Testimony of Faith – Shahadah

The first pillar of Islam is to believe and declare the faith, saying to Shahadah (lit. ‘witness’), known as the Kalimah.

LA ILA ILA ALLAH; MUHAMMADUR-RASUL ALLAH.

“THERE IS NO GOD BUT GOD; MUHAMMAD IS THE MESSENGER OF GOD ”.

The meaning is best understood in English as saying that there is no deity worthy of worship throughout creation, only the Creator is worth any worship. Or as we say: “Adore the Creator – Not His Creations”.

Declaration (Shahada)

This statement contains two parts. The first part refers to Almighty God, the Creator of everything, the Lord of the Worlds; The second part refers to the Messenger, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) a prophet and a human being, who received the revelation through Archangel Gabriel and taught it to humanity.

There are no other gods

In sincerely pronouncing Shahadah, the Muslim recognizes Allah as the sole Creator of everything and the Supreme Authority over everything and everyone in the universe. Consequently, the Muslim closes his heart and mind to loyalty, devotion and obedience, trust, dependence and worship of anything or anyone other than Allah.

This rejection is not limited to only pagan gods and goddesses of wood and stone and created by human hands and imagination; This rejection must extend to all other conceptions, superstitions, ideologies, ways of life and authority figures who claim supreme devotion, loyalty, trust, love, obedience or worship.

This implies, for example, the rejection of the belief in things as common as astrology, reading of palms, good luck charms, divination and psychic readings, in addition to praying in sanctuaries or graves of “saints”, asking dead souls to intercede for Para them with God. There are no intercessors in Islam, nor any class of clergy as such; A Muslim prays directly and exclusively to Allah.

Believe in prophecy

Belief in the prophecy of Muhammad ﷺ implies belief in the guidance brought by him and contained in his Sunnah (traditions of his words and actions), and demands from Muslims the intention of faithfully following his guidance.

Muhammad ﷺ was also a human being, a man with feelings and emotions, who ate, drank and slept, and was born and died, like other men. He had a pure and upright nature, extraordinary justice and an unshakable faith in Allah and a commitment to Islam, but he was not divine. Muslims do not pray to him, not even as an intercessor, and Muslims abhor the terms “Mohammedan” and “Mohammedanism”.

 

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