Da’wah Dimensions – The Kalimah in Contemplation Pt.1/2

Da’wah Dimensions – The Kalimah in Contemplation Pt.1/2
Shaykh Faheem of the Islāmic Lifestyle Solutions

Becoming a Muslim is not conditioned on one’s background or ethnicity. All it takes to embrace the religion of Islām is to utter and affirm the Islāmic Kalimah, “Lā ilāha illallāhu Muhammadur-Rasūlullāh” stating that there is none worthy of worship but Allāh, and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the (final) Messenger of Allāh (God). By asserting belief in this statement, one has embraced Islām and is thereafter classified as a Muslim.

The Kalimah is traditionally divided into two parts, the first of which is known as ‘tauhīd’ and stands to exhibit the primary Islāmic belief on the subject of absolute monotheism. The second part is known as ‘risālah’ which focuses on establishing belief in the divinely ordained prophets, whose purpose is to deliver that message of absolute monotheism.

   Tauhīd – the style and structure of the Kalimah is indeed wondrous to behold as the words resonate with those who may be open to accepting Islām from an atheistic background as well as those who are accepting Islām from a previous religion which may have propagated a more polytheistic philosophy. Hence the Kalimah does not commence by merely stating, “I believe in Allāh”. Instead, it takes into cognizance that people usually enter the fray of theological transition with their own perceptions or their glasses half-full.

Thus it commences with a ‘negation of the negative’ stating that “There is none worthy of worship”, meaning that the would-be-Muslim must first empty their glass by removing from the heart all pre-existing notions of any other deities or ideologies which occupy or demand ‘absolute’ belief in.

Once there is negation of the negative by the statement, “There is none worthy of worship…”, then the Kalimah proceeds with an injection of positive propagation by saying “Illallāh” (Except Allāh). Now the first part of the Kalimah reads,

“There is none worthy of worship but Allāh…”

The beautiful life-lesson which this first part of the Kalimah teaches the Muslim –especially during this age of Islāmophobia -, is that until and unless one does not firstly remove all pre-existing negative notions of a particular viewpoint or belief, then we will always be susceptible to mixing up our previously held positions with the current ones, thus creating a chasm of confusion within ourselves. However, if we first negate those negatives, and then proceed to inject positivity, then we will ensure that whatever subject we approach, it will be without a biased basis and based entirely on the appropriate objectivity to navigate it.

Likewise, on our journey of Islām, Muslims are urged to negate negativity from society, of course with wisdom and within the rulings of the law, and the best way to negate the negative is by an application of the positive. Hence Muslims must endeavour to instil ideals of the highest sense of morality within the communities they reside. If we can become masters and commanders of implementing this simple notion derived from the Kalimah in our daily lives, we will soon realize that the negation of the many negative things we perceive in life, and which we are holding on to, are actually holding us back from achieving so much more.

So instead of holding firm to the negatives which are stopping you from becoming a better Muslim, find a positive way to negate them and move forward as a submitting servant of Allāh Almighty or in other words, as a “Muslim”.

End of Part One


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