The Believers’ Shahadah
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[23:32] We sent to them a messenger from among them, saying, “You shall worship GOD. You have no other god beside Him. Would you not be righteous?” (Unknown)
The Quran which God calls the “Messenger of God,” undoubtedly proclaims the same message:
[11:2] Proclaiming: “You shall not worship except GOD. I come to you from Him as a warner, as well as a bearer of good news.
What of those of us who are not messengers? God gives us our examples.
[46:13] Surely, those who say, “Our Lord is GOD,” then lead a righteous life, will have no fear, nor will they grieve.
[31:13] Recall that Luqmaan said to his son, as he enlightened him, “O my son, do not set up any idols beside GOD; idolatry is a gross injustice.”
[18:14] We strengthened their hearts when they stood up and proclaimed: “Our only Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth. We will never worship any other god beside Him. Otherwise, we would be far astray. (Dwellers of the Cave)
[18:38] “As for me, GOD is my Lord, and I will never set up any other god besides my Lord. (The man from the garden)
[7:121] They said, “We believe in the Lord of the universe. (The magicians)
[2:133] Had you witnessed Jacob on his death bed; he said to his children, “What will you worship after I die?” They said, “We will worship your god; the god of your fathers Abraham, Ismail, and Isaac; the one god. To Him we are submitters.”
[72:1] Say, “I was inspired that a group of jinns listened, then said, `We have heard a wonderful Quran.
[72:2] “ `It guides to righteousness, and we have believed in it; we will never set up any idols beside our Lord.
[72:3] “ `The Most High is our only Lord. He never had a mate, nor a son.
In all the examples that God has given in the Quran of believers proclaiming their faith in Him (Shahadah), there is not one who has mentioned any other name with God. The only instance in the Quran where this occurs is in Sura 63 titled Hypocrites:
[63:1] When the hypocrites come to you they say, “We bear witness that you are the messenger of GOD.” GOD knows that you are His messenger, and GOD bears witness that the hypocrites are liars.
[63:2] Under the guise of their apparent faith, they repel the people from the path of GOD. Miserable indeed is what they do.
[63:3] This is because they believed, then disbelieved. Hence, their minds are blocked; they do not understand.
God calls these people hypocrites and alerts us to their ultimate destiny.
[4:145] The hypocrites will be committed to the lowest pit of Hell, and you will find no one to help them.
If any person still harbors doubt after all these examples from his Creator, perhaps he/she should choose to be on the safe side and consider Abraham’s conclusion:
[19:48] “I will abandon you and the gods you worship beside GOD. I will worship only my Lord. By imploring my Lord alone, I cannot go wrong.”
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[51:55] And remind, for the reminder benefits the believers.
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[3:200] O you who believe, you shall be steadfast, you shall persevere, you shall be united, you shall observe GOD, that you may succeed.
[13:11] Shifts (of angels) take turns, staying with each one of you—they are in front of you and behind you. They stay with you, and guard you in accordance with GOD's commands. Thus, GOD does not change the condition of any people unless they themselves make the decision to change. If GOD wills any hardship for any people, no force can stop it. For they have none beside Him as Lord and Master.
[87:9] Therefore, you shall remind; perhaps the reminder will benefit.