Islam revolves around Oneness and so should shahada

(reason 4 of ‘22 serious reasons shahada should contain no name except God’s’)

Islam revolves around Oneness and so should shahada

Islam revolves around the Awareness of Oneness and so should shahada as its core

In all matters of Islam, Abraham epitomizes a founding father and a role model for Muslims. The Prophet himself, as he was not a pioneer in Islam (46:9), was inspired to steadfastly follow the way of Abraham (‘Millat Ibraheem’; 2:120, 2:130, 2:135, 3:95, 4:125, 6:161, 12:37, 12:38, 16:123, 22:78; cf. 14:33-38, 21:73), who devoted the whole system to God alone:

Say: My Sustainer has guided me to a straight path, a well-founded system, the way of Abraham the upright; he was not of the associators. / Say: Indeed my communion, my actions, my living and my dying, are all to God the Sustainer of the worlds,/ In whose divinity none has a share, this is what I have been bidden; I am the foremost of those who have submitted./ Say: Shall I seek for Lord other than God when He is the Sustainer of everything? No self earns but from its own works, and none will bear the burden of another. 6:161-164

Thus the Quran insists that all our commitments – including shahada, seeking knowledge, loving others, doing justice, establishing social order, contributing towards betterment, peace-making, scientific observation, reasoning, abstinence from excess, charity and so on – all should be dedicated to God alone, without associating Him with others (‘Say: Indeed my communication, my actions, my living and my dying, are all for God alone … . 6:162’).

Now, since the deen is for God alone, and because shahada, or witnessing the Oneness, is the core of the deen, it also should be devoted to God alone:

I am but a human like you, being inspired that your God is one god. So whoever hopes to meet his Sustainer, let him do righteous work and never associate anyone (not even me) in the service of his Sustainer! 18:110

And serve God alone, and do not associate anything in any way beside Him. 4:36

Yes, God’s greatness is far beyond human perception and comprehension, so much so that we are not allowed to exalt anything or anyone, in any way, to the level of association with Him1 (‘never associate anyone, 18:110’ and ‘do not associate anything in any way, 4:36’; cf. 4:36, 6:100, 17:43, 18:110, 30:40, 38:65, 39:67, 59:23). Obviously, we should never utter any name other than God’s when we declare His oneness and uniqueness, and also when we are involved in a service dedicated to Him. This emphasis is reinforced by a stern warning elsewhere that an association with God will fail us by invalidating all our works2 (39:65, 6:88).

We should protect our salat from the associates of distorted shahada

That is why, while calling to uphold the true shahada as the basis of the whole system, the Quran calls to protect our salat, i.e. our following of the divine message, from the idols of distorted shahada:

And those who stand by their testimonies (e.g. shahada to the Oneness; cf. 7:172);/ And those who protect their salat (from the associates). 70:33-34 (cf. 14:35)

And those who invoke not any other god with God …/ And those who do not bear false testimony (e.g. false shahada), and if they pass by vain talk (e.g. hadiths, 6:68, 112) they pass by with dignity./ And who, when they are reminded of their Sustainer’s messages, fall not upon them deaf and blind of reason. 25:68, 72-73. Bearing unauthorized witness about human idols means bearing false witness, which produces lots of ‘vain talks’ of hadiths (6:68, 112), which often hinder people from using their reason in understanding the Quranic messages.

And those who acknowledge the End/ the whole (i.e. all scriptures as One Book), will acknowledge this, and it is they who protect their salat (from the associates). 6:92. This stresses on the Importance of holistic reading, i.e. acknowledgement of the whole (End, akhirat), which helps to better understand the Oneness emphasized throughout all the scriptures. This awareness of Oneness is essential to protect our following of the divine message from the idols of distorted shahada.

Unfortunately, Muhammadans have deified their messenger by making him a co-author and co-legislator with God in every single aspect of Islam and Islamic legislation. Thus they constantly commemorate a mortal’s name, in association with God’s, in shahada as well as in all the traditional daily rituals including azan, wudu, iqamat and sala prayers, though the sole purpose of all these practices should have been to commemorate God, only God, and no one else3 (1:5, 19:65, 20:14, 28:88, 40:14, 72:18). This is how Muhammad-worshippers have failed to guard their salat from the associates (70:33-34, 6:92) and, like idol-worshippers of other religions, have eventually lost their salat (19:59).

While asking to dedicate the whole system including shahada to God alone, the Quran pinpoints the reason why people associate their demigods’ names with God’s in their testimony and their worship rituals:

We have sent down to you the Book with truth, so serve God while devoting the system to Him alone./ Is it not to God alone that the system should be absolutely devoted? But those who set up masters other than God say: “We only serve them so that they may bring us closer to God”. God will judge between them in what they differ. Surely, God guides not anyone who is bent on lying, rejection. 39:2-3

Please observe how the mention of this idolatrous intention is immediately followed by the warning: Surely, God guides not anyone who is bent on lying, rejection. And how the message of devoting the whole system to God alone, repeated twice in this passage, comes back in next verses, 39:11 and 39:14, followed by a self-description of the Quran as ‘the best hadith’ and a detailed guide, which doesn’t require various contradictory hadiths attributed to the idolized messenger (39:23-33).

The Quran links the added shahada to rejection and condemns those Muhammadans who maintain sectarian powers based on it and who thereby promote falsehood and division in Islam (2:27; 13:20-22, 25, 33; 63:1; 9:17, 107).

Summary

Islam revolves around Oneness and so should shahada

In all matters of Islam, the Prophet was asked to follow the way of Abraham, who devoted the whole system to God alone (6:161-164 ). Thus the Quran insists that all our commitments – including shahada, seeking knowledge, loving others, doing justice, establishing social order, contributing towards betterment, peace-making, scientific observation, reasoning, abstinence from excess, charity and so on – all should be dedicated to God alone, without associating Him with others (6:162).

Now, since the deen is for God alone, and because shahada, or witnessing the Oneness, is the core of the deen, it also should be devoted to God alone (18:110, 4:36).

Yes, God’s greatness is far beyond human perception and comprehension, so much so that we are not allowed to exalt anything or anyone, in any way, to the level of association with Him (‘never associate anyone, 18:110’ and ‘do not associate anything in any way, 4:36’; cf. 4:36, 6:100, 17:43, 18:110, 30:40, 38:65, 39:67, 59:23). Obviously, we should never utter any name other than God’s when we declare His oneness and uniqueness, and also when we are involved in a service dedicated to Him. This emphasis is reinforced by a stern warning elsewhere that an association with God will fail us by invalidating all our works (39:65, 6:88).

That is why, while calling to uphold the true shahada as the basis of the whole system, the Quran calls to protect our salat, i.e. our following of the divine message, from the idols of distorted shahada (70:33-34; 6:92; 14:35; 25:68, 72-73).

Unfortunately, Muhammadans have deified their messenger by making him a co-author and co-legislator with God in every single aspect of Islam and Islamic legislation. Thus they constantly commemorate a mortal’s name, in association with God’s, in shahada as well as in all the traditional daily rituals, though the sole purpose of all these practices should have been to commemorate God, only God, and no one else (1:5, 19:65, 20:14, 28:88, 40:14, 72:18). This is how Muhammad-worshippers have failed to guard their salat from the associates (70:33-34, 6:92) and, like idol-worshippers of other religions, have eventually lost their salat (19:59).

While asking to dedicate the whole system including shahada to God alone, the Quran criticizes the attitude of those who associate their demigods’ names with God’s in their testimony and their worship rituals (39:2-3). Also, the Quran links the added shahada to rejection and condemns those Muhammadans who maintain sectarian powers based on it and who thereby promote falsehood and division in Islam (2:27; 13:20-22, 25, 33; 63:1; 9:17, 107).

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Note 1

God’s greatness is far beyond human perception and comprehension, so much so that we are not allowed to exalt anything or anyone, in any way, to the level of association with Him:

He is God; there is no other god beside Him. The King, the Holy, the Peace, the Trusted, the Supreme, the Noble, the Powerful, the Dignified. Utterly remote is God in His limitless glory from anything what they associate! 59:23

It is God who has created you, then provided for you, then puts you to death, then brings you to life. Is there any among the associates you set up that can do any of this? Limitless is He in His glory and High Exalted above what they associate. 30:40

Limitless is He in His glory and High Exalted above what they say! 17:43 (cf. 6:100)

Say: I am only a warner; and there is no god besides God, the One, the Supreme. 38:65

And they have not given God His true worth; and the whole Earth will be within His fist on the Day of Resurrection, and the Heavens will be rolled up in His right hand. Limitless is He in His glory and High Exalted above what they associate. 39:67

Say: I am but a human like you, being inspired that your God is one god. So whoever hopes to meet his Sustainer, let him do righteous work and never associate anyone (not even me) in the service of his Sustainer! 18:110

And serve God alone, and do not associate anything in any way beside Him. 4:36

Note 2

There is a stern warning in the Quran that an association of anyone or anything in any way with God, e.g. through an added shahada, will fail a person by invalidating all their works: And He has inspired to you and to those before you, that if you set up associates, He will nullify all your work, and you will be of the losers. 39:65 (cf. 6:88).

Note 3

Muhammadans have deified their messenger by making him a co-author and co-legislator with God in every single aspect of Islam and Islamic legislation. Thus they constantly commemorate a mortal’s name, in association with God’s, in shahada as well as in all the traditional daily rituals including azan, wudu, iqamat and sala prayers, though the sole purpose of all these practices should have been to commemorate God, only God, and no one else:

You alone we serve, You alone do we ask for help. 1:5

Surely, I, I alone am God; there is no god but Me. Hence, serve Me alone, and be steadfast in prayer for My remembrance! 20:14

And all temples belong to God, so invoke not anyone alongside God. 72:18

Do you know any who can be named along with Him? 19:65

And do not call besides God any god; there is no god but He. Everything is perishing except His Self. To Him belongs the judgment, and to Him you are being returned. 28:88

Therefore, call on God while devoting all service to Him alone. 40:14