When we say “La Illaha Illa Allah”, we are affirming that there is no god but Allah (ta’ala). Every Muslim believes in this and testifies to it.
Maybe your first time saying La illaha illa Allah was when you reverted to Islam, or maybe you grew up saying this every day. Regardless of how we came to believe in Allah (ta’ala), the phrase is an important part of our faith.
Saying La illaha illa Allah affirms your faith, yes. But did you know that saying it also has benefits that bring you reward in the sight of Allah (ta’ala)? Here are three benefits to motivate you to keep your tongue moist with La illaha illa Allah.
Forgiveness of Sins
It was narrated from Mu’adh bin Jabal that the Messenger of Allah(ﷺ) said: “There is no soul that died bearing witness to La ilaha illallah, and that I am the Messenger of Allah, from the heart with certainty, but Allah will forgive it.” (Ibn Majah)
Acceptance of Dua
Narrated ‘Ubada bin As-Samit: The Prophet (ﷺ) “Whoever gets up at night and says: — ‘La ilaha il-lallah Wahdahu la Sharika lahu Lahu-lmulk, waLahu-l-hamd wahuwa ‘ala kullishai’in Qadir. Al hamdu lil-lahi wa subhanal-lahi wa la-ilaha il-lal-lah wa-l-lahu akbar wa la hawla Wala Quwata il-la-bil-lah.’ (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah. He is the Only One and has no partners . For Him is the Kingdom and all the praises are due for Him. He is Omnipotent. All the praises are for Allah. All the glories are for Allah. And none has the right to be worshipped but Allah, And Allah is Great And there is neither Might nor Power Except with Allah). And then says: — Allahumma, Ighfir li (O Allah! Forgive me). Or invokes (Allah), he will be responded to and if he performs ablution (and prays), his prayer will be accepted.” (Bukhari)
Freedom from Hell
Narrated `Utban bin Malik Al-Ansari: who was one of the men of the tribe of Bani Salim: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) came to me and said, “If anybody comes on the Day of Resurrection who has said: La ilaha illal-lah, sincerely, with the intention to win Allah’s Pleasure, Allah will make the Hell-Fire forbidden for him.” (Bukhari)
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah and Abu Saeed bore witness that the Messenger of Allah(ﷺ) said:
“If a person says: ‘La ilaha illallahu wa Allahu Akbar (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Allah is the Most Great),’Allah says: ‘My slave has spoken the truth; there is none worthy of worship except I, and I am the Most Great.’ If a person says: La ilaha Illallah wahdahu (There is none worthy of worship except Allah alone), Allah says: ‘My slave has spoken the truth; there is none worthy of worship except I, alone.’ If he says, La ilaha illallahu la sharikalahu (There is none worthy of worship except Allah with no partner or associate),’ Allah says: ‘My slave has spoken the truth; there is none worthy of worship except I, with no partner or associate.’ If he says: ‘La illah illallah, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu (There is none worthy of worship except Allah, all dominion is His and all praise is to Him),’ Allah says: ‘My slave has spoken the truth; there is none of worthy of worship except I, all dominion Mine and all praise is due to Me.’ If he says: ‘ La illaha illallah, la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (There is none worthy of worship and there is no power and no strength except with Allah),’ Allah says: ‘My slave has spoken then truth; there is none worthy of worship except I, and tehre is no power and no strength except with Me.’ One of the narrators Abu Ishaq said: “Then Agharr (another narrator) said something that I did not understand. I said to Abu Jafar: ‘What did he say?’ He said: ‘Whoever is blessed with (the ability to say) them (these words) at the time of death, the Fire will not touch him.’” (Ibn Majah)
These are just a very few examples of ahadith that shows us the benefits of saying La illaha illa Allah. Many Muslims probably say this phrase every day during salah or dhikr, but when you remember the benefits that are attached to it, like many other duas, your mind gets more conscious about not only saying it with your tongue but affirming it with your heart and living it through your actions.
Related Video: The Power of Saying La Ilaha Illallah