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My question concerns the shahada. Depending on the nationality of the Muslims, I am receiving conflicting views on how this should be performed. I have been told I need not go to the mosque and do not even need a witness as it’s between Allah and myself. Some tell me only men can witness, others say at least 4 women. Can you please clarify ? Also I would like to know what the point is of wearing hijab for prayer in private? Thank you for your kind advice.

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ASalaam aleikum ,

As for your first question, I advise you to submit it to a scholar as it is pure legal and we are not a legal section in Ask About Islam. We are da`wah consultants and advisors, trying to help our readers achieve more knowledge and better practice of Islam.

As for your second question about wearing hijab for prayer in private, there is a hadith in which the prophet (pbuh) said:

“No prayer of a menstruating female is accepted except in a khimaar (head and bosom cover).” (Reported by Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi and Ibn Magah.)

Menstruating here means the girl who has reached the age of puberty. We do obey this command because it is from the prophet, whose orders are never from the top of his mind, but a revelation from Allah. Allah says about His prophet in Surah 2, verse 53, what means:

*{Nor does he say of his own desire}*

Sometimes Allah reveals the wisdom behind a certain command, sometimes not. In both cases we have to listen and obey as Allah says in Surah 33, verse 36, what means:

*{It is not fitting for a believer, a man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His messenger, to have any option about their decision. If anyone disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong path.}*

The wisdom in women’s covering in public is quite known for everybody but to be covered during praying alone is a matter of submission to the will of Allah. But the thing that I know for sure is that in all cultures – not only Islam – that the woman’s head and body cover is a sign of respect. This is the way we see women attending masses in churches and synagogues.

Actually, this is also the appearance women judges always stick to at courtyards. The respect of the place and the person in front of who one stands, suggests the type of clothes one wears. What about if one is not standing in front of a human person, but in front of the Lord of all lords?

Thank you again for your question and please keep in touch.

Salaam.

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