The Virtues of the Testification 2

xiii) It revives Faith in the Heart

Ahmad records that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said to his Companions,

“Renew your faith.”

They asked, ‘How can we renew our faith?’ He replied,

“Say, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah.” (Recorded on Ahmad no.8710)

xiv) Nothing can outweigh it, even if it be Weighed against the Heavens and the Earth

Ahmad records on the authority of Abdullah ibn Amr that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“Nuh said to his son on his deathbed, “I enjoin you to “None has the right to worshipped save Allah”, for were the seven heavens and the seven  earths placed on one side of the scale, and this statement placed not he other, it would outweigh them. Were the seven heavens and the seven earths a seamless ring – unknown where it begins or ends, this statement would shatter them.” (Recorded in Ahmad no.6583-7101)

Hakim also records on the authority od Abu Said al-Khudri that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“Musa said, ‘Lord, teach me something by which I could remember You and invoke You,’ He replied, ‘Musa, say, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah.’ He said, ‘Lord, but all Your servants say this!’ He said, ‘Say, ‘None has the right o be worshipped save Allah’. He said, ‘I wish something specific for myself.’ He said, ‘Musa, were the seven heavens and all they contain besides Me, and the seven earths placed on one side of a scale, and ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah’ on the other, it would outweigh the former.'” (Recorded in Hakim no.1936)

xv) It Outweighs the Scrolls which have the Sins of a Person Recorded in them

This is proven by the hadith of the scrolls and parchment as recorded by Ahmad:

“Allah will take out a man from my nation before the creation on the Day of Resurrection and ninety-nine scrolls will be unrolled for him. Each one as long as the eye can see. Then he will say, “Do you deny any of this? Have My watchful scribes wronged you?’ He will reply ‘No, O my Lord!’ He will say, ‘Rather you do possess a good deed with us and you will not be wronged this Day.’ A parchment is brought forth containing ‘I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped save Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.’ Allah will say ‘Witness the weighing.’ He will reply ‘My Lord! What is this parchment compared to those great scrolls?’ He will say ‘Indeed you will not be wronged.’ Then the scrolls will be placed on one scale and the parchment on the other scale and the parchment will outweigh them for nothing can outweigh the name of Allah.”

xvi) It Tears through all the Veils until it reaches Allah, Mighty and Magnificent

Tirmidhi records on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“No servant says, ‘None has the right to worshipped save Allah’ sincerely except that the doors of heaven will open for it so that it may go to the Throne so long as he avoids major sins.” (Recorded in Tirmidhi no.3590)

xvii) It is a Statement, the Truth of which is born Witness by Allah

Nasai, Tirmidhi and ibn Hibban record on the authority of Abu Hurayrah and Abu Said that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“When the servant says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah, Allah is the greatest,’ his Lord testifies to the truth of what he said. He says, ‘There is none worthy of worship save Me and I am the Greatest.’ He he says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah Alone, with no partner,’ Allah says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Me alone, with no partner.’ When he says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah alone, with no partner, to Him belongs the dominion and to Him belongs all praise,’ Allah says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Me, to Me belongs the dominion and to Me belongs all praise,’ When he says, ‘There is none worthy of worship save Allah alone, there is no might nor motion except with Allah,’ Allah says,  ‘There is none worthy of worship save Me alone, there is no might nor motion except with Me,'”

He, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, also used to say,

“Whoever says it while ill and then dies, the Fire will not consume him.'” (Recorded in Tirmidhi no.3430)

xviii) It is the Best Thing that the Prophets have said

As is mentioned in the supplication on the Day of Arafah.

xix) It is the best Form of Dhikr

A hadith records on the authority of Jabir states,

“The best dhikr is, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah.'” (Recorded in Tirmidhi no.3383)

Ibn Abbas said, “The most beloved statement to Allah is, “None has the right to be worshipped save Allah.” Allah will not accept a deed except by virtue of it.’

xx) It is the Best of Deeds and Carries the Most Rewards. It is the Equivalent of Freeing Slaves and Serves to Protect one Against Shaytan

Bukhari and Muslim record on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him said,

“Whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah Alone, who has no partner, to Him belongs the dominion, to Him belongs all praise, and He is omnipotent over all things,’ one hundred times in a day, he will have the reward of freeing ten slaves, one hundred good deeds will recorded on his behalf, one hundred of his sins will be effaced, and it will serve to protect him from Shaytan throughout that day until the evening. There is no one who can bring something better than this person except for the one who does more than this.”

They also recorded on the authority of Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“Whoever says it ten times, it will be as if he has freed four souls from the children of Ismail.”

Tirmidhi records on the authority of ibn Umar that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“Whoever says it when he enters the market, and adds to it by saying, ‘He grants life and death, He is ever Living who will never die and in His hand is all good, and He is omnipotent over all things,’ one hundred thousand good deeds will be recorded on his behalf, one hundred thousand of his sins will be affected, and he will be raised by one hundred thousand ranks.” (Recorded in Tirmidhi no.3428)

xxi) It Secures a Person from the Isolation of the Grave and the Terror of the Resurrection

Ahmad and others record that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said,

“The people of ‘None has the right to worshipped save Allah,’ will feel no isolation in the grave nor during their resurrection. It is as if I can see them standing, shaking off the dust from their heads, retiring “Praise be to Allah who has removed all sadness from us. Truly our Lord is Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Thankful.” (Surah al-Fatir 35:34)

A mursal hadith states,

“Whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah, the Truth, the Clear, the Manifest,’ one hundred times everyday will be secured of poverty, will find comfort from the isolation of the grave, will find richness and will be knocking on the door of Paradise.”

xxii) It is the Distinguishing Sign of the Believer when they Arise from their Graves

Nadr ibn Arabi said, ‘It has reached me that when the people arise from their graves, their distinguishing sign will be, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah.”

Tabarani records that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, said,

“The distinguishing sign of this nation on the Bridge will be, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save You.” 

xxiii) The Eight Doors of Paradise will be Opened for the One who said it and He may Enter from whichever He Pleases

This is proven by the hadith recorded by Muslim concerning one who articulates the two testimonies after having performed abolition. (Recorded in Muslim no.234)

Bukhari and Muslim record on the authority of Ubadah ibn Samit, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, said,

“Whoever says, ‘I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped save Allah Alone, who has no partner, and that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger, and Isa is His servant and the son of his female-servant, and His word which He directed towards Maryam, and a spirit from Him; and that Paradise is true, and that the Fire is true,’ Allah will grant him entry into Paradise from whichever of its eight gates He pleases.” (Recorded in Ahmad no.21952)

xxiv) Those who Say it, Even if they Enter the Fire due to Deficiency in Actualising it, will Necessarily Leave it

Bukhari and Muslim record the hadith,

“Allah, Exalted is He, will say, ‘By My Might, Majesty, Grandeur, and Honour: I shall remove from the Fire anyone who said, ‘None has the right to be worshipped save Allah!” (Recorded in Ahmad no.12824 on the authority of Anas with similar wording)

Tabarani records on the authority of Anas that the Prophet, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, said,

“Some people from those who said, ‘None has the right to worshipped save Allah,’ will enter the Fire because of their sins. Those who worshipped al-Lat and al-Uzzah will say to them ‘Your testification has not been of any benefit to you!’ At this Allah will become angry and take them out of the Fire and enter them into Paradise.” (Recorded in Tabarani al-Awsat no.7292)

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