However, let us confirm the shahadah as given by God reviewing the relevant verses in the Quran to avoid the obvious idolatry that nullifies all our works:
Precise statement of our faith
Shahadah is also known as the First Commandment as it is the first of the ten commandments given to Moses through ten tablets in Mount Sinai, which is “Thou shall not worship except One God.” This commandment being obligatory for all came down to the people of the later generations through the message given to other messengers including the final scripture, the Quran. The Quran has included the precise statement of it repeating in a number of verses to avoid any corrupt form of it as well as to prevent us from falling into idol worship to nullify our all works:
[3:18] God bears witness that there is no god besides He, and so do the angels and the knowledgeable with having the justice. There is no god besides He, the Almighty, the Most Wise.
Note: God Himself has informed us the shahadah in the Quran repeating twice, who has prescribed all religious rites and laws for us to lead a righteous life.
[37:35] When it was said to them: “There is no god besides God,” they were arrogant.
Note: The reference has come in respect with the contemporary idol worshipers but the same behavior can also be noticed when this statement is shared with the traditional Muslims.
[47:19] Therefore, you (Muhammad) shall know that there is no god besides God, and ask forgiveness of your sins and of the believing men as well as the believing women. And God is aware of your endeavor and attainment.
Note: The Shahadah what was taught Muhammad, also taught all of us, which is very clear in the verse, the Quran being the final scripture as well as a reminder for the world. Thus, there is no reason to put Muhammad’s name next to God, even if he uttered his name next to God, it would not be just silly for him but he would go against the Quran, and would be idol worshipper.
[63:1] When the hypocrites come to you they say: “We bear witness that you are a messenger of God.” And God knows that you are His messenger, and God bears witness that the hypocrites are liars.
Note: Though statement is not precise in the verse but there is an indication that mentioning of Muhammad’s name as a messenger of God next to God is the shahadah of the hypocrites. Thus, those who recite shahadah adding Muhammad as a messenger of God belong to the hypocrites. But it is unfortunate that the majority Muslims ignore this fact and insist on mentioning “Muhammad is a messenger of God” in the shahadah precisely stated by God in the Quran as well as the previous scripture.
Worshipping God alone
All prophets and messengers of God have preached to the humanity to worship Him alone so that we all can avoid idol worship that nullifies our all works. This commandment found in the following verses of the Quran that must be taken seriously to ensure our safe return to God.
[7:70] They said: “Have you (Muhammad) come to us to worship God alone (allahu wahdahu) and abandon what our forefathers used to worship? Then bring us what you promise if you are truthful.”
Note: At the time of revelation of the Quran people used to associate idols in their worship while the majority who believes in God now associate prophet, messenger, saint or even the religious leaders as idols in their worship, and the adding of Muhammad’s name next to God’s name in the Shahadah is a critical example of that.
[39:45] And when God alone (allahu wahdahu) is mentioned, the hearts of those who do not believe in the Hereafter shrink with aversion. But when others are mentioned beside Him, then they are pleased.
Note: Indeed, if the mention of Muhammad’s or any other messenger’s name next to God’s name is what pleases us, we may not be believers in the Hereafter in the true sense. That is a terrible tragedy, and something to take seriously according to the Quran.
[40:12] That is because when God alone (allahu wahdahu) was invoked, you disbelieved, but when partners were associated with Him, you believed. Now, the judgment is with God, the Most High, the Most Great.
Note: The Quran teaches that those who associate anything or anyone with God are the disbelievers.
[40:84] But when they saw our retribution, they said: “We believe in God alone (allahu wahdahu), and we disbelieve in what we used to associate with Him.”
Note: Even though we cannot realize that we are associating with God adding Muhammad’s name next to His name now but we will be able to do that when we see the retribution from God.
[60:4] There is a good example for you in Abraham and those with him. They said to their people: “We disown you and the idols that you worship besides God. We abandon you, and you will see nothing from us except animosity and hatred until you believe in God alone (allahu wahdahu).” Except for the saying of Abraham to his father: “I will pray for your forgiveness, even though I possess no power to protect you from God.” “Our Lord, we trust in You, and we turn to You; to You is the final destiny.”
Note: Abraham and those who believe with him set an example to worship God alone and there is a lesson in it for us how to avoid idol worship while adding anything or anyone next to God’s name in the Shahadah being an idol worship.
Mentioning of Muhammad 4 times by name in the Quran
There are numerous references of Muhammad in the Quran but he has been mentioned 4 times by his name in the Quran. God knows exactly where he should be mentioned by name. So mentioning him by name in any other places does not have His approval.
[3:144] And Muhammad was no more than a messenger, the messengers preceded him. So, if he dies or is killed will you turn back on your heels? And whoever turns back on his heels, then he will not harm God in anyway. And God will reward the thankful.
Note: The believers are required to uphold the message sent with the messenger at his lifetime as well as when he is no more among them to be thankful to God to be qualified for His reward.
[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.
Note: The message in the verse points that who was Muhammad and what was his duty, i.e., he delivered the final scripture being one of the messengers of God and the final prophet.
[47:2] And those who believe and do the righteous works, and believe in what was sent down to Muhammad and it is the truth from their Lord, He removes their evil works from them and relieves their situation.
[48:29] Muhammad is a messenger of God, and those who are with him are stern against the disbelievers, but merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and prostrating, seeking God’s blessings and approval. Their mark is in their faces as a result of prostrating. Such is their example in the Torah. And their example in the Injeel is like a plant which shoots out and becomes strong and thick and it stands straight on its stem, pleasing to the farmers that He may enrage the disbelievers with them. God promises those among them who believe and do good works a forgiveness and a great reward.
Note: The believers will maintain a strong relation among themselves and strive in the cause of God to deserve forgiveness and a great reward from Him.
No distinction between any of His messengers
God has commanded us not to make a distinction between of any of His messengers to avoid idolatry focusing on any of His messengers. This commandment is very crucial for us, which has been repeated 4 times in the Quran so that we do not miss it or we have not taken it lightly. The verses that are directly associated with this commandment are stated below:
[2:136] Say: “We believe in God and in what was sent down to us and what was sent down to Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the Patriarchs, and what was given to Moses and Jesus, and what was given to the prophets from their Lord; we do not make a distinction between any of them and to Him we are submitters.”
[2:285] The messenger believes in what was sent down to him from his Lord. And the believers, all who believe in God, and His angles, and His scriptures, and His messengers; we do not make a distinction between any of His messengers; and they said: “We hear and obey, forgive us our Lord, and to you is our destiny.”
[3:84] Say: “We believe in God and what was sent down to us and what was sent down to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Patriarchs, and what was given to Moses and Jesus and the prophets from their Lord. We do not make any distinction between them, and to Him we are submitters.”
[4:152] And those who believe in God and His messengers and do not make a distinction between any of them, we will give them their rewards. And God is Forgiving, Merciful.
Note: God has commanded us not to make a distinction between any of His messengers referring to both prophet and messenger in the above verses, and the minute level of clarity is only possible as God is the author of the Quran. If we can interpret the commandment appropriately and obey His order, we will not be deprived of His reward and mercy.
Consequence of Idol-worship
God warns us that idol worship is an unforgivable sin if it is maintained until death. If we do fall into idol worship by ignorance, we must repent for it when we realize it before it is too late, otherwise all our works will be nullified (4:48 & 116). Even, God has warned His messengers either not to fall into idol worship (6:88 & 39:65). God thus has made this practice very clear in His revelations so that we all make our utmost efforts not to fall into idol worship setting up partners with Him in any circumstances not to be with the losers in the Hereafter:
[4:48] God does not forgive to set up partners with Him (idolatry), but He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who sets up partners with God, then he has committed a horrendous offense.
[4:116] God does not forgive to set up partners with Him (idolatry), but He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who sets up partners with God, then he has gone far astray.
[6:88] Such is the guidance of God, with it He guides whomever He wills from His servants. But if they had set up partners, then what they had done would have been nullified.
[39:65] It has been revealed to you (Muhammad)and to those before you, if you set up partners , all your works will be nullified, and you will be with the losers.
Note: God has also warned His messengers not fall into idol worship being a Satanic trap.
Idol-worship is Satan’s trap
It is Satan who does not want people to worship God alone. He promised to use his powers to lead people astray and to have them set up idols beside God. He does not care if the idol we set up beside God is Jesus, Muhammad, Ali or anyone. He does not care if the idol we set up is our business, property, children or money. He does not mind if our idol worship is obvious or subtle. All he wants from the believers in God, is that we nullify all our works by falling into some sort of idol worship, and being unappreciative of God is also equivalent to it:
[17:62] He said, “Is this (Adam) the one whom You have honored over me? If You respite me till the Day of Resurrection, I will possess all his descendants except a few.”
[7:17] “Then I (Satan) will come to them from before them, and from behind them, and from their right, and from their left, and You will find that most of them are unappreciative.”
Note: Satan is our great enemy and his utmost effort is to make them idol worshipper to nullify their all works, who believe in God and the Hereafter.
We are also blessed to have a 3-fold mathematical confirmation derived from the Quran as God in His infinite mercy has mathematically coded the First Commandment, the precise statement of shahadah in it as detailed below.Since this mathematical confirmation has derived from what is in the Arabic text of the Quran done specifically and deliberately, we can avoid any corrupt form of shahadah and use the correct one as confirmed to declare our faith without having any traces of doubt in our hearts.
(a) The Arabic statement لا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ “La Ilaha Illa Allah” (There is no god except God) consists of 12 letters. These Arabic letters (written and read from right to left) in the order of occurrence are:
ل ا ا ل ہ ا ل ا ا ل ل ہ
The gematrical (numerical) values of these letters associated with them are 30, 1, 1, 30, 5, 1, 30, 1, 1, 30, 30 and 5. Now if we write these numbers together, the resultant number is a 17-digit number, which is a multiple of 19=>30113051301130305= 19 x 1584897436901595.
This mathematical confirmation is a stamp of God on this statement clearly indicating to us that this is the correct statement, and this amazing stamp leaves no doubt about our shahadah.
(b) There are 5 instances of “Wahdahu” (Alone) which refer to God are found in 4 suras of the Quran. If the relevant sura number and verse numbers are added, the sum is a multiple of 19 => 361= 19 x 19
(see the table below for details):
This mathematical analysis of ‘God alone’ “allahu wahdahu” exactly tells us that the association of anything or anyone with God from His creation would be idolatry. Hence, there should not be any doubt in the hearts of the true believers that the correct statement of faith is “There is no god beside God” (in Arabic, Laa-Ilaha Illa Allah).
(c) There are 3 distinct sets of verses: the first set of 4 verses in 4 suras deals with the precise statement of shahadah, the second set of 4 verses in 4 suras deals with mentioning Muhammad 4 times by his name and the third one of 4 verses in 3 suras deals with no distinction between any of His messengers. If the relevant sura # and verse # are added, the sum is a multiple of 19 =>1235 = 19 x 65 (See table below for details):
This mathematical confirmation comes from a direct relationship of the verses covering three pieces of information to confirm that the correct statement of faith is “There is no god beside God” (in Arabic, Laa-Ilaha Illa Allah). It is noted that the numeric figure of mentioning Muhammad 4 times by his name in the Quran also participates in the mathematical confirmation that Muhammad was a messenger of God like Musa, which is also an indirect proof that any messenger’s name should not be appended to the statement of shahadah to corrupt it.
God has not only confirmed our Shahadah in the Quran but it is also His mercy that He has detailed out it in the Quran to strengthen our hearts with both logical and physical proofs. There are 4 pieces of information: (1) precise statement of faith, (2) worshipping God alone, (3) mentioning of Muhammad 4 times by his name in the Quran and (4) no distinction between any of His messengers which are coupled together to confirm the statement of faith. Though the verses connected to each piece of information give us a sufficient proof but they all together contribute to confirm it to eliminate any traces of doubt from our hearts so that we can avoid any corrupt form of it. However, idol worshipping nullifies all our works being Satan’s trap has also been highlighted to be aware of the consequences if anyone of us fails to declare the correct form of Shahadah.
In addition, there isa 3-fold mathematical confirmation including even letter level confirmation of the statement of faith as derived from what is in the Arabic text of the Quran done specifically and deliberately, wherein there is no mistake, nonsense or contradiction. Hence, there is irrefutable proof that our shahadah is “There is no god beside God” (in Arabic, Laa-Ilaha Illa Allah), and any addition to this statement nullifies the mathematical coding of Quran and God’s approval.
Shahadah is the confession but if we spell it out it means that God is the One and Only God, that God alone is worthy of worship, that to Him alone belongs all praise, and that He is sovereign. These convictions are to be established in our hearts along with striving in the cause of God with our works, wealth and lives (49:14-15) keeping in mind that God is our Protector as well as the best Helper (3:150) to be with the righteous in the Hereafter:
[49:14] The Arabs said: “We believe.” Say: “You have not believed (yet), but (you should) say: ‘We have submitted”, since the belief has not yet entered into your hearts. And if you obey God and His messenger, He will not put any of your works to waste. God is Forgiving, Most Merciful.
[49:15] The believers are only those who believe in God and His messenger, then they do not doubt, and strive in the cause of God with their wealth and their lives. These are the truthful ones.
[3:150] God is your Protector (mawlaakum) and He is the best Helper (khayru l-naasirin).
From this study, we do not have just learned that the correct statement of our shahadah is “There is no god besides God” (in Arabic, Laa-Elaha Ella Allah), we have the confirmation of it from the Arabic text of the Quran and its mathematical coding. While there should not be any doubt among any of us that adding a phrase “Muhammad is a messenger of God” to it is its corrupt form. Now, not only the so called Islamic scholars but also all the people of the world are banded together to oppose the correct form of shahadah would not able to divert the true believers of God and the Quran from declaring the correct form of shahadah to make them idol worshipers (mushrik in Arabic) or hypocrites (munaafiq in Arabic) to nullify their all works. However, those who preach the corrupt form of shahadah to the people or those who accept it would suffer the consequences when they meet their Lord but God willing, we are fortunate not to be one of those.
Peaceful Friday, salaam and God bless.