Q.The individual is asking for advice for a person who is new (embraced islaam) and is present amongst us.
A.The shaykh said I greet this individual; I give him a warm welcome. For this individual who has entered Islaam, it is for him to know that he has done something tremendous as the Prophet Sallaahu Alayhi wa sallam mentioned ‘There is no Jew or Christian that hears about me and dies without believing in me except that he will enter into the hell fire’. So no doubt this individual has done something tremendous.
I advise this individual to be consistent in his prayers, in his five daily prayers & he should perform his prayers at their legislated times. I also advise this individual to learn that which he will use to worship Allaah, in terms of recitation of Qur’aan, in terms of supplications he should say. The most important part of the Qur’aan for him to learn at this time is Suratul Faatihaa. He should learn the proper pronunciation of the opening chapter of the Qur’aan. He should try to learn this from an individual who can teach him. Likewise he should also try his best to learn the meaning of the opening chapter of the Qur’aan… What does all Praise be to Allaah mean? What does Lord of the World mean? What does the Most Merciful mean? So that when he reads the Qur’aan he has an understanding of it. Likewise when he reads the Qur’aan, when he reads the verses he will have a reverence of Allaah azza wa ja’al. The shaykh said I ask Allaah azza wa ja’al to bless this individual and to give him success & likewise those who are present, he who is speaking (shaykh himself) and those that are listening. We ask Allaah azza wa ja’al to bring us closer to Him and to distance us from that which does not please Him.
Shaykh Muhammed Saleh Al Luhaydaan (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class 01.12.12) Riyadh.
Translated by Mustafa George (hafidhahullaah)