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|A Non-Muslim on the Shore of Islam: Can He Fast Ramadan?|
|I've just started to study and learn Islam. I have not yet decided to convert. Is it OK for a non-Muslim like me, in an attempt to learn more about Islam, to practice rituals such as Prayer and fasting Ramadan?|
AnswerIn The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Dear questioner, we implore Allah from the depth of our hearts to guide you to Islam and strengthen your feet along the path of truth.
We greatly appreciate your enthusiasm in trying to know about Islam. Indeed, your brief question indicates that your way of thinking is good and sound, and that your nature is good because it is in tune with the truth and ready to accept it. Allah Almighty says: (Allah’s Fitrah (i.e. Allah’s Islamic Monotheism) with which He has created mankind…) (Ar-Rum 30: 30)
Really, we congratulate you for this good start and for opening your heart to Islam, and for wanting to learn about it!
Responding to your question, Dr. Muhammad M. Abu Laylah, Professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religions at Al-Azhar University, states the following:
As Muslims, we consider you a brother as a Muslim by intention. Good intention is a basis in Islam. Islam is a religion for all humanity at large. It is not limited to any particular nation or location or time.