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The Shahadah (Arabic: ٱلشَّهَادَة‎, audio speaker iconaudio ) is the first pillar of Islam. The saying is "Lā ʾIlāha ʾIllā Allah, Muḥammadun Rasūl Allah", meaning "There is no deity but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God". The Shia and Quraniyoon sects may have slight differences in their shahada.[1]

Quranist[change | change source]

The Quranist sources comes from verse 3:18 of the Quran. It states: "God bears witness that there is no other god besides Him, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge."

Sunni[change | change source]

  • أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا ٱللَّٰهُ
  • وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ ٱللَّٰهِ
  • I bear witness that there is no god but Allah
  • And I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God[2]

Shia[change | change source]

In addition to the first two testimonies, Shia Muslims may also recite the third testimony of:

  • وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ عَلِيًّا وَلِيُّ ٱللَّٰهِ
  • And I bear witness that Ali is the vicegerent of God

A single honest recitation of the shahadah in Arabic is all that is required for a person to become a Muslim according to most traditional schools of Islam.

References[change | change source]

  1. The Later Mughals by William Irvine p. 130
  2. "USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts". Archived from the original on 2006-09-11. Retrieved 2006-09-12.

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