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Six Fundamentals

In the name of Allah most Gracious, most Merciful.

First Lesson: Kalimah Tayyibah

Laa ilaaha illallaahu, Muhammadur-Rasulullaah.

This kalimah is just a sacred pledge of man with Allah. That is, when a believer solemnly reads this kalimah, he admits before Allah that he is His sincere and faithful ser- vant, he will obey His-commandments, and will avoid all the forbidden things. Therefore, one must keep in mind four important points about this kalimah: First, he should remember its words in the correct form. Second, he should remember its correct translation. Third, he should remem- ber its exact meaning. Fourth, he should observe its practi- cal requirements, and act accordingly!

Its Words and their Translation

This kalimah has two parts; first: "Laa ilaaha illal- laah"; second, "Muhammadur-Rasulullaah"; and their translation is:

"No one is worthy of worship but Allah, and Muham- mad is His true Messenger."

The Meaning of this Kalimah

When a believer admits that no one is worthy of worship but Allah, it necessarily means that he should worship none in the whole universe, but the Almighty, and should bring no partner to Him in worship, concerning all the principles of Islam. He should believe Him to be his sole guardian and Helper in distress, to be present every- where, seeing and hearing everything in the world. He .z 1 should trust in His guidance, and should faithfully obey a His commandments; moreover, he should not follow the '?

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customs and usages, that are contrary to His command-

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