Q: Which one is the shahada? Is it “lā ʾilāha ʾillā llāh muḥammadun rasūlu llāh” or the sentence in tashahhud “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasooluh”? I thought they are the same but not sure. Which one should a new Muslim or a one out of Islam to say to become Muslim?
A: It is “Ash-hadu al-laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rasooluh.”
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.