The Shahaadah of the Shiites

The Shahaadah of the Shiites

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The Shahaadah of the Shiites

The Shism even differ with Islam in the first and most important pillar of Islam and faith, called the Shahaadah, the testimony one gives upon affirming their faith in Islam, that none deserves worship but God, and that Muhammad is His slave and messenger (laa ilaaha ill-Allah). This testimony is the most important aspect of Islam, and the whole religion is built upon it, and embodies this unique and total monotheism and belief in God.

So important is it that the Prophet pleaded to his uncle who was on his deathbed to testify:

O uncle! Say ‘laa ilaaha ill-Allah,’ a phrase for which I will plead on your behalf in front of God.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari) His uncle did not say this testimony due to his fear of what people would say about changing the religion of his forefathers

upon death. He died, and the Prophet was informed by revelation that he was among the people of Hell.

Point being, this phrase and what it entails is so important that

the Prophet made it a means of everlasting life in Paradise.

He said:

No one says ‘La ilaaha ill-Allah’ and dies firmly upon it, but he/she will enter Heaven (Paradise).” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari) Thus is this phrase considered the first pillar of Islam, the very statement that rendered one a believer, gives him an opportunity to enter Paradise!

The Shiites, however, have a different ‘testimony of faith’. They not only negate it meanings, as shown in the previous articles by associating others with God, but they have also added certain

principles nowhere to be found in authentic texts. Their shahaadah comprises of the statement: “none deserves worship

but God, and that Muhammad is His slave and messenger, and Ali is His beloved and chosen one, and successor to the Prophet.” [1]

This is due to the extremism they have in regards to the cousin of Prophet Muhammad, Ali, to whom they claim their origin. The Shiites even claim that the succession of Ali was mentioned in all of the scriptures revealed to the previous prophets5. They claim that all will be asked about the succession of Ali on the Day of Judgment6, and that if anyone believes differently, they are considered polytheists7. Although Ali was known to be one of the most pious of the companions of the Prophet, in no narration can we find that Prophet Muhammad ever mentioned his succession in rule. Actually even when we look at early Shiite works, they themselves attribute this belief to Abdullah ibn Saba’, a renegade who claimed Islam and plotted against the Caliph Uthman, and also claimed that Ali was God Himself8. Thus it is clear that these beliefs are all innovations never preached by Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him.


[1] Abdul Kareem Mushtaq