La ilaaha Illallaah

About a week ago, I expressed the intention to do a daily blog post that is related to the ashaab kareem radiAllahu Anhum. Today is as good a day as any to begin, as it’s a Friday. For some, this will all cover things you already know; for others, it will be ahaadith that could bear repeating; and for some, who are like me, it might actually be a learning experience. I’ll mostly be taking these anecdotes from the Hayatus Sahabah, which is a popular set of books about us Indo-Pak Muslims (not sure about others). So, onwards 🙂

Hazrat Y’ala bin Shaddad says that Abu Shaddad related this hadith to him and ‘Obadah bin Saumit, who confirmed Abu Shaddad was present there that:

We were with the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wasallam. He said, ‘Is there any stranger amongst you? That is, a scriptuary?’ We said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, no!’ He ordered the door to be closed and said: ‘Raise your hands and say: La ilaaha Illallaah.‘ Accordingly, we kept our hands raised for some time. Then his honour (Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) withdrew his hands and said: ‘Praised be to Allah! Oh my Allah! You have sent me with this kalimah and You have ordered this to me and have promised Paradise for it, undoubtedly. You will not do the opposite of Your promise.’  Thereafter, he said: ‘Beware! Receive a good news, for Allah has pardoned you.’

The reciting of the kalimah La ilaaha Illallaah is about the easiest action for a believer. How humbling and relieving it is to realize that even this simplest action can yield jannah for us. I hope we can all remember to do dhikr of this kalimah often, inshaAllah.

May you have a blessed Jummah!

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