shahadah

shahada

[shah-hah-duh]
noun
Islam. the Islamic profession of faith, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger”: the first of the Pillars of Islam.
Also, Shahada, shahadah.


Origin:
< Arabic shahādah literally, witness

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shahada (ʃəˈhɑːdə)
 
n
the Islamic declaration of faith, repeated daily by Muslims
 
[from Arabic, literally: witnessing]

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shahadah

(Arabic: "testimony"), the Muslim profession of faith: "There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the prophet of Allah." The shahadah is the first of the five Pillars of Islam (arkan al-Islam). It must be recited by every Muslim at least once in a lifetime, aloud, correctly, and purposively, with a full understanding of its meaning and with an assent of the heart.

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