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How to Take Shahada by Yourself at Home! [No Witnesses]

The first pillar of Islam is the shahada. Thus, it is undoubtedly necessary to fully comprehend its key elements and their implications. In this article, we will provide you with all you need to know about Islamic Shahada like whether you can take it alone.

What is Shahada?

It is profession of faith without which one cannot become a Muslim. Every Muslim has to learn it since it is included in all prayers. The Shahada should be stated sincerely and aloud, preferably in Arabic (not obligatory though). It goes as the following:
                              “La ilaha illa Allah Muhammadur rasoolu Allah”

 Translation: There is no true God (deity) but Allah (SWT); Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah (SWT).

This statement is what distinguishes a believer from a non-believer in Islam. Stating these words expresses a Muslim’s conviction and full devotion.

Why is the declaration of faith considered the first pillar of Islam?

The core belief of Islam is the oneness of the deity and that is Allah (SWT). By stating the creed “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah,” Muslims attest to the oneness of God and Muhammed’s status as the prophet of Allah. This is the basic requirement in order to become a Muslim.

What are the conditions of taking Shahada in Islam?

Full conviction, acceptance, and sincerity are all it takes to take your Shahada and become a Muslim. First, one must be completely knowledgeable and fully understand it. When reciting the Shahada you must be free of any doubts regarding its meaning. Second, it is also necessary to accept the religion with all its other requirements and pillars. Third, the Shahada must only be stated with a sincere believing heart.

Do you need witnesses? Can you take the shahada alone?

Witnesses are not required for a person to enter Islam. You can take Shahada on your own wherever you want. A mosque is preferable but not obligatory. It is all about the sincere and intimate moment you share with Allah (SWT). You can take your Shahada at home, at work or anywhere. The support and encouragement found in mosque holds a different power however, that is why it is always recommended.

How many times do I have to take Shahada in order to convert?

Once can be enough as long as it was a sincere. Allah is the most important witness after all.

How old do I have to be in order to take Shahada?

Taking Shahada is not age limited. Anyone of any age group who wishes to embrace Islam is welcome.

Do I need a Shahada certificate?

The short answer is No. It is not necessary. However, it is strongly advised for anyone taking the Shahada to do so in the presence of people who hold authority to provide them with a certificate that can be used for Hajj (pilgrimage) or anything that demands a proof of Muslim identity. Nevertheless, beware the bad intentions of some pseudo-Islamic groups that provide certificates in exchange for money without any concern for the religious and spiritual value of this faith declaration.

Islam is a peaceful religion

By taking the Shahada we attest Allah is one and only and Muhammed (pbuh) is his final messenger. Thus, this is the most important step in the exciting journey of becoming a Muslim. Learning about the Quran (Islam’s holy book) is recommended too for one to learn about this fascinating religion. You can check our previous article about this holy book to further expand your knowledge.

Also if you are interested in learning the whole process of converting check our article: How to convert to Islam, and please don’t hesitate to ask questions in the comment section bellow of contact us privatly.

1 thought on “How to Take Shahada by Yourself at Home! [No Witnesses]”

  1. The article is helpful, and a reflection of the sincerity and legitimacy of the faith of Islam.

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