The Conditions of “La ilaha illa Allah”. For a convert, the first step to enter Islam is to say ” an la ilaha illa Allah, wa anna Mohammadan. Birmingham Mini Conference Abu Abdillaah Hasan translates the work of Shaykh Ul-Islaam Muhammad ibn Abdil Wahhaab, wherein he was asked. ‘Abd al-Mushin al-Badr mentions that our Righteous Ancestors (al-Salaf al-Salih) used to highlight the critical importance of the conditions of La ilaha ill Allah.
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The Conditions of “La ilaha illa Allah”. For a convert, the first step to enter Islam is to say “ash. I bear witness that there is no deity except God, and that Mohammed is a messenger of God.
God in Arabic means Allah; it is the name of God, as Arabs say. Every Muslim knows that the key to Paradise is this statement, yet too many Muslims simply rely upon this statement klaha believe that as long as they have made this statement, nothing will harm them. Just like how Christians mistakenly believe that once they believe in Jesus, they will go to heaven even if they did the most horrible things.
They think they will be granted Paradise because of this mere verbal statement of the Shahaadah. There is no question that the mere saying conditionw I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger,” is not sufficient for salvation.
In fact, the hypocrites used to make this statement quite often yet Allaah describes them as liars and says that they shall abide in the lowest abyss of the Hell-fire. As many scholars state, though, this statement or testimony is the key to Paradise. The famous follower Wahb ibn Munabbih was once asked, iilaha Isn’t the statement of la ilaha illa-llah the key to Paradise?
If you come with the key that has the right ridges, the door will open illaklah you. Yet if you do not have the right ridges the door olaha not open for you. These conditions are what will differentiate the person who will benefit from his making of that statement from the illaallah who will not benefit from that statement, no matter how many times a day he may have made that statement.
It is important that all of us make sure that we are meeting these conditions in our own lives and in our own testimony of faith. We must do our best to satisfy these conditions before it is too late and our testimony will be of no avail whatsoever.
It is not simply for the sake of teaching these conditions, condifions there is no benefit to that. But it is, instead, for all of us to look to ourselves and to make sure that we are actually meeting these conditions so that, by Allaah’s mercy, the doors to Paradise will be open for us by our key of la ilaha illa-llah.
These are the nine conditions ilaja Shahaadah: That is, one must have the basic and general knowledge of what is meant by the shahaadah. One must understand what the shahaadah is affirming and what the shahaadah is denying.
In fact, the illallag itself is a testimony. When one testifies to something, one must know what it is that he is testifying concerns.
Obviously, a testimony about something that one does not have any knowledge about is absolutely unacceptable. Now this condition probably sounds obvious; if someone said to od, “There is no God except Allaah,” ocnditions then said that what he meant by Allaah was Jesus, you would immediately tell him that this shahaadah is nonsense. Yet can you imagine that there is a Muslim country in the world that until recently used to have a yearly weeklong celebration to “the Gods of the Sea”!
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All along they call themselves Muslims and they make the shahaadah numerous times a day. This clearly shows that they have no idea what the meaning of their shahaadah is. Do you think that this kind of shahaadah will open the doors to Paradise for them? Today, there are many Muslims who wonder why we should not accept secularism.
They think that there is nothing wrong with secularism! Many of these Muslims pray five times a day and utter the shahaadah repeatedly. Yet they see nothing wrong iolallah accepting a Lawgiver illallau than Allaah? What kind of shahaadah are these people making?. All of us do our best to learn at least the basics of Islaamic beliefs, the basics of what shahaadah means.
In this way, Allaah willing, we will be making the correct shahaadah. We will iloallah witnessing to the conditiobs as we are supposed to be witnesses to it. This is the opposite of doubt and uncertainty. In Islam, in fact, any kind of doubt is equivalent to Kufr or disbelief. We must, in our hearts, be absolutely certain of the truth of the shahaadah. Our hearts must not be wavering in any way when we testify to the truth of, “There is none worthy of worship except Allaah.
Indeed, Allaah describes the hypocrites as those people whose hearts are wavering. Many scholars have stated that the diseases of the heart, or the doubt and suspicions that one allows into one’s heart, are more dangerous for a person’s faith than lusts and desires.
This is because lusts and desires may be satisfied at some time yet the person still knows them to be wrong and he may control himself and repent and give up that evil deed. On the other hand, the doubts and suspicions may linger in the heart, with no cure, until the person finally leaves Islaam entirely or continues to practice Islaam while, in fact, in his heart he does not have the true faith.
The greatest cure for these doubts is seeking knowledge. If a person has knowledge of and certainty in the shahaadah, this must be followed by acceptance, with the tongue and heart, of whatever that shahaadah implies.
Whoever refuses to accept the shahaadah and its implications, even if he knows that it is true and certain about its truth, then he is a disbeliever.
This refusal to accept is sometimes due to pride, envy or other reasons. In any case, the shahaadah is not a true shahaadah without its unconditional acceptance. The scholars all talk about this condition as a general condition in the way that I have just stated.
However, there is also a more detailed aspect that we must all be aware of. The believer accepts whatever the implications of the shahaadah oc. This is one aspect that the Muslims must be aware of. Although it is not the same as the complete refusal to accept the truth, by rejecting part of the truth that has come from Allaah, one also negates his testimony of faith.
Unfortunately, many Muslims are doing this nowadays in various ways. Although not all of these forms may necessarily be considered apostasy,they are still very dangerous. If they do not like what is stated in a hadeeth, they simply state that the conditionw must not be authentic although they are not scholars in that area.
This kind of behavior is the antithesis of the behavior of the true Muslims. Whatever comes from Allaah and His Messenger peace be upon himthe true Muslim believes in as the truth. This goes hand in hand with their testimony of faith.
This implies the actual physical enactment with our conditiions of our shahaadah. In fact, this is one cinditions the main meanings of the word Islaam itself, “the submission to the will and commands of Allaah. Allaah has praised those who submit to His command by their actions. Actually, Allaah has clearly made it a condition of faith that one submits to the command of Allaah and His messenger. Unfortunately, there are many that claim that there is no relationship between faith and conditikns.
You can even hear one Muslim saying about another, “That is the best Muslim I have ever met,” yet the other person performs scarcely any of the deeds of Islaam whatsoever. This incorrect understanding of faith has spread throughout the Muslim world. Indeed, our shahaadah or testimony of faith must be implemented or realized in our hearts, tongues and actions.
In our hearts, we must have love for Allaah, fear Allaah and hope in Him. With ilahx tongues we must testify to the shahaadah. And with our actions, we must implement what illallah testimony of faith requires from us.
Anyone who claims to illallahh a Muslim and yet does no deeds, either does not understand Islaam whatsoever or is bearing testimony against himself that his testimony of faith is not a true and correct testimony of faith. This does not mean that the true believer never commits a sin. Indeed, true believers do commit sins, but as long as they recognize that what they did is not correct and it is inconsistent with their obligation of submitting to Allaah, then they have not violated the soundness of their testimony or shahaadah.
The Conditions of “La ilaha illa Allah”
But do not forget they are still sinners. And what is the minimum of submission that is required from a person beyond whom there can be no claim to faith? For those scholars who say that the abandonment of prayers is infidelity, it is the five daily prayers. Whoever does not perform, at least, the five daily prayers have gone beyond the limit that is acceptable for lack of deeds. This means that when we say the shahaadah, we are saying it honestly.
We actually mean it. We are not lying when it comes to our testimony of faith. We are all familiar with those who say the testimony of faith yet they are not saying it honestly. They do not believe in it but they are simply saying it in order to protect themselves or to get some gain from doing so; these are the hypocrites.
They think to beguile Allaah and those who believe, and they beguile none save themselves, but they perceive not. In their hearts is a disease, and Allaah increases their disease.
Obviously, the shahaadah of those who become Muslims simply to benefit from being Muslim and not because they believe in Islaam will be rejected by Allaah in the Hereafter.
They will face a painful punishment due to their lying. That is, when we make the shahaadah, we must do so solely for the sake of Allaah. We must not do it for any other reason. And we must not do it for anyone else’s sake. In this manner, the meaning of sincerity is iloallah of Shirk or ascribing partners with Allaah. We became and remain Muslims solely for Allaah’s sake.
This is something that we should all think about, especially those of us who grew up in Muslim families and were born I,aha. We should make it very clear to ourselves that we are Muslims only for the sake of Allaah.
We are not Muslims for the sake of our parents, friends, family or community. It must be clear in our minds that we are Muslims for the sake of Allaah first, last and only.
One of the signs that we are Muslims for the sake of Allaah is that we do whatever Allaah asks of us, regardless of what anybody else desires or wants from us.
That is, in the same way that we are Muslims solely for the sake of Allaah, all of our actions are done for the sake of Allaah.