Yours, Etc.: Origins and Uses of 8 Sign-Offs
(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.