Meaning of Shahada Part 1:
“There is no God but Allah“; a shahada that is very easy to say and understand but, unfortunately, it’s very difficult to follow. There have been thousands of discussions and debates throughout the centuries on the concept of God and what is the RIGHT RELIGION. Islam is the only religion that I know of that provides a very clear answer to this question. Some religions have multiple gods, some have a god with wives/children and some believe in idols as Gods or that they will lead to finding God. In Islam, we fully understand that Allah (God) is the ONLY creator, planner and provider of everything. He does not have any partners nor does He need support or help from any of His creation. Allah is only ONE and he is in control of everything from the smallest insect yoi see on the ground to the biggest stars and planets out in the universe.
The reason why I am mentioning the above brief introduction is because you as a new Muslim will run into many types of groups/sects/ideologies when you are researching about Islam and you will find them contradicting to the true concept of Islam but they still claim to be muslim. I want you to become aware of this and avoid all of the misinformation you find that may lead you astray.
When there is a Shahada of “There is no God but Allah” by a group of people, it is very understandable that every person will be at a different level of Eman (faith) and obviously it will take more time for a certain person than another to achieve their spiritual goals. But you should work your way towards firmly believing that Allah is your creator, and after death you will return to Him and you will be held accountable for your actions in this life. The purpose of our creation is to worship Allah and to praise Him so we must always remind ourselves of the real goal of our creation and not get distracted by the pleasures of this life.
Meaning of Shahada Part 2:
“Mohammed is His messenger” is the second part of the Shahada which simply means that Allah chose Mohammed as his Messenger. Now as a new Muslim, you may wonder: What about Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, etc.? They were all Messengers of Allah as well, so why Mohammed? In Islam we do not differentiate between all prophets and we believe they were all EQUAL. What makes Mohammed (PBUH) different from other Messengers is that he is officially the LAST Messenger/Prophet of Allah. Also, he had come to all of humanity but other prophets such as Moses was sent to a certain tribe or group (Pharoah and children of Israel). That is why Mohammed and his companions tried to spread the message of Islam beyond the Arabian deserts region and he made sure that the message continues even after he’s gone. If it wasn’t for their efforts, you and I would not know about Islam, so may Allah bless them and grant them high levels of paradise. And finally, the completions of Allah’s revelations has come down to the messenger Mohammed (PBUH) which is the Quran. The more you learn about the Quran, the more you will realize that it is the book of Allah and not written by Mohammed as some people claim.
Taking Your Shahada (Become a Muslim)
To officially become a Muslim, you must truly believe that “There is NO God but ALLAH, and Mohammed is His messenger and the last Prophet“. Take your Shahada by saying it in Arabic: “Ash Hadu Ana La Ellaha Ela Allah wa Ash Hadu Ana Mohammed Rasool Allah“. It ‘s preferred that other muslims be present to witness you taking your Shahada so I recommend you go to a local Masjid (Mosque) and take your Shhada there. I Pray to Allah that He leads you to the right path and help you in taking your Shahada. Now that you’ve completed the first pillar, it’s time to move on to the second MOST IMPORTANT pillar in Islam: Learning the Muslim Prayers and How to Pray Salat >>>