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August 10th, 2011

Issue 5

Issue 5 [@ 6:35]: Part 1 of 6 – A slide is shown with Kalima Shahada – “THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLAH AND MUHAMMAD IS PROPHET”

Comment 5: Please note this is not a rebuttal but an agreement with the above slide with the following elaboration:

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammad-ur rasul-ullah
“There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”

This declaration also known as Kalima Shahada is the fundamental oath of a Muslim. It identifies the source of belief (Allah) and the messenger (Muhammad).

By declaring Allah as one’s only God, one is barred from taking others as gods, including any person, entity or resource. Along the same lines, it prevents one from thinking or acting like a god towards others, yet, the very objective of Islam is to revive godly attributes in oneself. This declaration fundamentally makes one humble, unburdening one from the shackles of arrogance, myths and fears, thus unleashing human potentials.

By declaring Muhammad the Messenger, the oath assigns human status to Muhammad and prevents the Muslims from attributing super human qualities to him. In other religions, their followers, out of love for their respective messengers, coupled with their ancestral and inherent idolatrous traditions, over a period of time started attributing godliness to their messengers. The Muslim oath preserves the fundamental immaculate monotheistic nature of Islam.

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