Kalima is the first pillar of Islam that is “LA-ILAHA-ILLA-ALLAH, MUHAMMADUR-RASUL-ULLAH.” Its meaning is there is Not God but Allah; Muhammad (SAW) is the messenger of Allah.
Muslims, the shahadah or Kalima and faith are the most important belief
as it sums up what one must believe to be a Muslim. The first pillar of
Islam is the fundamental and basic need of human beings as a Muslim.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “I
have been ordered to fight against people until they testify that there
is no god but Allah and the Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” (Sahi Bukhari). The above saying clearly indicates that we must have faith in both parts of the first pillar of Islam.
was started from Hazrat Adam (A.S) and completed on Prophet Muhammad
(SAW) who is the last Messenger of Allah. In Holy Quran, Allah Almighty
says: Oh, Muhammad (SAW), “This
day have I perfected and fulfilled your religion for you, completed my
favor upon you and I have chosen for you Islam as your one and Only
Religion.” (Quran, 5:3)
In another verse of Holy Quran, Allah Almighty said: “If anyone wishes to have a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted by him.” (Quran,
3:85). Being a Muslim it’s our responsibility to let the universe know
that Islam is for all creations of Allah because this is the only
religion of Almighty Allah. He has created this Religion for his whole
or Shahadah is the first pillar of Islam starts with the essential
belief in an unseen creator of this universe Allah. We have not seen
Allah, yet we are instructed to believe that there is no God but Allah
and Muhammad (SAW) is the messenger of Allah.
There are two parts of Shahadah or Kalima:
- There is no God but Allah
- Muhammad (SAW) is the messenger of Allah
the first part, we have faith in the oneness of the creator Allah
Almighty and in the second part we believe that Muhammad (SAW) is the
last Prophet and messenger of Allah Almighty. Kalima or Shahadah is the
essential statement for the Muslims faith anyone who cannot recite this
by heart is not a Muslim.