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sha·ha·daor sha·ha·dah (shə-hä′də)
The central statement of faith in Islam, recited ceremonially by new converts and consisting of an affirmation of the uniqueness of God and of Muhammad as God's prophet.
[Arabic šahāda, a witnessing, testimony, shahada, from šahida, to bear witness, testify, confirm; akin to Aramaic səhed, to bear witness.]
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(Islam) the Islamic declaration of faith, repeated daily by Muslims
[from Arabic, literally: witnessing]
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