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Rabi II 1437

Volume 32 No 1

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

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

The Believers’ Shahadah

(Proclamation of Faith)

Before we humans were banished to this earth God, Most Merciful, gave us crucial information we would need to redeem ourselves:

[7:172-4]  Recall that your Lord summoned all the descendants of Adam, and had them bear witness for themselves: “Am I not your Lord?” They all said, “Yes. We bear witness.” Thus, you cannot say on the Day of Resurrection, “We were not aware of this.”  Nor can you say, “It was our parents who practiced idolatry, and we simply followed in their footsteps. Will You punish us because of what others have innovated?”  We thus explain the revelations, to enable the people to redeem themselves.

[4:36]  You shall worship GOD alone do not associate anything with Him. …

We took a covenant with God to uphold these commandments.

[36:60-2] Did I not covenant with you, O Children of Adam, that you shall not worship the devil? That he is your most ardent enemy? And that you shall worship Me alone? This is the right path. He has misled multitudes of you. Did you not possess any understanding?

How did we go wrong?  Satan, our most ardent enemy, has once again caused multitudes of humans to disregard our Creator’s soul-saving advice.  He has whispered to us that there is no harm in associating others with God; we are merely acknowledging and giving respect to God’s messengers.  Whom should we believe? God, Lord of the Universe, or Satan who duped us before and caused our eviction from Paradise? (7:19-22)

The Quran, God’s great gift to us, repeatedly gives us the correct information.   

[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.

[37:35]  When they were told, “Lã Elãha Ella Allãh [There is no other god beside GOD],” they turned arrogant.

[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.

The Most Gracious further informs us that He sent all of His messengers with the same message (Shahadah).

One God/One Message/One Religion
[21:25]  We did not send any messenger before you except with the inspiration: “There is no god except Me; you shall worship Me alone.”

In addition, God gives us enough examples of His messengers to eradicate all doubt.

Noah: [7:59]  We sent Noah to his people, saying, “O my people, worship GOD; you have no other god beside Him. I fear for you the retribution of an awesome day.”

Abraham: [21:56]  He said, “Your only Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, who created them. This is the testimony to which I bear witness.

Moses: [7:158]  Say, “O people, I am GOD’s messenger to all of you. To Him belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. There is no god except He. He controls life and death.” Therefore, you shall believe in GOD and His messenger, the gentile prophet, who believes in GOD and His words. Follow him, that you may be guided.

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