E-Z Way to Explain Shahadah
Ashadu An Laa Elaha illallah
From 'Secrets Of Shahadahs' - Yusuf Estes
Shahadah (Testimony of Faith in Islam)
The first pillar of Islam is to believe and declare the faith by saying the Shahadah (lit. 'witness'), known as the Kalimah.
La ilaha ila Allah; Muhammadur-rasul Allah. 'There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.'
The meaning is better understood in English as saying that there is no deity worthy of worship throughout the creation, only the Creator is worth of any worship.
Or as we say: "Worship the Creator - Not His Creations."
|AshShadu anLaa elaha ilallah Ashadu anMuhammad-Rasoolullah|
This declaration contains two parts. The first part refers to God Almighty, the Creator of everything, the Lord of the Worlds
The second part refers to the Messenger, Muhammad (pbuh) a prophet and a human being, who received the revelation through the Archangel Gabriel, and taught it to mankind.
|Laa sharekallah (no partners)|
Say the 'Shahadah' sincerely to acknowledge the One God (Allah) is the only Creator, Sustainer and Supreme Authority over all the universe and anything and anyone in the universe.
True Muslims open their minds and hearts to complete loyalty, devotion and obedience to Allah, with full trust, reliance on and worship to Allah, alone without giving this devotion and trust to any thing or anyone other than Allah.
One must reject all false gods, pagan idols of stone or wood, anything created by human hands or in imaginations.
This rejection extends to any other concepts, superstitions, ideologies, ways of life, or any authority figures that claim supreme devotion, loyalty, trust, love, obedience or worship.
No partners means - to reject all belief in common things like astrology, palm reading, good luck charms, fortune-telling and psychic readings.
Naturally this means not to visit shrines or graves of "saints", and asking the dead souls to help them or intercede for them with Allah.
There are no intercessors in Islam, nor any class of clergy as such; a Muslim prays directly and only to Allah.
Belief in the prophethood of Muhammad (pbuh) entails belief in the guidance brought by him and contained in his Sunnah (traditions of his sayings and actions), and demands of the Muslim the intention to follow his guidance faithfully.
Muhammad (pbuh) 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 righteousness, and an unwavering faith in Allah and 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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