SHAFAQNA- Iqna: Leotsa Gonzales, a woman from Philippines, has recently decided to accept Islam as her religion and pronounced the Shahaadatayn (declaration of faith) at the Iranian Cultural Center in Manila and became a Muslim.
She had talked to Tandis Taqavi, the teacher of the Dar-ol-Quran of the center and said that she has studies about Islam and wished to become a Muslim.
The woman pronounced the Shahadatayn in a ceremony held at the center and attended by the Iranian cultural attaché, members of Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) Association of Manila, Iranians residing in the region and students of the Dar-ol-Quran.
Leosta Gonzales who adopted the name Maryam was gifted a copy of the Holy Quran and Nahjul Balagha.
To become a Muslim one must pronounce the Shahaadatayn (Declaration of Faith) with sincerity and conviction.
The Shahadatayn is the following:
“Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illaallaah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan-ar-rasool ullaah” (I bear witness that there is no God worthy to be worshiped but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad (PBUH) is the Messenger of Allah.)
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