My father is African American and my mother is white and I have done a lot of research on this religion. I am 16 and I really want to become a Muslim. I wanted to know if I could be one?
Praise be to Allaah.
Among the beauties of Islam is the fact that in this religion
there are no intermediaries in the relationship between a person and his Lord.
Entering this religion does not involve any special ceremonies or procedures
that need to be done in front of any other person, nor does it require the consent
of any specific people. Becoming Muslim is very easy and anyone can do it even
if he is all alone in the desert or in a locked room. All it takes is to say
two beautiful sentences which sum up the meaning of Islam and which include
the statement that a person is the slave of his Lord and that he submits himself
to Him and recognizes that He is his God and Helper and Protector Who decrees
for him whatever He wills; and that Muhammad is the slave and Messenger of Allaah
whom he must follow with regard to what was revealed to him from Allaah, for
obeying the Messenger is part of obeying Allaah. Whoever utters these twin statements
of faith, with conviction and believing in them, becomes a Muslim, sharing all
the rights and duties that other Muslims have. After that he can start straight
away to do the things that Allaah has made obligatory, such as the five daily
prayers at the right times, fasting during the month of Ramadaan, and so on.
From this it should be clear to you that you can become a Muslim straight away,
so get up, have a shower and say: “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha ill-Allaah
wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasooluhu (I bear witness that
there is no god except Allaah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave
and Messenger).” For more information, see those who want to become Muslim. May Allaah help you to do all that is good
and guide your steps aright. May He decree for you happiness in this world and
the next. Peace be upon those who follow true guidance.