Five Pillars of Islam
1st Pillar (a)
Declaration of Faith (Shahadah)
An absolute belief in and the declaration of Faith is the first requirement of Islam.
Declaration of Faith consists of a simple two part statement:
a. The first part is: La Ilaha Illallah
It means that No one else is worthy of worship but God
b. The second part is: Muhammadur Rasul Allah
It means that Muhammad(Peace be upon him) is the (final) Messenger of God
This simple statement is the foundation of Islamic faith.
Muslims worship only One God and remain obedient to His Commands. Muslims use the Arabic word Allah for God.
Muslims stay away from whatever God has forbidden for them.
They ask for everything only from Him and look only to Him for
help, whenever in trouble.
Muslims also faithfully follow the traditions of Muhammad (Peace be upon him), the last Messenger of God, who had explained, exemplified and demonstrated the Commands of God to mankind, by living his own life in accordance to them.
Sincerely and firmly believing in, and declaring the Shahadah is the basic requirement for accepting Islam.