Khamsata Kalimat (Five Foundational Statements)

Traditionally, the 5 ubiquitous Kalimahs are the first recitals that are thought to young children in the South Asian region. This practice came about to facilitate the easy memorising and learning of what are considered essential statements of belief.

1. Kalimatun Tayyibah – Statement of Purity
அவ்வல்/ஒன்றாம் கலிமா தய்யிப்

لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله

La ilaha illa-Llahu Muhammadu-r Rasulu-Llah

There is none worthy of worship except Allah
and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”

Tamil translation can be found here.

2. Kalimatun Shahadah – Statement of Testification
இரண்டாம் கலிமா ஷஹாதத்

اشْهَدُ انْ لّآ اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ وَحْدَه لَا شَرِيْكَ لَه، وَ اَشْهَدُ اَنَّ مُحَمَّدً اعَبْدُه وَرَسُولُه

Ash-hadu al-la ilaha illa-Llahu wahdahu la sharika lahu
wa-ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasuluhu

“I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, the One alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.”

Tamil translation can be found here.

3. Kalimatun Tamjid – Statement of Glorification
மூன்றாம் கலிமா தம்ஜீத்

سُبْحَان اللهِ وَ الْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ وَ لآ اِلهَ اِلّا اللّهُ، وَ اللّهُ اَكْبَرُ وَلا حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّة ِ الَّا بِاللّهِ الْعَلِىّ الْعَظِيْم

Subhana-Llahi wa-l hamdu Lillahi wa la ilaha illa-Llahu wa-Llahu akbar,
wa la hawla wala quwwata illa bi-Llahi-l ‘aliyyi-l ‘Azim

“Glory be to Allah and all praise be to Allah, there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and Allah is the Greatest. There is no might or power except from Allah, the Exalted, the Great.”

Tamil translation can be found here.

4. Kalimatun Tawhid – Statement of Onenes
நான்காம் கலிமா தௌஹீத்

لا الهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ وَحْدَهُ لا شَرِيْكَ لَهْ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ يُحْى وَ يُمِيْتُ  بِيَدِهِ الْخَيْرُ  وَهُوَ عَلى كُلِّ شَئ ٍ قَدِيْرٌ

La ilaha illa-Llahu wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahu-l Mulku wa lahu-l Hamdu
yuhyi wa yumitu, biyadihi-l Khair, wa huwa ‘ala kulli shaiyin qadir

“There is none worthy of worship except Allah. He is alone and has no partner. To Him belongs the Kingdom and for Him is all praise. He gives life and causes death. In His hand is all good and He has power over everything.”

Tamil translation can be found here.

5. Kalimatun Raddu-l Kufr – Statement of Rejection of Disbelief
ஐந்தாம் கலிமா ரத்துல் குஃப்ரு

اَللّهُمَ اِنّىْ اَعُوْدُ بِكَ مِنْ انْ اُشْرِكَ بِكَ شَيئًا َّ وَاَنَا اَعْلَمُ وَ اسْتَغْفِرُكَ لِمَا لا اَعْلَمُ إنَّكَ أنْتَ عَلَّامُ الغُيُوب
تُبْتُ عَنْهُ وَ تَبَرَّاْتُ عَنْ كُلِّ دِيْنٍ سِوَى دِيْنِ الْإسْلَامِ وَ اَسْلَمْتُ وَ أمَنْتُ وَ اَقُوْلُ لآ اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ مُحَمَّدُ رَّسُوْلُ اللّهِ

Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min an ushrika bika shai’an wa ana a’lamu, wa astaghfiruka lima la a’lamu, innaka anta ‘allamu-l ghuyub, tubtu ‘anhu wa tabarra’tu ‘an kulli dinin siwa dini-l islami, wa aslamtu wa amantu wa aqulu la ilaha illa-Llahu Muhammadu-r Rasulu-Llah

O Allah! Verily I seek refuge in You from associating partners with You knowingly, and I seek forgiveness from You for that which I do not know of. I repent from all of that, and I have made myself free from all other religions, and I submit (to You), find safety and security (in You), and I declare (there is) none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah

Tamil translation can be found here.

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