I have understood this phrase to mean “There is nothing but Allah.” Recently I was listening to a teaching from Sa’id Bin Yunus at our retreat center in California where he clarified that it actually means, “There is nothing worthy of worship but Allah.” Another piece of learning came in understanding that in our original Divine nature, we were created in goodness, purity and worshipfulness. Putting these two new learnings together, I have a whole new experience of la ilaha ill’llah.
When I say “La ilaha ill’llah” I am connecting with my natural worshipful nature and with The One worthy of worship. It’s a love song between my heart and my Creator. It brings me into the truth of who I am and who God is to me. Everything else falls away. There is nothing of the created world that can live within this place of worshipping and Worshipped.
As I experience this profound state of worshipping The One worthy of worship, I gain strength in my spirit and in my being. It is the strength of knowing and living in Truth and Certainty. As I feel this strength rise up in me from the depth of worshipping The One worthy of worship, I am filled with profound awe and humbleness that takes me into bowing, into prostration before The One Who Is. I know that Allah is Everything and I am nothing but that which Allah bestows upon me. My very life, every breath, every heart beat, every scrap of material resource, every bite of food I eat – it all comes to me as a blessing from Allah. The greatest blessing is to be given awareness of this magnificent process, and from this awareness to bow in deep gratitude for the opportunity to experience this life.