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The Shahadah (Arabic: ٱلشَّهَادَة, Loudspeaker.png audio (info • help)) is the first pillar of Islam. It is the saying: "Lā ʾIlāha ʾIllā Allah, Muḥammadun Rasūl Allah", meaning "There no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah".

Verse 3:18 of the Quran states: "God bears witness that there is no other god besides Him, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge."


  • أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا ٱللَّٰهُ
  • وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ ٱللَّٰهِ
  • I bear witness that there is no god but Allah
  • And I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah[1]

In addition to the first two testimonies, Shia Muslims may also recite the third testimony of:

  • وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ عَلِيًّا وَلِيُّ ٱللَّٰهِ
  • And I bear witness that Ali is the vicegerent of Allah

A single honest recitation of the shahadah in Arabic is all that is required for a person to become a Muslim according to most traditional schools of Islam.


  1. "USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts". Retrieved 2006-09-12. 

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