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shahada

[shah-hah-duh] /ʃɑˈhɑ də/
noun
1.
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/
noun
1.
the Islamic declaration of faith, repeated daily by Muslims
Word Origin
from Arabic, literally: witnessing
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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