Is a Precautionary Renewal of One’s Shahada Valid?

Question:

Is a precautionary renewal of one’s shahada valid?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Yes, this precautionary renewal of one’s shahada is valid and accepted, but it is unnecessary. Kufr is a deliberate choice, it is not something that can just happen to someone without them knowing.

It is probably better not to encourage this to people, as many can fall into strong doubts about any and everything leading them out of Islam. Please look at our archived answers on Kufr for an understanding of what takes one out of Islam.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

 

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.