5 - Acquiring dignity and eminence, both in this world and in the Hereafter, for the people of laa ilaaha illallaah.
Allaah the Most High said:
“Worshipping none but Allaah alone; not ascribing any partner in the worship of Him. And whoever commits shirk with Allaah, it is as if he had plummeted from the sky and the birds had snatched him, or the winds had hurled him to a far off place.” [Soorah al-Hajj 22:31].
So this Verse proves that tawheed is loftiness and ascendancy, whereas shirk is lowliness and ignominy.
The great scholar, Ibn al-Qayyim, rahimahullaah, said: “Allaah likened the loftiness, expanse and nobility of faith and tawheed to that of the heavens, which are its place of ascent and descent. From it faith and tawheed descend to the earth and to it they ascend. Abandoning faith and tawheed has been likened to plummeting from the heavens to the lowest of the lowly places with regards to the severe constriction [of the heart] and the ever-accumulating pain. The birds that snatch at his limbs and completely severs them are a similitude of the Shaytaan whom Allaah sends to drive him towards evil, to harass him and to steer him to the place of his destruction. The wind that hurls him to a far off place is his false desires which cause him to cast his soul into the most despicable of places, furthest away from the heavens.”(1)
6 - Safeguarding one’s blood, property and honors; due to the Prophet’s saying sallallahu alaihi wasallam:
“I have been ordered to fight mankind until they say laa ilaaha illallaah. So if they say it, then their blood and their wealth will be protected, except if they fail to fulfill its right, and their reckoning is with Allaah.”(2)
What is meant by except if they fail to fulfill its right is: If they say it, but refuse to fulfill its obligations - which implies not fulfilling what it requires as regards singling-out Allaah alone with worship and staying clear of worshipping others besides Allaah, and establishing the pillars of Islaam - then their property and blood will not be safeguarded. Rather, they will be fought and their property will be confiscated and given to the Muslims as war booty, which is what the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam and his successors did.
We thus conclude that this kalimah has tremendous effects upon both the individual and the society, whether in matters of worship, social transactions, or morals and manners. And with Allaah lies all success. And may Allaah extol and send blessings of peace upon our Prophet Muhammad; and upon his Family and Companions and his followers.
(1) I’laamul-Muwaqqi’een (1/180).
(2) Reported by al-Bukhaaree (13/419).