“Those who sit with me know this about me, I am always one of those who most emphatically forbid describing a specific person (among the Muslims) as a kaafir, faasiq or sinner, unless it is Known That Shariah Proof Has Been Established Against Him, and it has been proven whether he is a kaafir, a faasiq or a sinner.”
Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah (Rahimahullaahu Ta’aala)
Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (3/229)
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
I testify that La Ilaha Illa Allah
I testify that La Ilaha Illa Allah alone, He has no partners, acknowledging it, to it with Tawheed.
*Concerning his saying: " And I testify that La Illaha Illa Allah alone, He has no partners, acknowledging it with Tawheed."
*I 'testify' meaning I acknowledge with my heart pronouncing with my tongue. Because the testimony is a pronouncement and informing about what is in the heart. When you bear witness for a person against another person before the judge, you are expressing with the tongue what is in then heart. Testimony was chosen instead of acknowledgement, because the basis of testimony is taken from the presence of something, meaning attending and seeing the thing. It is like one is disclosing what is in one's heart while expressing it with one's tongue, as if one has witnessed the incident with one's eyes.
*"La Ilaha Illa Allah" means none truly deserves to be worshiped except Allah.
* "Alone , there is no partner for Him:" "Alone" is used as an emphasis of conformation, while "there is no partner for Him" is used as an emphasis of negation.
*"acknowledging it, and with Tawheed" is an emphasis of his saying: "La Ilaha Illa Allah (there is none worthy of worship except Allah)."
Book 1 (55/56) Al-'Aqidah Al-Wasitiyyah