Praise to Allah.
The phrase Laa ilaaha Illa-Allah which simply means deserves to be worshipped and only Allah truly deserves to be worshipped.
In the article about the meaning of Laa ilaaha Illa-Allah, there’s a point that need more explanation. ‘ Based on evidence from the Qur’an and the Sunnah, the scholars of Islam have concluded that certain conditions must be fulfilled, and certain factors must not be present for this phrase to serve as the key to Paradise and to benefit the person who utters it.’
So here 7 Conditions Of Laa ilaaha Illa-Allah That Must Be Met To Benefit A Muslim
Having Knowledge Of The True Meaning
Its opposite being ignorance. Since every statement has a meaning, one must know the meaning of Laa Ilaaha III-Allah. The meaning of this phrase is that one rejects that anything or anyone else deserves worship, affirming it for Allah alone.
Thus this phrase means ‘none deserves worship except Allah. The proof that one must know the meaning is the saying of Allah (The Greatest)”…except him who bears witness unto the truth and they know it.” [Az- Zukhruf Q43:86]
Also, the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Whoever dies knowing that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah (Laa Ilaaha Ill-Allah) will enter paradise.”
Have Certainty In The Meaning
The opposite of which is doubt: Certainty is to believe that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah (Laa Ilaaha Ill-Allah) with having no doubt whatsoever. Allah (PBUH) said describing the true believers:
“The (true) believers are only those who believe in Allah and His Messenger then do not doubt, and struggle for the sake of Allah with their possessions and their selves…”[Al-Fath 49:15)
It is not enough that a person merely utters this phrase, but he must have absolute certainty about its meaning. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah (Laa Ilaaha Ill-Allah) and that I am His Messenger. None meet Allah with these two [testimonies), having no doubt about them, except that they will enter paradise.” (Muslim).
Acceptance Of What The Phrase Necessitates
If you have knowledge of the meaning of this phrase and you are certain about it, then this should have an effect on a person: that one accepts what this phrase necessitates with their heart and tongue [by accepting Islam).
Whoever rejects the call of Tawheed and does not accept it, then he is a disbeliever, whether that rejection is due to arrogance, stubbornness or jealousy. Allah (The Greatest) mentioned the disbelievers who rejected Tawheed due to arrogance:
“For when it was said unto them, ‘none has the right to be worshipped except Allah’ (‘Laa Ilaaha ill-Allalı’) they would puff themselves up with pride [and denied it]. And they said: “What! Shall we forsake our gods for a crazy poet?” [As-Saffat 37:35-36]
Compliance To Tawheed Completely
This is the real test and outward proof of belief. It is to abide by what Allah legislated and abstain from what He prohibited. Allah (The Greatest) said:
“Whoever submits his whole self to Allah and is a doer of good has indeed grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold…” [31:22].
This is absolute compliance.
The opposite of which is lying. This is to say the testimony truthfully since if one utters it without being truthful, he is a hypocrite. The proof of this is in the saying of Allah (Subhanallah): “….they say with their tongues what is not in their hearts…” [48:11]
Love The Phrase ‘Laa Ilaaha Illa-Allah’
The believer must love this phrase, what it necessitates, and also those who act according to it. The sign of this love is to prefer what Allah loves even though it may be against his desires. He loves those who love Allah and His Messenger, and he hates the enemies of Allah and His Messenger. He follows in the Messenger’s (PBUH) footsteps and accepts his guidance.
Purity Of Intention
This means to only say this statement seeking the face of Allah and His pleasure, As Allah (Subhanahalia) said: “And they were not commanded except that they should worship Allah being sincere in their religion for Him and worshipping none except Him Alone, and establish prayer and give charity and that is the right (straight) religion.” [98:5]
The Prophet (Stathal Wahal-lam) also said: “Allah has forbidden the Hell-fire for anyone who says ‘none has the right to be worshipped except Allah (Laa Ilaaha Ill-Allah)’, desiring the face (and pleasure) of Allah.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
From : Tafseer Ushr li-Aakr
In short, for someone who claims to be a believer of Allah, certain conditions must be met to fully reap the benefit of the belief, because, the phrase Laa Illaaha Illa-Allah is an essential component of Islam. Therefore for us to be able to open the paradise, we must adhere to the conditions of Laa Illaaha Illa-Allah.
And Allah knows best.