AL-TANZIL
The
Revelation
 
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I Bear Witness......................

MUSLIM SHAHADA – ALLAH’S CRITERION OF DIFFERENTIATION

between BELIEVERS and UNBELIEVERS

[ALLAH’S Quran - 49:15 – Al-Muntakhab] “Indeed, true believers are those who have solemnly believed in Allah and His Messenger .............”

Those who, Understand, Embrace and Declare;

I bear witness;
there is no god but ALLAH; Muhammad is the Messenger of ALLAH


The WITNESSES (who Testify) are The BELIEVERS

ALLAH, The Exalted Has Defined The ones who bear witness:

[ALLAH’S Quran – 57:19 – Abdullah Yusuf Ali] “And those who believe in Allah and His messengers- they are the Sincere (lovers of Truth), and the witnesses (who testify), in the eyes of their Lord: They shall have their Reward and their Light. But those who reject Allah and deny Our Signs,- they are the Companions of Hell-Fire.”

[ALLAH’S Quran – 3:53 – Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar] “Our Lord! We believed in what Thou hadst caused to descend. And we followed the Messenger so write us down with the ones who bear witness.”

[ALLAH’S Quran – 5:83 - Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar] “When they listen to what has been sent down to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears, because of the Truth they recognize. They say, Our Lord, we believe, so count us among those who bear witness.”

The Prophet (pbuh) has said:

[Muslim, Book #001, Hadith #0045] “It is narrated on the authority of Ubadah b. Samit that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) observed: He who said:" There is no god but Allah, He is One and There is no associate with Him, that Muhammad is his servant and His Messenger;”

[Bukhari, Book #74, Hadith #281] “ Narrated Ibn Mas'ud: Allah's Apostle taught me the Tashah-hud as he taught me a Sura from the Quran, while my hand was between his hands. (Tashah-hud was) all the best compliments and the prayers and the good things are for Allah. Peace and Allah's Mercy and Blessings be on you, O Prophet! Peace be on us and on the pious slaves of Allah, I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and I also testify that Muhammad is Allah's slave and His Apostle. (We used to recite this in the prayer) during the lifetime of the Prophet , but when he had died, we used to say, "Peace be on the Prophet."

[Bukhari, Book #24, Hadith #573] “Narrated Abu Ma'bad,: (the slave of Ibn Abbas) ALLAH's Apostle said to Muadh when he sent him to Yemen, "You will go to the people of the Scripture. So, when you reach there, invite them to testify that none has the right to be worshipped but ALLAH, and that Muhammad is His Apostle. And if they obey you in that, tell them that ALLAH has enjoined on them five prayers in each day and night. And if they obey you in that tell them that ALLAH has made it obligatory on them to pay the Zakat which will be taken from the rich among them and given to the poor among them. If they obey you in that, then avoid taking the best of their possessions, and be afraid of the curse of an oppressed person because there is no screen between his invocation and ALLAH."

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