Crash Course in Islam — Profession of Faith
>>STEVE ST. GEORGE: Hello. I'm Steve St. George. And this is your crash course in Islam. Today we answer the question, how does a person become a Muslim? In Christian faiths to become a full fledged member of the religion one must be baptized. To become a Muslim though a person simply needs to make the profession of faith. In English the profession of faith is there is no god but God. And Mohammed is his messenger. And while this can be made privately, Muslims believe it's best if the profession of faith is done before witnesses. When uttering what is called the Shahada a person is stating that indeed he believes Allah is the only God, that Allah never had a son and that Allah is indivisible. The second part of the statement that Mohammed is Allah's messenger means a person is willing to follow the teachings of the Prophet. A Muslim is willing to avoid those things Mohammed said were forbidden and a warship Allah as Mohammed has said to because the manner of worship was, in fact, revealed to the prophet by Allah. Someone who becomes a Muslim is also agreeing to accept the six articles of faith in Islam as well as the five pillars of the faith.