16 Rajab 1442

KITAB AT-TAWHEED – Introduction to Tawheed [Ep. 1]

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Mar 28th, 2016
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This is an attempt to spread the knowledge from the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Any Muslim, without any doubt, if you ask him about the purpose of creation, he would say, “To worship Allah the Almighty.” The problem is that in the Muslim world, we find that there is a certain amount of sensitivity whenever you mention the word Tawheed or you mention the word Aqeedah. You get so many people becoming defensive; whenever you speak about the topic, they take it personally, whether they know it or not. And this is a very serious issue. The reason is that you and I are, definitely, not better than the Prophets of Allah, especially the Prophet of Allah, Muhammad salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. No one can claim that he or she is better than them. However, Allah has revealed an ayah in the Qur’an that is so clear that anyone on the streets would understand it:

{وَلَقَدْ أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ وَإِلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكَ لَئِنْ أَشْرَكْتَ لَيَحْبَطَنَّ عَمَلُكَ وَلَتَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ}

“And indeed it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), as it was to those (Allah’s Messengers) before you: ‘If you join others in worship with Allah, (then) surely, (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers.'”

[Surat az-Zumar: Verse 65]

 

SubhanAllah! This is addressing the Prophet salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, and of course it is for the Ummah as well. So when you come to such an understanding, you know that the issue of Shirk is the most major sin any person could do. It is so severe that Allah does not forgive those who die in such a state. It is so severe that it is greater than murder, adultery, fornication, stealing, looting, slandering people, etc. Shirk is a far greater sin than all these sins. So in order to avoid Shirk, which is your prime duty in Islam, you have to know what Shirk is and what the opposite of Shirk is, which leads you to the worshipping of Allah the Almighty.

So this is an attempt to go through one of the great books of contemporary times, known as Kitab at-Tawheed, compiled by Imam Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab. Now, don’t be deceived by the names or by the author. Don’t have any pre-judgment over the topic just because you heard the word “‘Abdul Wahhab”. Don’t think, “Oh, this is the ‘wahhabi’ stuff, this is the ‘salafi’ stuff, this is so and so.” No one fights Tawheed and no one finds any hard feelings against Tawheed or Aqeedah except someone who is deviant because he is not following the Prophet salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam and we will come to discuss this, using the Qur’an and Sunnah in sha Allah.

Who fights Tawheed? Definitely those who commit Shirk. Now, one of us would say, “I am a Muslim; I pray, I fast, I do all these things, so you cannot accuse me of Shirk. Allah ‘azza wa jal says in the Qur’an:

 

{وَمَا يُؤْمِنُ أَكْثَرُهُم بِاللَّهِ إِلَّا وَهُم مُّشْرِكُون}

“And most of them believe not in Allah except that they attribute partners unto Him (i.e. they are polytheists).”

[Surat Yusuf : Verse 106]

 

So their belief in Allah is tarnished by associating others with Allah. Now, if someone prays, fasts, and does everything that is mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah, and yet every Friday, he goes to a temple and prostrates to a Buddha, is he a Muslim? The answer is definitely no. If someone thinks and believes that other than Allah controls the universe, if someone believes that it is permissible to call upon the dead people, “Oh Hussain, oh ‘Ali, oh Fatimah, oh Badawi, oh baba so-and-so, do this for me, grant me a child, pay off my debt, do this and do that”, definitely this is Shirk. This is associating others with Allah. They claim and say, “No, we are just taking them as means of intercession; they are interceding for us with Allah.” This is exactly what Shirk is.

You will find the answers to all these issues that some people find confusing as you go through these short episodes in sha Allah. I pray to Allah ‘azza wa jal that He benefits you and me, and also benefits those who, may Allah reward them greatly, contributed in making this short series.

 

The Quotations from the Qur’an in this Article are a rough translation of the meanings of the original text!

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