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Laa Ilaaha ill-
Jamaal al-Din Zarabozo
Every Muslim knows that the key to Paradise is the statement,
“There is none worthy of worship except Allah.” Yet too many
Muslims simply rely upon this statement and believe that as long
as they have made this statement, nothing will harm them. They
think will be granted Paradise because of this mere verbal state-
ment of the Shahaadah.
There is no question that the mere saying of, “I bear witness that
there is none worthy of worship except Allah and I bear witness
that Muhammad is His servant and messenger,” is not sufficient
for salvation. In fact, the hypocrites used to make this statement
quite often yet Allah describes them as liars and says that they
shall abide in the lowest abyss of the Hell-fire.
As many scholars state, though, this statement or testimony is the
key to Paradise. The famous Taabi'i1 Wahb ibn Munabbih was
“Isn't the statement of laa ilaaha ill-Allah the key to Paradise?” He
answered, “Yes, but every key has ridges. If you come with the
key that has the right ridges, the door will open for you. Yet if
you do not have the right ridges the door will not open for you.”
That is, it is saying [while meeting] certain conditions. These con-
ditions are what will differentiate the person who will benefit
from his making of that statement from the on