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A person becomes Muslim by showing he believes "There is no god but God and Muhammad is the messenger of God". Given that socio-political custom is a construct of peoples' different geographic and temporal experiences, would the proclamation of the tahlila - showing a belief in Tawheed - bring a non-Muslim any closer to the Ummah?

In reverse, if a person of Muslim heritage chooses to only state the first half of the Shahadah, where does he stand?

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Islam is only entered by stating the full testimony, not half or part of it. This is spiritual testification and physical testification. A person's utterance of the statement is accepted and true if they believe in the statement when uttering it.

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  • My question is more about what categories Islam has for that which is not Islam. So the people of the book follow the Abrahamic religions and are given advantages over "non-book" religious peoples and those beyond (atheists, I guess!). However - what defines a person of the book? Is it the cultural tradition or the tahlila? – Ilya Grushevskiy Jun 3 '16 at 9:07
  • .. I can imagine Jewish and Christian people happily swearing "There is no god but God" but adding a different addendum (".., and Israel is the chosen nation of God" for the Jews, ".., and Christ is the son of God" for the Christians (as much that notion chooses to fight with Tawheed!). What if you are outside of the Abrahamic religions but still accept the tahlila as true, but without aligning yourself to any one culture exclusively? – Ilya Grushevskiy Jun 3 '16 at 9:14
  • @IlyaGrushevskiy maybe they are named/called "khanif" and as i know prophet ibrahim is called/named so in quran. – qdinar Jun 4 '17 at 9:41

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