Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Shahada, also spelled shahadah, (Arabic: الشهاد)from the verb šahida "to testify") is the Islamic creed. The Shahada is the Muslim declaration of belief in the oneness of God and acceptance of Muhammad as his final prophet. The declaration reads: laa ilāha illa Allāh, wa Muḥammad(un) rasūl Allāh “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God. Recitation of the Shahadah is the most important of the Five Pillars of Islam for Muslims and is performed daily. People wishing to convert to Islam do so by a public recitation of the creed while pointing their index finger as shown in the photo.