By Aisha Stacey
Many articles could explain how easy it is to convert to Islam. A real convert tell his/her stories, and we can share their elation and excitement. There are even articles that explain exactly how to become Muslim.
Many advantages are gained by converting to Islam, the most obvious one being the sense of calmness. Establishing a relationship with God in the most pure and simple way is liberating and exhilarating.
1. Converting to Islam liberates a person from slavery to man-made systems and lifestyles
Islam emancipates the mind from superstitions and uncertainties. It liberates the soul from sin and corruption.
Submission to the will of God, does not curtail freedom, on the contrary it gives a very high degree of freedom and filling it with truth and knowledge.
Once a person accepts Islam they are no longer slaves to fashion, or consumerism.
On a smaller but equally as important scale Islam liberates a person from the superstitions that rule the lives of those not truly submitted to God.
A believer knows that good and bad luck do not exist.
Both the good and the bad aspects of our lives come from God and as Prophet Muhammad explains all the affairs of a believer are good:
“If he is granted ease then he is thankful, and this is good for him. And if he is afflicted with a hardship, he perseveres, and this is good for him”. (Muslim)
After a person is freed from manmade systems and lifestyles he or she is free to worship God in the correct manner.
A believer is able to put his trust and hope in God and sincerely seek His mercy.
2. Converting to Islam allows a person to truly experience God’s love.
Converting to Islam allows a person to achieve God’s love by following His guide to life – the Quran, and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad.
When God created the world He did not abandon it to instability and insecurity.
He sent a rope, firm and steady, and by holding tightly to this rope an insignificant human being can achieve greatness and eternal peace.
God makes His desires perfectly clear, however human beings have free will to please or displease God.
Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If you (really) love God then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic Monotheism, follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah), God will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Quran 3:31)
And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers. (Quran 3:85)
There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut 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)
3. A benefit of converting to Islam is that God promises Paradise to the believer
Paradise, as described in many verses of Quran, is a place of eternal bliss and it is promised to believers.
God shows His mercy to the believers by rewarding them with Paradise.
Whoever denies God or worships other than Him will be doomed in the Hereafter to the hellfire.
Converting to Islam will save a person from the torment of the grave, suffering on the Day of Judgment and eternal hellfire.
4. A convert to Islam can achieve happiness, tranquility and inner peace
Islam itself is inherently associated with inner peace and tranquility.
When one submits to the will of God he or she will experience an innate sense of security and peacefulness.
Perfect happiness exists only in Paradise.
There we will find total peace, tranquility and security and be free from the fear, anxiety and pain that are part of the human condition.
However the guidelines provided by Islam allow us, imperfect humans, to seek happiness in this world.
The key to being happy in this world and the next is seeking the pleasure of God, and worshiping Him.