RAMADAN 1437 AH

BISMILLAH

RAMADAN KAREEM!

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Alhamdulillah for the blessed opportunity to meet the month of mercy once again, and Allah is the Most Generous.

May Allah grant us sincerity, tawheed, taqwa, dhikr, forgiveness, guidance, healing, purity, mercy, great characters, abundance provision, jannat al firdaus, and the best in this world and the next. May Allah grant us the opportunity to seize laylatul qadr in His obedience, with sincerity. May we become closer to the Qur’an and sunnah practices this month and beyond. Allahumma salli wasallim alaa nabiyina Muhammad! amin

 

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KNOWLEDGE IS LIGHT- LESSON 2 PART 2

Bismillah, walhamdulillah, wasalatu wassalaam alaa rasoolillah!

Asalamu alaykum!

Hey there, we’re back for part 2 of the second lesson.

Previously, we discussed the antithesis of Tawheed, namely ‘Shirk’ (see the previous lesson).

It’s really important to know what shirk is exactly, since it’s the biggest sin, we need to know what it is so we can avoid it!

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Do you remember the categories of Tawheed (see part 2, part 3, part 4 of lesson 1) ? Well, here we will be discussing the categories of Shirk…


 

 The Antithesis or Tawheed: ‘Shirk’ and its categories


 

Shirk means to ascribe a partner/partners to Allah (The One True God), in His Lordship and/or worship.

  1. Shirk in Rububiyyah (Lordship): This occurs by: (a) association- that is, to associate a partner with God (Allah) in His Lordship, (b) negation– that is by denying the existence of God, by denying His Lordship.
  2. Shirk in Asma wa sifaat (names and attributes): This occurs by: (a) deification, that is, to believe that created beings possess similar attributes as God, thereby elevating others to the status of God, for example, believing that created beings are all-knowing, or Ever-living. (b) humanisation, that is to  assume that God took a human form, or to attribute characteristics of the creation to God.
  3. Shirk in Ibadah (Worship): To worship another besides Allah. Most of the shirk occurs in this category. This can be major and minor. For example, major shirk includes taking idols, humans, created things, others as intermediaries or partners with God. Minor shirk, on the other hand, includes showing off in acts of worship (riyaa).

May Allah protect us! ameen

Let us stay away from these types and all types of Shirk!

 

May Allah protect us from all types of shirk! May Allah, The One, The Compeller, grant us perfect Tawheed for His sake alone forever! May Allah forgive us for any error. Allahumma salli alaa Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wasallam. ameen!

 

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KNOWLEDGE IS LIGHT- LESSON 2 PART 1

Bismillah, walhamdulillah, wasalatu wassalaam alaa rasoolillah!

Asalamu alaykum!

It’s been a while, and we’re back for a fresh new lesson.

Following on from the summarised explanations of Islamic Monotheism/Tawheed, we will continue discussing Islamic Creed, focusing on the antithesis of Tawheed, namely ‘Shirk’.


 

 The Antithesis or Tawheed: ‘Shirk’


 

Shirk means to ascribe a partner/partners to Allah, in His Lordship and/or worship.

Shirk is the biggest sin, a gross injustice, the heinous sin that Allah will not forgive (unless it is sincerely given up and repented from).

May Allah protect us from Shirk. May Allah forgive us and return us to Tawheed. Aameen!

 

“Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him (in worship), but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills; and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin.”

[Qur’an, chapter 4 verse 48]

The Qur’an informs us of Luqman, a righteous servant of Allah, who advised against Shirk for it is a great wrong.

‘And (remember) when Luqman said to his son when he was advising him: “O my son! Join not in worship others with Allah. Verily joining others in worship with Allah is a great Zulm (wrong) indeed.’ [Qur’an chapter 31 verse 13]

Shirk may occur in statement or action. There are different categories of Shirk.

to be continued…

Knowledge is Light- lesson 1 part 4

Bismillah, walhamdulillah, wassaalatu wassalaam alaa Rasoolillah

Asalamu alaykum warahmatullah!

Dear readers,

This is part four of the first lesson in Islamic creed (Aqidah) Lesson. This one is ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY pertinent.

There follows the third category of analysis of Tawhid and Islamic Monotheism

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Categories of Analysis of Tawhid continued


3- Tawhid al ‘Ibaadah- (Oneness of Allah in His right to be worshipped alone).

We understand that Allah is the Lord of all that exists, He is the Sustainer, The Protector, The Provider, The Ever-Living, The Self-Subsisting, uncreated Eternal Creator, whose names and attributes are perfect, and there is no similitude to Him.

Once we recognise this, we must ultimately come to the conclusion that The Supreme Creator, Allah, is surely the only One deserving of our worship and devotion.

Undoubtedly, He is the One providing for us and the One who originated us, without any need for us whatsoever. Allah is the Rich, Free of all needs, The Praiseworthy. Allah’s existence does not depend on anything, for He is the Self-Existing and Self-Sustaining. Yet we, as mere created beings, must be cognisant of the fact that we are in need, we are poor, we are powerless. We NEED Allah. We need to worship Him, because this is the purpose for which we were created. And whether we worship Allah or not, this does not add or detract from His Majesty and Might in the least bit, for He is The Self-Sufficient master whom all creatures need.

 

In sha Allah we will mention some proofs from the authentic Islamic texts regarding the content in the previous lessons.

 

Thanks for your attention, our beloveds.

May Allah be Merciful to us all and forgive our numerous sins. ameen.

with love for the sake of Allah,

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Knowledge is light- lesson 1 part 3

Bismillah, walhamdulillah, wassaalatu wassalaam alaa Rasoolillah

Asalamu alaykum warahmatullah!

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Dear intelligent students,

Here’s part three of the first lesson in Islamic creed (Aqidah) Lesson. Pay attention because it’s IMPORTANT!

We will discuss the second category of analysis of Tawhid and Islamic Monotheism

 


 

Categories of Analysis of Tawhid continued


2- Tawhid- asmaa wa sifaat- (Oneness of Allah in His names and attributes).

Allah is One in His names, His attributes and essence. There is no similitude to Him. Allah has many names! Knowledge of these beautiful names and Divine attributes help us to know more about Allah, so we can worship Him in a more perfect manner. For instance, we know that Allah is Al-Hayy (The Ever-Living) and Al-Qayyum (The Self-Existing, The One Who sustains all that exists).

Therefore, we understand that only the Eternal One, has the right to be worshipped, whereas all other things are mere, powerless created beings, who rely on the sustainence and protection of Allah (The Supreme uncreated Creator). Incidentally, Allah does not depend on anything, He is the Free of all needs, The Self-Subsisting, The Praiseworthy. Many of Allah’s names and attributes can be found in the Authentic Islamic texts, namely the Qur’an and the Saheeh Ahaadith.

Allah does not resemble His creation, neither do they resemble Him. He is Unique in His Oneness, He is One, and there is nothing like Him. None of the creation share His names and attributes, for we are limited in capacity and ability and we cannot comprehend everything. Since Allah is the Creator, undoubtedly He must be the Omniscient, The All-Knowing, The All-Hearing, The All-Seeing, The All-Powerful, The Capable of all things, The Determiner.

And there’s more!

But anyways, In sha Allah, in the next session, we will discuss the third category of Tawhid.

May Allah forgive our sins, for He is the Most Forgiving, The Most Merciful. May Allah abundantly bless His final messenger Muhammad peace be upon him, ameen

Stay awesome!

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Knowledge is Light- Lesson 1

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

All praise be to Allah, and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His final messenger Muhammad peace be upon him.

Asalamu alaykum, dear respected readers, we hope you are well!

Today, in sha Allah, we will take a glimpse at the Islamic Creed, or ‘Aqidah studies.

Let’s get started with the topic entitled TAWHID – Islamic Monotheism


 

Tawhid – Islamic monotheism


 

In Islam, we are required to uphold Tawhid.

Tawhid is an Arabic verbal noun, coming from the verb wahhada, which means to unify.

However, when we use it in an Islamic sense, we understand that Allah is already One! He is Al-Waahid, Al-Ahad (The One), Al-Witr (The Indivisible).

What is meant by upholding Tawhid, is that we must affirm and maintain our understanding of the complete Oneness of Allah, in His Lordship, His names and attributes, and His right to be worshipped alone.

Following the spread of Islam, the scholars of Islam deduced three categories of analysis regarding Tawhid, in order to combat the deviations people began to develop. The categories are:

1- Tawhid Ar-rububiyyah (Oneness in Allah in His Lordship)

2-Tawhid- asmaa -wa-sifaat (Oneness in Allah in His Names and Attributes)

3-Tawhid- Al-‘ibaadah (Oneness of Allah is His worship)

In sha Allah, we will take a closer look at these.

Stay tuned!

May Allah forgive our errors for He is The Forbearing. ameen

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Knowledge is Light!

Asalamu alaykum dear brothers and sisters!

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

 

In sha Allah, we begin a new enlightening section entitled Knowledge is Light.

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Through this beauty, we hope to equip you and ourselves with beneficial knowledge which will bring us closer to Allah, the Most Generous Lord, The Sustainer, The Provider and Protector. We ask Allah The Real Bestower to provide us with beneficial knowledge, from the Qur’an and Sunnah, and may He enable us to implement it to the best of our abilities, sincerely for His sake alone, as undoubtedly, the right to be worshipped belongs to Allah alone, The Almighty the Majestic, The Ever-Living Creator of all things. Laa ilaha illAllah, MuhammaduRasoolullah. May Allah abundantly bless our beloved rasool Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam always, ameen!

 

With love for the sake of Allah,

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