Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics

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still visit there, but it is second in

importance to Mecca.

[ 2 ]Some Muslim groups also venerate

the tombs of various prophets and those

Muslims consider saints. These sites can

be found throughout the Muslim world.

Other Muslim groups reject this practice

as idol worship. Because of their close

connection in the two affirmations of

the Shahada, belief in Muhammad as the

prophet of Allah is closely coupled with

the affirmation of His unity. This unity,

as attested to in Islamic tradition,

involves several affirmations and

negations: ‘‘The Prophet said, ‘If

anyone testifies that none has the right

to be worshipped but Allah Alone, Who

has no partners, and that Muhammad is

His slave and His Messenger, and that

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