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I am thinking of converting to Islam and have several questions. Is my name permissible, or should I change it due to it having un-Islamic meanings? Todd means fox, dog, clever or wily (intending to be deceitful), and Christopher means Christ-bearer. I have heard various opinions. If I should change it, should I use an Arabic one, and what do you suggest? My next question is hair on men, my hair is long, it is past my shoulders but is neat and kept clean, am I commanded to cut it or shave it if I convert? My beard is already in and long. Also, what is the rule on piercings, I have several. My last question is I still am researching and trying to clear doubts, should I take my Shahadah now or wait and clear my doubts first and say it with a clear mind, and is it better to say it in private or in public like a mosque? Thank you.

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Asked on November 4, 2016 6:30 am
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AsalaamuAlaikum
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُاللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

1.) Choose any Ambiyaa (Prophet name in Arabic).
2.) You can leave your hair shoulder length.
3.) Have a fist length beard.
4.) Do not pierce.
5.) Do not waste time. Believe and recite the Shahaadah in front of any Muslim.

Contact your Imaam for any query after that and keep asking him.

وَعَلَيْكُمُ السَّلَام وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ وَمَغْفِرَتُهُ
Was-Salaams
Mufti Elias
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Answered on November 15, 2016 11:06 pm