Reverting To Islam
Posted 26 June 2012 - 12:25 PM
My father is Shia and my mother is Christian. I have lived with my mother my whole life, not knowing anybody from my fathers side of my family...not even my brothers and sisters. She did this to keep me away from Islam. Last year, however, I started praying and fasted through shaher Ramadan. I did not say my shahada publicly since I live with my moms side. But I thought that saying it during the second ruka' of my first prayer was sufficient. I just have a question as to whether I need to redo that first prayer...or am I ok? I have been having doubts about this recently when I started thinking about how I became Shia.
Please forgive me if I wrote this in the wrong forum, this is my first post.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 12:45 PM
I am a revert myself, from A Christian family (both sides). If you have any questions, please post, and I will try to answer.
Also, there is no requirement that your Shahada needs to be witnessed by someone. Allah(s.w.a) knows what is in your heart and is the best witness. And during the second Rukat, you say 'Ashadu an La Ilaha ilallah wahdahu la sharika la wa Ash hadu ana Muhammadan Abdahu was Rasoulu' as part of the normal Salat. If you say that with the intention of Shahadat (believing it in your heart and mind) then it is sufficient and doesn't invalidate the prayer, as it is already part of the prayer normally.
If, instead of the above quoted, you said, for example 'Ashadu an La Ilaha Ilallah wa Ashadu ana Muhammad Rasoulallah' (the most common form of the stand alone Shahahda), then it would invalidate the prayer since this particular phrasing is not part of the normal salat. So in that case, you would have to repeat the Salat.
If you need a translation of any of that let me know. Also, I use the words 'Salat' and 'Prayer' to mean the same thing, but actually there is a difference in their meaning. I will explain if requested.
Hope that helped. Salam.
Edited by Abu Hadi, 26 June 2012 - 01:17 PM.
With my continuous chain of transmission reaching up to Muhammad ibn Ya'qub al-Kulaynl, from al-Husayn ibn Muhammad, from al-Mu'alla ibn Muhammad, from al-Hasan ibn 'All al-Washsha', from 'Abd Allah ibn Sinan, from Abu 'Abd Allah, may Peace be upon him, which he said:
"Among the things pertaining to the soundness of a Muslim's certitude [in faith] is that he would not please people while displeasing God, nor blame them for something that God has not given him. For, verily, [God's] rizq (provision, sustenance) is not brought about by anybody's greed, nor is it withheld by anyone's disapproval, and were anyone of you to flee from his rizq like he flees death, his rizq would overtake him in the way he is overtaken by death." Then he added, "Indeed Allah with His justice and fairness, has put joy and comfort in certainty (yaqin) and satisfaction (al- rida) and He has put sorrow and grief in doubt and dissatisfaction."
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