First Lesson: Kalimah Tayyibah
Laa ilaaha illallaahu, Muhammadur-Rasulullaah.
This Kalimah is just a sacred pledge of man with Allah. That is, when a believer solemnly reads this kalimah he admits before Allah that he is His sincere and faithful servant, he will obey His commandments, and avoid all the forbidden things. Therefore, one must keep in mind four important points about this Kalimah: First, he should remember its words in the correct form. Second, he should remember its correct translation. Third, he should remember its exact meaning. Fourth, he should observe its practical requirements, and act accordingly!
Its Words and their Translation
This kalimah bas two parts; first: “Laa ilaaha illallaah”; second, “Muhammadur-Rasulullah”; and their translation is:
“No one is worthy of worship but Allah, and Muhammad is His true messenger.”
The Meaning of this Kalimah
When a believer admits that no one is worthy of worship but Allah, it necessarily means that he should worship none in the whole universe, but the Almighty, and should bring no partner to Him in worship, concerning all the principles of Islam. He should believe Him to be present everywhere, seeing and hearing everything in the world. He should trust in His guidance, and should faithfully obey His commandments; moreover, he should not follow the customs and usages, that are contrary to His commandments. In all the affairs of his life, he should follow the teachings of the Holy Qur’aan; he should hope for His mercy, and should fear His wrath; he should completely rely upon Him for his guidance!
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