Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Syahadah

In the name of Allah most gracious, most merciful.

Last sunday, I attended one lecture in Al Khaadem. Here is just a brief of what i remember and take note from the lecture.

In Islam we believe that all the prophets are send by Allah s.w.t and all of them came with one message. The message is to worship none but Allah and the only religion besides Allah is Islam.

Say ye: "We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam) (Al Baqarah :136)

 The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will) (Al Imran :19)

We know that All muslim will recite the shahadah a lot of times in their life. But how many of us actually know what is the meaning and also implication of it? How many of us know what is the implicaiton of it? and how many of us know what is the condition in becoming a muslim.

To become a muslim / the condition in reciting the shahadah, one must have the following :

1. Knowledge : This is the knowledge of knowing what the testimonial (shahadah) entails. In simple, we need to know what is the meaning of the shahadah.

2. Certainty : Certainty of the truth of the testimony. In simple, we need to be sure of the truth of the testimony.

3. Acceptance : Accept the testimonial not only with tougue but also with the heart. As a muslim, we have to accept all that we know which is from pure source. This is because once we have prove that it is from pure source, we have to abide by it as Allah has ask us to enter/follow Islam teaching completely. Pharoh is very certain that prophet Musa a.s is a messenger of Allah but he rejected him.

4. Submission and compliances : Do everything that Allah and the prophet ask to do. After we have accept by tougue and heart the truth, we have to submit to it through doing it. It is true that every one will commit sin, but true believers will recognize that they have done a sin and repent after doing it. It is different from people who have done sin but yet still feel it is not wrong.

5. Truthfullness : When the person recite the shahadah, it has to be sincere and truthfully from the heart. There should be totally no force and also not because of any benefit that we can get after reciting the shahadah. There should be no compulsion at all in reciting the shahadah as Allah has already stated in the Quran :

Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things. (Al Baqarah :256)

6. Purity : We say the shahadah purely for the sake of Allah.

7. Love : When we recite the shahadah, we love the shahadah, we love the implication of it, and we love the people who do what Allah ask to do.

8. Denying other object beside Allah : If we have notice this, when we recite the shahadah, Allah has actually instruct to us to deny worshipping other before bear witness in worshipping him.

I bear witness that there is none worthy of woship : Denying part

9. Adhere to the testimonial until die : As a muslim we should always try our best to adhere to this testimonial until we die. This is because we may not know whether we will die as a muslim or not. None can guarantee that he/she will die as a muslim whether he/she is a born muslim / revert / non muslim. All things that happen is because of Allah's will and not our will.

A kind reminder to all : Dont simple judge a person faith when we ourself is not even guarantee to die as a muslim.

Question to all : A normal muslim who will perform their 5 times solat will at least recite the shahadah 9 times in a day. The question is how many times that we actually fullfill all the 9 conditions when we recite the shahadah ? 

Allah knows best.