Q: I uttered words of kufr and shirk. If I say the shahadah and ask Allah to forgive me, is that enough?
Also, if an apostate returns to Islam, is he equal to the Muslim who never committed kufr?
A: If no other person knows about your wrong then renewing your imaan is sufficient individually.
If he is very sincere in his renewing of imaan and begging Allah Ta`ala’s forgiveness and correcting himself thereafter then it is possible that he will be the same as a normal Muslim.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)