Ten Reasons to Embrace Islam
1. Salvation from Hellfire
The greatest accomplishment is not to attain a six-figure salary or the status of an entrepreneur; rather, it is salvation from Hellfire and the never-ending physical and psychological torture therein. Almighty Allah says in the Qur’aan: “Everyone shall taste death. And only on the Day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full. And whoever has been spared from the Fire (of Hell) and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is triumphant. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception (a deceiving thing).” (EMQ 3:185)
Life in this world is temporary and short-lived, whereas life in the Hereafter will be eternal.
Paradise (or Heaven) is exclusively reserved for those who have attained the pleasure of God; that is to say, those who adhered to His commands and followed His Messengers (may Allah’s blessings be upon them). Hence, no person will enter Paradise unless they were Muslim (a submitter) in this present life.
Life in Paradise is incomparable to life in this world; there will be no hardship, pain or suffering – only eternal pleasure and bliss. Allah (God) says in the Qur’aan: “Allah has promised to the Believers – men and women – Gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein forever, and beautiful mansions in Gardens of Eden. But the greatest bliss is the Good Pleasure of Allah. That is the supreme success.” (EMQ 9:72)
3. Forgiveness for all previous sins
By embracing Islam you will be like the day you were born (sinless) and all your previous sins (or crimes) will be wiped away, no matter how awful they were. It has been authentically reported that the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (peace be upon him), said: “Are you not aware that Islam wipes away all previous deeds (sins)?” (Saheeh Muslim, Book 1, Chapter 54, Hadeeth no. 121)
4. Solutions to every problem
Islam has solutions to every problem in life, whether personal, social, economic or political. As a Muslim you will never be lost for an answer and all your problems will have clear solutions.
The Qur’aan is a miraculous book containing guidelines and laws concerning how you should conduct your life’s affairs. And because it is divine (from God), you are assured that the laws are perfect and suitable for all times.
All false theories concerning the origination of man and the universe are answered and decisively refuted in the Qur’aan by the Creator of mankind and the universe Himself – Allah.
We are told in the Qur’aan that there will be a Hell (for unbelievers) and a Paradise (for Muslims). Furthermore, we are informed that there will be a Day of Judgement and every person will be consequently accounted for their actions in this life. And because the Qur’aan is a divine, miraculous, irrefutable book, we can believe in all of this with total conviction.
As a Muslim you will appreciate the blessings and favours that Allah has bestowed upon you, which you denied as a non-Muslim – wealth, health, food, clothing, shelter, life, and so forth.
It is highly unlikely for a Muslim to suffer from depression because Muslims believe that all occurrences are predestined by Allah, and if one faces difficulties or trials they know that these are tests from Him. Consequently, they will be content with whatever Allah has destined for them.
Being a content Muslim, you will not feel the urge to purchase unnecessary items (in order to show off to others), thereby accumulating great amounts of debt – one of the major causes of depression in the West.
7. Personal security
By embracing Islam and declaring the Kalimah (testimony of faith), you will attain peace and security, and it would be strictly forbidden under Islamic law for any person – Muslim or non-Muslim – to violate the sanctity of your life, wealth or properties.
Whosoever intentionally violates the sanctity of an innocent believer will be severely punished under the Shari’ah.
8. Improved health
Alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, intoxicants or other substances that harm the human body are forbidden for Muslims to consume or profit from in any way. Thus, by becoming Muslim you would dramatically reduce your chances of getting diseases such as lung cancer or heart disease.
Furthermore, because homosexuality and sexual intercourse outside marriage is forbidden in Islam, you would also reduce your chances of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, such a cervical cancer or HIV.
9. Improved hygiene
Islam encourages one to take regular showers (especially before attending congregations), perform ablution before every prayer (five times a day) and clean oneself via a process called ‘istinja’ after every visit to the toilet. Moreover, it is highly recommended for one to regularly trim their nails, brush their teeth and remove pubic hair.
Thus, there is no doubt that by embracing Islam you would benefit from improved health and hygiene.
10. Safer society
Alcohol, drugs, intoxicants and gambling are clearly linked to violent crimes, burglary and murder. Islam has made these things prohibited, as well as pornography and nudity, which are linked to rape and paedophilia.
Therefore, under Islamic law society would be safer and free from obscenities that pervert one’s mind and natural disposition.
Submitted by a Mujahid