Any kind of error in the post, whether grammatical or something else is from me. And anything good said here is from Allah.
Having said that i tried my best to take the reference from good source and from statements of good sheiks. So feel free to ask for reference if you
need. I would be happy to give.
I will start this post with a Hadith :
Narrated by Muslim, 2749. And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Every son of Adam sins, and the best of those who sin are those who repent.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2499; classed as hasan by al-Albaani.
From the above verse we can see that it is human’s tendency to sin.
So what does Allah swt have to say about the sins :
Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin. ( 4:48 )
From the above verse we can see that Allah may forgive all sins to whom He pleases ( though that shouldn’t give us the right to commit sins)
but He wont ever forgive someone doing shirk.
So there are certain conditions in being a muslim.
Prophet sm didnt started telling people to start praying or stop drinking alchohol. Because that is not how dawah works.
If he had told the people to stop drinking alchohol then they would have probably never stopped.
His first dawah was calling people to Allah. That is the belief “La ilaha illaha”/ There is no God except Allah.
But just saying La Ilaha Illah, wont make one a Muslim. One has to honor this verse.
One must make sure that they are meaning what they are saying and they are acting according to it.
So to consider oneself as Muslim one must be careful of some points.
If one is not careful then all the good things one does may all go to waste.
Which brings to the first point that Nullifies Islam or one can say takes one away from Islam.
And makes one non-Muslim from being a Muslim, even if one claims to be a Muslim.
First point which takes one away from Islam :
Shirk (associating partners) in the worship of Allaah. Allaah
says: “Verily, Allaah does not forgive that partners be associated
with Him in worship (Shirk), but He forgives what is less than that
to whom He wills.” [Surah An-Nisaa: 116]
And He says: “Verily, the one who mixes partners in worship with
Allaah (Shirk), then Paradise has been made forbidden for him and
his final abode will be the Hellfire. And the wrongdoers will not
have any helpers (in Hell).” [Surah Al-Maa’idah: 72]
This suggests that we are not allowed to take partners beside Allah. It may sound quite simple and people may think, it can be very easily be
avoided but irony is many people are doing this type of shirk. Some are doing without realizing it and others are even going as far as
to explain them using their own interpretation of quran and sunnah.
For example : Supplicating and invoking the deceased,
seeking assistance from them, as well as making oaths to them and
offering sacrificial animals to them.
Many Muslims are going to the graveyards of what they claim are of religious and highly spiritual people. Well they may be spiritual but invoking to them is Shirk. Many Muslims give sujood to their graves. And some write messages in a paper and leaves their with belief that the deceased person has the ability to transfer this message to Allah.
This is a great calamity among many of the Muslims. And we must avoid it at all cost and educate the people who don’t know it.
As if they continue doing that then all their good deeds will be lost because they are doing shirk.
If one have anything to ask to Allah swt, then directly ask Him.
Don’t associate partners to Allah even sub-consciously by going to graveyards and invoking.
So brothers and sisters kindly be careful of this point.
May this post help my dear Muslim brothers and sisters. And anyone and everyone who is reading it with the sincerity to gain knowledge.
Thank you for reading.
In today’s war stricken world, almost majority of Muslims are afflicted with grief, whether it be loosing loved ones, being alienated by friends by seeing his devotion towards God, or anything in between.
Lets see what Islam has to say about these things.
You shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves; and you shall certainly hear much that will distress you, from those who received the Book before you, and from those who worship many gods. But if you persevere patiently, and guard against evil-then that will be the determining factor in everything.(Aal `Imran 3:186)
And certainly, We shall test you with a bit of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits. But give glad tidings to the patient ones who, when afflicted with a calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” They are those upon whom are the blessings, descend from their Lord, and they receive His Mercy, and it is they who are guided.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:155-157)
So, from the above verses we can see it is kind of destiny for the believers to be tested.
Nobody can’t escape the test/trials/tribulation.
Now why is the test?
“Allah will not leave the believers in the state in which you are now until He distinguishes the wicked from the good.” (Surah Al ‘Imrân 3:179)
Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried? (29:2)
But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars. (29:3)
“We will surely test you with something of fear and huger, and the loss of wealth and lives and the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere, who say—when afflicted with calamity—“To God We belong, and to Him we shall return!” They are on those whom descend blessings from their Lord, and Mercy. Such are the rightly guided.” (Quran 2:155-157)
So in simple words, it is easier to say I believe in Allah swt, than show it by enduring the suffering, fighting, striving for the sake of Allah.
So if you are going through difficult moment then consider yourself lucky because Allah swt considered you worthy enough to be tested.
If He has not found at least a tiny bit of faith in your heart then he wouldn’t have tested you and made everything for you easier.
Now that we know the tests are destined to happen. So how we deal with it, well Allah swt has given us the answer himself.
039.053 Say: “O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
First of all, never despair at the mercy of Allah.
How can a believer despair at the mercy of Allah.
Don’t you believe that Allah can fix everything in one way or the other?
Despairing is a quality of a disbeliever because :
Talaq 65:3] And Allah will provide him sustenance from a place he had never expected; and whoever relies on Allah – then Allah is Sufficient for him; indeed Allah will accomplish His command; indeed Allah has set a proper measure for all things.
[Talaq 65:5] This is Allah’s command that He has sent down towards you; and whoever fears Allah – Allah will relieve his sins and bestow upon him a great reward.
And also remember test is a blessing because :
Prophet Muhammad, may God praise him, said:
“There is no Muslim who is stricken with a calamity and (then) says what God has enjoined (to say): ‘Verily, to God we belong and unto Him is our return; O God, reward me for my affliction and compensate me with something better’ but God will compensate him with something better.” (Sahih Muslim)
We should remember that God tests those whom He loves most. The Prophet said:
“The greatest reward comes with the greatest trial. When God loves a people, He tests them. Whoever accepts this, wins His Pleasure.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
And the Prophet said further:
“The path to Paradise is surrounded with difficulties.”
Calamity and grief is a way of having our sins forgiven in this life, so that we won’t have to face the punishment for these sins in the next life.
Prophet Muhammad said:
“Trials will continue to befall the believing man and woman—with regard to themselves, their children, and their wealth—until they meet God with no sin on them.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
God does not send calamity down upon us in order to destroy us, nor to shatter our will, nor to finish us off, but rather as a means of checking on us, to test our patience and faith. If it were not for trials and tribulations, a person would develop arrogance, heedlessness, and hardheartedness, which would lead him to the pits of Hell. So it is indeed a Mercy of God that He sends down upon us this remedy to cure us of these diseases of the heart, and to eliminate all evil elements in our personality that might lead to our doom.
When some calamity strikes us in this life, we should remember that Allah will recompense us, but we must show patience; the ultimate recompense will not even be in this life, but in the next one, and in this, we should take comfort.
May Allah give the Muslims sabr.
This is a simple Islamic poem circulating in the net.
Author is unknown to me. So if anyone knows the name of author, let me know then i would credit him or her.
Not my copyright material but as far as Islam is concerned there is no copyright in spreading Islamic materials for knowledge.
This is the Tale of the Average Man,
Who acts contrary to Allah’s Plan,
If you are reflected herein,
Then repent, and commit no sin.
‘Twas early in the morning at four,
When death knocked upon a bedroom door
“Who is there”? the sleeping one cried,
“I’m Izrael, let me inside.”
At once, the man began to shiver,
As one sweating in deadly fever,
He shouted to his sleeping wife,
“Don’t let him take away my life.”
“Please go away, O Angel of Death!
Leave me alone, I’m not ready yet,
My family on me depend,
Give me a chance, O please perpend!”
The Angel knocked again and again,
“Friend! I’ll take your life without pain,
‘Tis Your soul that Allah require,
I come not with my own desire.”
Bewildered, the man began to cry,
“O Angel! I’m so afraid to die’
I’ll give you gold, and be your slave,
Don’t send me to the unlit grave.”
“Let me in, O Friend!” the Angel said,
“Open the door, get up from your bed,
If you do not allow me in,
I will walk through it, like a Jinn”.
The man held a gun in his right hand,
Ready to defy the Angel’s stand,
“I’ll point my gun, towards your head,
You dare come in, I’ll shoot you dead”.
By now, the Angel was in the room,
Saying, “O Friend! Prepare for your doom.
Foolish man, Angles never die,
Put down your gun and do not sigh”.
“Why are you afraid! Tell me O man,
To die according to Allah’s plan?
Come, smile at me, do not be grim
Be happy to return to Him”.
“O Angel! I bow my head in shame,
I had no time to take Allah’s name,
From morn till dusk, I made my wealth,
Not even caring for my health”.
“Allah’s commands, I never obeyed,
Nor five times a day, I ever prayed.
A Ramadhan came, and Ramadhan went,
But no time had I to repent”.
“The Haj was already Farz on me,
But I would not part with my money.
All charities, I did ignore,
Taking usury, more and more”.
“Some times I sipped my favourite wine,
With flirting women I sat to dine.
O Angel! I appeal to you,
Spare my life for a year or two”.
“The Laws of Qur’an, I will obey,
I’ll begin Salaat, this very day,
My Fast and Hajj, I will complete,
And keep away from self-conceit”.
“I will refrain from usury,
And give all my wealth to charity.
Wine and wenches I will detest,
Allah’s Oneness I will attest”.
“We Angels do what Allah demands,
We cannot go against his commands.
Death is ordained for everyone,
Father, mother, daughter or son”.
“I’m afraid, this moment is your last,
Now be reminded, more of your past.
I do understand your fears,
But it is now too late for tears”.
“You lived in this world, two score or more,
Never did you, your people adore.
Your parents, you did not obey,
Hungry beggars, you turned away.”
“Your two ill-gotten female offspring,
In night-clubs, for livelihood they sing.
Instead of making more Muslims,
You made your children non Muslims”.
“You ignored the Muezzin’s Azaan,
Nor did you read the Holy Qur’an,
Breaking promises all Your life,
Backbiting friends and causing strife.”
“From hoarded goods, great profits you made,
And your poor workers, you underpaid.
Horses and cards were your leisure,
Money-making was your pleasure”.
“O human you have done enough wrong,
You bought good properties for a song.
When the farmers appealed to you,
You did not have mercy, ’tis true.”
“Paradise for you? I cannot tell,
Undoubtedly you will dwell in hell.
There’s no time for you to repent,
I’ll take your soul, for which I’m sent.”
The ending, however, is very sad,
Eventually, the man became mad.
With a cry, he jumped out of bed,
And suddenly, he fell down dead.
O Reader, take a moral from here,
Never know, your end may be near.
Change your living and make amends,
For heaven, on your deeds, depends.
Praise be to Allaah.
Praise be to Allaah and blessings and peace be upon His Messenger and Chosen Prophet.
Tawheed in Arabic means attributing Oneness to Allaah and describing Him as being One and Unique, with no partner or peer in His Essence and Attributes.
The Arabs say waahid, ahad and waheed, all meaning one. Allaah is Waahid, meaning that He has no rivals or peers in any way. So Tawheed means knowing Allaah is One, with none like unto Him. Whoever does not acknowledge Allaah in these terms and does not describe Him as being One with no partner or associate does not believe in Tawheed.
With regard to the shar’i definition of Tawheed, it means believing in Allaah alone as God and Lord and attributing to Him alone all the attributes of Lordship and divinity.
It may be defined as follows: Believing that Allaah is One with no partner or associate in His Lordship (ruboobiyyah), divinity (uloohiyyah) or names and attributes (al-asma’ wa’l-sifaat).
This word (Tawheed) and its derivatives are used with this meaning in the Qur’aan and Sunnah. For example:
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Say (O Muhammad): He is Allaah, (the) One [Ahad].
2. Allaah‑us‑Samad [Allaah — the Self‑Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need, (He neither eats nor drinks)].
3. He begets not, nor was He begotten.
4. And there is none co‑equal or comparable unto Him”
“And your Ilaah (God) is One Ilaah [ilaahun waahidun] (God — Allaah), Laa Ilaaha illa Huwa (there is none who has the right to be worshipped but He), the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful”
“Surely, disbelievers are those who said: ‘Allaah is the third of the three (in a Trinity).’ But there is no Ilaah (god) (none who has the right to be worshipped) but One Ilaah [ilaahun waahidun] (God —Allaah). And if they cease not from what they say, verily, a painful torment will befall on the disbelievers among them”
And there are many similar verses.
In Saheeh al-Bukhaari (7372) and Saheeh Muslim (19) it is narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) sent Mu’aadh ibn Jabal to Yemen, he said to him: “You are going to people from among the People of the Book, so let the first thing to which you call them be belief in Allaah alone (Tawheed). If they accept that, then tell them that Allaah has enjoined on them five prayers every day and night. If they pray then tell them that Allaah has enjoined on them zakaah from their wealth to be taken from their rich and given to their poor. If they agree to that then take it from them but avoid the best of people’s wealth.”
In Saheeh Muslim it is narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Islam is built on five (pillars): belief that Allaah is One, establishing regular prayer, paying zakaah, fasting Ramadaan and Hajj.”
What is meant by Tawheed in all these texts is affirming the meaning of the testimony that there is no god but Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, which is the essence of the religion of Islam with which Allaah sent His Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), based on the evidence of the words of the Qur’aan and Sunnah. In some versions of the hadeeth of Mu’aadh quoted above it says: “You will come to some people from among the People of the Book so when you come to them, call them to bear witness that there is no god except Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1492.
According to another version of the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Islam is based on five (pillars): the testimony that there is no god except Allaah and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger…” Narrated by Muslim, 16.
This indicates that Tawheed is the essence of the testimony that there is no god except Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, and that this is Islam with which Allaah sent His Prophet to the two races of mankind and the jinn, other than which Allaah will not accept any religion from anyone.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Truly, the religion with Allaah is Islam”
[Aal ‘Imraan 3:19]
“And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers”
[Aal ‘Imraan 3:85]
Once this is understood, it should be noted that the scholars have divided Tawheed into three categories, as follows:
Tawheed al-Ruboobiyyah (Oneness of Divine Lordship), Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah (Oneness of Divinity) and Tawheed al-Asma’ wa’l-Sifaat (Oneness of the Divine Names and Attributes).
Tawheed al-Ruboobiyyah (Oneness of Divine Lordship): means believing in Allaah as One and Unique with regard to His actions such as creation, sovereignty, control, giving life and death, and so on.
There is a great deal of evidence to support this in the Qur’aan and Sunnah. See question no. 13532 to learn some of it.
Whoever believes that there is any creator other than Allaah or any sovereign controlling this universe and disposing of its affairs other than Allaah has denied this aspect of Tawheed and disbelieved in Allaah.
The kuffaar of old accepted this aspect of Tawheed in general terms, although they differed with regard to some of its details. The evidence that they used to accept this is to be found in several verses of the Qur’aan such as the following (interpretation of the meaning):
“And if you were to ask them: ‘Who has created the heavens and the earth and subjected the sun and the moon?’ they will surely reply: ‘Allaah.’ How then are they deviating (as polytheists and disbelievers)?”
“And if you were to ask them: ‘Who sends down water (rain) from the sky, and gives life therewith to the earth after its death?’ they will surely reply: ‘Allaah.’ Say: ‘All the praises and thanks be to Allaah!’ Nay, most of them have no sense”
“And if you ask them who created them, they will surely say: ‘Allaah.’ How then are they turned away (from the worship of Allaah Who created them)?”
In these verses Allaah states that the kuffaar affirm that He is the Creator, Sovereign and Controller, but despite that they do not worship Him alone (Tawheed of worship), which points to the graveness of their wrongdoing and lies, and the weakness of their reasoning. For if there is One Who is described in such terms, none should be worshipped except Him alone and none should be described as being one and unique except Him; may He be glorified above those that they associate with him.
So whoever affirms this Tawheed in the true sense must inevitably also affirm the Oneness of Allaah’s Divinity (Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah).
Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah means devoting all acts of worship, both inward and outward, in word and deed, to Allaah Alone, and not worshipping anything or anyone other than Allaah, no matter who he is. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him”
“Worship Allaah and join none with Him (in worship)”
It may be described as devoting all one’s actions to Allaah alone.
It is called Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah because it is based on ta’alluh lillaah which is worship and devotion of Allaah accompanied by love and veneration.
It is also called Tawheed al-‘Ibaadah (oneness of worship) because it means that a person worships Allaah by doing that which He has commanded and avoiding that which He has forbidden.
It is also called Tawheed al-Talab wa’l-Qasd wa’l-Iraadah (Oneness of goal, purpose and will) because it means that a person does not seek anything except the Face of Allaah, so he worships Him sincerely.
This is the kind of Tawheed concerning which people went astray, which is why the Prophets were sent and the Books were revealed. This is the purpose for which the universe was created and laws were prescribed. Concerning this disputes arose between the Prophets and their peoples, so the stubborn were doomed and the believers were saved.
Whoever goes astray with regard to this Tawheed, such as devoting some of his worship to someone other than Allaah, has gone beyond the pale of Islam and drifted away from true belief. May Allaah protect us from that.
With regard to Tawheed al-Asma’ wa’l-Sifaat (Oneness of the Divine Names and Attributes), this means affirming the names and attributes of Allaah and believing that there is none like unto Allaah in His names and attributes. This Tawheed is based on two principles:
1 – Affirmation: i.e., affirming that which Allaah has affirmed for Himself in His Book or that His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) has affirmed of His beautiful names and sublime attributes in a manner that suits the Majesty and Greatness of Allaah, without distorting them, twisting their meanings, denying their reality or discussing how they are.
2 – Denial: i.e., denying that Allaah has any faults and denying any shortcomings that He has denied Himself. The evidence for that is the words of Allaah (interpretation of the meaning):
“There is nothing like Him, and He is the All‑Hearer, the All‑Seer”
So He has denied that He bears any resemblance to His creation, and affirmed that He has attributes of perfection in a manner that befits Him, may He be glorified.
See al-Hujjah fi Bayaan al-Mahajjah, 1/305; Lawaami’ al-Anwaar al-Bahiyyah, 1/57.
Source : http://islamqa.info/en/ref/49030