“At the heart of Islam stands the reality of God, the One, the Absolute and the Infinite, the Infinitely Good and All Merciful, the One Who is at once transcendent and immanent, greater than all we can conceive or imagine, yet, as the Quran, the sacred scripture of Islam, attest, closer to us than our jugular vein. The One God, known by His Arabic Name, Allah, is the central reality of Islam in all of its facets, and attestation to this oneness, which is called tawhid, is the axis around which all that is Islamic revolves. Allah is beyond all duality and relationality, beyond the differences in gender and of all qualities that distinguish beings from each other in the world. Yet He is the source of all existence and all cosmic and human qualities as well as the End to Whom all things return.

To testify to this oneness lies at the heart of the credo of Islam, and the formula that expresses the truth of this oneness, “There is no god but God,” is the first of two testifications (shahadas) by which a person bears witness to being a Muslim; the second is “Muhammad is the messenger of God.” The oneness of God is for Muslims not only the heart of their religion, but that of every authentic religion.”

- The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity; Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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