Regarding the ḥadīths that say "Whoever says laa-ilaaha-ill-Allaah goes to Paradise" - does this mean that hypocrites who inwardly reject Islām but profess it outwardly can go to Paradise, since they say: laa-ilaaha-ill-Allaah?
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No, other proofs from the Qur'aan & Sunnah show that belief in the heart and actions of the limbs must also follow the statement (laa ilaaha ill-Allaah) of the tongue for it to be acceptable and thus enable one to enter Jannah by Allah's mercy. May He make us all from those.
No, because the ḥadīth mentioned has to be understood in its proper context. And that context is clarified the Qur'aan and in other narrations found in the Sunnah.
So in addition to professing "Laa ilaaha illAllaah" on the tongue, true faith in it has to be present in the heart and in one's actions.
Here are some additional evidences from the Qur'aan and Sunnah related to this issue:
When the hypocrites come to you (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam]), they say: "We bear witness that you are indeed the Messenger of Allâh." Allâh knows that you are indeed His Messenger, and Allâh bears witness that the hypocrites are liars indeed. (Sūrah Al-Munaafiqoon 63:01)
And quoted in Kitaab at-Tawḥīd is the ḥadīth of 'Itbaan (recorded by Bukhari and Muslim):
"Surely Allaah prohibited the Fire from whoever said 'Laa ilaaha illAllaah', seeking His Face by it."
And we know actions are included because a person who abandons the action of Ṣalāh exits the fold of Islām, and therefore Paradise would be haraam on such a person who dies upon that.
Maashaa-Allaah, Abūl-Abbās's question shows the importance Ahl al-Sunnah place on understanding the Qur'aan and Sunnah in light of the Qur'aan and Sunnah. It is the habit of the People of Innovation and Desires to take bits and pieces of Qur'aan and Sunnah and attach their own understanding to it, without researching the proper context and application of its meaning.
No, hypocrites who inwardly reject Islām but profess it outwardly can not go to Paradise.
This is because if a person wishes to seek the face of Allaah (a face which is befitting to His Majesty and His Greatness), so purely for his sake then he must have the intention and follow through with it by actions. So he must affirm Laa illaahaa illallaah with belief (through sincerity, ikhlas and so forth), statements and actions (physically through limbs such as the speech of the tongue).
If he inwardly rejects Islām then he is not from amongst the people whom Allaah has forbidden the Hellfire to touch as indicated from the hadith below:
Itbaan Ibn Maalik (radhiAllaahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (ṣallallāhu alaihi wasallam) said:
“...Allaah has forbidden the Hellfire (to touch) those who say ‘There is no deity but Allaah,’ only for the sake of Allaah.”
[Taken from, ‘Concise Commentary of the Book of Tawḥīd,’ by Dr. Ṣāliḥ Al-Fawzān (page #24). Part of a ḥadīth reported by Al-Bukhārī (#425) and Muslim (#33)]