Declaring shahaadah and performing salaat for a new non-Arabic speaking Muslim

I have read the many pages of your web site that instructs a non-believer. I believe that there is only Allah (one God). Ibelieve that Muhammed is the seal of the prophets. History bears this out. My question is: How do I declare this (shahadah) if I do not speak arabic?  How do I perform the five daily prayers (salah) without understanding arabic? Finally would I have to change my name?

Praise be to Allaah.To the dear inquirer: I welcome you with a warm greeting. I was besieged with great joy as I discovered your question while browsing through the ten questions which arrived during the past hour today, and it was the dearest question for me. This fact is not surprising, as how ... Continue Reading

Fasting is not accepted if one doesn’t pray

Is it permissible to fast without praying?.

Praise be to Allaah.  No good deeds will be accepted from one who does not pray, no zakaah, no fasting, no Hajj or anything else.(Al-Bukhaari [520]) narrated that Buraydah said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: «Whoever does not pray ... Continue Reading