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"O Allah, make us of those who learn, understand and apply the true meanings of the shahadah, ameen. Forgive us were we fall short or make mistakes, ameen. Bring us closer to You by Your Mercy and enter us into Your Jennah, ameen."Al Hamdulilah Rabbil Alameen was salat was salam ala Rasool al kareem.

The first and most important of the Five Pillars of Islam is the Shahadah. The Shahadah is the declaration of belief in the oneness of God and the acceptance of Mohammad SAW as his prophet.
It's words are
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​​"Ashhadu anla ilaha ill Allah, wa ashhadu anna Muhammadar rasul Allah."

​Its meaning when translated states:

"I testify there is no god but Allah, and I testify Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."

​To embrace Islam and become a Muslim a person needs to declare this testimony aloud with conviction in their heart and with understanding of its meaning. The testimony is in two distinctive parts which when taken together is often called the 'Shahadatayn' meaning two testimonies.

The first part states "la ilaha ill Allah" which means there is "no god but Allah" the one and the only true deity and creator of all that exists. 'Tawhid' or the oneness of Allah is the central belief of Islam. This belief asserts that no other entity can in any way have the attributes or be equivalent or even in competition with Allah. All acts of worship should be to Him or for Him alone.
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​​​​The concept of Tawhid is encapsulated in the Quran by Surah Al-Ikhlas:

Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
And there is none like unto Him.

T​​​​he second part of the Shahadah is "Muhammadar rasul Allah" , (EXPLAIN) when a person testifies that Muhammad was Allah’s messenger, they are also accepting the message he delivered which is the Qur'an.

T​​he acceptance of Prophethood. Muslims accept that all Prophets were chosen by Allah to deliver His literal word, the basic message of His oneness to all nations, in their own languages, at different times. Adam was the first Prophet and Muhammad the final of all messengers to mankind.

T​​he words of the Shahadah form a central part of a Muslims daily life. They are recited in the adhan - which is the call to prayer, and as part of the five daily obligatory prayers. They may also be the first words heard upon birth and the last words before dying.

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