Question: I would like to raise an issue that caused a dispute between some people. It is the writing of the word “Allaah” and the word “Muhammad” in an interlacing shape at the top of the door of one of the Masjids (mosques) in Adlab.
Some of them said that it is not permissible to write these names in such a shape. The proof they mentioned to support their viewpoint was that in this way, Muhammad’s status (peace be upon him), would be the same as Allaah’s which is not reasonable. Others said that writing them in such a way is permissible as Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) places His name beside the name of His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him).
I would like you to guide me to what is right. Thank you very much.
Answer: Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) texts join between testifying that no one is worthy of worship except Allaah and testifying that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah in certain places, such as in Athaan (call to Prayer), Iqaamah (call to start the Prayer), in the Hadeeth… read more here.
Question: “The perfect word” is as the Messenger of both mankind and jinn (creatures created from fire), tells us in his Hadeeth: Whoever says: Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah, i.e. there is no god but Allaah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, shall enter Paradise. This perfect word consists of two parts: ‘There is no deity’; a form of negation, and ‘Except Allaah’, a form of affirmation. This indicates the Oneness of Allaah, (Exalted be He).
But where can I find the second part, which indicates the message of Muhammad (peace be upon him)? If the two parts are found in the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet, peace be upon him) where can I find them together?
Answer: The first pillar of Islaam which includes both parts is frequently mentioned in the Glorious Qur’aan. As for the first part, Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Allaah! Laa ilaaha illaa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), Al-Hayyul-Qayyoom (the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists).… read more here.