A monotheistic Arabian group called the Sabians recited “La ilaha illallah” (“There is no god but Allah”) as their confession of faith.Hence, Muhammad simply added “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” to a creed that was already familiar in Arabia.The word “Shahada” comes from the verb shahida, meaning “he testifies” or “he bears witness.” In reciting the Shahada, a Muslim bears witness that Allah is the only true god, and that Muhammad is Allah’s prophet.
Amos’ You Tube channel, which is still online, contains four videos in a section on “Religion Horrors”, including two entitled “Refuting Islam With Their Own Quran”, “Refuting Christians With Their Own Christian Bible” and “Responding to the Bullshit of Christians”.
The videos see the teenager offering his interpretation of holy books and their interpretation, frequently using graphic and explicit language.
Not even celebrity status can shield Muslim women from punishments related to honor crimes.
Actress Afshan Azad (left), seen here with Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint, was beaten and threatened with death in 2010 by her father and brother for dating a non-Muslim.
“Threats of criminal action and lawsuits contribute to a culture of self-censorship, and hinder the development of an open and pluralistic environment where all forms of ideas and opinions should be debated and rebutted openly.” The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called for Amos’ immediate release, saying it had documented moves to rein in Internet-based news outlets and gag bloggers with defamation cases if they question the judiciary or investigate state financial bodies.
Online bloggers play a crucial role in Singapore, where most of the country's media are directly or indirectly controlled by the government, and self-censorship is prevalent, CPJ said.
Numerous journalists have been arrested, along with people accused of posting disparaging comments on social media.
The Shahada (also spelled “Shahadah”) is the Islamic Creed, one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
The millions of Indian Hindus who have immigrated to the West do not bring the practice along with them.