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|Laa ilaaha illaa Allah|
|01/02/02 at 05:36:41|
Even though we're Muslims, sometimes we forget the importance of the Shahadah. Someone forwarded this to me and I'd like to share it with you.
Laa ilaaha illaa Allah :
There is no god worthy of worship except Allah alone.
This is the complete belief that Indeed there is nothing truly
deserving worship except Allah. It is necessary to know that it is
not meant for one to merely repeat these words with the lips, as was
mentioned by Wahb ibn Munabbih to the person who asked him "Isn't Laa
ilaaha illaa Allah the key to Jannah?" Wahb said "Of course,
however, there is no key except that it has teeth. So if you come
with a key that has teeth, then it will open for you, otherwise, it
won't open for you." - Narrated by Bukhari in the chapter ` whoever's
last word is Laa ilaaha illaa Allah'.And the teeth of this key are:
The conditions of Laa ilaaha illaa Allah.
The Virtues of Laa ilaaha illaa Allah.
It has great virtues and it has a high status, whoever says it
truthfully, Allah will enter him into Jannah. Whoever says it
falsely, then his blood is spared and his wealth protected in this
life. As for the hereafter, his accounting is with Allah and he will
be judged like the Hypocrites.
And from this great phrase (laa ilaaha illaa Allah) there are many
>From these virtues, are that:
It is the price of the Jannah
Whoever's last words are `Laa ilaaha illa Allah', he will enter
It is a rescue from the Hell Fire
Forgiveness becomes obligatory for him
It is the best of all things
It wipes away the sins
It is the best thing that was said by the prophets
It is the best form of remembrance
It is the best of actions and the most in reward
It is a protection from the Shaitaan
And from it's virtues are that it opens for the one who says it, all
eight gates of Jannah for him to enter from whichever one he wishes.
And from it's virtues are that the people of this word, even if they
do enter the Hell fire due to their shortcomings in their duties,
then indeed it is inevitable that they will leave from the Hell fire.
This is some of what Ibn Rajab mentioned in his book (kalimatul-
Ikhlaas) concerning the virtues of Laa ilaaha illaa Allah and in his
book he brings evidences for each one.
The pillars of Laa ilaaha illaa Allah
The pillars of Laa ilaaha illaa Allah are two: Negation and
1) Negation - Laa ilaaha (There is no God), nullifies all forms
of Shirk (associating partners with Allah). And it makes obligatory
for one to Disbelieve in and reject all things being worshipped other
2) Affirmation - illaa Allah (Except Allah), affirms that nothing
is worthy of worship except Allah. And the meaning of this comes in
the Book of Allah in Suratul Baqarah, verse 256, when Allah said "And
whoever disbelieves in Taghoot and believes in Allah, then he has
grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break"
"And whoever disbelieves in Taghoot" - This is the meaning of the
first pillar (negation).
"And believes in Allah" - This is the meaning of the second pillar
And Allah said relating Ibrahim in surah Az-Zukhruf verse 26, "Verily
I am innocent (free from) what you worship" and verse 27, "Except Him
who did create me, and verily He will guide me"
"Verily I am innocent from what you worship" is the meaning of the
first pillar - Negation
"Except for Him who did create me" - is the meaning of the second
pillar - Affirmation.
7 Conditions of Laa ilaaha illaa Allah:
The scholars have mentioned that Laa ilaaha illaa Allah has seven
conditions and some scholars made the conditions 8.
In Arabic there is a poem which mentions these conditions in a way
easy to memorize, however in English it may not sound poetic:
Knowledge, Certainty, Sincerity, and your Truthfulness with
Love and submission and acceptance, they have
And the eighth condition is to disbelieve in
All the false gods being worshiped.
1) Al-ilm: Knowledge - negates ignorance.
So if the servant Knows that Allah is the one and only deserving
worship, and that the worship of others is completely false, and he
acts in accordance with that knowledge, then he is knowledgeable of
it's meaning. Allah said, "so know that Laa ilaaha illaa Allah (none
has the right to be worshipped but Allah)" - Surah Muhammad, verse 19.
And Allah said, "except for those who bear witness to the Truth, And
they KNOW" - Surah Zukhruf, verse 86.
On the authority of Uthmaan (may Allah be pleased with him) who
said, The Messenger of Allah S.A.W said "Whoever dies and he knows
that Laa ilaaha ilaa Allah, will enter Jannah" - Saheeh Muslim, Book
2) Al-Yaqeen - Certainty - negates Doubt
It is obligatory upon the one who says Laa ilaaha illaa Allah, to
have certainty with his heart and believe the correctness of that
which he says regarding the legal claim of Allah's deservedness of
being worshipped, and the falsehood of anything besides Allah being
considered deserving worship.
Allah said, "And who believe in (Qur'aan and Sunnah) which has been
sent down to you (O Muhammad SAW) and in that which was sent down
before you (The Taurat and Injeel) and they believe with CERTAINTY in
the hereafter." - Suratul Baqarah, verse 4.
And on the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him)
who said, "The Messenger S.A.W. said "I bear witness that there is no
God worthy of worship besides Allah, and I am the messenger of Allah,
No servant will meet Allah with it (the Shahaadah) without any DOUBT
in it, except that he will enter Al-Jannah". Narrated by Muslim.
And from him (Abu Hurairah may Allah be pleased with him), Verily
the messenger S.A.W said to him, "Whoever you meet behind this wall
and he testifies that `Laa ilaaha illaa Allah' and has CERTAINTY of
it in his heart, then give him glad tidings of the Jannah." Narrated
And Allah the Most High said in describing the believers: "Only
those are the believers who have believed in Allah and His messenger,
and afterward DOUBT NOT" - Surah Al Hujuraat, verse 15. In other
words they do not doubt, rather, they have a complete certainty.
As for the one who is Doubtful, then he is from the Munaafiqeen (the
Hypocrites). Allah said in Surah At-Tawbah: "It is only those who
believe not in Allah and the Last Day and whose hearts are in DOUBT
that ask your leave. So in their DOUBTS they waver.", verse 45.
3) Al-Ikhlaas - Sincerity - negates Shirk
All speech and actions should spring from Sincerity for the face of
Allah and seeking His pleasure without being polluted with Shirk in
Allah The Most High said: "And they were commanded not, but that
they should worship Allah, and worship none but HIM ALONE (abstaining
from ascribing partners to Him)" - Surah Al-Bayyinah, verse 5.
And from Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said, The
Messenger of Allah said "The happiest person with my intercession is
he who says `Laa ilaaha illaa Allah' SINCERELY from his heart". -
Narrated by Al-Bukhari.
And from Uthmaan (may Allah be pleased with him), from the Prophet
S.A.W who said, "Verily, Allah made the Hell-fire forbidden for
whoever said `Laa ilaaha illaa Allah' seeking with that the Face of
Allah". - Narrated by Al-Bukhari.
4) As-Sidq - Truthfulness - negates Lying
That is to be truthful with Allah in one's Iman (faith), truthful in
one's belief, truthful in one's speech, truthful in one's calling.
Allah The Most High said "O you who believe! Be afraid of Allah,
and be with those who are true (in words and deeds)." - Surah At-
Tawbah - Verse 119.
On the authority of Mu'aath ibn Jabal (May Allah be pleased with
him), from the Prophet S.A.W who said: "There is no-one who testifies
that `Laa ilaaha illaa Allah' and that Muhammad is His (Allah's)
slave and His messenger, truthfully from his heart, except that Allah
will forbid him from the Hell-fire." - Narrated Al-Bukhaari.
5) Al-Mahabbah - Love - negates Hate
So one loves this word (Laa ilaaha illaa Allah) and what it
represents, and loves those who act in accordance to that which it
necessitates. So one loves Allah and His Messenger S.A.W., and puts
his love of them before (ahead of) his love of anyone else.
Allah said "And of mankind are some who take (for worship) others
besides Allah as rivals (to Allah). They love them as they love
Allah. But those who believe, LOVE ALLAH more (than anything
else)". - Surah Al-Baqarah - Verse 165.
Narrated Anas, The Prophet said, "Whoever possesses the following
three qualities will have the sweetness (delight) of faith:
1. The one to whom Allah and His Apostle becomes more BELOVED than
2. Who loves a person and he loves him only for Allah's sake.
3. Who hates to revert to Atheism (disbelief) as he hates to be
thrown into the fire."
6) Al-Inqiyaad - Submission - negates resistance
Is the surrender and compliance with that which this great word `Laa
ilaaha illaa Allah' necessitates.
Allah The Most High said, "And turn in repentance and in obedience
with true faith to your Lord and SUBMIT to Him." Surah Az-Zumar,
And surrender is the submission to the commandments of Allah.
Allah The Most High said, "And whosoever SUBMITS his face (himself)
to Allah while he is a muhsin (good-doer), then he has grasped the
most trustworthy handhold." Surah Luqmaan, verse 22.
Allah The Most High said "And who can be better in religion than
one who SUBMITS his face (himself) to Allah (follows Allah's religion
of montheism) and he is a muhsin." Surah An-Nisaa, verse 125.
Allah The Most High said "But no, by your Lord, they can have no
faith until they make you (O Muhammad) judge in all disputes between
them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions and
accept them with full SUBMISSION." Surah An-Nisaa, verse 65.
And in Hadeeth, "none of you has believed until his desires follow
that with which I have been sent." Ma'aarij Al-Qubool.
7) Al-Qubool - Acceptance - negates Rejection
One accepts everything that this word `Laa ilaaha illaa Allah'
necessitates with one's heart and tongue (words).
Allah The Most High said, "Say (O Muslims), We believe in Allah and
that which has been sent down to us." Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 136.
So whoever says it `Laa ilaaha illah Allah' and doesn't accept that,
then he becomes
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