“La ilaha, illallah, Muhammadun rasulullah”
Translation: “ ere is no god besides God (Allah), and Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is his Messenger.”
La ilaha ( ere is no god(s)): I swear that I will not accept those gods that people made themselves and that I will purify my heart from them for Allah. I am preparing my heart, puri ed from other gods, only for Allah and his religion. This must be done because an impure heart cannot hold pure belief in Allah, just as a sound building cannot be built upon a rotten foundation.
Illa Allah: A er rejecting false gods, I accept only Allah as my Lord.
Muhammadun Rasulullah: This means “ is worship of my Lord is not done according to bid‘ah (later innovations in the religion). It is done according to the way that the Quran shows, that the Messenger taught, and in the way that the Messenger has shown us.”
“Ashhadu an la ilaha illa Allah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasuluhu.”
Translation: I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is his servant and Messenger.
Ashhadu an la ilaha illa Allah: This means “I think, understand, accept in my heart, and say with my tongue that there is no god (i.e. power, possessor of absolute power, legislator and subduer of the universe and all the people in it) but Allah. If someone says, ‘I exist in spite of Allah,’ this means: I reject Allah and do not know Him.’”