What is the ruling regarding a person who left Islam then returned to it? Should he repeat what he has performed of the pillars of Islam, for example, Hajj, fasting and praying? Is his repentance and returning to Islam enough? Should he start over new?.
Praise be to Allaah.
The more correct of the two scholarly opinions is that if the
apostate repents to Allaah and enters Islam again, repenting and turning to
Allaah, he does not have to repeat the actions that he did before he
apostatized, because Allaah has stipulated for deeds to be rendered
worthless by apostasy that the person should die in that state. Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning): “And whosoever of you turns back from
his religion and dies as a disbeliever, then his deeds will be lost in this
life and in the Hereafter, and they will be the dwellers of the Fire. They
will abide therein forever” [al-Baqarah 2:217]. So in order for deeds to
be lost, it is stipulated that the person should persist in his apostasy
The verse also indicates that if he repents before death,
then the deeds that he did before he apostatized will be valid, and will be
acceptable in sha Allaah.