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The 5 Pillars of Islam in the Bible – The First Pillar (Shahadah)

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1. The Profession of Faith—The Shahada

The Profession of Faith, the shahada, is the most fundamental expression of Islamic beliefs. It simply states that “There is no God but God and Muhammad is his prophet.” It underscores the monotheistic nature of Islam. It is an extremely popular phrase in Arabic calligraphy and appears in numerous manuscripts and religious buildings.

(Excerpt taken from Khan Academy)

Equivalent in the Bible:

Mark 12:29:

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Jesus answered, The first is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God, the Lord is one:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;
Webster’s Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord.
Darby’s Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Jesus answered him, [The] first commandment of all [is], Hear, Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord;
Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Jesus answered—The chief is: Hear! O Israel,—The Lord our God, is, one Lord;
Young’s Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and Jesus answered him—’The first of all the commands [is], Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And Jesus answered him: The first commandment of all is, Hear, O Israel: the Lord thy God is one God.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And Iesus answered him, The first of al the commandements [is], Heare, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Jeshu saith to him, The first of all the commandments (is), Hear, Israel, The Lord our Aloha is one Lord:
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Jesus said to him: The first of all the commandments [is]: Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord: