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    The Excellence of La ilaha illa Allaah There is None Worthy of Worship, in Truth, Except Allaah

    The Excellence of La ilaha illa Allaah
    There is None Worthy of Worship, in Truth, Except Allaah


    By
    Hafidh al-Hakami
    -Rahimullaah-

    Taken from his book
    Maarij al-Qabool

    Translated by
    Abbas Abu Yahya

    The words in the testification La ilaha illa Allaah are words which are the path to the success of entry into Paradise and salvation from the fire.

    Allaah -Azza wa Jal- said: << And whoever is removed away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful. >> [Al-Imraan: 185]

    It is the way and path to happiness in the two worlds which cannot be reached except by these words. It is with this statement that Allaah sent His Messengers and with it, He revealed His Books. The Dunya and the Hereafter, Paradise and Hell-Fire were created for this statement.

    Happiness and wretchedness are directly related to this testification. Due to it, the records of deeds will be taken either to the right or the left and the scale will be either heavy or light. By it is being saved from the Fire after its advent whilst not adhering to La ilaha illa Allaah is remaining in the Fire.

    Due to it, Allaah took the covenant, because of it is recompense and accountability and regarding it, will be the questioning on the Day of Meeting.

    As Allaah Taala- says: << So, by your Lord, We shall certainly call all of them to account. For all that they used to do. >> [Al-Hijr: 92-93]

    Allaah Taala- said : << Then surely, We shall question those (people) to whom it (the Book) was sent and verily, We shall question the Messengers. >> [Araaf: 6]

    As for Allaah Taala- questioning those to whom La ilaha illa Allaah was sent, on the Day of Judgement, then from that is His saying- << And (remember) the Day (Allaah) will call to them and say: What answer gave you to the Messengers?>> [Qasas: 65] along with the preceding, following and other Aayaat.

    As for Allaah questioning the Messengers then from that is the saying of Allaah Taala- << On the Day when Allaah will gather the Messengers together and say to them: What was the response you received (from men to your teaching)? They will say: We have no knowledge, verily, only You are the All-Knower of all that is hidden (or unseen, etc.).>> [al-Maidah:109] and there are other similar Aayaat.

    It is the greatest of blessings from Allaah -Azza wa Jal that He blessed His slaves and guided them to La ilaha illa Allaah. This is why Allaah Taala mentioned it in Soorah an-Nahl, the Soorah of blessings, so He proceeded with it before every other blessing.
    He said: <<He sends down the angels with inspiration of His Command to whom of His slaves He pleases (saying): Warn mankind that L ilha illa Ana (none has the right to be worshipped but I), so fear Me (by abstaining from sins and evil deeds). >> [Nahl: 2]

    It is the statement of testification and the key to the land of happiness. It is the foundation of the Deen and its founding principle, the head of the affair, the trunk of its tree and the pillar of its canopy.

    The rest of the pillars and obligations of the Deen extend and branch out from this testification. Its completion is restricted to adhering to its meaning and performing what it requires. It is the strong handhold that will never break regarding which Allaah -Azza wa Jal- said: << Whoever disbelieves in Tght (false gods) and believes in Allaah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. >> [al-Baqarah: 256]

    Saeed bin Jubayr and Dhihaak said that:

    It is the contract which Allaah -Azza wa Jal- mentioned when he said: <<None shall have the power of intercession, but such a one as has received permission (or promise) from the Most Beneficent (Allaah). >> [Maryam: 87]

    Abdullaah ibn Abbas -radiAllaah anhuma- said: It is the testification of La ilaha illa Allaah, renouncing any capability or strength for other than Allaah and not hoping except in Allaah -Azza wa Jal.

    La ilaha illa Allaah is al-Husna (the best i.e. its meaning as stated by Allaah -Azza wa Jal- when He said: <<As for him who gives (in charity), keeps his duty to Allaah and fears Him, And believes in Al-Husna. We will make smooth for him the path of ease (goodness). >> [Layl: 5-7]

    This was also mentioned by Abu AbdurRahman as-Sulamee, Dhihaak and was narrated by Ateeyah on the authority of Ibn Abbas.

    It is the statement of truth which Allaah -Azza wa Jal- mentioned when He Taala said: << except those who bear witness to the truth (i.e. believed in the Oneness of Allaah, and obeyed His Orders), and they know (the facts about the Oneness of Allaah). >> [Zukhruf :86] as stated by al-Baghawi.

    It is the statement of Taqwaa (piety) as Allaah -Azza wa Jal- mentioned when He said: << and made them stick to the word of piety (i.e. none has the right to be worshipped but Allaah) and they were well entitled to it and worthy of it. >> [Fath: 26]
    This was mentioned by Ibn Jareer and Abdullaah bin Ahmad, by Tirmidhi with asaaneed (chains) up to Ubayy bin Kaab -radiAllaah anhu- on the authority of the Prophet - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam.

    It is the statement which is firmly-fixed as Allaah -Azza wa Jal- mentions when He says: <<Allaah will keep firm those who believe with the word that stands firm in this world (i.e. they will keep on worshipping Allaah Alone and none else) and in the Hereafter. >> [Ibraheem: 27]

    Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of al-Bara bin Aazib -radiAllaah anhu- from the Prophet - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam.

    It is the good statement (kalimah Tayyibah) which was previously made a solid example as Allaah Taala- says: <<Do you not see how Allaah sets forth a parable? - A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches (reach) to the sky (i.e. very high). >> [Ibraheem: 24]

    This is what was mentioned by Alee bin Talha on the authority of Ibn Abbas.

    The foundation of this statement La ilaha illa Allaah is firmly fixed in a believers heart, its branches are righteous actions which ascend to the sky - to Allaah -Azza wa Jal.

    This is what was mentioned by Dhihaak, Saeed bin Jubair, Ikrima, Mujahid and others.

    It is the goodness which Allaah Azza wa Jal mentions when He says: <<Whoever brings a good deed shall have ten times the like thereof >> [Anaam: 160]

    Allaah Taala said: <<Whoever brings a good deed (i.e. Belief in the Oneness of Allaah along with every deed of righteousness), will have better than its worth and they will be safe from the terror on that Day. >> [Naml: 89]

    This was mentioned by Zain al-Abideen and Ibraheem an-Nakhaaee and it is ascribed to the Messenger on the authority of Abee Dharr - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam that he said: It is the best of righteous deeds.

    This statement La ilaha illa Allaah wipes out sins and mistakes.

    It is the highest description which Allaah -Azza wa Jal- mentions when He says: << His is the highest description (i.e. none has the right to be worshipped but He and there is nothing comparable unto Him) in the heavens and in the earth.>> [Room: 27]

    As was mentioned by Qatadah and Muhammad bin Jareer, also by Malik on the authority of Muhammad bin al-Munkadir.

    It is the means for success as is mentioned in Saheeh Muslim that when the Prophet - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam heard the Muadhin (the caller to the prayer) saying: Ashhadu alla ilaha illa Allaah (I testify that there is none worthy of worship in truth except Allaah) he - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam said: You have exited the fire.

    On the authority of Ubadah bin Saamitt -radiAllaah anhu- who said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam saying: Whoever testifies that there is none worthy of worship in truth except Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah then Allaah prohibits the Fire for him.

    In the hadeeth of intercession: Take out from the Fire whoever said La ilaha illa Allaah and had in his heart the like of an atoms worth of Eemaan.

    La ilaha illa Allaah is the means of entering into Paradise as is mentioned in Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Ubadah bin Saamitt -radiAllaah anhu- who said: The Messenger of Allaah - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam said: Whoever says Ashhadu alla ilaha illa Allaah wahdahu la shareeka lahu wa anna Muhammadan Abduhu wa Rasooluhu (I testify that there is none worthy of worship in truth except Allaah Alone and He has no partners and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger) and that Isa is the slave of Allaah and the son of Allaahs female slave, he was created by a word which was sent to Maryam and he is a command from Him, that Paradise is true and the Fire is true, then Allaah will enter him into Paradise from whichever of the eight doors of Paradise he chooses.

    In another narration: Allaah enters him into Paradise with what he has of actions.

    It is the best thing with which Allaah -Azza wa Jal- is remembered and the heaviest thing on the slave of Allaahs scale on the Day of Judgement as mentioned in Musnad on the authority of Abdullaah bin Amr -radiAllaah anhu- from the Prophet - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam:

    When death was approaching the Prophet of Allaah, Nooh -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam he said to his son: I will narrate to you my bequest; I command you with two things and prohibit you from two things. I command you with 'La ilaha illa Allaah' (There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allaah), if the seven heavens and the seven earths were placed upon one scale and 'La ilaha illa Allaah' was placed on the other, then 'La ilaha illa Allaah' would be heavier.

    If the seven heavens and the seven earths were a closed circle then 'La ilaha illa Allaah' would be able to break it.

    The second thing I command you with is Subhana Allaahi wa bihamdihi (Far is Allaah from imperfection and praise is for Him), since it is a supplication for everything and by it, the creation is given its provision.

    I prohibit you from Shirk and pride. (The narrator said: I asked or someone asked) : O Messenger of Allaah as for Shirk then we know about it, but what is pride? Is it that one of us has sandals with two good straps?

    The Messenger answered: No.

    He asked again: Is it that one of us has companions and they sit with him?

    The Messenger again answered: No.

    Someone asked: O Messenger of Allaah, what is pride?

    He said: Ridiculing the truth and belittling and reviling the people.

    Also in Musnad on the authority of Abdullaah bin Amr -radiAllaah anhu- from the Prophet - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam: Musa alayhi Sallam- said: O Lord teach me something by which I can remember You and supplicate to You.

    He said: O Musa say 'La ilaha illa Allaah'

    Musa said: O Lord everyone of Your slaves says this.

    He said: O Musa say 'La ilaha illa Allaah'

    He said: 'La ilaha illa Allaah but I want something specific for me.

    He said: O Musa if the seven heavens and the seven earths and what is in them other than Me were placed on a scale and 'La ilaha illa Allaah' was placed on the scale then 'La ilaha illa Allaah' would outweigh them.

    In Tirmidhi, Nisaee and in Musnad on the authority of Abdullaah bin Amr bin al-Aas -radiAllaah anhu- who said I heard the Messenger of Allaah - sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam saying:

    Indeed Allaah will single out a man from my Ummah in front of all the people on the Day of Judgement. Ninety-nine scrolls will be unrolled for him; every scroll will stretch as far as the eye can see.

    Then Allaah will say: Do you deny anything of this? Did the Angels recording your deeds oppress you?

    So the man will say: No, my Lord.

    Allaah will say: Do you have an excuse?

    The man will say: No, my Lord.

    Allaah will say: Yes, indeed, We have a good deed for you and indeed, there will be no oppression upon you today.

    Then a card will be brought forth and in it will be: I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger.

    Then Allaah will say: Bring your bad deeds.

    The man will say: What is this card compared with these scrolls?

    Allaah will say: Indeed, you will not be oppressed.

    The Prophet continued: The scrolls will be put on one side of the scales and the card will be put on the other side, the scrolls will be light and the card will be heavy, there can be nothing more heavy than the name of Allaah.

    All Praise belongs to Allaah, may His peace
    and blessings be upon our final
    Prophet Muhammad, his
    family, his companions
    and all those who
    follow his
    guidance.

    [Taken from Maarij al-Qabool P. 410 vol.2 ]
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    Abbas Abu Yahya
    Jeddah, KSA.


 

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