Today the Muslim world enters the second week of Ramadan and continuing our devotions based on the 5 Pillars of Islam, we turn our attention to the Shahadah. This is the Muslim statement of belief that is fundamental to their faith. Every true Muslim must recite wholeheartedly "There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger."

A person becomes a Muslim by reciting this phrase out loud, with earnestness and understanding, before at least two witnesses. The Shahadah is a central feature of Islamic life from the cradle to the grave; it is whispered by the father into the ear of a new-born baby and whispered into the ear of a dying person.

The wording of the Shahadah features on several national flags, including that of Saudi Arabia which can never be flown at half-mast because lowering the flag is considered blasphemous. It can be a challenge for us to see Muslims give such respect and reverence to the Shahadah when as Christians, we are often light-hearted and frivolous about our faith. 

Throughout church history, there have been various attempts to articulate the Christian faith in creeds and statements of faith. In some ways these documents can be helpful as they unite us in our common beliefs, however, a man-made creed must never be allowed to carry the same weight as the Word of God. Romans 10:9 gives us a simple statement of faith that still holds true for people who are turning to Christ all over the world - “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

In many parts of Asia, especially in Muslim majority countries, Christians are facing fierce opposition, and some have given their lives for their commitment and loyalty to the truth that Jesus is Lord. Please join us today as we pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who stand defiant in the face of their accuser of whom we read in Revelation 12:11, “And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”

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