MV: The First Kalimah is known as Kalimah Tayiab we may know it as the Shahadah. In Islam their are 6 Kalimas. the First one is the Shahadah. The Shahadah is the declaration of faith and is the most important pillar of Islam. This post is similar to Shahadah (Declaration of Faith) but has a more in-depth meaning. Thanks to nmnonline.net.
IMAN means Belief. That is to have Faith. To believe that
Allah Ta’ala is One. That He has no partner, no father, mother, wife and so has no
son or daughter; and that there is nothing else that is worthy of
praise, or worship except Him ‑Alone and to equally testify that
Muhammed (S.A.W.) is His servant and messenger.
This Kalimah is simple and can be uttered in a few sentences
which can easily be pronounced by anybody without much difficulty.
The Kalimah is:
“La ilaha Illa Allah Muhammad Rasulu llah” (SAW).
Meaning: There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that
Muhammad (S.A.W.) is the messenger of Allah.
Anyone who pronounced this has legally become a Muslim, and a
member of that noble Din, Al‑Islam. But the question is, “What
difference does this Kalimah create?”
On pronouncing these words a man is expected to have radically
A few moments ago he was a ‘kafir,’ now he has become a
Muslim. He was impure, now he is pure. He hated Allah and His
Apostles and the Holy books, but now he declares his love for them.
He deserved Allah’s wrath and displeasure, now he deserves to be
loved by Him (SWT). He was going into Hell, now he is on his way
to paradise because the gates of heaven are now opened for him. He
was a drunkard, a drug trafficker, an armed robber, a liar, an
oppressor, a backbiter, a fornicator and all what have you, but now
he is innocent of all these vices.
He has neither fasted before nor given Zakat but he is now
ready to do them in good faith. He was an adulterer and a fornicator
but today he says no to all these. He has purified himself from
all these impure, inhuman, animalistic, nonsensical behaviours, he
is now a reformed man, like a new born baby, free of sins. He was
Samson but today he is Shamsudeen. He was Jackson but today he is
Abdul Jabbar. He was Cat Stevens but today he is Yusuf Islam.
She was Cecilia but today she is Fatimah. She was Margaret Marcus
of New York but today she is Maryam Jameelah. What a big
difference can this few words create!
On a more concrete level in social life, this Kalimah becomes
the basis for differentiating one man from another. (By way of
dressing, behaviour, utterances, and morality) Those who recite it
constitute a nation while those who reject it form another. If a
father recited it and the son refuses to do so, the father is no
longer the same father nor the son the same son (there is a big
difference between them). This son will not inherit anything from
the father. His mother and sisters may even observe purdah from
him. On the other hand, if a total stranger (not same family,
tribe, state or same nation) recited the Kalimah and marries into
a Muslim family, he and his son become eligible for inheritance.
The power of the Kalimah is thus so strong that it takes
precedence over tribalism, statism, nationalism and even blood ties.
It can join strangers together to form a family, a community and
nation. Equally, it can cut members of the same family off from
one other. It has separated Prophet Nuh from his son, it has
separated Prophet Lut from his wife. It has united Prophet
Muhammad (S.A.W.) an Arab from Makkah with Bilal, a slave and a
black African. It has seperated Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.) and Abu
Jahl (both Arab). Have you seen the power of the Kalimah? How
powerful it is?
Now another question: Is mere pronounciation of this Kalimah
enough to create all these differences? Why‑ should there be such
a big difference between man and man, father and son, mother and
daughter, husband and wife? What is so special about this Kalimah?
Do the words have the power to work magic so as to radically change
a man? Can mere saying of a few words create such enormous
The answer is No. For, the effectiveness of the words lie in
understanding their meaning. If they do not penetrate deep into
the hearts and have an impact powerful enough to effect a change in
your thoughts, in your morale and in your actions then their
utterances is meaningless and ineffective just as someone who is
hungry says food! food!! food!!! cannot be satisfied.
This is exactly the position of the Kalimah. Mere utterances
of these few words can neither transform a Kafir into a Musiim nor
an impure person to be pure or damned person to be favoured one,
nor can it send a person due for hell to paradise. The
transformation is possible only after one has understood the
meaning of these words and have it penetrated into his hearts and
moulds his life according to its dictates. Once affirmed
consciously, the Kalimah must reform all your thoughts and reign
supreme in your WHOLE life. No idea contrary to it should form
part of your mental furniture. Whatever runs counter to the
Kalimah must be considered false and only the Kalimah must be true.
You are no longer at liberty like the unbelievers.
It is only when you recite Kalimah in this manner that you are
a true Muslim. Only then that overwhelming differences between man
and man, father and son, mother and daughter, that we have been
saying, come in.
The literal meaning as earlier explained is simple: “There is
no god but Allah and Mohammed (S.A.W) is His messenger” It meant
that only that Being can be our God who is the Master, Creator,
Nourisher and Sustainer, who listens to our prayer and grants them
and who alone is worthy of worship and obedience.
Saying the Kalimah invariably means two things: that the world
and everything therein has come into being as Allah wishes and is
done; thus He alone is God and no other being except Him possesses
Secondly, with this pronouncement one has accepted that this
same (God) Allah is our Lord and Master as well as of the whole
Universe. Everything belongs to Him and he is the provider of
everything. Everything is under His command. He alone should be
feared and adored. He alone should be asked for help. And before
Him alone should our heads bow. We are slaves to no one but Him
and He alone is our Master. Thus, our duty is to obey Him SWT and
abide by His laws.
This is the true meaning of Kalimah ‑ the Covenant which you
make wih Allah SWT as you proclaim the word and while so doing you make
the whole world your witness. If you violate this covenant which
you made under no compulsion ( as there is no compulsion in Islam)
your hand, feet and even the thiniest hair on your body as well as
everything on earth and in the heavens will testify against you in
the ‘court’ of Allah. On that day you shall be helpless without
any aid, so empty words or mere verbal pledge shall not profit you.
As part of the pledge, you have to accept that Mohammad
(S.A.W) is the prophet through whom Allah has sent you ‘His
guidance. So you cannot blindly, after accepting the Kalimah,
follow your desires. You must follow a code.
To anybody who thinks that it is easy to break the laws of
Allah because His police, court or Army is not visible (when he
finds it difficult to even break the earthly man‑made laws, because
of fears of various earthly punishment) the affirmation of the
Kalimah of such a person is simply not truthful. You are merely
trying to deceive Allah, (and can you?) the whole world, all the
muslim and even your own self.
For you to have accepted Allah as your Master as declared in
the Kalimah, it meant that in totality your life is not your
personal property which you can utilize anyhow. It belongs to
Allah! So also are your hands, eyes, legs and any other part of
your body. The animal you utilize, the crops you use for your
food, the wealth you derive from them and all other things therein
belong to Allah. They have ONLY been given to you as a TRUST and
you will be questioned into each and everyone of them. That is the
implication of Kalimah!
You, therefore, have no basis for any personal claim like;
‘this life is mine or this wealth is mine”. It is absurd to claim
such ownership after having, accepted Allah as being the real
owner. So, since Allah is the real owner’ and you are ‘merely a
trustee’ of things owned by Him, you must use these things strictly
as He has told you.
If you do otherwise you are abusing your trusteeship ‑ this
will amount to cheating Allah (but can you?). You have no right to
move your hands and feet against his wish nor to make your eyes see
what He dislikes. You posses no right over lands and children,
whom you assume belong to you only because they have been given to
you by your Master – Allah SWT. Even they, therefore, must be treated
not as you desire but as directed by Him.
If you contravene His directions, you make yourself an
usurper. If you look at the gifts of Allah as your own properties
you are dishonest and selfish.
On a more serious note, if you suffer hardship by acting
according to the wish of Allah, so be it. If lives are lost,
bodies are injured, families are broken or properties are destroyed
in the process, why should you grieve? Of course, if you suffer
any hardship as a result of going against His Wish, you will
undoutedly be guilty, because you would have damaged His properties
since your life belongs to Allah. If you give away your life
according to His wishes, you will only be rendering His due. “We
are all from Allah and to Him we shall be returned”. So says Allah
in the Holy Quran.
Yet another implication of the Kalimah is that you do no
favour to Allah nor to any one else, if you spend something given
by Him in His cause. You may give anything, do any duty or even
pay the supreme sacrifice (death), which to you are very dear, but
you are not doing Him a favour. The most you have done is to have
rendered His due for His favour done to you. Is this an
achievement to boast about? Should people be praised just because
they have repaid a favour?
Despite all these, Allah (S.W.T) asked you for things which
really belong to him and yet promises that it is a purchase He will
pay you for, What an unbounded generousity!
nAllah has bought from the believers their live’s Possessions
in return for paradisen (Q.9:111)
Such is the kindness of Allah, an extra‑ordinary kindness.
Why then do you re‑sell your life to others? The life which
was given to you by Allah and which He had bought back from you.
What a paltry price you accept for a precious thing (paradise)?
The “buyers” (Shaitan and his allies) make you wish against the
wishes of Allah but you serve them as if they are your sustainers.
You sell to them your brain and bodies‑ indeed all that these
rebels of Allah wants to buy. Yet they promise you nothing but
frustration, suffering, and hell fire and you follow them
forgetting the good and eternal promise of Allah ‑ Paradise. What
a disgrace; can anything be more immoral than this? To sell a
thing already sold? It is a legal moral crime in this world.
Those guilty of such crimes are tried in courts for cheating and
fraud. But then do you think you will escape trial in the court of
Allah on the Day of Judgement?
It is thus a miserable price to sell your life to this world
and loose the life hereafter. So you are warned. Hold fast to
Kalimah and do not afterwards deviate. It is only when Kalimah is
recited and acted upon in this manner that one shall be free from
sins and will become INDEED A BORN AGAIN.
Aminu Ali and Lami M. Ghandi.