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Certificate of Conversion

This certificate is for those that convert to Islam with New Beginnings.

Certificate of Islamic Faith

This certificate is for those that have already converted and pronounced the shahadah.

Shahadah/Conversion Gift Packs

This certificate is for those that have recently converted and pronounced the shahadah. It contains: A luxury prayer mat, eco-friendly re-usable tote bag, gift card, Jovoy vegan perfume selection, business cards, leaflets, prayer beads, a Quran, Being Muslim, The Divine Reality, and The New Muslim’s Field Guide.

How do I convert to Islam?

Once you believe that Islam and the Quran are the truth, the only step is to declare that belief by stating, “I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” This is called the “Testification of Faith (shahadah)” and is the first pillar of Islam. It is better to inform some Muslims of this even if you are keeping it as a secret. Simply declaring belief in Islam, the Quran, everything that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ taught, or declaring yourself as a Muslim is sufficient too.

Do I need a certificate to convert?

No. However, a certificate adds a nice touch to the event and serves as a reminder to the person after converting. In addition, it acts as proof of the person’s Islam and can prevent complications arising, especially after death. Sometimes Muslim countries may require proof of the person’s Islam e.g. if the person was getting married via Muslim courts in those countries.

Do I need to change my name if I become a Muslim?

No. Absolutely not.  However, the Prophet ﷺ changed some names of his companions that contained extremely negative meanings after they converted to Islam. Islam does not require a person to abandon their roots and culture as long as they do not contradict the principles of the religion. Thus, a person is free to choose what style of dress to wear, for example, and types of food to eat as long as they do not violate something that is prohibited such as exposing nakedness or the consumption of pork. See our article here for a more detailed discussion.

 

Why do you use the term convert instead of revert or new Muslim?

In an ideal world, we would prefer not to use any of these labels, but we feel that the term “Convert to Islam” best describes the person who has taken on Islam as their religion, however, you may see these words used by us and others due to their widespread use in the Muslim community. The label “New Muslim” could not be applied to someone who has been Muslim for 5 years, or even 3 or 4. Likewise, if someone converts to Christianity, for example, we would not say, “New Christian”. As for the term “Revert” we feel that it is a loaded term as well as being theologically inaccurate. This is because revert, in this context, means to go back to one’s previous religion so could only be applied to the one who was already Muslim, left Islam, and then came back to Islam. There is no precedence of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, his companions, nor any Islamic scholar who came after them using any term similar to it in Arabic.

Is everybody born as a Muslim?

No. None of the companions of the Prophet ﷺ or Islamic scholars who came after them ever said this. This is due to a misunderstanding of the hadith, “There is no new-born except that they are born on the primordial state (Al-Fitrah), and its parents make it a Jew or a Christian or a Zoroastrian.”[1] This does not mean that the child is born as a Muslim, rather, that it is born with a “clean slate”. Also, the term “Muslim” has a very specific definition meaning the one who has believed in and affirmed everything the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ came with. Since this is not possible for a minor to do, it is incorrect to label them as Muslims unless their parents are Muslims. The Prophet ﷺ was also asked about whether the children of disbelievers will be saved if they die young and he replied, “Allah, when he created them, knows best what they would have done.”[2]

 

[1] Al-Bukhari (1358), Muslim (2658).

[2] Al-Bukhari (1383), Muslim (2660).

This will be issued only to those people who take their shahadah and convert with us. Proof of identity and address will be required as well as a signature. If you cannot be present to provide a signature, then we can post the certificate to you which you will need to sign and post back to us to verify and stamp, charges will apply.

This will be issued to those who wish to declare or renew their faith after conversion. The person is free to bring and use their own witnesses. Proof of identity and address will be required as well as a signature from all parties. If you cannot be present to provide a signature, then we can post the certificate to you which you will need to sign and post back to us to verify and stamp, charges will apply.

This will be issued for free for those that have recently converted. All others will have to pay a fee of £70.

We are unable to post gift packs outside of the UK. Certificates need to be signed physically and cannot be posted outside of the UK.

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