1. Your First 3 Practical Steps as a New Muslim
Much has been written on what a new Muslim should do after converting. What the first steps after shahadah should be is a topic even I have expounded on many times—like the article I wrote entitled, The First Step A New Convert Should Take which is all about intentions, motivation, and matters of the heart.
But sometimes this kind of advice makes it seem as if material matters aren’t important. But you should know that they are.
Islam teaches us a balance, to be in this world and to take care of one’s worldly needs while also thinking of the life of the hereafter and taking care of one’s spiritual needs.
We are beings of duality. We have a physical existence and a spiritual existence. When the needs of one or the other are ignored, bad things happen.
Far too often the worldly needs of new Muslims are brushed off as less important than spiritual needs. And what comes from this kind of treatment is understandable.
New Muslims often complain that being a Muslim is impractical or difficult. If the Islam presented to you seems Impossible, excessively difficult, or impractical, know that this is a kind of imagined Islam that ignores the worldly needs in favor of the spiritual needs.
However, Islam demands balance and that all needs are met. Here are a few practical things to think about after taking the shahadah.