"I BEAR WITNESS THAT THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLAH,
AND I BEAR WITNESS THAT MUHAMMAD IS THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH."
The moment a person voluntarily utters the above declaration
of the shahaadah, he becomes a Muslim. The shahaadah is the
profession of faith, and it is the first pillar of Islam.
This profound statement expresses a Muslim's complete acceptance
and total commitment to the message of Islam. There are several
conditions that a person should adhere to in order for him/her
to utter the shahaadah, among them; knowledge, certainty,
acceptance, submission and truthfulness. Hence, it is crucial
for a person to thoroughly understand what the shahaadah
is all about when submitting himself to it and to the teachings
This statement of faith is a genuine belief that includes
all the articles of faith. It comprises two parts: the first
part is the creed "There is no god but Almighty Allah.
This phrase refers to the witnessing of the Oneness of Allah
and therefore, is a rejection of any form of deity other
The act of witnessing the Oneness of Allah means that we
accept Him as the shaper and guide of our lives, undistracted
by other influences including people, things, moods or desires.
The second part of the shahaadah declares that Muhammad
is God's Messenger to mankind. By reciting the shahaadah
with full commitment and acceptance, a Muslim accepts Prophet
Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the last Messenger of Allah
sent with the mission of spreading the glad tidings of Islam.
Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) mission brought the final posting
of the Divine Truth and thus he is regarded as the Seal of
the Prophets, and the final Messenger from Allah Almighty.
The declaration of the shahaadah must be accompanied with
actions that please Allah as representations of one's submission
to Him. As such, Muslims must always avoid actions that may
nullify their shahaadah, among which are associating partners
with Allah and setting up intermediaries between oneself
and one's Creator.