Certainty: Condition of "La ilaha ill Allah"
Shaykh `Obaid bin `Abdullah bin Sulaiman al-Jabiri
Facilitation by Allah in Explaining the Evidences of the Conditions of "La ilaha ill Allah"
© 1995 Jam`iat Ihyaa Minhaaj al-Sunnah, UK
In explaining the testimony of faith, Muslim scholars have listed seven conditions of the
shahadah, which a Muslim must fulfill so that s/he may be acknowledging the unity of Allah in
open and in secret.
These seven are:
1. Al-`Ilm (Knowledge of the meaning of the shahadah, its negation and affirmation)
2. Al-Yaqeen (Certainty – perfect knowledge of it that counter-acts suspicion and doubt)
3. Al-Ikhlaas (Sincerity which negates shirk)
4. Al-Sidq (Truthfulness that permits neither falsehood nor hypocrisy)
5. Al-Mahabbah (Love of the shahadah and its meaning, and being happy with it)
6. Al-Inqiad (Submission to its rightful requirements, which are the duties that must be
performed with sincerity to Allah (alone) seeking His pleasure)
7. Al-Qubool (Acceptance that contradicts rejection).
Below is an explanation of the second condition. For other conditions, please refer to the book
itself. Islaam.com Ed.]
The Second Condition
Certainty – it is perfect knowledge of it that counter-acts suspicion and doubt.
The evidence of certainty is His, the Exalted, saying:
Only those are the believers who have believed in Allah and His Messenger, and
afterward doubt not but strive with their wealth and their lives for the Cause of
Allah. Those! They are the truthful. [Surah al-Hujurat (49):15]
Allah made certainty, without doubt (or suspicions), a condition of true belief (in Allah and His
Messenger), since the doubter is from the ranks of the hypocrites (the Munafiqun).
It is narrated from Abu Hurairah radhiallahu `anhu that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu `alayhi
wa sallam said: "The servant meeting Allah having testified that there is no deity worthy of