Miracle of Double Testimony: What Muslims Must Do To Qualify as Muslims?

Mar 25, 2008

At a more collective level, so must your courts and parliament; your cabinet and your various government agencies; your military, business and financial and industrial institutions.

So also must your sports organizations and activities; your cultural institutions and entertainment events; and your professional life at all levels as well as your leisure pursuits.

In other words, the first requirement of Shahaadat is that every aspect, part and dimension of your life, both individual and collective, must bear that witness and provide that evidence.

Shahaadah, thus, is the declaration and proclamation, in private as well as in public, of your entire body, mind and soul, and of every single aspect and dimension of your life and society and culture, of the truth of what you are asserting, stating or bearing witness to and providing testimony and evidence about.

Shahaadat Must Use the Nicest Means

Islam is the divine name for doing everything the best possible way such that it will guarantee you and everyone else the best possible life in this world as well as in the next world.

Therefore, the second requirement of Shahaadat is that the testimony and evidence you provide - the declaration and proclamation you make - must include every lawful, legitimate and peaceful means at your disposal.

Making sure all the time that those are the nicest and most wonderful means you can think of. Because, that is what Islam is all about. Islam is about living life in the nicest and most wonderful way possible both for you and for everyone else in this world.

It must include the best and finest forms of speech, communication and expression, just as it must include the best and finest forms of action, behavior and conduct.

How Humans Communicate

Human beings communicate in all sorts of different ways. Sometimes they do so by saying something, whereas on other occasions they do it by remaining silent and not saying anything.

At times they scream from the rooftops. At other times, they speak in the quietest of whispers. Sometimes they are gentle and soft and coo like a dove. At other times, they screech and bark in the harshest of voices and tones and roar like a lion.

Sometimes their communication is through words, and sometimes it is through gestures and body language. Sometimes they communicate personally one on one or in small and large groups, whereas some other times they communicate using all sorts of media and technologies to all kinds of large audiences.

In the same way, humans also communicate through the clothes they wear; the houses they build; the businesses they run; and through a wide range of other things they do or do not do.

Thus, human behavior is also a most powerful form of communication. Thus, war is powerful communication, just as activities for peace are also important forms of human expression and communication.

The Shahaadah you say you bear, therefore, must be in all these forms and at all these levels. It must include personal and media communication, and it must include all other forms of human expression and action.

Adhaan and Iqaamah: Daily Drill of Shahaadatain

Thus, the two most important requirements of Shahaadah are that your testimony must occur in every aspect and level of your individual as well as collective life and that it must include all forms of communication, expression and action within the bounds of legality, morality and decency.

This is the lesson that the Muslims are taught 10 times a day: five times during Adhaan and five times during Iqaamah.

Adhaan is generally loud and from a high place such as a minaret. Consider it calling out or Shahadah from the rooftop. In many places these days the Adhaan is called using a loudspeaker or an amplifying device of some kind.

Iqaamat is softer and quieter, delivered inside the portals of the Masjid in a more personal and intimate way.

One is public, as public as it can be, while the other is a bit more private.

What a beautiful reminder of the Shahaadah Muslims must bear! No less than ten times a day.

Muslims Do Proclaim Tauheed and Risaalat from and Inside the Mosques

And the first of the two things about which you must bear witness and testimony and the truth of which you must announce, proclaim and convey to the entire world is Tauheed, the essence of which is: There is no God but God.

And the second is Risaalat: Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is God's messenger to the entire world.

When you consider the institutions of Adhaan and Iqaamah in Muslim societies and communities, there is reason for Muslims to take heart. There is reason for them to feel good. Muslims do proclaim to the world the truth of Tauheed and Risaalat at least ten times a day.

This is true at the level of individuals, communities and, in many cases, also of societies.

And Muslims do so at least in relation to Salaah or worship and at least using the form of public and private communication that Adhaan and Iqaamah provide.

But they do so mostly within and from the confines of the mosque or Masjid.

The World Awaits the Muslim Testimony outside the Mosque

In the meantime, the world awaits the Muslim testimony, which has been a long time in coming.

What is sad and disheartening is that the testimony of most Muslims stops at the doors of the Masjid and does not carry over to other places involving their lives, just as it is limited to their Namaaz or Salaat and does not cover all other aspects and parts of their lives.

What is most disheartening is that most Muslims not only limit their proclamation and testimony to the formal Shahaadatain of Adhaan and Iqaamah, but many of them do not even understand the broader implications of their own twin-testament of Ashhadu allaa ilaaha illallah and Ashhadu anna muhammadar rasulullah.

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