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  • 1. The Conditions Of L-Ilha-Ilallh Shaykh Abdul Munem Mustapha Halmah ( Abu Baseer Al-Tartosi ) Rendered into the English language: Abu Osma
  • 2. Table of ContentsAbout This Book ............................................................................................................3Foreword.........................................................................................................................4Important Introductions .............................................................................................10 First Introduction.....................................................................................................10 Second Introduction ................................................................................................13 Third Introduction...................................................................................................14 Fourth Introduction.................................................................................................15 Fifth Introduction ....................................................................................................16The Meaning of L-Ilha-Ilallh ............................................................................18The Meaning of Ash-Shart (Condition)....................................................................24The First Condition: Verbal Pronouncement...........................................................25The Second Condition: Declaring Disbelief in Tght...........................................34 A Description of how to perform disbelief in Tght........................................40 Is it allowed to call a Muslim Tght ...................................................................44The Third Condition: Knowledge .............................................................................46 An important matter pertaining a person who is ignorant of Tawhd............53 How to establish the proofs upon an ignorant person?.....................................56The Fourth Condition: Truthfulness and Sincerity.................................................60The Fifth Condition: Cessation of doubt and attainment of Certainty................63The Sixth Condition: To Work According to it .......................................................66 An Action which is a binding condition for mn ..............................................69 The Abandonment of Actions................................................................................70The Seventh Condition: Loving it in Totality without any Hatred......................73The Eighth Condition: To be Pleased with it, Submitting fully............................87The Ninth Condition: To Depart this Life upon it ..................................................93Conditions of Tawhd: A Summary..........................................................................96Important and Necessary Words of Caution...........................................................97A Parable of the Shahdah in the Qurn al-Karm ...............................................117Epilogue ......................................................................................................................122 2
  • 3. About This BookThis book discusses the greatest words given to any messenger from his Lord orpronounced by any human being. Due to it Allh (swt) created all things, sentHis messengers, His books and legislated Jihd and fighting. This testimonyoutweighs the heavens and the earth. This religion and all human actions arebased upon the total acceptance of it. The one who fulfils its dutites andconditions is safe to enter paradise regardless of any wrongdoing he may do.The one who fails it will be disappointed and fall into loss entering the hellfireregardless of any good actions he may have performed.It is indeed the testimony of Tawhd; the testimony that there is no god butAllh (swt). How honourable such a statement is. But how do we understandthis statement and implement it? Is it sufficient for one to simply utter thesewords thus marginalising their importance; as we find the case of those whobelieve that such a statement should be relegated to the use of religious beads inthe corner of the mosque whilst claiming that they are the true people ofTawhd; however, the reality of their life contradicts the very testimony ofTawhd itself?Is this sufficient or does the Testimony have conditions and obligations thatmust be fulfilled? The answer to these questions and more related to this topicwill be found in this book. And Allh (swt) is the only One who can grantsuccess and guidance to the Straight Path. 3
  • 4. ForewordIndeed all praise is due to Allh (swt) whom we praise, seek help from andguidance. We seek refuge in Allh (swt) from the evil of ourselves and the evilof our actions. Whosoever Allh (swt) guides none can misguide andwhosoever He (swt) misguides and leaves to be misguided none can guide.And I bear witness that there is no god but Allh (swt); He is alone without anypartners. And I bear witness that the Prophet Muhammad (saw) was Hisservant and messenger.Allh (swt) says in the Qurn, O you who believe! Fear Allh as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islm.1And Allh (swt) says, O mankind! Fear your Lord, who created you from a single person, created of like nature His mate, and from them scattered (like seeds) countless men and women; Fear Allh, through whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (That bore you): for Allh ever watches over you.2And He (swt) also says, . O you who believe! Fear Allh, and (always) say a word directed to the Right: That He may make your conduct whole and sound and1 Surah ale-Imrn 3:1022 Surah an-Nisa 4:1 4
  • 5. forgive you your sins: He that obeys Allh and His Messenger, has already attained the highest achievement.3To proceed. Indeed the most truthful of speech is the Book of Allh (swt) andthe best of guidance is that of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). The most evil ofaffairs are the newly invented matters of which all newly invented matters areinnovations (bidah). Each and every innovation is misguidance and everymisguidance leads to the fire.The most great and honourable testimony which Allh (swt) revealed to theprophets and messengers from the time of dam (as) to the ProphetMuhammad (saw) is the testimony of Tawhd that, there is no God but Allh. Itis the greatest statement that mankind has pronounced since the time Allh(swt) created dam (as) until this day today and will continue as such until theend of time.It is the best form of making Dhikr (remembrance) and for its purpose did Allh(swt) create all creation, sent the prophets and revealed the Divine books. Forits purpose did Allh (swt) beautify the paradise and stoke the flames of thefire. For its purpose Allh (swt) legislated Jihd, fighting and killing, peace andwar, al-Wal (affection for believers) and al-Bar (aversion to disbelievers). Forits purpose do the battalions of Jihd and liberation go forth and fight.It is the ultimate goal which makes other benefits and interests insignificant incomparison. Such a statement affords protection for the one who says it in thislife and may prevent spillage of blood when doubtful matters arise.It is a testimony which will be the foundation to direct people to enter either theHeavens or the Hellfire. Whoever fulfils its rights and duties truthfully andsincerely will enter paradise. And whoever rejects it, opposes it and does notfulfil its conditions will enter the fire and will be deserved of its punishment.It is a testimony that will benefit and aid the proclaimer irrespective of theactions of disobedience he may have performed (as long as they are less thanShirk). Conversely, if a person does not attest to the Shahdah but performs gooddeeds equivalent to the extent of the heavens and the earth, these will not be ofbenefit to him one iota.3 Surah al-Ahzb 33:70-71 5
  • 6. It is such a great testimony that if one were to place the heavens and earth onone side of a scale and the testimony that there is no god but Allh on the other,it would outweigh them all. As we find such in the statement of Nuh (as) whenhe was upon his deathbed bequesting his son saying, I command you to say, There is no god but Allh. For if the seven heavens and the seven earths were placed on one side of a scale, and the testimony that there is no god but Allh on the other, it would surely outweigh them. And if the seven heavens and the seven earths were a single dark ring, they would be divided by there is no god but Allh.4Unfortunately, throughout history and even in this day and age, such atestimony has been attacked and its meaning has been twisted and given falseinterpretations by many deviant groups an