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Jumada II 1429

Volume 24 No 6

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson

The First Commandment and Its Mathematical Coding

Over it is nineteen (74:30)

The First Commandment is the main pillar of Submission. It is the statement of faith (Shahadah), and is clearly stated in the Quran:

[3:18] GOD bears witness that there is no god except He, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge. Truthfully and equitably, He is the absolute god; there is no god but He, the Almighty, Most Wise.

Thus unquestionably “There is no god beside God” (in Arabic, La elahe ella Allah) is the most crucial commandment. This is the first commandment in all scriptures of God (Deut. 5:6-10, 6:4-5, Mark 12:28-30) However, the majority of “Muslims” ignore the above verse and insist on mentioning “and Muhammad is the messenger of God” in their Shahadah. Obviously, anyone who believes in the Quran knows that Muhammad served as one of the messengers of God. He was indeed the last prophet through whom the Quran was revealed.

[33:40] Muhammad was not the father of any man among you. He was a messenger of GOD and the final

prophet. GOD is fully aware of all things.

The point is not Muhammad’s messengership and its acknowledgment. The point is to do what is right to please God. There is no reason to put Muhammad’s name next to God. Did Muhammad himself use his name in the Shahadah? It would have been silly for him to utter his name. Furthermore, he would be going against the Quran and what God asked him to do.

[3:79] Never would a human being whom GOD blessed with the scripture and prophethood say to the people, “Idolize me beside GOD.” Instead, (he would say), “Devote yourselves absolutely to your Lord alone,” according to the scripture you preach and the teachings you learn.

Indeed, if the mention of Muhammad’s or any other messenger’s name next to God’s name is what satisfies us, we may not be believers in the Hereafter in the true sense. That is a terrible tragedy and something to watch for according to the Quran:

[39:45] When GOD ALONE is mentioned, the hearts of those who do not believe in the Hereafter shrink with aversion. But when others are mentioned beside Him, they become satisfied.

Is God not sufficient?

God alone should be sufficient for us. According to above criterion, we should be satisfied with mentioning or hearing the name of God in the Shahadah without the mention of other names. This is what God expects us to do. On the other hand, the so-called “Muslim Scholars,” (Ulama, in Arabic), want us to disobey God. They want us to mention Muhammad’s name next to God. They say that you are not a Muslim if you don’t. They question whether you believe in Muhammad. They accuse you of not respecting and loving the prophet. How about respecting God and what He says? Isn’t respecting God also respecting Muhammad?

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