As Muslims, we often celebrate the idea that Islam is a complete and comprehensive religion, offering guidance on virtually every aspect of life. However, for the new Muslim or the prospective Muslim, the idea of taking on Islam all at once can be overwhelming. In fact, many reverts delay taking their Shahadah even after they had accepted Islam in their hearts because they were afraid that they wouldn’t be able to handle the responsibilities of Islam or that they wouldn’t be good enough.
If you felt this way yourself, remember that Allah says in the Quran:
“Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity.” [Noble Quran 2:286]
In the same chapter Allah says:
“Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship” [Noble Quran 2:185]
So, if you are new to Islam, know that you don’t have to become super Muslim overnight. Like anything, learning Islam and implementing Islamic practices into your life is going to take time and there’s nothing wrong with that. Progress at a pace that is comfortable for you, one step at a time. Don’t let others make you feel like you are not going fast enough. Remember that those who are raised Muslim had years to slowly develop their Islam and you deserve that same opportunity.
Will you make mistakes? Of course! And that is ok too. The messenger of Allah, Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him), said:
“All the sons of Adam are sinners, but the best of sinners are those who repent often.” [Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah]
So, you don’t have to be perfect on day one. In fact, none of us will ever be perfect Muslims. We are all learning, struggling, and working to become better and improve ourselves. It is a lifelong process that doesn’t end until we reach Jannah (Paradise) by Allah’s will. So, take it easy, enjoy the process, and thank Allah for guiding you to His way.
May Allah bless you and make Islam easy for you.