1. Declaration of Faith - SHAHADAH
The declaration of faith is bearing witness (testifying) that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah (God), and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His Servant and Messenger. It must be based on a sincere and firm belief in the heart, as well as being uttered verbally.
The first part of the declaration implies that:
No person, object or being has the right to be worshipped except Allah alone. The Arabic name “Allah” refers to the One True God of all mankind and everything that exists.
Allah alone is the Creator and Sustainer of all that exists, and He has power over all things.
Allah alone has perfect attributes and is free from all deficiencies.
Allah has no partner, equal, father, mother or son.
The second part of the declaration is that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is Allah’s Servant and final Messenger. He is the final Prophet in a long chain of Prophets sent to call the people to the obedience and worship of Allah alone. Some of these Prophets include Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon and Jesus (peace be upon them all).
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent with the Qur’an (the final revelation), in order to teach the people Allah’s message, and serve as an example for all to follow.
Some benefits of the Declaration of Faith:
Complete surrender to the will of Allah and becoming His true servant and subject.
Produces a high degree of self-respect and confidence, while also remaining humble and modest.
Produces strong determination, patience and perseverance, making a person brave and courageous, as well as dutiful and upright.
Makes a person obey and observe Allah’s commands.