Pehla Kalma (1st Kalma) In Arabic
لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اللهِ
The English Translation of 1st Kalma Tayyab
There is no God but Allah, Muhammad (PBUH) is the messenger of Allah.
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Meaning and Explanation
The Tauheed: a concept explained in Surah Ikhlas also referred to as the “1st Kalma” in Islam, begins with the following:
The name of Allah (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللهُ)
This expression means “There is no God but Allah” when translated into English. It is a proclamation of Islam’s core unifying doctrine. Let’s dissect this sentence into its constituent parts:
The title (لَا إِلٰهَ): This indicates that “there is no God” or “no deity.” It represents the denial of all other gods, powers, or entities except Allah.
Ilallah (٥ِلَّا اللهُ): This phrase translates to “but Allah.” It highlights that Allah is the only real and deserving subject of worship, reinforcing the idea that there is only one Allah.
Muhammadur Rasulullah (مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اللهِ): This expression means “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah” when translated into English. It is the 2nd section of the Shahada. Let’s dissect this sentence into its constituent parts:
1. Muhammad (مُحَمَّدٌ): The final prophet and messenger of Allah in Islam goes by this name. The Prophet Muhammad is talked about. Explore more about stories about prophets in Surah anbiya of the Quran.
2. Rasulullah (رَسُولُ اللهِ): The Arabic name for the Lord is “Allah,” and the word “Rasul” means Allah’s messenger. Hence, the meaning of “Rasulullah” is “messenger of Allah.”
Essentially, the 1st Kalma Tayyab is a clear demonstration of Islam’s central doctrine of monotheism. It highlights God’s complete unity and his complete denial of any kind of partner association. Muslims recite this statement as evidence of their trust in Allah’s uniqueness and singularity, which serves as the foundation of the Islamic faith. Similarly, the 2nd Kalma Shahadah reinforces this belief, affirming the prophethood of Muhammad (peace be upon him) and acknowledging him as the messenger of Allah.