Shahada (Profession of Faith): The Shahada is the first pillar of Islam “La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammadur rasoolu Allah” “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah”. It consists of two parts, first, “There is no god but Allah” is an acknowledgment of tawhid, the oneness of Allah upon which all Islamic theology is based. The second is the acceptance that “Muhammad is (Allah’s) messenger”.
A single honest recitation of the Shahada in Arabic is all that is required for a person to become a Muslim. This declaration is called the Kalima, which literally means “word”. Non-Muslims wishing to convert to Islam do so by reciting it. Accepting Islam is the simple act of reciting the “Shahada” with witnesses present. This act of Shahada must be voluntary and come from within a pure act of sincerity and acceptance. It is important to remember whether you decide to take the shahada or not, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.
As the Quran says: “There is no compulsion in religion” Q: 2: 256
Taking the Shahada is a new experience and will require time and effort. Take the time to read and seek knowledge. The path to finding religious contentment can be difficult and rewarding at the same time. Remember to gain all the information you can, but do not overwhelm yourself with the idea that it has to be perfect right away. Be patient with yourself and others.
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