The greatest statement ever uttered, the foundation of faith and the cornerstone of existence itself: لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله.
For it, the heavens and the earth were created. For it, thousands of messengers were sent. For it, the final hour will occur, the creation will be gathered and questioned, and then driven either into Hell or Paradise.
When uttered sincerely, it leaves the realms of this earth and ascends up to the Magnificent Throne of Allah. It is the guarantor of one’s ultimate success: its utterer will be saved from Hell and guaranteed Paradise.
What Does لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله Mean?
There is no god, deity or being which deserves to be worshipped and obeyed except Allah. It means to be a slave of only Allah, and not of any another slave, ideology, material object or one’s own desires.
With it, one professes Allah’s Lordship over all creation as well as His exclusive right to be worshipped.
He Alone has the Most Perfect Names and Attributes. He is the King Who has no partner, the One Who has no competitor, the Self-Sufficient Master Who has no offspring, and there is nothing like Him. He is Unique; the First Who was never preceded by non-existence and the Last Who will never come to an end.
How Can We Internalise لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله?
To internalise لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله, one only turns to Allah alone for judgement in all matters. One obeys and reveres only Him, fears none but Him and loves none as much as Him. One depends only on Him, seeks protection only with Him and invokes Him Alone for help and forgiveness. One’s bowing, prostration and unyielding obedience is solely reserved for Him.
What Are The Virtues Of لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله?
– The Best Dhikr
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The best dhikr is لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله.” (Nasā’ī)
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The best of what I and the Prophets before me have said is:
لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيْرٌ.” (Muwaṭṭa’)
– Ascends To The Throne Of Allah
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “When a servant of Allah utters the words لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله sincerely, the doors of Paradise open up for these words until they reach the Throne of Allah, so long as its utterer keeps away from the major sins.” (Tirmidhī)
– A Renewer Of Faith
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Renew your faith.” The companions (radiy Allāhū ‘anhum) asked: “How can we renew our faith?” He ﷺ replied: “Be frequent in saying لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله.” (Aḥmad)
– Makes Hell Unlawful
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Allah has made Hell-fire unlawful for the one who, seeking His pleasure, says لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله.” (Bukhārī)
– Last Words = Paradise
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “He whose last words are لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله will enter Paradise.” (Abū Dāwūd)
– Means Of Intercession
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The most fortunate person who will have my intercession on the Day of Judgement will be the one who said لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله sincerely from his heart.” (Bukhārī)
– Outweighs The Seven Heavens And The Seven Earths
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “When death approached Allah’s Prophet Nūḥ (ʿalayhi s-salām), he said to his son: ‘… I command you with لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله. Surely if the seven heavens and the seven earths were placed on a pan of a scale, and لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله was placed on the other pan, it would outweigh them.’” (al-Adab al-Mufrad)
– Outweighs All Sins
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Indeed Allah will choose a man from my ummah in front of all of creation on the Day of Judgement. He will lay out 99 scrolls for him; each scroll will be as far as the eye can see.
Then He will ask: ‘Do you deny any of this? Have my assiduous scribes wronged you?’ He will reply: ‘No, O Lord!’ He will ask: ‘Do you have an excuse?’ He will reply: ‘No, O Lord!’ So He will say: ‘On the contrary! Certainly you have a good deed with us, and you shall not be wronged today.’
Then a card will be brought out and it will contain
أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَّا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللهُ ، وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ ورَسُوْلُهُ.
Then He will say: ‘Bring your scales.’ He will say: ‘O Lord! What good is this card next to these scrolls?’ He will say: ‘You shall not be wronged.’ The scrolls will be put on one pan of the scale, and the card on the other. The scrolls will be light, and the card will be heavy, as nothing is heavier than the Name of Allah.” (Tirmidhī)