SHAHADAH

Shahadah (Declaration of Faith)

"There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger."

This is the basic statement of the Islamic faith: anyone who cannot recite this wholeheartedly is not a Muslim.

When a Muslim recites this they proclaim:

  • That Allah is the only God, and that Muhammad is his prophet
  • That they personally accept this as true
  • That they will obey all the commitments of Islam in their life

The Shahadah is the first of theĀ Five Pillars of Islam.

 

Becoming a Muslim

Reciting this statement three times in front of witnesses is all that anyone need do to become a Muslim.

A Muslim is expected to recite this statement out loud, with total sincerity, fully understanding what it means.

The Arabic can be transliterated into the Roman alphabet like this:

"Ashhadu Alla Ilaha Illa Allah Wa Ashhadu Anna Muhammad Rasulu Allah"
Transliteration of the shahadah from the Arabic