What kalimah should a person read to accept Islam?

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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.


Answered by:

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.