Should I Make up the Prayers During the Time I Was Inclined to Islam? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question: Assalamu alaykum I am a convert to Islam and I said the shahada when I was 25. However I was keen to convert to Islam when I was 14 or 15. I even did fast (mostly) on Ramadan. 1. Is it possible that I entered Islam without knowing it […]

Does Saying the Testification of Faith (Shahadah) Suffice for Becoming a Muslim?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question:  Does saying the Testification of Faith (shahadah) suffice for becoming a Muslim? I have heard that one needs to shave and cut his/her nails as well. Is this correct? Answer: Assalam ‘alaykum. Jazakum Allah khayr for your question. For someone to become a Muslim, they simply have to say […]

Should a Convert Do His Shahada Publicly?

Answered by Ustadha Shireen Ahmed Question: Assalam alaykum, I have uttered the shahada many times privately, but not in public. Do I need to take my shahada around other people? Would it be more legitimate if I gave the shahada in public? My husband believes in the Oneness of God, and he accepts the Prophet […]

Is It Permissible to Add the Mention of Jesus to the Testimony of Faith When Becoming a Muslim?

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam alaykum, Through the years I heard believers take the shahada by saying: “Ashhadu an la ilaha il Allah wa ashhadu Ana Isa rasul Allah wa ashhadu Ana Mohamadan rasul Allah”. (I testify that there is no god but God and that Jesus is His messenger and that Muhammad […]

Six years since my Shahadah – A Reflection by Sr. Chloe

The 28th of March was the 6 year anniversary of my Shahadah, the day that I officially embraced Islam. My Shahadah anniversary is always a time of great reflection for me, and I try to commemorate it by acknowledging my blessings and expressing my gratitude to God for the life He’s given me. The past […]

A Lot of Shortcomings Through the Years: Am I Still a Muslim?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: I am at a point of my life where I am trying to determine who I am, what I actually believe, what I want out of life, what is the truth. I have been raised as a muslim but I was very secular I have missed many prayers and […]

Misgivings Regarding Apostasy and How to Deal with Them

Answered by Dr Asim Yusuf Question: Alhamdulillah, I have been  through a lot of  hardship. I have been a Muslim Alhamdulillah for 8-9 years, because I wanted to accept the Islamic beliefs because I felt different and my heart found it to be from common sense to accept it. My heart says about the Islamic […]

Uncertainty Regarding the Validity of Ghusl and My Testimony of Faith (Shahada)

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: I am really confused about how to perform ghusl and wudu. I spend almost an hour on both of these. I especially dread making ghusl because I know it will take me a long time and even afterwards I feel so unsure that I end up not praying. I […]

The Usage of Kalimatan in the Last Hadith of Bukhari

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Is there any mention as to the reason for the usage of the word ‘kalimataani’ in the last Hadeeth in saheeh al-bukhaari. Why is it two words and not one, or three, why specifically ‘two’ words? Is there any special significance to it? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi […]

Did I Say the Shahada (Testification of Faith) Correctly?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: I wanted to know what are the proper ways of saying the Shahadah. I was born Muslim, but there may have been something that caused me in the distant past to lose faith in the deen and I said the shahadah again a long time ago. The way I […]