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The following Hadith is mentioned in Faza’il-e-A’maal:
“There came to Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم a villager who was wearing a long silken robe bordered with silken lace, and said to the Sahaba, “This friend of yours wants to exalt every ordinary shepherd and his children, and to degrade every (noble) horseman and his children.” Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم got up in anger and, pulling his robe by the lapel, said to him, “Are you not dressed like a fool?” Then after going back to his seat, he added, “At the time of death, Hazrat Nooh علیہ السلام summoned his two sons and said to them, ‘I recommend to you two things and warn you against two things. The two things against which I warn you are ‘shirk’ and ‘arrogance’. And of the two things which I recommend, one is the Kalimah “لاالہ الا اللہ”, which weighs heavier than all the universe together with all its contents, in fact the latter, if placed under it will get crushed and crumble on account of its weight; and the second is “سبحان اللہ وبحمدہ"  which two words constitute the prayer of all the creation, and by virtue of its blessings, everything gets its sustenance.’ “
The note given under this Hadith reads: The comments of Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم on the clothes implied that the outward appearance provides an indication of one’s innerself. When a person’s outward behavior is incorrect, his inner mind is bound to be defective as well. Those who talk of internal improvement and ignore the external betterment are not right. The external betterment is as important as the internal one. One of the ‘duaas’ of Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم was : ‘O Allah! Make my interior better than my exterior, and make my exterior noble and good.’
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We need to save ourselves from shirk (associating partners with Allah Ta’ala in any way whatsoever) and from arrogance, which is such a deadly disease of the heart that even a tiny bit of ‘kibr’ in the heart prevents entrance into Jannah.
The two things Hadrat Nooh علیہ السلام recommended to his sons were the kalimah tayyabah and the zikr “سبحان اللہ وبحمدہ”. The blessings of the latter are such that, from blue whales to the microscopic organisms scientists are still discovering, every creature is given its rizq by virtue of praying in these words. We often complain of financial difficulties. If we too could make a habit of praying thus to Allah Ta’ala, we would find ourselves as carefree in this regard as these creatures. There’s no living thing that is not nourished by Allah ta’ala. It is the Musabbab of the Asbaab that we, the dependents of Allah Ta’ala, need to keep our focus on.
Now coming to the blessed words pertaining to kalimah tayyabah, “…one is the Kalimah “لاالہ الا اللہ”, which weighs heavier than all the universe together with all its contents, in fact the latter, if placed under it will get crushed and crumble on account of its weight.” From many Ahadith, we learn about the tremendous weight of this Kalimah; there is nothing that can be equal to the Blessed Name of Allah Ta’ala. In one such Hadith, Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم stated:
“I swear by Allah who controls my life that if all the skies and earth, with all the people and all the things between them and all that may be within them, are placed together in one pan of the balance, and the faith in “لاالہ الا اللہ” is put in the other, the latter will outweigh the former.”
We would be truly fortunate to appreciate the worth of this kalimah, and to say it abundantly with ikhlaas because the more sincerity one says it with, the weightier the kalimah becomes. About reciting it merely one hundred times daily, there is the following Hadith:
“A person who recites “لاالہ الا اللہ” one hundred times a day, will on the Day of Resurrection, be raised with his face shining like the full moon, and none can surpass him in excellence on that day except one who recites this Kalimah more than he.”
Another Hadith that vividly describes the sheer weight of this Kalimah is the following:
Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, “On the Day of Judgement, Almighty Allah will select a man from my Ummat and will call him in the presence of all mankind, and then  99 registers of his misdeeds, each register as long as one can see, will be opened before him. He will then be asked if he denies anything recorded in his account of deeds, or whether the angels who were appointed to record his deeds had been unjust to him in any respect. He will reply in the negative (i.e. he will neither deny anything nor blame the angels for any injustice to him). Then Allah will ask him if he can justify his misdeeds, but he will submit that he has no excuse to offer. Then Allah will say, ‘Well, there is indeed one virtue to your credit. Today no injustice will be done to you.’ Then a small piece of paper with the Kalimah
“اشھد ان لا الہ الا اللہ واشھد ان محمد عبدہ ورسولہ”
written on it will be handed over to him, and he will be asked to go and get it weighed. He will submit that this small piece of paper will be of little avail as against so many lengthy registers. Allah will say, “This day, no injustice will be done to you.” Then all the registers will be placed in one pan and the piece of paper in the other pan. The pan with the registers will fly up in the air on account of the excessive weight of that piece of paper. The fact is that nothing is weightier than the Name of Allah.”
(Reference: All Ahadith from Fazail-e-A’maal)