La Ilaha Illallah is the greatest statement ever uttered, the foundation of faith and the cornerstone of existence itself.
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.
In this post we will learn the meaning of La Ilaha Illallah and its benefits.
La Ilaha Illallah Arabic
Thia is how to write la Ilaha Illal Lah in Arabic text:
لا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ
La Ilaha Illallah Meaning in English
La Ilaha Illallah means there is no god, deity or being which deserves to be worshipped and obeyed except Allah.
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 La Ilaha Illallah Mean?
La Ilaha Illallah means 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.
Benefits Of La Ilaha Illallah
Among the virtues and benefits of La Ilaha Illallah are:
- The Best Zikr
The best dhikr is la Ilaha Illa “The best of what I and the Prophets before me have said is: la Ilaha Illa.
2. Ascends To The Throne Of Allah
When a servant of Allah utters the words 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.
3. A Renewer Of Faith
The Messenger of Allah SAW said: “Renew your faith.” The companions asked: “How can we renew our faith?” He SAW replied: “Be frequent in saying La Ilaha Illallah.” (Ahmad)
4. Makes Hell Unlawful
Allah has made Hell-fire unlawful for the one who, seeking His pleasure, says. (Bukhari)
5. Last Words Paradise
He whose last words are la Ilaha will enter Paradise.” (Abu Dawud)
6. Means Of Intercession
The most fortunate person who will have my intercession on the Day of Judgement will be the one who said la Ilaha sincerely from his heart. (Bukhari)
7. Outweighs The Seven Heavens And The Seven Earths
When death approached Allah’s Prophet Nuh, he said to his son: ‘… I command you with la. Surely if the seven heavens and the seven earths were placed on a pan of a scale, and la Ilaha was placed on the other pan, it would outweigh them.’” (al-Adab al-Mufrad)
8. Outweighs All Sins
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 la Ilaha. 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.” (Tirmidhi)
Secret of La Ilaha Illallah
1. Whoever say it with faith will enter Jannah
This is evidenced by the story of a disbeliever who said: There is no god but Allah, and the companion Osama bin Zaid killed him after that in the battle, thinking that he had said it out of fear.
Narrated Usama bin Zaid: Allah’s Messenger (SAW) sent us towards Al-Huruqa, and in the morning we attacked them and defeated them. I and an Ansari man followed a man from among them and when we took him over, he said, “La ilaha illal-Lah.”
On hearing that, the Ansari man stopped, but I killed him by stabbing him with my spear. When we returned, the Prophet (SAW) came to know about that and he said, “O Usama! Did you kill him after he had said “La ilaha ilal-Lah?”
I said, “But he said so only to save himself.” The Prophet (SAW) kept on repeating that so often that I wished I had not embraced Islam before that day.
Sahih al-Bukhari 4269
2. Means Of Intercession
The intercession of the Prophet on the Day of Resurrection for those who said it sincerely from his heart.
Narrated Abu Huraira: I said, “O Allah’s Messenger (SAW)! Who will be the luckiest person who will gain your intercession on the Day of Resurrection?”
The Prophet SAW said, “O Abu Huraira! I have thought that none will ask me about this Hadith before you, as I know your longing for the (learning of) Hadiths.
The luckiest person who will have my intercession on the Day of Resurrection will be the one who said, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah,’ sincerely from the bottom of his heart.”
Sahih al-Bukhari 6570
3. The Word Of Tawheed
It is the word of tawheed, and its significance appears in the following:
- It is the word with which all the prophets and messengers were sent, for He, the Most High, said:
And We sent not before you any messenger except We revealed to him that, “There is no deity except Me, so worship Me.”Surah Al Anbiya verse 25
The word Tawheed is the first thing that a person is called to. Because of its importance, neither saying nor action is accepted without it.
Narrated Ibn Abbas: When the Prophet SAW sent Mu adh to Yemen, he said to him, “You are going to a nation from the people of the Scripture, so let the first thing to which you will invite them, be the Tauhid of Allah.
If they learn that, tell them that Allah has enjoined on them, five prayers to be offered in one day and one night.
And if they pray, tell them that Allah has enjoined on them Zakat of their properties and it is to be taken from the rich among them and given to the poor. And if they agree to that, then take from them Zakat but avoid the best property of the people.
Sahih al-Bukhari 7372
The Negligence Of It Is One Of The Reasons For The Worthless Of The Work.
And it was already revealed to you and to those before you that if you should associate [anything] with Allah, your work would surely become worthless, and you would surely be among the losers.Surah Zumar 65
4. The key to paradise
The importance of La ilaha illallah was mentioned above, so it is considered as the key to Paradise, so there is no entry to Paradise without it.
5. The Best Speech
It is considered the best speech because
It is the highest and best branch of faith. He, may God bless him and grant him peace, said:
It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessings be upon him) said:
Faith has over seventy branches or over sixty branches, the most excellent of which is the declaration that there is no god but Allah, and the humblest of which is the, removal of what is injurious from the path: and modesty is the branch of faith.
Sahih Muslim 35
6. It is the supplication of the prophets,
Amr ibn Shu’ayb reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The best supplication is that which is made on the day of Arafat. The best of it is what was said by myself and the prophets before me: There is no God but Allah alone, without any partners, unto Him belong the dominion and all praise and He has power over all things.”
Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhi 3585
7. Good Word
Have you not considered how Allah presents an example, [making] a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches [high] in the sky?
It brings forth its fruit at all times, by the leave of its Lord. So Allah sets forth parables for men, in order that they may receive admonition.Surah Ibrahim 24-25
8. Blood Is Protected
From the merit of there is no god but Allah, it is a few words with simple letters, whoever says them has protected his blood even if he is in the field of war, as previously mentioned in the story of Osama.
Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’
And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.”
Sahih al-Bukhari 392
The Word Of Truth, Honesty And The Most Trustworthy Handhold
The virtue of La ilaha illallah is revealed through the benevolent attributes that characterized it, and among these attributes are the following:
9. Word Of Truth
- It is described as the word of truth, and the evidence for that is His saying, the Most High:
And those they invoke besides Him do not possess [power of] intercession; but only those who testify to the truth [can benefit], and they know. Surah Zukhuruf 86
And whoever submits his face [i.e., self] to Allah while he is a doer of good – then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold. And to Allah will be the outcome of [all] matters.Surah Luqman 22
What Is The Condition Of La Ilaha Illallah?
There are 7 conditions that must be met for it to be accepted:
- Ilm (Knowledge)
- Al Yaqeen – Certainty
- Alqabool – Acceptance
- Al inkiyaadh – Submission
- Assidqu – Truthfulness
- Al Ikhlas – Sincerity
- Muhabba – Love
May Allah grant us success.