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Question: I would like you to clarify something for me. Is it enough to declare the shahaadah (testimony of faith) by oneself order to be converted into Islam or is it considered obligatory to make the declaration in front of two witnesses?
Answer:

Let me commend you for considering Islam.

Coming precisely to your question, let me state the following:

Although between you and God it surely is enough for you to say shahadah (the testimony of faith) by yourself, however, in order for you to be recognized as a member of the Islamic community you need to do so in front of people. You are best advised to do so in the presence of an Imam in a recognized Islamic center or mosque, for in this way you can hope to gain proper orientation in regards to your actual practice of Islam; furthermore, if you were to decide to go for pilgrimage, you will need to a certificate stating that you are a Muslim.

Islam teaches us that we should do whatever we do as professionally and efficiently as possible. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “Allah has enjoined excellence in each and every act one performs.”
Therefore, I advise you to call on the nearest Islamic center and get an appointment with the imam; let him facilitate your task of reversion to Islam; in the meantime, if you haven’t already found some useful books on Islam, let me mention two important ones which, I urge you to read and study well:

1. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam by Yahya Emerick;
2. Islam in Focus by Dr. Hammudah Abdul Ati.

You can get the first one from Chapters.ca or Amazon.ca; the second one should be available at any of the Islamic Book stores in the city.

I pray to Allah to grant us all steadfastness in faith, and may He grace us all with His mercy and forgiveness in both worlds-aameen.

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