𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐡: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐏𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦 𝐢𝐧 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐐𝐮𝐫’𝐚𝐧
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐚?
The Shahada (shahadah) is the Arabic term for the declaration of faith in one God (Allah) and His messenger.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐚 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧?
Transliteration: “Ashadu an la ilaha illa illa-ilah, wa ashadu anna muhammadan rasul ullah.”
Translation: “There is no God but God (Allah – i.e. there is none worthy of worship but Allah), and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”
It is the most sacred statement in Islam, and must be recited with full understanding and mindfulness of it’s meaning.
𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐚 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭?
The belief in one Allah is the central tenet of the Islamic faith, around which all else revolves. Muslims are continuously reminded of this foundational belief, in the recital of the Shahada (shahadah) during each of the five daily prayers, as well as many more pivotal moments of a Muslim’s life.
The second part of the Shahada requires Muslims to acknowledge and testify to the belief in the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as Allah’s messenger. This serves as a reminder to Muslims of the importance of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), but also as a reminder to never associate partners with Allah, for He is just a messenger, and Allah remains one God alone.
𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐚
- The Shahadah is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is a sacred testament given for Muslims to uphold throughout their lifetime and embody in all of their actions and intentions.
- The Shahadah is recited in the Athan (call to prayer).
- Muslims recite the Shahadah once or twice in their Salah, which they are obliged to do during five different times of the day.
- When someone wishes to convert to Islam as their religion, reciting the Shahadah marks their entrance into Islam and their life as a Muslim.
- The Shahadah is spoken as the first words a Muslim baby hears upon entering the world, and Muslims strive for the Shahadah to be their last words upon their death.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐏𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦?
The first pillar of Islam is the “The Shahadah”, also spelled “The Shahada”. It comes from the Arabic word “الشَهَادة” which means “The Testimony”, the testimony that none has the right to be worshiped but Allah (SWT) and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah (Exalted He).
Reciting “The Shahadah”, “The Profession of Faith” is the first required action to get into Islam, the initial submission to Islam. The statement of Shahadah should be recited in Arabic with sincere belief & true feeling to become a Muslim.
𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝟐 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐟𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦:
- The first part of Shahada states that there is no god but Allah (Exalted He) which means that no other being has the right to be worshiped and that Allah almighty has neither partner nor son.
- The second part of the Shahada witnesses that our beloved prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last prophet & messenger sent by Allah (Exalted He).
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐡 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭
The Shahada statement should be recited out loud with sincere belief from the bottom of the heart. It’s preferred to be recited in Arabic but because “Islam is the religion of ease”, non-Arabic speaking may recite it in their native language.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐡 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭?
اشهد ان لا اله الا الله واشهد ان محمد رسول الله
The Shahadah statement in Arabic
Ash-hadu An lā ʾilāha ʾillā-Allāh wa Ash-hadu An muḥammadun rasūlu-Allāh
The Shahadah statement in Arabic (English Spelling)
“I testify that there is no god but Allah (Exalted He), and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah (Exalted He)”
The Shahadah statement translated into English
𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐚 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝐁𝐲 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝐋𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐧 (𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐓𝐨 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐓𝐨 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦)
𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐢𝐬 “𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐡” 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐏𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦?
For Muslims,The Shahadah: The First Pillar of Islam because understanding and accepting it means that one understands and accepts the essence of the entire faith. Actually, true belief in the content of the Shahada is the foremost distinguishing characteristic that defines a Muslim as a Muslim.
All it needs to convert to Islam is a single sincere public recitation of the Shahadah in its original Arabic.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐃𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐐𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐚𝐲 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐚?
The Glorious Holy Qur’an is the final and last testament from our creator, Allah Exalted He, obviously those anti-Islam who claim that the shahada is not in the Quran,the have not read the Glorious Quran fully and completely with open mind, but they have read it and view it via their lens of hatred, prejudice and prior perceived misconception.
𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐡 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐇𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐐𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭:
Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him is the messenger of Allah teh only true deity worthy of worship, that is a direct affirmation of the full and complete testimony of Islam “Shahada” For those who learn Quran you might notice that the full complete Shahadah had been confirmed in the form of an imbedment in several Quranic verses.
Moreoever, confirming EACH part of the shahada in the Glorious Holy Qur’an as well is a very detailed evidence, which will proves beyond ANY doubts that teh two parts of the Shahada are endorsed, confirmed, stated and approved by Allah Exalted He in the Glorious Holy Quran. Any non-Muslim objections to this crystal clear views are baseless and discarded.
𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐐𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐡 𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐝…
Allah witnesses that there is no deity except Him, and [so do] the angels and those of knowledge – [that He is] maintaining [creation] in justice. There is no deity except Him, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.The Holy Quran [3:18]
Say, “I am only a man like you, to whom has been revealed that your god is one God. So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord – let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone.”The Holy Quran [18:110]
Say, “He is Allah, [who is] One,The Holy Quran [112:1]
When the hypocrites come to you, [O Muhammad], they say, “We testify that you are the Messenger of Allah .” And Allah knows that you are His Messenger, and Allah testifies that the hypocrites are liars.The Holy Quran [63:1]
𝐅𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐐𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧:
Allah knows Best.
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