The Importance Of The Shahadah In Islam


Definitely there could be no greater and more important a statement than 'Laa ilaaha illa Allah' (there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah).

It is the statement of declaration of belief in the Tawheed of Allah which is the dividing line between Imaan and kufr - It was the call of all of the previous Messengers and Prophets.

Allah (Glorified He be) Himself attested to the importance of this statement in the Quraan:

He (Glorified He be) said in the Quran: "...and know that Laa ilaaha ill Allah (that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah)..." [Quran 47:19, 20:8, 3:18, 59:22-3]

As long as this statement is an obligation for an unbeliever to declare in order for him to become a Muslim, and also, since a person who pronounces it faithfully his property and life are safeguarded in this world, it becomes an obligation upon any Muslim who wants to understand the Deen of Islam to realize its meaning, merits, principles, conditions and its place in life.

Remembering Allah (Dhikr of Allah) is one of the most important commandments of Allah. This He Himself commanded in many verses of the Quraan, especially after the performance of important religious obligations: "...Then when you leave Arafat, remember Allah (by glorfying and praising Him) at the Mash'ar il-Haraam. And remember Allah (by invokingAllah for all good) as He has guided you..." [Quran 2:198]

"Then when you have accomplished your 'Manasik' (all the rights of Hajj); remember Allah as you remember your father with a strong remembrance..." [Quran 2:200]

He (Glorified He be) also said: "...and establish prayers for My remembrance." [Quran 20:14]

The best way to remember Allah is described to us in the Hadeeth of the Messenger (Peace be upon him), he said: "...and the best (supplication) I and the other prophets who were sent who were sent before me proclaimed was: There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, He is Alone and has no partner. To Him belongs the Ownership (of everything), and to Him belongs all Praise, and He has total power over all things." [Laa ilaaha ill Allah, wah.dahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa 'alaa kulli shay'in Qadeer. [At-Tirmidhi]

The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) also said: "The best remembrance of Allah is to say 'laa ilaaha ill Allah' (there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah)."

All of the above points highlight the importance of this 'kalima' which we will try to explain in some more detail so that a clearer understanding of it can be achieved. [a]

It is the same message (laa ilaha illallah) conveyed by Adam, Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), ‘Eesa (Jesus) etc and finally to mankind until the Day of Resurrection by Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all), Qur’an.Surah Anbiya 21:25. This testimony is the key to Paradise. But there is no key except that it has ridges. If you come with the key that has the right ridges, the door will be open for you. Otherwise, it will not open for you. In order to achieve Paradise through this testimony, one must fulfill certain conditions that constitute the “right ridges” for this key statement.

Ibn khaer


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