KALIMAH: THE DECLARATION OF FAITH
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).
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
On pronouncing these words a man is expected to have radically
A few moments ago he was a 'kafir,' now he has become a
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.
was a drunkard, a drug
trafficker, an armed robber, a liar, an
backbiter, a fornicator and all what have you, but now
he is innocent of all
He has neither fasted before nor given Zakat but he is now
ready to do them in
good faith. He was an adulterer and
but today he says no
to all these. He has purified
all these impure,
inhuman, animalistic, nonsensical behaviours, he
is now a reformed man,
like a new born baby, free of sins. He
Samson but today he is
Shamsudeen. He was Jackson but
today he is
He was Cat Stevens but today he is Yusuf
She was Cecilia but
today she is Fatimah. She was
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
utterances, and morality) Those who
constitute a nation
while those who reject it form another. If
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
them). This son will not inherit
His mother and sisters may even observe purdah from
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
tribalism, statism, nationalism and even blood ties.
can join strangers together to form a family, a community and
Equally, it can cut members of the same family off from
It has separated Prophet Nuh from his son, it has
separated Prophet Lut
from his wife. It has united
Muhammad (S.A.W.) an
Arab from Makkah with Bilal, a slave and a
It has seperated Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.) and Abu
Jahl (both Arab).
Have you seen the power of the Kalimah?
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
Do the words have the
power to work magic so as to radically change
Can mere saying of a few words create such enormous
The answer is No. For, the
effectiveness of the words lie in
meaning. If they do not penetrate
the hearts and have an
impact powerful enough to effect a change in
your thoughts, in your
morale and in your actions then their
meaningless and ineffective just as someone who is
hungry says food!
food!! food!!! cannot be satisfied.
This is exactly the position of the Kalimah.
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
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
Kalimah must reform all your thoughts and reign
supreme in your WHOLE
life. No idea contrary to it should
part of your mental
furniture. Whatever runs counter to
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,
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
same (God) Allah is
our Lord and Master as well as of the whole
Everything belongs to Him and he is the provider of
Everything is under His command. He
alone should be
feared and adored.
He alone should be asked for help. And
Him alone should our
heads bow. We are slaves to no one
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
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
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
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
trying to deceive
Allah, (and can you?) the whole world, all the
muslim and even your
For you to have accepted Allah as your Master as declared in
the Kalimah, it meant
that in totality your life is not your
which you can utilize anyhow. It
Allah! So also are
your hands, eyes, legs and any other part of
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
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
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
On a more serious note, if you suffer hardship by acting
according to the wish
of Allah, so be it. If lives are
bodies are injured,
families are broken or properties are destroyed
in the process, why
should you grieve? Of course, if
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
according to His
wishes, you will only be rendering His due.
are all from Allah and
to Him we shall be returned". So
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
rendered His due for
His favour done to you. Is this an
achievement to boast
about? Should people be praised
they have repaid a
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
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)?
(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
suffering, and hell fire and you follow them
forgetting the good
and eternal promise of Allah ‑ Paradise.
a disgrace; can
anything be more immoral than this? To
thing already sold?
It is a legal moral crime in this world.
Those guilty of such
crimes are tried in courts for cheating and
But then do you think you will escape trial in the court of
Allah on the Day of
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
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.