The declaration of faith by Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan

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.” 

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] 

 

ilaaha illallaah is to the people of Paradise, what cool water is to the people of this world.” 10

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.” 1

An Excerpt from the book The Declaration of Faith by Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan.