While Islamic terror attacks are barbaric in nature, at times, they give a misleading perception of Islam’s impact. As while Islamic terrorism dominates headlines, other subtle, yet equally harmful facets of the ideology, are often ignored.
Primarily, the Shahada is viewed as a religious ritual essential to Islam, with its recital required of all newcomers to the faith. When translated to English it reads; “there is no God but Allah and Muhammed is his messenger”.
But like many things in Islam, this act of religious observance is far more consequential than a brief analysis may reveal.
The phrase ‘there is no God but Allah’ is of particular significance when considering the Islamic view of other faiths and where Islam separates itself from all other major religions.
By compelling its followers to declare ‘there is no god but Allah’, the Shahada is imploring all Muslims to view other religious beliefs as being illegitimate and improper. This is not to ignore that Christians, Hindus and others believe that their god and their belief systems are the correct answers to the existential questions of the universe.
However there is a noted difference between choosing to believe in a religion, and seeing one’s own religion as the absolute and objective truth (as Islam does). Christianity, Islam or even atheism are all mere theories in answering questions of the world’s creation and powers, which can can neither be proved nor disproved.
So when a religion such as Islam compels its followers to proclaim that all other belief systems are obsolete; genuine tolerance, respect and equal regard for the worshippers of other faiths, is inherently weakened.
This supercilious, overweening Islamic view of other religions as revealed in the Shahada, demonstrates the intrinsically supremacist nature of the ideology.
Whether the specific means be violent or not, Islam aims to spread the purported truth of its movement across the world, dominate, and to subjugate all of mankind under the tentacles of Sharia.
Despite the Shahada seeming innocuous, the very principles behind its content and recital, means that it represents a part of, or perhaps the very basis of, Islam’s eternal quest to exert its hegemony over the entire globe.