An Introduction to the First Pillar of Islaam : The Declaration of Faith|
|Author: Abu Iyaad as-Salafi|
|Article ID : NMM010001  |
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This day have I perfected for you, your religion,
completed My favour upon you and have chosen for you, Islaam as your religion. [Maa'idah
This is what ties more than a billion Muslims -
world-wide - together. This declaration of faith: "Laa ilaaha illAllaaha
Muhammadur-Rasoolullaah (There is nothing that has the right to be worshipped
except Allaah alone, and Muhammad is His Messenger)", which consists of
just a few words but has a comprehensive meaning, touching upon every single
aspect of a human's life.
1 The word Allaah is comprised of two words: Al - which
is the definite article and Ilaah - which means something that is worshipped.
Thus, Allaah (a combination of these two words) means: The true object of
worship. Allaah is the same 'God' that Jews and Christians believe in and it is
wrong to assume that Allaah is the Muslim 'God'. In fact, the Hebrew word for
'God' is 'Eloh' which is similar to 'Ilaah' in Arabic.