Meaning of shahada in English:


(also shahadah)


  • The Muslim profession of faith (‘there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah’), one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

    • ‘The two uppermost bands of the minaret contain religious texts, with the final inscription appropriately chosen as the shahada, the Muslim profession of faith.’
    • ‘Briefly stated, this essential Islam is none other than the first part of the shahadah which every Muslim proclaims numerous times during the course of his or her day: La ilaha il'Llah, there is no deity other than Allah.’
    • ‘The other would have the shahadah or Muslim confession of faith: ‘There is no god but God, and Muhammad is His Messenger.’’
    • ‘As a young man in his late twenties, he made his shahadah (the Muslim declaration of faith).’
    • ‘I took my shahada (declaration of faith) that day.’


From Arabic šahāda ‘testimony, evidence’.