Shahadah – The First Pillar of Islam

Shahadah is the Muslim Declaration of Religion and the first of the ‘Five Pillars’ of Islam. Shahadah is to testify to 2 things:

(a) Nothing warrants worship except Allah and

(b) Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

A Muslim is simply one that bears witness and testifies that “nothing surpasses worship except Allah and Muhammad is His messenger.” (Ref: www.happymuslimfamily.org) One becomes a Muslim by making this simple statement. It has to be recited by every Muslim at least once in a life with a complete comprehension of its significance and with an ascent of the center. Muslims say that if they awake in the morning, and before they go to sleep at night. It’s repeated five times in the call to prayer in each mosque. Someone who utters the shahadah as their final words in this life was promised Paradise.

#1. Nothing surpasses worship except Allah:

The first part of the testimony says that God has the Exclusive right to be worshipped inwardly and outwardly, by one’s limbs and heart. In Islamic doctrine, not only can noone be worshipped besides Allah, absolutely nobody else could be worshipped along with Allah. He has no partners or partners in worship. Worship in its comprehensive sense and all its facets, is for Him alone. Allah’s right to be worshipped is the essential significance of Islam’s testimony of faith: Lā ‘ilāha ‘illā Allāh. A person becomes Muslim by testifying to the divine right to worship. It’s the crux of Islamic belief in God, even all of Islam. It’s considered the fundamental message of all prophets and messengers sent by Allah.

However, by a mere verbal statement alone, one does not become A whole Muslim to be a complete Muslim one needs to completely carry out in practice the education given by Prophet Muhammad (saw) as ordained by Allah.This brings us to the next portion of the testimony.

#2. Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah:

Muhammad was born in Mecca in Arabia in the year 570 CE. His ancestry goes back to Ishmael, a son of Prophet Ibrahim. The next part of the Declaration of faith asserts that he’s not just a prophet but also a messenger Of Allah, a greater role also played with Mousa (Moses) and Isha (Jesus) before him. Like all prophets before him, he had been a human being, but chosen by God to Convey His message to all humankind instead of one tribe or nation from one of the many that exist. For Muslims, Muhammad (saw) attracted the final and last revelation. In accepting Muhammad (saw) as the “last of the prophets,” that they believe that his prophecy supports and completes all of the revealed messages, starting with that of Adam. Additionally, Muhammad (saw) functions as the preeminent role model through his life example. The believer’s attempt to follow Muhammad’s example reflects the emphasis of Islam on action and practice. Every Muslim believes that Muhammad (saw) is the final messenger of Allah and he’s the seal of all prophets.