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Islam and World Peace - Explanations of a Sufi
by M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen


THE FIVE KALIMAHS: al-Kalimat al-Khams

THE FIRST KALIMAH: al-Kalimah al- Ula

La ilah illa Allah; Muhammad Rasul Allah.
Translation: None is god except Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

THE SECOND KALIMAH : al-Kalimah al-Thaniyah
(al-shahddah) (The Testimony of Faith)

Ashhadu an la ilaha illa Allah wahdahu la sharik lahu, wa-ashhadu anna Muhammad 'abduhu wa-rasuluh.

Translation: I testify that none is god except Allah, He is One without associates to Him; and I testify that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger.

THE THIRD KALIMAH: al-Kalimah al-Thalithah

Subhan Allah wa-al-hamdu lillah wa-la ilaha illa Allah wa-Allahu Akbar wa-la hawla wa-la quwata illa billahi al-'Ali al-'Azim.

Translation: Glory is Allah's, and all praise is Allah's, and none is god except Allah, and Allah is most great! And there is no majesty or power except in Allah, and He is exalted, supremely magnificent!

THE FOURTH KALIMAH: al-Kalimah al-Rabi'ah

La ilaha illa Allah wahdahu la sharik lahu; lahu al-mulk wa-lahu al-hamd; yuhyi wa-yumit; bi yadihi al-khayr
wa-huwa 'ala kulli shay'in qadir.

Translation: None is god except Allah, He is One without associates to Him. His is the dominion and His is the praise; He bestows life and death, in His hand are the blessings, and He is omnipotent over all things.

THE FIFTH KALIMAH: al-Kalimah al-Khamisah

Allahumma, inni a'udhu bi-ka min an ushrika bi-ka shay' wa-ana a'lamu wa-astaghfiruka li-ma la a'lamu
innaka Anta 'Alim al-ghaib wa-al-shahadah. Tubtu 'anhu wa-tabarra'tu 'an kull din siwa Din al-Islam, wa-aslamtu
laka wa-aqulu: la ilah illa Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah.

Translation: Dearest Allah! I seek protection in Thee against ascribing any partner to Thee knowingly, and I beg Thy forgiveness for that which I might do unknowingly-indeed, Thou art the Knower of both what is seen and what is hidden. I have turned from such faults and I absolve myself from every sort of creed except pure belief in and surrender to Thee, and I commit myself wholly to Thee saying, None is god but Allah! Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah!


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