Muhammad the Messenger, may Allah surround him with peace, once revealed:
Whoever testifies, la ilaha ilallah, Allah is greater than any conception, is approved by the Lord of Power, who responds to the soul: In truth, there is nothing apart from Me, and I certainly transcend all conceptions.
If the human witness testifies, "There are no powers apart from Allah, the One and Only." Divine Realityresponds: In truth, there are no powers apart from Me, the One and Only.
If the soul proclaims, "There are no separate sources of being apart from Allah, the One and Only, who has no partner in the act of creation," the Lord responds: In truth, there are no separate sources of being apart from Me, the One and Only, for I have no partners in creation."
If the witness affirms, "There are no separate sources of being apart from Allah, and to Him alone belongs the Kingdom, and to Him alone flows all praise, " Allah Most High responds: In truth, there are no separate sources of being apart from Me, and Mine is the Kingdom, and all praises flow only to Me.
If the worshiper prays, "There are no separate sources of being apart from Allah, and there is no power or strength except in Allah, "the All-Merciful One responds: In truth, there are no separate sources of being apart from Me, and there is no power or strength except in Me.
The Messenger of Allah, may peace be upon him, then continued:
Those who make any of these affirmations at the moment of death will never be touched by the Fire.
(Transmitted by Abu Sa'id al-Khudri and Abu Hurayra)
'Ideals and Realities of Islam'
By Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Author), Huston Smith (Foreword)
This is the first of very few English books to treat Islam from its own point of view, from within the tradition. It is written for the Western reader interested in Islam, and also for the Western-educated Muslim. Here, the author seeks to answer from the Islamic standpoint, many of the criticisms brought against the Islamic tradition by the modern West. This book explains, in contemporary language, the truths of Islam as revealed in the Quran, and as followed by generations of devout Muslims. The major aspects of the Islamic tradition are discussed in detail, whilst the traditional Islamic doctrines and beliefs are explained in response to criticisms of modern thought, with frequent comparisons to other world religions. This revised edition of Seyyed Hossein Nasr's seminal work includes an updated, extensive, annotated bibliography for each chapter by both Muslim and Western scholars as welll as a Preface by Titus Burckhardt and a Foreword by Huston Smith. This classical book has been rendered into numerous languages including Indonesian, translated by the present President of Indonesia.