First Pillar of Islam (The Shahada)

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Islam is not new religion, but rather a similar truth that God revealed through all His Prophets to mankind. For a fifth of the total populace, Islam is both a religion and a complete lifestyle. Muslims follow a religion of mercy, peace, and forgiveness, and the majority have nothing to do with the greatly grave occasions which have come to be associated with their faith.

Depiction: A prologue to the first pillar of Islam: the Muslim Profession of Faith, or the shahada, that nobody deserves worship aside from Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and the different implications they contain.


Feeding the poor and needy is an act that draws us closer to Allah. We earn His forgiveness, mercies and blessings through this act of charity.

“Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah?s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)

1. Muslim calling of faith or shahada.

2. Ritual Prayer or salah.

3. Compulsory Charity or zakah.

4. Fasting or sawm.

5. Pilgrimage or hajj.

The First Pillar

Muslim Profession of Faith

The Shahada is the Muslim calling of faith and the first of the ‘Five Pillars’ of Islam. The word shahada in Arabic signifies “declaration (testimony).” The shahada is to vouch for two things:


(a) Nothing deserves worship except Allah (God).

(b) Muhammad is the Slave and Messenger of Allah (God).

First Pillar of Islam (The Shahada)
First Pillar of Islam (The Shahada)

A Muslim is basically one who bears witness affirms that “nothing merits worship aside from God and Muhammad is the slave and messenger of Allah (God).” One automatically becomes a Muslim by making this straightforward declaration.

It must be recited by each Muslim at least once in a lifetime with a full understanding of its significance and with a consent of the heart. Muslims say this when they get up in the morning, and before they go to sleep at night. It is repeated five times in the call to supplication in each mosque. A man who utters the shahada as their last words in this life has been guaranteed Paradise.

READ MORE: The Third Pillar of Islam: Zakat, the Distribution of Wealth

Many people ignorant of Islam have misinterpreted ideas about the Allah, used by Muslims to denote God. Allah is the correct name for God in Arabic, similarly as “Elah”, or frequently “Elohim”, is the best possible name for God in Aramaic said in the Old Testament. Allah is additionally His own name in Islam, as “YHWH” is His own name in Judaism. However, instead of the specific Hebrew denotation of “YHWH” as “He Who Seems to be”, in Arabic Allah indicates the aspect of being “The One True Deity deserving of all worship”. Arabic speaking, Christians and Jews additionally allude to the Supreme Being as Allah.

(a) Nothing deserves worship except Allah (God).


The initial segment of this declaration expresses that God has the exclusive right to be worshipped deep down and apparently, by one’s heart and appendages. In Islamic principle, not exclusively can nobody be worshipped apart from Him, positively nobody else can be adored alongside Him. He has no accomplices or partners in worship. in its comprehensive sense and all its aspects, is for only him. Allah’s right to be worshipped is the fundamental meaning of Islam’s declaration of faith: La ‘ilaha ‘illa Allah (Nothing deserves worship except Allah). A person becomes Muslim by testifying to the divine (Allah) right to worship. It is the essence of Islamic faith in God (Allah), even all of Islam. It is viewed as the focal message of all prophets and messengers sent by Allah(God) – the message of Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, the Hebrew prophets, Jesus, and Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of Allah be upon them all. For example, Moses announced:

“Listen, O Israel The Lord our God is one Lord.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)

Jesus rehashed a similar message 1500 years after the fact when he stated:

“The first of all the commandments is, “Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord.” “Mark 12:29”

… and reminded Satan:

“Far from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him as one and only.” (Matthew 4:10)

At last, the call of Muhammad (SAW), exactly 600 years after Jesus, resounded across the hills of Mecca, ‘And your God (Allah) is One God: there is no god yet He.’ (Quran 2:163). They all announced obviously:

“Worship God! You have no other god however Him.” (Quran 7:59, 7:73; 11:84, 11:50, 23:32)

Be that as it may, by a simple verbal calling alone, one doesn’t turn into a total Muslim. To become plainly a total Muslim one needs to completely do practically speaking the direction given by Prophet Muhammad as appointed by God. This conveys us to the second some portion of the declaration. Second Pillar Of Islam Prayer (Solat)


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