The six Kalimahs
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kindly clarify: 1) We are taught that Kalima tayyib is " La Illaha Illalah Mohammadur Rasool Allah"
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The six Kalimahs
Yes, this is the actual Kalima Tayyiba as taught to the believers by the Messenger of Allah (saws).
The other Kalimas taught to us are as follows
Second Kalima- Kalima Shahadat
(Ashadu Allah Illaha Illal Lahu Wahdahu la Sharikalahu wa Ashadu Ana Mohammadan Abduhu Wa Rasooluhu)
This is nothing more than an extention of the original Kalima Tayyiba, whereby one states that we bear evidence that there is no god except Allah Alone, and we bears witness that Mohamed is the Messenger of Allah (saws).
Third kalima- kalima Tamjeed
Subhan Allahi Wal Hamdu Lillahi Wa La Illaha Illal Lahu Walahu Akbar Wala Hawla Wala Kuwata Illa Billahil Aliyul Azeem
This is dhikr or phrases of glorification of Allah as taught by the Messenger of Allah (saws) to the believers. This cannot be considered part of the Kalima Tayyiba, but is rather a dhikr or glorification for the remembrance of Allah Subhanah.
Fourth Kalima - Kalima Tauheed
La Illaha Illal Lahu Wah dahu La Sharikalahu Lahul Mulku
Wa Lahul hamdu Yuhyi Vayumitu Vahuva hayul La yalutu Abadab Abada. Zul Jalali
val Ikram. Biyadil Khair Vahuva
This is also dhikr or phrases of glorification of Allah as taught by the Messenger of Allah (saws) to the believers. This cannot be considered part of the Kalima Tayyiba, but is rather a dhikr or glorification for the remembrance of Allah Subhanah.
Fifth Kalima- Astagfaar
Astag Firul Laha Rabi Min Kuli Zambin Aznabtuhu Amadan avkhataan sirran avalaniyatan wa atubu ilaihi min zambil lazi aalamu wa minnan zambil lazi la aalamu inaka anta allamul guyubi wa satarul Uyube wa gafaruz zunube wala hawla wa la kuwata illa billah hil aliyul azeem.
The above is a dua or supplication to Allah Subhanah for forgiveness of our sins or a dua for astagfaar. It is not part of the Kalima Tayyiba.
Sixth Kalima- Radee Kufar
Allahuma Inni Auzubika min an ushrika bika shai ao wa ana aalamu bihi wa astagfiruka lima la aalamu bihi tubtu anhu wa tabaratu minal kufri wa shirki wa kizbi wal geebati wal bidati wa namimati wal fawahishi wal bohtani wal maasi kuliha wa aslamtu wa alolo La illaha illal lahu Mohammedur Rasool Allah.
The above is a supplication or dua to Allah Subhanah whereby one asks for Allahs refuge from the spiritual diseases of shirk, kufr, etc. It is a dua which one should pray as often as one can; and is not part of the Kalima Tayyiba.
There are litereally hundreds if not thousands of such duas, or dhikrs, or phrases of remembrance, or duas for astagfaar, etc. which are derived from the Glorious Quran or from the teachings of the Last Messenger of Allah (saws); thus we should not limit these beautiful invocations to Allah Subhanah to a limited number of six! A believer should pray these duas as often as possible, because the Prophet of Allah (saws) is reported to have said, The supplication (to Allah), that indeed is worship!. These are duas or supplications, and do not form part of the Kalima Tayyiba.
The Kalima Tayyiba is only one: Laa Ilaaha Illallaah, Mohamed ar Rasool Allah.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,