Was it necessary for Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.) to recite the dual testimony (Shahadatain)?

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After recording hundreds of reliable and well-documented poetic verses from Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.) on Islam, Tauheed and Prophethood, Allamah Amini (r.a.) laments:

‘I do not understand the (need for) testimony and confession in prophethood after narrating all these verses. Had even one of these verses or a single line of prose been found for anyone else, all Muslims would have applauded his Islam. However, all these verses put together are not sufficient to prove the Islam of Abu Talib (a.s.). I am shocked!’

Al-Ghadeer v 7 p 460

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