Conditions of the Shahada Part 2- Muhammedan Rasul Allah


Conditions of the Shahada Part 2- Muhammedan Rasul Allah

Sheikh Saleh As-Saleh


Bismilah, Al-Rahman Al-Raheem. Alhamdulilahi Rab Al-‘Alameen wa salla Allahu ‘ala Muhammedan wa ‘ala aalahi wasahbihi wassalam.


In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.  All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.  I testify there is no true God worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammed is Allah’s true Slave and Messenger.  May Allah’s salah and Salam be upon the Prophet, his pure family and his noble companions and those that follow on their path until the day of resurrection.  May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala make us from them.  Wal-hamdulilah Rab Al-‘Alameen


Muhammedan Rasool Allah.  This is the second part of the shahadatain.  It is the belief that Muhammed sallah ‘Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam is the final Messenger of Allah.   This necessitates the following:


1)      Whatever Allah told us about Muhammed sallah ‘Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam must be true.  Allah Ta’ala says:


Qur’an 10-128: Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger (Muhammad ) from amongst yourselves (i.e. whom you know well). It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty. He (Muhammad ) is anxious over you (to be rightly guided, to repent to Allâh, and beg Him to pardon and forgive your sins, in order that you may enter Paradise and be saved from the punishment of the Hell-fire), for the believers (he is) full of pity, kind, and merciful.



And Allah Ta’ala  says:


Al-Ahzab (33) 45-46: O Prophet (MuhammadSAW )! Verily, We have sent you as witness, and a bearer of glad tidings, and a warner, 46. And as one who invites to Allâh [Islâmic Monotheism, i.e. to worship none but Allâh (Alone)] by His Leave, and as a lamp spreading light (through your instructions from the Qur’ân and the Sunnah the legal ways of the Prophet ).



And Allah Ta’ala  says:


Al-Kahf (18)-110: Say (O Muhammad): “I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your Ilâh (God) is One Ilâh (God i.e. Allâh). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.”


And Allah Ta’ala says:


Yunus (10)-2: Is it wonder for mankind that We have sent Our Inspiration to a man from among themselves (i.e. Prophet Muhammad ) (saying): “Warn mankind (of the coming torment in Hell), and give good news to those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh and in His Prophet Muhammad ) that they shall have with their Lord the rewards of their good deeds?” (But) the disbelievers say: “This is indeed an evident sorcerer (i.e. Prophet Muhammad and the Qur’ân)!


And Allah Ta’ala says:


Al-A’raf (7)-188: Say (O Muhammad): “I possess no power of benefit or hurt to myself except as Allâh wills. If I had the knowledge of the Ghaib (unseen), I should have secured for myself an abundance of wealth, and no evil should have touched me. I am but a Warner, and a bringer of glad tidings unto people who believe.”


It shouldn’t be a wonder to mankind that Allah sent a Warner from amongst them.  This is necessitated in the second part of Muhammedan Rasul Allah.


2)      we must worship Allah as taught by Muhammed salla Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam.  The obedience to Muhammed sallah lahu alayhi wassalam is an order from Allah.  How can we say of those who believe in allah but not in Muhammed when allah says


Al-Hashr (59):7 And whatever the Messenger (Muhammed sallah Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam) gives you you, ACCEPT IT, and from whatever he forbids you, ABSTAIN FROM IT.  And fear Allah, verily Allah is severe in punishment.

Allah Ta’ala also says:


An-Nisa’ (4)-80: He who obeys the Messenger (Muhammad ), has indeed obeyed Allâh, but he who turns away, then we have not sent you (O Muhammad ) as a watcher over them.


The Prophet sallah Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam said:


Whoever obeys me, he obeys Allah.  And whoever disobeys me he disobeys Allah.  And whoever obeys the ruler I Appoint he obeys me and whoever disobeys the ruler he disobeys me.  (Collected by Al-Bukhari).


Muhammed sallah Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam said: Everyone in my ummah will enter al-Jannah except those who refuse.  The companions said: “Oh Allah’s messenger who will refuse?” The Prophet Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam said: “Whoever obeys me will enter Al-Jannah, and who ever disobeys me has refused to enter it.”


All matters discussing worship of Allah, discipline, order, advice and recommendation as detailed by the Prophet of Allah sallah Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam are collectively known as his Sunnah.  The Sunnah is an inspiration of Allah and not the Prophet’s ideas, thoughts or desires.  Allah Ta’ala says:


An-Najm(53)-3&4: Nor does he speak of (his own) desire.  4. It is only an Inspiration that is inspired.

So in believing and obeying the Prophet’s salla Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam Sunnah we are obeying Allah.  There should be no resistance to the way of the prophet sallah lahu alayhi wassalam.  He must be taken as a judge in all disputes as Allah commands:

An-Nisa’ (4)-65: But know, by your Lord Allah, they can have no complete faith until they make you (Oh Muhammed) judge in all disputes between them and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions and accept them fully with submission.

Allah Ta’ala says:

An-Nur (24)-63: Make not the calling of the Messenger (Muhammad ) among you as your calling of one another. Allâh knows those of you who slip away under shelter (of some excuse without taking the permission to leave, from the Messenger ). And let those who oppose the Messenger’s (Muhammad ) commandment (i.e. his Sunnah legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements, etc.) (among the sects) beware, lest some Fitnah (disbelief, trials, afflictions, earthquakes, killing, overpowered by a tyrant, etc.) befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them.

The Prophet sallah Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam said (reported in the sahihayn):

He who does an act in dean which is not agreed upon will have it rejected.

The Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammed sallah Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam is surely safeguarded as Allah promised to save the message of Islam from any human corruption.  The following is the manifestation of the declaration of at-Tawheed: Muhammedan Rasool Allah, the second part of the shahada.

Allah Ta’ala says:

Aal-‘Imran (3):31-32 Say, (O Muhammad, to mankind): If ye love Allah, FOLLOW ME; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful (3.32) Say: Obey Allah and the Messenger; but if they turn back, then surely Allah does not love the disbelievers.

In short, the declaration that Muhammed salla Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam is the Messenger of Allah is an integral part of the shahada and that he must be trusted in all that he informed us about.  Muhammed salla Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam must be obeyed in all that he has commanded and we must stay away from all that he forbade.  The obedience to Muhammed salla Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam is an obedience to Allah and that he Muhammed salla Allahu ‘alayhi wassalam has left us with all that leads to Jannah and he warned us about all that leads to the fire of Hell.


All of this constitutes of the second part of the shahadatain Muhammedan Rasool Allah.  This is the meaning and entailment of it.


May Allah make this a benefit for us, in our hearts, in our actions, from our limbs and our tongues.