Striving for Paradise
I did follow some steps before starting to pray such as telling the shahada and by making my intention before Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala.
I also read that about the Shahada that makes it right.
And I read somewhere that the vow of Shahada could be made alone before Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala. So is it worth anything? When I pray I feel closer to Him like I never have been before. So maybe it is worth something.
- Al-ʿIlm (العلم): Knowledge of the meaning of the Shahadah, its negation and affirmation.
- Al-Yaqīn (اليقين): Certainty – perfect knowledge of it that counteracts suspicion and doubt.
- Al-Ikhlāṣ (الإخلاص): Sincerity which negates shirk.
- Aṣ-Ṣidq (الصدق): Truthfulness that permits neither falsehood nor hypocrisy.
- Al-Maḥabbah (المحبة): Love of the Shahadah and its meaning, and being happy with it.
- Al-Inqiyād (الانقياد): Submission to its rightful requirements, which are the duties that must be performed with sincerity to God (alone) seeking His pleasure.
- Al-Qubūl (القبول): Acceptance that contradicts rejection.
Thank you for taking the time to write.
Assalam-o-alikum brother Raphael,
Congratualtions to you on becoming a Muslim. may Allah (SWT) give youi lots and lots of rewards in this life and also in the next Ameen.
You are right that you can take the vow of Shahada alone with only Akllah (SWT) as the witness. One can accept Islam secretly and can practice it secretly if there is threat or any kind of danger of persecution etc. But it is recommended that one should announce his or her reversion in public as by doing that one will know other Muslims and other Muslims will then know that person.
Welcome again dear brother.