at 12/13 years old because my parents weren’t religious, and I didn’t fully learn it until I was about 14/15 because I did it slowly. When you decide to start learning how to pray, try to memorise the actual physical actions of praying first, and then you could start memorising the words. If it would be easier for you, if you speak Croatian, you could learn the words the way most Bosniak kids do, which is of course Arabic but written in Bosnian. That way it might be easier for you to pronounce and to memorise it! Of course there are also transliterations in English if you prefer that. You can also watch YouTube videos etc.
But first and foremost I’d tell you to learn more about the religion, and don’t feel pressure to actually convert until you feel ready! At this point I think you’re too nervous and you might not know enough to be ready to convert. Also, please try to find someone who is Muslim to help you answer any questions you have, and to help teach you everything you need to know for praying etc. And a last advice: be careful when reading about Islam online as not everything you read is trustworthy, and a lot of the things that you will find online are written by people from very fundamentalist and extreme sects of Islam, which could take you into the wrong direction. I hope my advice helps you! It’s a lot to take in at once so again, don’t rush into it and learn about the religion slowly :)