[The Three Principles] Second Principle – Knowledge of the Religion of Islam with Proofs – Meaning of Islamic Testimony (Shahadah)

Posted on April 22, 2014


The Meaning of Shahadah is,
“There is no Ma’bood, who deserves to be worshiped except Allah.”

‘La ilaha’ is a denial of all those who are worshiped except Allah.

‘Illa Allah’ is an affirmation of worship for Allah alone without partners in worship, just like there are no partners with Him in His Dominion.

What further clarifies this is the Saying of Allah,
“(Remember) when Ibraheem said to his father and his people,
‘Verily, I am innocent of what you worship, except Him (i.e. I worship none but Allah Alone) Who did create me, and verily, He will guide me.
He made it (i.e. La ilaha ill Allah) a Word lasting among his (Ibraheem’s) offspring that they may turn back (i.e., receive admonition).'”
[Soorah az-Zukhruf (43): 26-28]

“Say (O Muhammad),
‘O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians),
‘Come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partners with Him, and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allah.
Then, if they turn away, say,
‘Bear witness that we are Muslims.'”
[Soorah aali-Imran (3): 64]

Proof of the testimony of, “Muhammadar-Rasoolullah” (i.e., Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah) is the Saying of Allah,
“Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger from amongst yourselves. It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty.
He (Muhammad) is anxious over you (to be rightly guided), he is full of pity, kind, and merciful to the believers.”
[SoorahTawbah (9): 128]

The meaning of the testimony of, “Muhammad ar-Rasoolullah”:

a) Obeying him in everything that he ordered us with,

b) Affirming everything he has informed us about,

c) Avoiding everything that he forbade us from,

d) Not worshiping Allah except in the way he has prescribed.