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SHAHADAH. The Islamic witness of faith is, "There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Apostle of God" (Arabic, la ilaha illa Allah wa-Muhammad rasul Allah). Recitation of the shahddah (literally, "witness") is the first of the five pillars of Islam. The formula is not in the Qur'an, although the book speaks often of the "witness" of various articles of faith; the phrase "there is no god but God" is found (3'7.35 47.19), as well as the same declaration many other times in similar words; and Mu ...more

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