The First Pillar of Islam, La Elahaa Ella Allah;

By Ijaz Chaudry

 

Introduction

Human being has innate ability to exalt his own kind. No matter what signs they see around them they have a weakness to tribute these signs to someone or something other than God. This is true for the majority. However, minority few, take the signs around them as they should and attribute them to the creator of the Universe. God warns us of the people who like to exalt its kind as follows:

 (Joseph 12:103-106)
Most people, no matter what you do, will not believe. Even, though you are not asking them for any money. This is a reminder for all the people. So many signs are in the heavens and the earth they pass by them, heedlessly! Majority of those who believe in God do not do so without committing idol worship.

 The article is for those who want to be guided in the correct way and not for the minority few and also for the ones who believe in God, but are mixed up in their belief and want to find the true path.

 False Shahada;

What is the true shahada (Proclamation of Islam)? Is there a false shahada? These are the two questions which would be discussed here.

 First “Is there a false shahada?”

Since I was born until recently I was used to this shahada:

 “There is no god other then God and Muhammad is His messenger”

I believed like majority of Muslims believe that those were the words of God. However, we all agree that God does not make mistakes. But the above Shahada has a serious but simple mistake in it. It is suggesting that Muhammad is alive by saying “Muhammad is His messenger”. The correct statement should have been “Muhammad was His messenger”, because Muhammad is not alive anymore. Even if the Shahada is changed to “Muhammad was His messenger” this statement would have been false at the time when Muhammad was alive. Therefore logically speaking stating “Muhammad is/was His messenger” is false either way. Also and more importantly this Shadaah is not in the Quran.

The Muslims who believe that Muhammad is still alive please read on; 

The following verses clearly indicate first that all of us are mortal and then calling Muhammad by name and suggesting that he will die;

(39:30) You will surely die, just like they will die.

[3:144]  Muhammad was no more than a messenger like the messengers before him. Should he die or get killed, would you turn back on your heels? Anyone who turns back on his heels does not hurt GOD in the least. GOD rewards those who are appreciative.

As we know it, he is buried in Medina in Saudi Arabia. While his soul is with God in Paradise where all believers go when they die, (2:154 & 3:169-171).

 So the false shahada, is “There is no god other then God and Muhammad is His messenger”.

 When one bears witness to the above they are incorrect, let me explain, “I bear witness that there is no god other than God and Muhammad is His messenger” is an incorrect statement, because nobody living today has witnessed Muhammad. However, we have witnessed God:

 (7:172)
Recall that your Lord summoned all the descendants of Adam, and had them bear witness for themselves: “Am I not your Lord?” They all said, “Yes. We bear witness.” Thus you cannot say on the Day of Resurrection, “We were not aware of this”.

 (7:172) is an event which happened before we were sent to earth and we all lived in High Heavens as Souls.

 So far on two accounts we found the shahada is false, but that’s not enough there is another account, which makes this shahada incorrect and false.

 Quran is clear that there should be no distinction between God’s prophets or messengers:

(2:136)
Say, “We believe in God, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus, and all the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters (Muslims).”

(2:285)
The messenger has believed in what was sent down to him from his Lord, and so did the believers. They believe in God, His angels, His scripture, and His messengers: “We make no distinction among any of His messengers.” They say, “We hear, and we obey. Forgive us, our Lord. To You is the ultimate destiny.”

 However, when you include only “Muhammad’s” name in the Shahada to the exclusion of all other messengers you are prefering “Muhammad” above all other messengers. That is you are making distinction among messengers. Selecting messengers like this means disbelief:

 (4:150-151)
Those who disbelieve in God and His messengers, and seek to make distinction among God and His messengers, and say, “We believe in some and reject some,” and wish to follow a path in between; these are the real disbelievers. We have prepared for the disbelievers a shameful retribution.

 But the disbelievers say we include Muhammad’s name in the Shahada because he was the final messenger.

However, the Quran is clear of the fact that Muhammad was not the Final Messenger please read the following verse;

     Not The Final Messenger

[33:40]  Muhammad was not the father of any man among you. He was a messenger of GOD and the final prophet. GOD is fully aware of all things.

This verse is clear that Muhammad was a messenger and the Final Prophet. For the people who do not know the difference between a “Messenger” and the “Prophet” the following verse clarifies this issue;

 [3:81]  GOD took a covenant from the prophets, saying, "I will give you the scripture and wisdom. Afterwards, a messenger will come to confirm all existing scriptures. You shall believe in him and support him." He said, "Do you agree with this, and pledge to fulfil this covenant?" They said, "We agree." He said, "You have thus borne witness, and I bear witness along with you."

As this verse confirms Prophets are the humans who receive the Scripture like Jesus receiving Gospel, Moses receiving Torah and Muhammad receiving the Quran all three were the prophets. The messengers are who give message from these scriptures. We know from the Quran that Prophets could also be messengers, but not all messengers could be Prophets. For example in the above verse it is prophesied the coming of such a messenger.

But the upshot of all this is that Muhammad was not the Final Messenger. Thus the reason for mentioning Muhammad’s name in the Shadah once again is null.

 Before we discuss the “True Shahada”, let us briefly summarise the above. We have found three major flaws with the following statement:

 “There is no god other then God, Muhammad is His messenger”

A- Grammatical mistake, Muhammad is not alive, it is suggesting he is.
B- There are no, witnesses of Muhammad today, it is suggesting there are.
C- It is making distinction about messengers, by including Muhammad alone in the Shahada
.

 All above A-C are serious discrepancies with the statement, which confirm that this shahada is false, and is not the word of God.


Now the “True Shahada”;

 The true shahada is written in the Quran and is;

(47:19)
You shall know that: “La Elahaa Ella Allah” “There is no other god beside God.”…

 This fact is recognised and confirmed by God, angels, and those who possess knowledge;

 (3:18)
God bears witness that there is no god except He, and so do the angels and those who posses knowledge. Truthfully and equitably, He is the absolute god; there is no god but He, the Almighty, Most Wise.

 In fact God warns us of those who will be satisfied by the false shahada;

 (39:45)
When God Alone is mentioned, the hearts of those who do not believe in the Hereafter shrinks with aversion. But when others are mentioned beside Him, they become satisfied.

 (40:12)
This is because when God Alone was advocated, you disbelieved, but when others were mentioned beside Him, you believed. Therefore, God’s judgement has been issued; He is Most High the Great.

 Also it is a myth that Muhammad is the founder of Islam, we know from the following verse that Abraham was the founder of Islam and through him we first received the rites of Islam;

 (22:78) …the religion of your father Abraham. He is the one who named you “Muslims” originally.

 After reading this article if you still want to do false shahada then be-aware of the awesome retribution on the day of Judgement, it may even start earlier.