Why Would I Convert To Islam?

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Why I would convert to Islam

Before I begin my paper, I would like to confess that my idea of Islam was based on stereotypes portrayed by the American media. I was fortunate enough to have gone to school and build friendships with Muslim Brothers from Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Through my relationships with them, I learned that they were not much different than myself. However,
I was unable to take the time to talk to them about their religion. I also struggled to understand their beliefs and traditions. One aspect I observed from my time spent with these gentlemen is that their religion is something that they hold very close to their hearts. I have noticed this in almost every single Muslim I have met and have connected with on a personal level. Because of their strong sense of faith and devotion, Muslims apply teachings of the Quran to everyday life regardless of the scenario. This, among other ideals, is why I would choose to follow the religion of Islam.
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One may also become Muslim by repeating the Shahadah, or profession of faith, in front of two Muslim witnesses. “I bear witness that there is no god except God, and I bear witness that Muhammed is the messenger of God.” Anyone who recites this legally becomes a Muslim, with all the rights and responsibilities that that this new identity entails. Becoming a Muslim may seem relatively easy in this instance, it is important to highlight that being a true Muslim means observing many religious foundations and etiquette. For Example, there are the Five Pillars of Islam which are the framework of everyday Muslim life. The Five Pillars of Islam include the testimony of faith (Shahahdah), prayer (Salat), giving (Zakat), fasting during the month of Ramadan (Saum) and finally the pilgrimage to Mecca

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