A New Muslim Wants To Learn The Religion, Doesn't Know Arabic
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My questions involves many things..i am a very
new convert an at first i was praying all prays as
best i could (i dont know arabic)someone told me i
should only speak in arabic ...so in the end i have
stopped praying ..i think of allah many times in the
day ..an follow the teachings ..but some things i know
are wrong i cannot stop ..since allah called me i have
improved my life immensley an am happier than i have
been in a very long time ...i used to be drunk every
day ..now i almost dont drink at all ..i used to
gamble all my money ..now i almost dont gamble at all
.....when i do do these wrong things i can feel it is
wrong an dont want to go back to my old ways ...i can
feel allah is guiding me in ways i dont understand ..i
dont feel guilty i just feel why am i doing this ....i
have asked a few muslim people i work with an even a
person i met online to teach me to pray properly an
help me in other ways ..but because i am australian
they dont feel i am being serious about being muslim
..so they have been reluctent..i am not a good person
i think ..but i am much better than i have been an
with his help an guidence i know i will succeed
..there are many things for me to learn ...please give
me your advise ......should i keep trying by myself
..or continue to seek help from other muslims evn
though they seem not to want to .
Praise be to Allaah.
Praise be to Allaah first and last, and thanks be to
Him always. He blesses whomsoever He will with
guidance, and deprives whomsoever He will of
happiness. He saves His slave from misguidance and
supports His close friends until the Hour begins.
My dear Muslim brother, congratulations on your being
blessed with guidance. We ask Allaah to make you
steadfast until death.
It was a great achievement when you decided to embrace
Islam and give up the misguidance in which you had
grown up and the shirk [association of others with
Allaah] which is forbidden. We welcome you as a new
brother in Islam and we welcome you as a visitor to
First of all, we would remind you that in this world
man passes through great tests and trials, which
require him to be patient and steadfast, and to stand
firm until death.
"O man! Verily, you are returning towards your Lord
with your deeds and actions (good or bad), a sure
returning, and you will meet (the results of your
deeds which you did)"
[al-Inshiqaaq 84:6 – interpretation of the meaning]
One of the trials with which Allaah tests His slaves
is the enjoining of obligations and duties such as
prayer, fasting, zakaah, Hajj and other acts of
worship, and the things that He forbids them to do
such as lying, cheating, adultery, homosexuality and
all other forbidden things, so as to see the sincere
believer who obeys the commands of Allaah, so that He
may admit him to Paradise, and the liar and hypocrite
who does not obey Allaah, so that He may send him to
Try to do your best to learn what Allaah commands, and
do it, and what He forbids, and avoid it.
There are many commands, and many prohibitions, and it
is impossible to list them or explain them all in one
place. But we refer you to what is mentioned in this
site of ours of questions that deal with the teachings
of Islam, so you can look at it and read what it says,
and may Allaah benefit you thereby.
With regard to what you mention in your question about
having to learn Arabic, this is true, but you do not
have to learn the whole language, rather just what you
need for religious purposes. See question no. 6524.
The fact that you do not know Arabic does not justify
your not praying, because you can learn what you need
for prayer in a short period of time, and until you
learn it you should still continue to pray regularly
on time, and pray according to what you are able to
do. "Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope"
With regard to how to pray, you will find the answer
to that on this site, under Question no. 13340. See
also 8580, 2427, 11040.
Finally we advise you to look for an Islamic Centre in
your city, and to keep company with Muslims who
practise their religion. Do not forget to read
trustworthy websites, and try to benefit from them as
much as you can. We will also be happy to help you and
others like you who are looking for things that will
benefit them, and we will offer whatever advice we
can, so keep in touch with us. May Allaah protect you
and take care of you.