How to Define Yourself As Muslim?
No easy answer to go by. Some scholars will point to the 5 Pillars but that's an over-simplification. The list below is by no means the "qualifications" needed but these are core concepts.
You may be surprised to find even though you have been a non-Muslim, you may fit into this definition.
- belief in the Quran as being the final testament from God and a guidance for all mankind, preserved and unchangable
- belief that God sent messengers, angels and prophets from time to time with a message to mankind
- belief in judgement day, heaven and hell, righteousness and existance of good and evil
- belief in one God, master of the universe with no partners or family, the most merciful being in the universe, the only one worthy of submission; cares for all creation; listens to every being
- physical and spiritual cleanliness, keeping away from things disapproved and enjoyment of things approved
- belief in purification of the soul through prayer, fasting, hajj (pilgrimage), zakat (charity) and good deeds; purification of the body through wadu (washing)
- belief in forgiveness, mercy, kindness, repentance; that evil can be replaced with goodness; that truth always wins; that any person's heart is capable of change
- belief in a united family of believers that associate rather than divide with each other
People of the Book
- belief that Christians, Jews, Sabians & few others are religions whose original message is also from God
- belief in honesty, fairness; avoiding excesses; doing the right thing; being reasonable
- belief in gaining knowledge through discussion, dialog, experience and education
- belief in tolerance, respect, humility, peace for all of mankind, regardless of belief
- belief that you are born sinless but weak; will be tempted by evil unless you make an effort to follow the right path