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 The Declaration Of Faith
  • Book Author:
Salih Al-Fawzan
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  • Translator’s Preface
  • Author’s Introduction
  • The Status of the Declaration of Faith
  • The Virtues of the Declaration of Faith
  • A Grammatical Analysis of the Declaration of Faith
  • The Pillars of the Declaration of Faith
  • The Conditions of the Declaration of Faith
  • The Requirements of the Declaration of Faith
  • When A Person Benefits from It and When He Does Not
  • The Effects of the Declaration of Faith


Indeed all praise is for Allaah. We praise Him; seek His aid and assistance; and seek His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allaah from the evil [whisperings] to our souls and from our own evil actions. Whosoever Allaah guides, none can misguide; but whosoever Allaah leaves to stray, none can guide aright. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshiped except Allaah alone, Who has no partner; and I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wasallam, is His Slave and Messenger.

To proceed:

Allaah, the Most Perfect, commanded us to celebrate His remembrance. He praised those who remember Him and promised them a tremendous reward. He commanded us to remember Him in general, and more particularly, after completing the various prescribed acts of worship. Allaah the Exalted said:

“When you have finished the Prayer, then remember Allaah; standing, sitting or lying down on your sides.”

[Soorah an-Nisaa 4:103]

And Allaah said: “When you have completed your Pilgrimage rites, then remember Allaah as you remember your forefathers, or with far greater remembrance.” [Soorah al-Baqarah 2:200]

Allaah ordered that His remembrance be celebrated, particularly during the performance of the Pilgrimage (hajj) itself. About this Allaah the Most High said: “Then when you leave ‘Arafaat, remember Allaah at the Sacred-Site.”al-Baqarah 2:198]

Allaah the Exalted also said: “And remember the Name of Allaah during the appointed days over the beasts of cattle that He has provided them for their sacrifice.”

[Soorah al-Hajj 22:28]

Allaah the Exalted also said: “And remember Allaah during the appointed days.”[Soorah al-Baqarah 2:203]

Allaah ordered the establishment of Prayer (salaah) in order to celebrate His remembrance, as He said: “And establish the Prayer for My remembrance.” [Soorah Taa Haa 20:14]

The Prophet sallallaahu ‘ala yhi wa sallam said: “The days of at-tashreeq are days of eating, drinking and remembering Allaah.”5

Allaah the Exalted said: “0 you who believe! Remember Allaah in abundance and glorify His praises, morning and evening.” [Soorah al-Ahzaab 33:41-42]

The best remembrance (dhikr) is: None has the right to be worshiped, except Allaah, alone, having no partner; as is related from the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam who said: “The best supplication is the supplication on the day of ‘Arafah; and the best that I, or any other Prophet sent before me, have said  is:  None  has  the  right  to  be  worshiped  except Allaah, alone,  having  no partner,  to Him belongs the sovereignty and to Him belongs all praise and He has power over everything.”

Therefore, since this great declaration (kalimah) of laa ilaaha illallaah stands out amongst the various types of remembrance and because it is not merely something that is uttered by the tongue – rather it has certain rulings, conditions, meanings and requirements attached to it – I decided to choose this kalimah as the subject of my discussion. I hope that Allaah the Exalted makes us all from amongst those people who cling firmly to it; recognize  its  true  meaning; and act in accordance with its requirements, both inwardly and outwardly.

My discussion concerning the kalimah will be confined to the following points:

  • its status in the life of a Muslim
  • its virtues and excellence
  • its lexical analysis
  • its pillars
  • its conditions
  • its meaning and requirements
  • when it benefits the one who says it and when it does not
  • its effects

So I say, whilst seeking the help of Allaah the Exalted:

THE STATUS OF The Declaration of Faith

It is a declaration (kalimah) that the Muslims proclaim in their daily lives; in their call to Prayer (adhaan), their call to establishing the  Prayer  (‘iqaamah),  their  sermons  and their speeches. It is: “A declaration upon which the heavens and the earth are established, and for which the whole of the creation was created, and for which Allaah sent Messengers, revealed Books, and prescribed Divine Laws. Because of it the Scales and the Registers were set-up, as were Paradise and Hellfire.

Due to it creation was divided into Believers and unbelievers; righteous and wicked. It is the root cause for [there being] creation, command, rewards and punishments. It is the right for which the creation was created and about it and its rights will they be questioned and brought to account. Because of it there is punishment and reward; due to it the direction of Prayer (qiblah) was set-up; upon it rests the very foundation of the Religion; and because of it swords are drawn for striving and fighting (jihaad).

It is the Right of Allaah over His slaves; the Declaration (kalimah) of Islaam; and the key to Paradise; about it both the earlier and later people will be questioned. Indeed, no person will stand before Allaah without being asked two questions: What did you worship? And how did you respond to the Messengers? The reply to the first is by realization of laa ilaaha illallaah; knowing it, affirming it, and acting by it. The reply to the second is by realization that Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wasallam is the Messenger of Allaah; knowing it, complying with it, and being obedient to it.” 7.

This kalimah is the dividing line between unbelief (kufr) and Islaam. It is the word of piety (kalimatut-taqwaa), the firm and trustworthy hand-hold (al-’urwatul-wuthqaa) and it is what Ibraaheem alaihis-salaam made as:

“A Word to endure amongst his offspring, that they may turn to Allaah in repentance and obedience.” [Soorah az-Zukhruf 43:28]

It is [a kalimah] that Allaah Himself has testified to, as have the angels and those who possess knowledge from amongst His creation. Allaah the Most High said:

“Allaah bears witness that none has the right to be worshiped except Him; as do the angels and those who possess knowledge. He maintains His creation upon justice. None has the right to be worshiped except Him, the All-Mighty, All-Wise.” [Soorah Aal-’Imraan 3:18]

It is the word of purity and sincerity (kalimatul-ikhlaas), a witness and an invitation to the truth, a declaration of dissociation from shirk 9 and it is the reason why the creation was created; as Allaah the Exalted said:

“I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” [Soorah adh-Dhaariyaat 51:56]

Because of it Messengers  were  sent and Divine  Books  and Scriptures were revealed, as Allaah said: “We did not send any Messenger before you, except that We revealed to him that none has the right to be worshiped except Me; so worship Me.” [Soorah al-Anbiyaa 21:25]

Allaah the Exalted also said: “He sends down the angels with the revelation of His commands to whosoever of His slaves that He wills, saying: Warn mankind that none has the right to be worshiped except Me. So fear Me [by keeping away from sin and disobedience].” [Soorah an-Nahl 16:2]

Ibn ‘Uyaynah, (radhiyallahu anhu) said: “Allaah has not bestowed any favour upon His slaves greater than the favour of them realising laa ilaaha ilallaah. Indeed laa ilaaha  illallaah  is  to  the  people of Paradise, what   cool water is to the people of this world.”

Whoever utters it will have his wealth and his blood safeguarded, but whoever refuses to do so, then his property and his blood are not safeguarded. It has been reported in [one of] the Saheeh collections that the sallallahu alaihi wasallam said: “Whoever says: laa ilaaha illallaah and rejects whatever else is worshiped besides Allaah, then his property and blood become sacred and his reckoning is with Allaah.” 11

It is the first thing sought from the unbelievers when they are invited to embrace Islaam, since as the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam was sending Mu’aadh to Yemen, he said to him: “You are going to a people from the people of the Book. So let the first thing to which you call them be the worship of Allaah.” 12

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