Al-Ikhlâs is sûrah (chapter) 112 of the Qur'ân, and is said to be one of the earliest revelations that the Prophet Muhammad received from archangel Gabriel.
The Arabic root of the word ikhlâs is kh-l-s which means to be purified or refined. The very concept of refining and purifying signifies the burning away of all impurities, leaving nothing but the very essence of that which was sought, which, in this case, is Allah.
Such a purification is the burning away of all of the worldly misunderstandings, concerns and desires that separate us from the One; the One and Only upon whom we depend, the One and Only who is our foundation rock, the Eternal One and Only.
As a further testimony to the unity of the One who has created all of mankind, note the striking similarity in the Bhagavad-Gita written in India a thousand years earlier: «You are the One Creator of all the worlds, and of that which moves and that which does not move, You alone are fit for worship, You are the highest Teacher, In all the worlds there is none equal to You.» (Bhagavad-Gita 11:43)
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Bismillâh ir-rahmân ir-rahîm In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
قُلْ هُوَ اَللهُ أَحَدٌ
Qul huwa Allâhu ahad Say: He is Allah, the One and Only!
Allâh s-samad Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ
Lam yalid wa lam yûlad He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
وَ لَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ و كُفُوًَا أَحَدُ م
Wa lam yakul-la-hû kufu-wan ahad And there is none like unto Him.