Shahada & Kalimah

Posted on January 26, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Assalam alaikum & peace to all

Thought I would post the 4 different Kalimah’s (Phrases/words).  This should not be confused with the Shahada, which is the ‘testimony of faith’.  Read the following.

The Kalimah & the Shahādah

The Kalimah is commonly confused with the shahādah, which is a declaration of belief in the Kalimah.
The Kalimah is essentially a statement, and the Shahadah is a testimony confirming the Kalimah and its meaning.

Compare the 2 phrases below:

The Kalimah – There is no god but God, Muhammad is GodMessenger
lā ‘ilāha ‘illallāh muhammadur-rasūlullāh

The Shahadah - I testify that there is no god but God, and I testify that Muhammad is God’s Messenger
ašhadu ʾal lā ilāha illa l-Lāh, wa ʾašhadu ʾanna muḥammadar rasūlu l-Lāh

The Shahada, also spelled shahadah, (Arabic: الشهادة aš-šahāda ar_shahada.ogg audio (help·info) from the verb šahida “to testify”) is the Islamic creed. The Shahada is the Muslim declaration of belief in the oneness of God and acceptance of Muhammad as his prophet. The declaration reads: Lā ilaha illa al-Lāh, Muhammadun rasūlu l-Lāh “There is no god but God, Muhammad is the Messenger of God” in English. This declaration is called the Kalima, which literally means “words.” Recitation of the Shahadah is the most important of the Five Pillars of Islam for Muslims and is performed daily. Non-Muslims wishing to convert to Islam do so by a public recitation of the creed.[1]

The 5 different Kalimah

The First Kalimah: Kalimah At-Tayyiba:
The Declaration of Faith in Islāmic Monotheism

Lā ilāha Illallāh Muhammad u’r Rasūlullāh

None is worthy of worship except Allāh Muhammad is the Messenger of Allāh

The Second Kalimah: Kalimah Ash-Shahāda:
The Muslim Testimony of Faith in Islāmic Monotheism

Ash-hadu an lā ilāha Illallāh
Wahdahū lā sharīka lahū wa ash-hadu anna Muhammad-an Abduhū wa Rasūluhū

I bear witness that none is worthy of worship except Allāh
He is One. He has no partner.
And I bear witness that Muhammad is His Devotee and His Messenger.

The Third Kalimah: Kalimah At-Tamjīd:
The Declaration of the Glory of Allāh

SubhānAllāh wa’l Hamdu Lillāh
wa lā ilāha Illallāh Wallāhu Akbar wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā Billāhi’l Aliyy i’l Azīm

Glory be to Allāh and all Praise is for Allāh and none is worthy of worship except Allāh
and Allāh is Most Great and there is no power and no strength except from Allāh,
the Most High, the Most Great.

The Fourth Kalimah: Kalimah At-Tawhīd:
The Declaration of the Oneness of Allāh

Lā ilāha Illallāh Wahdahū lā sharīka lahū Lahu’l Mulku wa Lahu’l Hamdu
Yuhyī wa Yumītu Biyadihi’l khayru wa Huwa alā kulli shay-in Qadīr

None is worthy of worship except Allāh He is One. He has no partner.
His is the Kingdom and His is the Praise He gives life and causes death.
In His hand is all that is good and He is Powerful over all things.

The Fifth Kalimah: Kalimah Radd i’l-Kufr
The Declaration of the Refutation of disbelief and polytheism

Allāhumma innī aūdhu bika min an ushrika bika shay-an wa ana alamu bihī
wa astaghfiruka limā lā alamu bihī tubtu anhu wa tabarra’tu minal kufri wa’sh shirki wa’l maāsī kullihā
wa aslamtu wa āmantu wa aqūlu Lā ilāha Illallāh Muhammad u’r Rasūlullāh

O Allāh! Indeed I seek refuge with You to be saved from all kinds of polytheism which I know about
and I beg Your forgiveness for that which I do not know about. I repent from that and I free myself
from disbelief and idolatry and all wrong doings and I have accepted Islām, and proclaiming my belief, I declare:
None is worthy of worship except Allāh Muhammad is the Messenger of Allāh

http://www.iqra.net/articles/declare.php



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Do you have proof/authenticity for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Kalimah – either from Quran or Sahih hadiths?

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alhamdulillah…


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