Kalimatil Ikhlas

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحـمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آلـه وصحبه ومن والاه

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The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

 لا يزال لسانك رطباً من ذكر الله

“Keep your tongue moist in the Dhikr of Allah.”
[At-Tirmidhi, 2687 and Ibn Majah, 3075 – graded as saheeh by al-Albani in his checkings of both Sunan]

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The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

افضل الذكر لا اله الا الله

“The best of Dhikr is to say La illaha illallah.”
[At-Tirmidhi, 3383 who graded it hasan ghareeb – graded as hasan by Ibn Hajar in ‘Nata’ij al-Afkar’, 1/63; and hasan by al-Albani in ‘Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1104]

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Kalimatil Tawheed, also known as Kalimatil Ikhlas, is the origin of establishing one’s Islam and also the basis of our sincerity towards Allah.

Question: how can one become constant and achieve consistency in saying it – especially during times when feelings of shyness overcome a person, or when one becomes hesitant or uncomfortable with people around him?

In his ‘Risalatil-Talkhees’, Ibn Hazm رحمه الله تعالى noted a very interesting observation regarding the kalimatil ikhlas (i.e. the statement of sincerity). He said:

و لـيـكـثـر مـن قـولِ ( لا إلـه إلَّا الله ) فـإنَّهـا ألـفـاظٌ تـتِـمُّ بـحـركـةِ الـلـسـانِ دونَ حـركـةِ الـشَّـفـتـيـن فـلا يَـشـعُـرُ بـذلـكَ الـجـلـيـسُ

“…and make abundant mention of  لا إلـه إلَّا الله  for indeed these words are (made) by the movement of the tongue without moving the lips, so you won’t feel that (i.e. the lips move when sitting) in gatherings…”

In other words, all other types of adhkar can be seen from the lips when the person is saying them. This is not the case with ‘la illaha illallah’ because one can say this statement behind his teeth and without people around him noticing him saying it! This most praiseworthy and noble of speech reflects a sincere intention; and indeed when one becomes accustomed in saying ‘la ilaha illallah’ regularly, then he will be constantly reminded of its implications and live by its meaning. This would increase hope that one would die in a state in which all Muslims wish to leave this world; as the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “A person whose last words are ‘la ilaha illallah’ will enter Jannah.”

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May Allah make us all from them.

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