New Muslim: Do I Have to Register My Conversion?

31 October, 2019
Q Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. I am a recent convert to Islam. I was just wondering whether I need any documentation or proof indicating this fact? Jazakum Allah khayran.


Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

In this fatwa:

Try your best to get a certificate from a reputable Islamic centre or mosque indicating that you are a Muslim.

In his response to your question on registering your conversion,  Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

Strictly speaking, as far as your salvation in the next world is concerned, there is no need for any documentation.

Nevertheless, for the purpose of recognition and identification, it is highly important that your conversion is documented.

In other words, you should obtain a certificate of conversion from a reputable Islamic centre which has been registered for this purpose.

This procedure is not only expedient and convenient but might also be absolutely necessary for the purposes of pilgrimage, marriage, etc.

Therefore, I advise New Muslims to get a certificate from a reputable Islamic centre or mosque indicating that they are Muslim.

It is worth remembering that efficiency and professionalism are very important in Islam. The Prophet said, “Allah loves everyone to do things as efficiently and professionally as possible.” (At-Tabarani)

I ask Allah to help you remain steadfast in your faith and grant you success in all your righteous endeavours,.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.