The Shahada is the central Moslem statement of faith. It is short, but in two parts. The first is: "There is no god but Allah" (Arab. "La illahah illah 'lla"). The second is: "And Mohammed is his Prophet" (Arab. "Wah Mohammadan rasulu 'llah"). Saying the Shahada in Arabic with the intent of becoming a Moslem immediately makes a person a member of the Umma (i.e., the Islamic Community).
( , "the testimony"; aš-šahādatān
(, "the two testimonials"); also Kalima Shahadat
[, "the testimonial word"]), is an Islamic creed declaring belief in the oneness of God and the acceptance of Muhammad as God's prophet. The declaration, in its shortest form, reads:
- There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God.
- Audio (prefaced by the phrase (wa) ašhadu ʾan —"(and) I testify, that")
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