Is Belief a Choice?

Is Belief a Choice?

Question

I want to become Muslim, but I have trouble being convinced of the stories in the Qur’an and all 6 pillars of Faith.

This trouble being convinced is out of my control 100%, if I wanted to have no doubt I would do that, but I can’t.

But one can also define belief as accepting something as true. If I accept everything in Islam as true even though I have trouble being convinced inside (even though I try to repel it), would that be sufficient for me to say Shahada and become Muslim?


Answer

If a person believes in the essential tenants of the Islamic faith they will be a Muslim. So if you believe that there is a God, Allah, that He sent Messengers, that the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him and give him peace) is the final messenger, that the Qur’an is the word of Allah and you believe that what is contained in the Qur’an is true then you are a Muslim.

As for any questions or queries that arise you can discuss these with those that are learned in the religion. You should not delay taking the shahadah due to these queries. Many Muslims have questions and the more we study the more answers we will find as we go along.

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Answered by:
Ifta Research Fellow

Checked & Approved by:
Mufti Abdul Rahman Mangera
Mufti Zubair Patel