How many Kalimas
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jazakallah for your e-mail. i have a question in india when i was young we were taught 5 kalimas while the Pakistanis are taught there are 6 kalimas. ladies going in daral fuqan say there is only one kalima and others are dua. could you please let us know which is right. jazakallah sister
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How many Kalimas
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
There is only one kalima tayyiba in Islam, and that is: I bear witness that there is no god but Allah Alone, and I bear witness that Mohamed (saws) is Allahs Messenger.
The above is the kalima or testification through which one enters the fold of Islam, and is the differentiator between belief and falsehood.
There are no five or six kalimas, but rather there is only one kalima in Islam.
If you could possibly list the other five or six kalimas, only then we could clarify and confirm if they are indeed duas taught to the believers by the Messenger of Allah (saws).
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