It is an often reacurring phrase in the Qur'an, often used to give strength to statements by first negating all possibilities, and then referring to a subject. For example, in the Islamic Creed (Arabic: Shahadah):
- Arabic text:
- أشهد أن لا إله إلاَّ لله ، وأشهد أن محمد رسول الله
- 'ašhadu 'al-lā ilāha illā-llāh, wa 'ašhadu 'anna muħammadan rasūlu-llāh
- English translations:
- I testify that there is no god but God, and I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.
This can also be seen in the prayer La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah, There is neither change nor power except by means of God.
- "USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts". Retrieved 2006-09-12.
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