Blessings of the Shahadah
It is the essence of tawheed, and why creation was created. It is because of this that mankind is divided into Muslim and Kafir, it is why books were revealed, and prophets sent. It is the first phrase that the Muslim child hears when it is born.
Related Abu Raafi’ who said, “I saw the Prophet give the aadhaan for prayer in the ear of al-Husayn ibn Alee when his mother Faatimah gave birth to him.” (Reported by At-Tirmidhi)
It is the goal of every Muslim that it be his last phrase as well as the heaviest phrase in the Scale.
“Whoever says as his last words La ilaaha ill-Allah, will enter Paradise.” (Abu Daawood)
“Musa said: ‘O my Lord, teach me something by which I can remember You and supplicate to You.’ Allah answered: ‘Say, O Musa, La ilaaha illAllah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah).’ Musa said: ‘O my Lord, all your slaves say this.’ Allah said: ‘O Musa, if the seven heavens and all of their inhabitants besides Me, and the seven earths were in a pan (of a scale), and La ilaaha illAllah was in (another) pan, La ilaaha illAllah would outweigh them.” (Ibn Hibbaan and Al-Haakim)
The shahadah is a means of forgiveness for one’s sins.
Anas (ra) said, “I heard Allah’s Messenger saying, ‘Allah the Most High said, “O son of Adam! If you came to Me with sins filling the earth, then you met Me without associating anything with Me, I would come to you with its (the earth’s) fill of forgiveness.’ (At-Tirmidhi)
It is the best phrase all the prophets uttered.
“The best of my sayings and of the sayings of all Prophets before me is: There is no god but Allah alone, without partner, to Him belong all sovereignty and glory, and He has power over all things.” (At-Tirmidhi)
And it is the highest of the branches of emaan.
“Belief is seventy and some branches. Its lowest branch is the removal of harm from the road while its highest is to say: There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah.”(Muslim, At-Tirmidhee, An-Nasaa’ee, Ibn Majah, and Ahmad.)