1. La ilaha illAllah has two pillars;
a) The First Pillar: Negation - 'La ilah' negates all
forms of Shirk and its types, and necessitates disbelieving in everything that
is worshiped other than Allah.
b) The Second Pillar: Affirmation - 'illAllah' affirms
that none deserves worship except Allah and requires acting upon it.
The meaning of these two pillars has been mentioned in many verses, like the
Saying of Allah, 'Whoever disbelieves in Taghoot and believes in Allah, then he
has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break.' [Soorah
al-Baqarah (2): 256]
His Saying, 'Whoever disbelieves in Taghoot' is the meaning of the first pillar,
i.e., La ilah. His Saying, 'believes in Allah' is the meaning of the second
pillar, i.e., illAllah. Similarly, the saying of Ibraheem (alaihis-salaam) which Allah relates
in the Qur'aan, 'Verily, I am innocent of what you worship, except Him, Who did
create me…' [Soorah az-Zukhruf (43): 26-27] 'I am innocent…' is the meaning of
negation in the first pillar, 'except Him, Who did create me' is the meaning of
affirmation in the second pillar.
The Pillars of Muhammadar-Rasoolullah are two and they are included in
our saying, ‘Abduhu wa-Rasooluh’ (i.e., he (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) is Allah's slave and Messenger).
They negate any exaggeration and inadequacy in his respect. So, he is Allah's
slave and Messenger, and he is the most perfect creation in these two noble
The meaning of 'slave' here is, the worshiper who is owned (by Allah) meaning he
is a man created from what the other humans are created from, what occurs with
other humans also happens to him, as Allah says, ‘Say (O Muhammad): 'I am only a
man like you.' [Soorah al-Kahf (18): 110]
'Is not Allah Sufficient for His slave?' [(39): 36]
'All the praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has sent down to His slave…'
[Soorah al-Kahf (18): 1]
'Glorified be He (Allah), Who took His slave for a journey by night from
al-Masjid-al-Haram …' [Soorah al-Israa (17):1]
The meaning of, ‘His Messenger’ is that he is sent to all people with the call
to Allah, giving them glad tidings (of Paradise) and warning them (against
The testification contains the following two qualities for him.
Negation of any exaggeration and inadequacy in his respect because many of those
who claim to be from his Ummah have exaggerated in respecting him and crossed
the bounds until they raised him above the status of a worshiper of Allah to the
status of being worshiped besides Allah. They sought help from him and invoked
him for needs, which no one but Allah has the power to provide like fulfilling
their needs and relieving them from their troubles. While others neglected his
message or were negligent in obeying him and relied upon opinions and sayings
that were contradictory to what he came with.