TAWHID - Acceptance of the one Allah (SWT)

The concept of Tawhid not only demands that people should worship none but Allah (SWT), call on no-one but Him for help, and sacrifice for none but Him, but also requires them to leave all their customs, traditions, man-made laws and ways of life, and consider Allah (SWT) alone as the Sole aw giver, and obey His law and follow the way of life He has chosen for us - "Follow what you are taught by revelations from your Allah (SWT)! There is no God but Allah (SWT) and turn aside from those who join associates with Allah (SWT)." (Q6:106)

The Hindus have ten million three hundred thousand gods and goddesses, Christianity has the Trinity (God the holy Father, God the Son, and the Holy Ghost), but in ISLAM, there is only one God - ALLAH (SWT). The Quran condemns those who take more than one god. Allah (SWT) says in Surah Iklas, "Say: He is Allah, the One! Allah, the eternally Besought of all! He begetteh not nor was begotten. And there is none comparable unto Him." So our Allah (SWT) is One and has neither a son nor a father. Everything we see, hear, smell, feel, realise are all created by Allah (SWT). This is an absolute truth. Beside this religion, of Islam, everything else is Baatil (invalid). He is the only Truth.

Allah sent down His Prophets time after time, 124,000 altogether, and He said that there was no corner of the Earth where a messenger or a Prophet had not been sent. They came and performed many miracles, but time after time, people were misguided, and instead of worshipping Allah (SWT), they started to worship the Prophets, Kings and other leaders of their own nation or tribe, so they strayed far from the truth. Allah (SWT) said in the Quran 3:19 "Verily the religion with Allah (SWT) is Islam" and again in 59:7 "Take whatever the Apostle gave you and keep away from whatever they forbid you."

Allah (SWT ) said in the Quran (Surah Al-Shura-13)- "The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Nuh - That which we have sent by inspiration to thee-And which we enjoined on IBRAHIM (AS) (ABRAHAM), MUSA (AS) (MOSES) and ISA (AS) (JESUS). Namely, that ye should remain steadfast in Religion, and make no division therein. To those who worship other than Allah (SWT) hard is the way to which thou callest them. Allah chooses to Himself whom He will, and guides to Himself those who turn to Him." This guidance has come from the source of the true light and knowledge that surrounds us. So we can see that neither is the guidance new nor other people who accept or reject it, any different. The truth of Allah (SWT ) is not accidentally the truth, but it has been gradually developed and elucidated with the help of Allah (SWT)'s prophets. Adam (AS), Nuh (AS), Ibrahim (AS), Yaq'ub (AS), Yusuf (AS), Musa (AS), Dawood (AS), Sulaiman (AS), Isa (AS) and the last Prophet Mohammed Mustafa (S.A.S), all of Whom received direct guidance from Allah (SWT).

Be truthful to Allah (SWT) - "Surely truth leads to virtue, and virtue leads to Paradise" (Bukhari) (Hadith.) Allah (SWT) dislikes two things: (1) For someone to associate a partner with Him and (2) Pride and cruelty. (One is inter-related to the other). "If anyone has got any pride in his heart he will not enter Paradise" (Bukhari) (Hadith). We'll discuss both matters later, Insha-Allah.

Our duty is to take no partner with Allah (SWT), and to undertake our worldly tasks according to the Quran and Hadith. If we do this, Allah (SWT) has promised that He will look after our affairs in this world and the world Hereafter.

In accordance to the teachings of the Quran that Allah (SWT) is alone the almighty, generally we do say "La Ilaha Illal-Lah" -there is no God but Allah (SWT). However, in practice we say this only until we go to the office, shop, factory or any other place of work. This is because we are far too concerned about the material world, preoccupied with looking smart to others or aiming to out-wit competitors in business.

Muslims of today forget what Allah (SWT) said in Surah Al-Tauba - Ayat - 24 "Say, if it be that your father (mother), your sons, your brothers (sisters), your maids or your kindred, the wealth that you have gained; the commerce in which you fear a decline; or the dwelling in which you delight are dearer to you than Allah (SWT) or His Apostles or the striving in His cause; - then wait until Allah (SWT) brings about His decision and Allah (SWT) Guides not the Rebellious." (Q9:24).

Say: Allah (SWT) delivereth you from this and from all affliction. Yet he attribute partners unto Him. (6:64 Surah).

Again in Surah Tauba Allah (SWT) said in Ayat 24 - "We explain the sign in detail, for those who understand". (Q9:24).

We wonder how we are going to survive, but we forget that we have taken Allah (SWT), and only Allah (SWT) as our Mabood (or Allah), and again we associate partners with Him within our places of work and during our efforts to gain material success. This paradox is a breech of trust between Allah (SWT) and ourselves, that we did not keep our promise, yet Allah (SWT) is the Patient One. Until our death He continues to give us the chance to return to our promise. Therefore, once again we must begin to keep our promise unto Him, and should fear and love only Him.

As we establish the relationship with Allah (SWT) by our sincere conviction that there is no God but Allah (SWT), this must be validated by His appointed registrar Prophet Muhammed (S.A.S). Therefore our relationship with Allah (SWT) is documented as follows.

LA ILAHA ILLAL-LAH MUHAMMAD - UR - RASULULLAH - There is no God but Allah (SWT) and Muhammed (S.A.S) is the Messenger of Allah.

Allah (SWT) addresses all those who disbelieve in the revelation and in Allah (SWT)'s Messengers, informing them that on the Day of Judgement they will say:- "O Woe is me! Would that I had not taken such a one as a friend who has lead one away from the Admonition (Zikr) after it came, and the messenger of Allah (SWT) will say, surely my people treated this Quran as a forsaken thing" (25:30). Those who believe in this, they are Muslims.

A person came to the Prophet (S.A.S) and said : "O Prophet of Allah (SWT)! I love you so much." The Prophet (S.A.S) said: "Think well before you say this." He replied, "I have already given thought to this, and I love you much, Oh Prophet of Allah (SWT).

The Prophet (S.A.S) said, "Think again before you declare such a thing." The person declared, "I still love you much, Oh Prophet of Allah (SWT)." Then the Prophet (S.A.S) said to him: "If you are sincere in what you say be prepared to face poverty and what's coming to you from all directions, pursues all those who love me, as swiftly as water running down a stream." This shows that as well as loving Allah (SWT) we should also love the most dearest and beloved Prophet of Allah Muhammed (S.A.S). We should not be too miserable if troubles befall us because they befall all those who love Allah (SWT) and his Prophet (S.A.S). Such problems are a test for us and when we are in difficulties our previous sins are forgiven. So, we should endure our calamities and hardships with Patience as Allah (SWT) is with the patient one.

As we discharge our duties according to the Quran and Hadith all our requirements of this life and the Hereafter will be dissolved in His mercy - we will be powered directly from our Creator, the whole of His creation will obey our wish, as our wish will be the wish of Allah (SWT) and there will be nothing that we shall fear accept Allah (SWT).

Insha Allah (God Willing), I shall try to explain in terms of Quran and Hadith how we are powered directly from our Creator using a personal experience.

A long time ago, a class mate was trying to convince me into his way of thinking. He said Bhagvan (God of the Hindu religion) and God (God of Christianity), and Allah (SWT) are the same. I was astonished at this idea of Allah (SWT). I said in reply, "Look, suppose your name is Mr. X and I know you, you are unmarried and living alone. We have a conversation, now a minute later you leave and Mr. Y enters the room and says, "Just now I have seen Mr. X. He was playing with his family, and I found everybody happy and he requested me to convey his regards to you". Now do you think that this Mr. X who is single and lives alone is the same Mr. X who has been described by Mr. Y, who was playing with his family, and Mr. Z was saying about Mr. X who was playing with his son. Are all three Xs the same? Or is your X the same X? So how can I say that Bhagvan and God are the same as Allah (SWT), who has no son, no father and He is different from the others.

The Creator of this spirit of critical observation is man was one of the greatest contributions to mankind, He was Muhammed (S.A.S). He brought man to the knowledge which is waiting for him to expose both from within and without his self. He was entering the age of inquiry, experiment and observation, the only way knowledge can be acquired - the way one can often find out fresh knowledge of the environment using both intellect and the surroundings. And yet Allah (SWT) warns disbelievers in Surah Ar-Rahman "Oh! You assembly of Jinn and man if you have power to penetrate all the regions of the heavens and earth, then penetrate them! You will never penetrate them except with authority and power." (55:33)

Rasulullah (S.A.S) foretold that this ummah will divide into 73 sects (parties) of which only one will be on the right path and shall be successful. He foretold that the other 72 sects (parties) will land in hell. Upon being asked by the Holy companions about which sect was on the right path, Rasulullah (S.A.S) replied, "It is the one to which I and my companions belong" (MISHKAT- HADITH)

May Allah (SWT) guide us towards His path with the guidance of His kind and beloved Holy Prophet Muhammed (S.A.S.) AMEEN.
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