Becoming a Muslim in UAE


If you are a New Muslim, this will help InshaaAllah.

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The Light Within Islam – Good Info on Islam and its Teachings

How To Become a Muslim in UAE (Find Some Guidelines)

PS dated 17/06/2017: Readers commenting, PLEASE NOTE: 1. You will not find replies to some of the comments below. The reason is: If I feel that I should personally contact a person (after receiving his/her comment) then I do so through e-mail. This clarification is given here so that other readers should not feel that the Admin of this Blog is ignoring people by not replying to their comments. 2. I do not call or reply through phone. So if you have any important matter to be discussed, then please send a comment giving your working email id. I will definitely contact you thro’ email and provide assistance to the best of my ability, inshaaAllah. 3. This Page is not a forum for marriage. So please do not send matrimonial comments. Thank you so much.

Dear Readers,

At times I receive some comments from readers expressing their willingness for either embracing Islam or to take up a course to study Islam in the UAE.

For the benefit of those seeking the Truth, I am creating this Page today, the 16th Dec. 2015 corresponding to 5 Rabi al Awwal 1437.

Hope this space will be of some help, InshaaAllah.

May Allah forgive our sins and show us the Right Path. Aameen.


1. Becoming a Muslim in Abu Dhabi:

Visit the Abu Dhabi Portal for all details regarding embracing Islam, registration and completing all paper formalities.

2. New Muslim Centre in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Ajman:

The Zayed House for Islamic Culture ZHIC is the most reputed centre in the UAE for imparting knowledge and practical training for prayer etc. to the new Muslims or the reverts to Islam.

The main office of this Centre is located at the Shab Al Ashkhar Area in Al Ain. It has branches in Abu Dhabi and Ajman. Call 800 555 or +971 3 781 0633: Email:

Office Working Hours, Public service and Phone inquiry hours: Sunday – Thursday: 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM

ZHIC Branches:

Zayed House for Islamic Culture – Abu Dhabi Branch
Airport Street, Abu Dhabi
Call 800 555
+971 2 447 3077
Zayed House for Islamic Culture – Ajman Branch
Al Jarf Area, Behind Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Ajman
Call 800 555
+971 6 748 1135

3. Embracing Islam in Dubai:

1.  Through     Dubai Courts

1. Firstly you need to have two people as witnesses. They should provide all their details to you.

2. Secondly, with the details of the witnesses and your own details, you need to register by filling this online application for conversion to Islam.

3. Wait for the reply from the office of the Dubai Courts.

4. Personally go to the Dubai Court along with those two witnesses and appear before the competent judge.

5. This link provides you with all the details.

6. After finishing with all the procedures as mentioned above, you will then have to learn about the Basics of Islam and how to live as a Muslim on a daily basis. For this, please take time to approach the IACAD.

2. Through Home

IACAD is a very prominent Centre of the United Arab Emirates known for Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai.  It has fabulous provisions to teach Islam to the new Muslims.

IACAD Contact Information:

Location: United Arab Emirates / Dubai / Deira / Al-Mamzar / Near Al-Shabab Club – Behind Dubai Bowling Centre
Telephone: 009714 6087777
Fax: 009714 6087555
Toll Free: 800600
P.O..Box: 3135 – Dubai
Official working hours: From 7:30 am to 2:30 pm except Fridays and Saturdays
Call center and emergency service reports working hours: Seven days a week, 24 hours
For more information, please visit Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities website

3. Through  

The Islamic Information Center is one of the foremost and prominent Dawah centers in the UAE. Under the Patronage of Dar Al Ber Society and supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities, the Islamic Information Center is one of the foremost and prominent Dawah centers in the UAE. The center’s core objective is to deliver the moderate message of Islam and to clear the misconceptions that have been attributed to this great religion using wisdom and experience methods. The center also facilitates and aids new Muslims on their newly chosen path by teaching them the principles of their Religion. Since it’s establishment in 1993, the center has facilitated the reversion of over 20,000 Muslims by the grace of Allah.

Please Visit IIC’s Website  for all details of contacts, location,

4. Announcement of Embracing Islam in Sharjah:

 Documents Needed: 
  • Personal Photo (if woman, hair needs to be covered)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Residency, labour card or entry visa
  • ID witness ( original and copy)

Process Description: Please follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the Embracing Islam Section and conduct an interview with the competent staff and submit the required documents.
  2. Confirm the conversion to Islam via a certificate signed by the applicant and sealed by the employee in charge.

Receive the certificate of conversion to Islam signed by the competent judge from the Embracing Islam Section.

Special Conditions:In case a true copy of certificate of conversion to Islam or a replacement for lost one is required, the concerned person must show up personally. If not possible, the acting person must present a duly certified power of attorney.

Working Hours: 

  • Public service hours:
    Sunday – Thursday: 07:30 AM – 02:30 PM
  • Phone inquiry hours:
    Sunday – Thursday: 07:30 AM – 02:30 PM

Contact: Email:   Phone: 06 5727722     Web link: Sharjah

Important: Islamic Course for New Muslims in Sharjah. 

Changing religion is by one’s choice. By free will. Not by force, or compulsion!
Reverting to Islam is one’s voluntary effort.

74 thoughts on “Becoming a Muslim in UAE

  1. Salam Alaikum!

    Dear Brothers & Sisters in Islam,
    My name is Mohammad Javir a filipino muslim from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. i just like to ask and to know if there’s any benefits like receiving money & ect, if your a converted Muslim here in UAE? because i know someone who is claiming him self a Muslim saying that he was converted last year November 2015 here in UAE. but when i asked him if he knows the first pillar of Islam, he just smiled at me and said “I don’t know”. I was really confused with his answer. after a few weeks, i asked his other Muslim colleagues who works with him in our site, regarding his actions for being a converted Muslim. i was really shocked and ashamed when his colleagues told me that he was not praying salah when their gather up to perform Salah. they also told me that he is just ignoring them doing the salah and never even bother to ask what they’re doing.

    kindly please give me an advice what to do with that guy. coz im really disappointed with him for claiming him self a Muslim without following the ways of ISLAM.

    May ALLAH forgives me for feeling this way.

    May ALLAH bless us all and gives us place in Jannah.

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

      Thank you, Br. Javir for this info. I really appreciate your concern.

      1. It is true in some cases that those who revert to Islam do not take care of their religious obligations.
      Either they don’t try or are not guided properly.
      2. Some people ‘believe’ that just by saying Kalimah Shahadah they can remain as a Muslim. This is far from truth. Even some ignorant Muslims believe that if they are successful in making a non-Muslim say the Kalimah it is something great on their part. Such Muslims do not consider the responsibility that brings along with this role.
      3. Converting people by showing or tempting about monetary benefits is a cheap act which Islam condemns.
      In UAE this is NOT done at all.
      4. People revert to Islam for many reasons. Marriage especially. Some people may have the intention that if they embrace Islam in a Muslim country they will get some advantages or privileges.
      5. We do not know for what reason or in which circumstances the man you are talking about accepted Islam.
      6. As for what to do with this man, you speak to him in a kind and friendly way and try to motivate him telling him that Allah is Ever-watchful and that Islam is a responsibility upon a man and that he will be questioned in the Day of Judgement about his beliefs and acts.
      Remember, we can only encourage people to do good things. Islam never promotes something to be done by force or compulsion.
      Also, ask him where he embraced Islam. If he had done so through proper channel (that is through Awqaf Ministry) he won’t be like this. They teach basics and provide new Muslims training in practical aspects of hygiene, cleanliness, prayer, fasting etc. If this man has embraced Islam at the hands of some individual Muslim, then we do not know what went between them.
      7. Islam encourages voluntary and conscious actions. It should come from within. Only then there will be constancy and regularity. And meaning.
      8. Also, let us make du’aa for this person. May Allah guide him to the Right Path.
      9. Like this person, there are thousands of ‘born’ Muslims who do not know anything about Islam. Many do not pray on daily basis. This is something disgusting as well as a matter of concern. May Allah bestow upon the Community knowledge and wisdom and the grace to understand the difference.

      May Allah reward you for taking the time out to express a matter of real concern. Jazakallaahu Khayra.

      • I would be glad to know the truth. The real one Allah . the search to know him is not an easy one.and I believe with help I can get to know him better. I am in al ain.

      • Asaalam Alaikum, what u have talked about is am new convert who needs to be helped by training me in my new religion e.g how to conduct my prayers and dos and donts of Islam

        • You have new Muslim centre in all Emirates you can visit and take few session/ courses which are frequently conducted.

    • Dear Mohamed, can you give me the address of the new Muslim teaching center in Sharjah, let me know dear if they have books in Tagalog.

  2. I just enjoy the page thanks to the writer
    I have always look for a means of becoming a Muslim, from here it is going to help me a lot. stay bless

  3. I would like to know if there’s a possible change to find out if there’s a place in Dubai where I can convert or study slam? I am a Christian and I have plan to convert but I want to understand firts the law and rules or belief being a Muslim. Kindly give me where to go and speak to someone.
    Thanks elise

    • If you or any of your friends needs English translation of the Holy Quran and Ahadith feel free to ask , we surely look forward to help you

      • Dear Najiah . i am muslim but i need englist translation Quran for my friend who want to convert the religion to Islam . my emai is….. if you also have other data related to islam kindly send it to me , even i roman english . its easy to learn for them

  4. My gf is non Muslim and she is Indian
    She works in Saudi Arabia

    She wanted to get converted in Islam coz we wanted to get married… I am working in UAE
    My question is
    Can she come to UAE to get transfer ??
    She holding Saudi work visa and she will be coming UAE on visit visa to get converted
    Can this be done ??

    Can u send me the answer in mail as well

      • My gf is non Muslim and she is Indian. Even i am from India.
        She lives in India.

        She wanted to get converted in Islam bcoz we wanted to get married… I am working in UAE (Ajman)
        My question is
        Can she come to UAE to get transfer ??
        she will be coming UAE on visit visa to get converted.
        Can this be done ??

        Can u send me the answer in mail as well.

  5. Hello everyone.

    I am a Filipino Christian who wants to embrace Islam.. I am from Ajman. May i know where i can visit to learn Islam in Ajman. Thank you.

    • May Allah fulfill your intention by blessing you with His Guidance.

      Please call 06-748 1135 @
      Zayed House for Islamic Culture – Ajman Branch
      Al Jarf Area, Behind Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Ajman

      Any assistance, please send here your mobile number, InshaaAllah.
      Thank you.

  6. I am a Filipino and i am a Christian.

    I want to convert to Islam and start a brand new life.

    I am currently residing in Ras Al Khaimah.

    Can you tell me where and how i can proceed?


    • All praise to Allah, the One True Creator, Who gave you this thought.

      Please make a personal visit to the RAK Government’s Islamic Affairs Authority Office which is located at:
      Al Qawasim Corniche Street, near ADNOC station
      Opposite the Court – next to Sheikh Zayed Mosque
      Phone: 07 2332329

      May Allah guide you on the Straight Path.
      May He bless you abundantly.

  7. Assalamualaikum,I accept Islam four years back in Abu Dhabi .i changed my name,I done circumcision also and by grace of Allah last year I did Umrah as i am married and I want to do Hajj with my wife she is not here I’m planning to bring her here I just want to know is there any chance to go by help of GOVT. I have checked with some travels it is very expensive please suggest if I can get any package which I can afford.

  8. Good morning I am a filipino working in sharjah and was planning to embrace Islam. I want to start a brand new life. So please guide me what to do first. Thank you

  9. I am Berry, i am from Philippine i want please your advice on my situation i am currently married in my country i am separated 8 years ago i am here in uae working 8 years please advice me what i have to do because i really want to convert into musliim followed by my question is it able to married to muslim after completion with out annulment? thank you so much kindly advice me and i am requesting to you reply on my email ……thank you so much

  10. Assalamulaikum waramatulahi wabarakatuho..
    I just want to ask where i can get certificate of muslim ..i already take shahada two years back…and i need the certificate pls help me…because regarding to fix my papers i need the certificate..thanks jazak Allahu khair

    • wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
      where you took your shahadah? if they can help you connect with the Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) of the UAE, then it would be easy for you, inshaaAllah.
      You can also approach the Ministry on your own, inshaaAllah. The Govt. is the legal authority to issue the certificate.

  11. Salam,

    I m practicing Muslim Alhumdulliah born Muslim but started practicing from last 4 years , I m looking forward to make my 1 st marriage with a revert sister. Pls let me know if any sister is interested, I m Indian living in Abu dhabi .

      • Brother I sadden to see this kind of reply from you.
        Firstly I m looking for revert sister and secondly I m not here for shopping this will be only marriage in sha Allah. I intend to support a revert sister than a born muslima. I saw some of sister comments for regarding marriage .

        If you can’t support cause , pls don’t mock at it and fear Allah swt he know what is my intention.

        If my post violate ur rules use some polite words to communicate.

        • It was not to hurt you, brother.
          As you said your first 1st marriage to be with revert, so i asked how many you are having in mind. that’s it. And anyone will get that doubt. Even the sister you want to get married to, she will ask this question should you tell it to her.
          Cause are of different kinds. Promoting marriages even with reverts, whatever the reason for, is not the purpose of this blog. I included a Page for New Muslims (and for those opting to become Muslim) because that is very frequently sought for by even young readers. Then, i noticed comments started coming for marriage/for reverting to get married/for finance and charity/job and recruitment etc. etc. and i thought where this blog is going.
          And when you sent comment about get married to a revert, i was first not willing to accept the comment itself. That is not the purpose as I said.
          There can be many causes for which you can live and aspire to do in this world. The blog meant for school children cannot be of any help if distracts the purpose for which it is created.
          Yes, marrying a revert is a noble cause. For this you should use proper medium and resource to channelize and see to it that your noble intention is fulfilled. Give advertisement in a newspaper. Or go to matrimonial sites.
          I did not intend to mock you at all. If you got hurt, then I apologize for it.
          Hope you understand what i am saying.

          • Thank you for ur kind reply jzk Allah,
            And i appreciate your work, I will be happy if I can be helpful to you in this task.

            i m not hurted, When ever we have doubt we should clarify it. else Satan will play with us.

            I tried on matrimonial sites and FB,Meetup excluding newspapers,but I have not got proper results . I m looking for someone within UAE.

            jazak Allah khair.

            • I appreciate your time and effort.
              May Allah fulfill your sincere wishes and reward you immensely both in this world and in the Hereafter.
              Baarakallaahu Feekum.

  12. Asalam. Im Filipino3 years im learning praying muslim and im wearing cloth of a muslim. But still im still a christian. How to convert islam. Im willing to convert, Where can i go.

  13. Salam,

    I converted to Islam last year in Dubai courts, but in shifting i lost the original conversion letter which i received from Dubai Courts. Can i get duplicate letter. Now i am living in Pakistan and I need this letter for Umrah.


    • wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah.

      you dont have any copy of the letter?
      you can contact Dubai Courts through their website giving all details.

  14. My gf is a non muslim and wants to marry me, we both are dubai residents, on her own willingness she want to convert to islam and marry me.
    Please advise us the steps we need to follow in order for us to get married in Dubai. My parents have accepted my gf and have appreciated her own willingness approach. Please guide us. Please email me as well – if possible. Thank you

    • If you are in Dubai, follow the Steps under the sub-heading “3. Embracing Islam in Dubai”.

      Also, who is the sponsor of your gf? If she is living with her parents, then taking a NOC from her father will be good for you in future.

      Alternatively, you can take your gf preferably with two witnesses (residing in Dubai with valid documents and Emirates ID) to the Dar al Ber Society, Dubai. Before that, personally go and visit the Society’s office and talk to them in detail.

      The brothers at Dar al Ber Society will give you all guidance apart from her Shahadah, inshaaAllah.
      Their website:
      Contact Dar el Bir, 04-3185000 for details of location, timings etc.

  15. Also tellme if it’s possible for u.s citizen to embrace islam officially through a month visit visa..please need urgent answer..JizakaAllah alkher

  16. This page is amazing, guiding those who want to convert into this religion. Hi @muQeet, I wish to share some of your revert stories on our page (if there’s any), we have almost 250k followers worldwide and we just want to inspire the world through sharing the beauty of Islam and how it changes the life of the new converts, like me. I wish to hear you favorable response.

    • Thanks for your feedback and the enthusiasm.
      This is a general page on providing specific guidance as you have rightly mentioned. Collecting and pooling revert stories is entirely a different matter to which I am presently not concentrating.

  17. I want to embraced islam but firts i want to know the rules and reponsibilities being muslim, could you provide me the adress Where i can study or learn about islam in sharjah. Please send info. Through my email.
    Thank you in advance…

  18. I am a Filipino living here in Fujairah, I would like to ask where I can learn about islamic teachings and if possible I would like to convert to Islam also because I think I can find peace in that religion.

    • Glad to know about your willingness.

      Please read point 4. Embracing Islam in Sharjah and follow the instructions. Please make a personal visit to the office, they will provide guidance for everything.

      God-willing, you will find peace. May God shower His infinite blessings upon you.

      Thank you for contacting.

  19. I have a question.
    If a foreigner who has working visa in Dubai and declared herself as Muslim as she did her documents, wants to have that revoked, by either not stating any religion, or by stating another religion, how can that be made and will she suffer any penalty by the local government in Dubai?

  20. good afternoon
    I am Christian I am working in Dubai I want to convert to become Islam.
    how?can you help me?

  21. HI

    I have decided after two years of contemplating that I want to convert to the Muslim faith. I am having some difficulty finding two person to witness for me. Does the witness needs to be a Muslim? All of my Muslim co Workers have work and I cant get them to come with me.

    I wish to do this before Ramadan 2018. can somebody help.


  22. Assalamulaikum waramatulahi wabarakatuho

    I am from india working in UAE my girl friend wants to get convert in islam as she like our religion and she is doing it willingly i want to get information what is easy way to convert in islam and i want to get marry to her if any one can please help me we both stay in sharjah i work in sharjah and she in dubai.

    • wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullaah….Please go to the related links given on the Page above, and do as per the official instructions you find on the UAE government websites, InshaaAllah.

  23. Good day i am born in catholic religion since birth. But i am curious about islam religion and i have a lot of question about in islam unfortunately and make my self study and now i decided to covert in islam. How i can convert and where i can go to make help on me and i heard if your a non muslim and if you want to convert you will receive a money or no?

    • Dear Christopher,
      Nice to hear from you.
      Conversion, rather reverting to Islam, is by choice and conviction.
      There is no money allurement at all. Hope this clears the misunderstanding, if any.
      Thank you for contacting.
      If you wish to study on Islam and its beliefs, I am here to provide books, Allah-willing.
      Thanks once again.
      May Allah bless you.

  24. Assalamu alaikom.. i am new here at uae.., my location is khorffakan, sharjah.., may i ask you if you have know female madrasah offering classes..?? i am 26 yrs. Old, filipina revert/converted to islam.. i would like to take opportunity to learn and increase my knowledge about islam and help me how to read qur’an.. pls. Do inform me.. shukran.. shurkan jazeelan..

  25. assalamu alaikum
    i would like to convert to islam , am working in FUJAIRAH . So should i got to dubai courts for the procedure ? Is name change necessary as all my official documents including passport need to be changed if its necessary . kindly guide me sir

  26. Hello everyone. This is a great site. Pls I want to convert to Islam. I have no one to help me out. I want to go through the standard processes of conversion. Kindly email

    Hoping to hear from someone soon. Thank you!

  27. am from Nigeria .I live in sharjah. i was in uae for before now. am a Christian. but I have a boyfriend since we were kids planning to get married.he came to uae before me to work .he was working with Emirates transport. last year only for me to heard he has been arrested by the police for smoking marijuan .I don’t even know he used it because he was scared if I know I might leave the relationship. and he loves me so do I. I loved him so much .he has been the only person dat shows me love.he has been there since we were kids. he even take care of my sick dad.his some I care for.I came back to uae for atlist give him hope too.and his dream his for me to become a Muslim but he cloud not accomplished his mission on me becoming Muslim before he was arrested. my name kim but his always calling me.Aisha Muhammed. I so much love the name too so when I went to back to Nigeria I hard to change my name to the aisha Muhammed and his surname as my third name for him to know i will do anything for the sake of our am even loving the Islamic more. I will love if u can help me .i want to be a full Muslim .I have no one who can help me to complete my dream to accept Islam. my boyfriend who will have lead me his in jail.

  28. Hi Sir/Madam,

    I am an Indian and Christian too I want to convert to Islam and what should i do for that can u help me please?

  29. AOA,
    I appreciate ur work and i pray for your struggle.
    I have one request for my friend. He is living in Al Rashdiya, Dubai with his wife and children. Her wife is converted to Islam two years back. MashAllah she is practicing Islam with great devotion. My friend want some help to give full Islamic education with proper coaching. But the problem is that bcz of children she can only manage to go for classes in Al rashidya Dubai only. Plz tell ms that is there any facility in Al rashidiya Dubai, so that she can go to take proper education.
    Your help will be appreciated
    Thank you

  30. Assalamu alaykum. I am a new Muslim (just yesterday, I proclaimed Shahada), but I am actually trying to practice Islam even before as I keep on trying to learn more things about Islam. A lot of Muslims who also converted from other religion have informed me that I cannot get a certificate that I have indeed converted to Islam, because I have a very complicated issue with my visa. I will be very much grateful when you can help me with this case, so that I can officially be a Muslim. Thank you and May God always bless us.

    • wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullaah.
      May Allah’s peace and mercy be upon you.
      All praise belongs to Almighty alone.
      Sorry for the late reply.
      I would request you to go through the links provided on the above Page. For example: if you are living in Dubai, check sub-heading 3, Embracing Islam in Dubai. This is also for those who already embraced Islam. You will come to know of all the procedure to be followed in order to obtain a legal certificate from the Authority concerned, InshaaAllah.
      May Allah ease your way.

  31. Assalamualaikum bhai…im from india and born Muslim. I fell in love with a non Muslim guy n he is getting converted to islam…we have 13 yrs of relationship n alhanlmdulillah still going on… recently he went to islam centre in uae and submitted all documents.,..but i concerned about the teaching of Quraan…would you suggest us sunni imaam near dubai uae…
    In islam centre they gave him one book n told him to by heart n come …i sit with him on cll to make him by heart….plz suggest us imam…im in india n i cant help him much …. I hope u understand wht im trying to say…thnk you

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