Is it obligatory to announce shahada in Islamic Center or before High Islamic Clergy?

ANSWER

Surah Fatir(35), Verse 2:
مَّا يَفْتَحِ اللَّهُ لِلنَّاسِ مِن رَّحْمَةٍ فَلَا مُمْسِكَ لَهَا وَمَا يُمْسِكْ فَلَا مُرْسِلَ لَهُ مِن بَعْدِهِ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ

What Allah out of his Mercy doth bestow on mankind there is none can withhold: what He doth withhold, there is none can grant, apart from Him: and He is the Exalted in Power, full of Wisdom.
(English – Yusuf Ali)

There is a lot misconception that if someone has reverted to Islam they need to declare their shahada in Islamic Centre or before Higher Islamic Clergy or before crowd of Muslims. But this is not needed in every case. I shall try, InshaALLAAH, to explain this matter through Qur’an & saheeh ahadith.

(1) There is no need to announce and nothing wrong if not announced and declaring in one’s heart is sufficient

Surah At-Taghabun(64), Verse 4:
يَعْلَمُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا تُسِرُّونَ وَمَا تُعْلِنُونَ وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ بِذَاتِ الصُّدُورِ

He knows what is in the heavens and on earth; and He knows what ye conceal and what ye reveal: yea, Allah knows well the (secrets) of (all) hearts.
(English – Yusuf Ali)

(2) If someone is willing to declare shahada and shy to declare before Islamic center or before Islamic clergy or before crowd of Muslims. They can do that before their trusted Muslim friend or friends. As Queen of Saba (yemen) bilqis declared her Islam before Sulaiman (peace on him)

Surah An-Naml(27), Verse 44:
قِيلَ لَهَا ادْخُلِي الصَّرْحَ فَلَمَّا رَأَتْهُ حَسِبَتْهُ لُجَّةً وَكَشَفَتْ عَن سَاقَيْهَا قَالَ إِنَّهُ صَرْحٌ مُّمَرَّدٌ مِّن قَوَارِيرَ قَالَتْ رَبِّ إِنِّي ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِي وَأَسْلَمْتُ مَعَ سُلَيْمَانَ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

She was asked to enter the lofty Palace: but when she saw it, she thought it was a lake of water, and she (tucked up her skirts), uncovering her legs. He said: “This is but a palace paved smooth with slabs of glass.” She said: “O my Lord! I have indeed wronged my soul: I do (now) submit (in Islam), with Solomon, to the Lord of the Worlds.”
(English – Yusuf Ali)

This is also for them who are willing, but can’t find any Islamic Dawah center

(3) If anyone wants to declare their shahada in publicly this is desirable

(a) Declaring Shahada before Imam of Islamic Dawah center or any mosque like what ALLAAH said :

Surah Al-Mumtahina(60), Verse 12:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ إِذَا جَاءَكَ الْمُؤْمِنَاتُ يُبَايِعْنَكَ عَلَىٰ أَن لَّا يُشْرِكْنَ بِاللَّهِ شَيْئًا وَلَا يَسْرِقْنَ وَلَا يَزْنِينَ وَلَا يَقْتُلْنَ أَوْلَادَهُنَّ وَلَا يَأْتِينَ بِبُهْتَانٍ يَفْتَرِينَهُ بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِنَّ وَأَرْجُلِهِنَّ وَلَا يَعْصِينَكَ فِي مَعْرُوفٍ فَبَايِعْهُنَّ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُنَّ اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

O Prophet! when believing women come to you giving you a pledge that they will not associate aught with Allah, and will not steal, and will not commit fornication, and will not kill their children, and will not bring a calumny which they have forged of themselves, and will not disobey you in what is good, accept their pledge, and ask forgiveness for them from Allah; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
(English – Shakir)

(b) It is desirable to declare shahada before Muslim crowd along with Islamic Head as we know how ‘Umar (may ALLAAH be pleased him) declared his islam before prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and Muslim crowd.

Alhamdulillah

ALLAAH knows best

 

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