Enjoyment in the Hereafter-Grade 4

Enjoyment in the Hereafter       Allah said in Surat Luqman, Ayah 8, what means: “Certainly those who believed and did the good deeds will have enjoyable gardens (in Paradise).” Allah has promised the believers who performed the obligations and avoided the prohibitions the wide gardens of Paradise, in which there is an everlasting enjoyment. Paradise has wide rivers of milk, honey, water and non-intoxicating wine (khamr), which is not like the wine of this life. Paradise also contains fragrant perfumes, and has beautiful trees and huge castles. In Paradise, all the believers will be of the same age, 33 years old; even those people who died very old or very young. In addition, all blasphemers who did not hear the call of Islam—which is that no one deserves to be...

Reward and Punishment-Grade 4

Reward and Punishment   Allah said in Suratul-Infitar, Ayahs 13-14, what means: “Pious Muslims will have enjoyments in Paradise. Blasphemers will have punishment in Hellfire.” It is an obligation to believe that Allah will reward the believers for their good deeds and will punish the non-believers for their blasphemy, as well as for other sins they committed. Also, Allah will punish whomever He wills of the Muslim sinners in the Hereafter. The reward is whatever will please the believer in the Hereafter. Examples are: Drinking from the Basin of the Prophet, peace be upon him, crossing the Bridge safely, and then entering Paradise, the place of everlasting enjoyment. As for the punishment, it is whatever agonizes people in the Hereafter, like the subjection of the...

Believing in Our Master Muhammad-Grade 4

Believing in What Our Master Muhammad Conveyed   Allah said in Suratul-Hashr, Ayah 7, what means: “Take whatever the Messenger orders and refrain from whatever he forbids.” In this ayah, Allah, the Exalted, orders us to obey and follow the teachings of the Messenger, peace be upon him. This means for us to obey his command in what he told us to do and what he told us not to do, because the Messenger is truthful in all what he conveyed. Allah said in Suratun-Najm, Ayahs 3-4, what means: “The Messenger does not speak from his own mind. The Messenger says what is revealed to him from Allah.” Everything that the Messenger, peace be upon him, informed is valid and true. This includes all matters that are permissible and forbidden. Also are true the stories he...

Miracles and Sorcery-Grade 4

The Difference Between Miracles and Sorcery   Allah created humans and gave them a mind, by which they distinguish between good and bad. He also sent for them Prophets to guide them to the true path of success. However, many people are stubborn and refuse to accept the truth. They are people who do not use their minds for that which they were created. Certainly, Allah supported his honorable messengers with miracles. A miracle is an extraordinary act. It is not a usual event that happens in everyday life or to everyone. Miracles are only for prophets and are always in agreement with what they say. So, none of the people can do anything which is equal or similar to a miracle to discredit a Prophet. Such miracles include the flowing of water from between the...

Prophets and Messengers-Grade 4

The Difference Between Prophets and Messengers             There is a difference between a prophet and a messenger. A Prophet Messenger is a Prophet to whom Allah reveals a new set of rules. On the other hand, a prophet, who is not a messenger, does not receive a new set of rules. Rather, he is ordered to teach and follow the same rules that were revealed to the Messenger before him. The scholars said: “Every Messenger is a prophet, but not every Prophet is a Messenger.” All Prophets and Messengers were ordered to convey the orders of Allah to the people and they did. Allah sent 124,000 Prophets, among them 313 Messengers. The Qur’an mentions only 25 of the prophets and messengers. They are: Adam, Hud, Yusuf, Idris, Salih, Ayyub, Nuh, Ibrahim, Shu^ayb, Isma^il,...

The Attributes of the Prophets-Grade 4

The Attributes of the Prophets           Allah said in the Qur’an, in Ayah 86 of Suratul-‘Ambiya’, what means: “Allah favors every prophet over all humans, jinn, and angels.” Thus, the prophets are the best of Allah’s creations. They are the chosen among the humans. Allah sent them to teach the people the matters of the Religion that are good for them in this life and in the Hereafter. The prophets are attributed with good manners and fine qualities. Among their good manners are truthfulness, intelligence, trustworthiness, virtue, and courage. This means no prophet was a liar, nor was he stupid. None of them were dishonest, loose, or a coward. Prophets are not inflicted with diseases that repel people away from them. For example, worms did not come out of their...

Islam is the Religion of All Prophets-Grade 4

Islam is the Religion of All Prophets   Allah said in the Qur’an, in Ayah 85 of Surat Al ^Imran, what means: “Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him.” Allah, the Exalted, also said in the Qur’an, what means: “Certainly, the only religion accepted by Allah is Islam.” Islam is the only true Religion. By following Islam, one is ensured happiness in the Hereafter. Allah chose truthful men and sent them as prophets to the people to teach them the creed of Islam and matters that will help them to have a good life in both this world and in the Hereafter. All the prophets were Muslims, believing that Allah is One without partners to Him. The first prophet was Adam, and the last was Muhammad, may Allah raise his rank and the rank...

Faith and Piety-Grade 4

Faith and Piety           Allah said in the Qur’an, Ayah 18 of Suratul-Hashr, what means: “Oh you who believe, have piety and prepare for the Hereafter.” Piety is fulfilling the obligations and avoiding the prohibitions. The first and greatest obligation is to believe in Allah and His Messenger, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, followed by the prayers, fasting, and the like. Blasphemy is the most enormous and serious sin. Allah will not forgive the person who dies in the state of blasphemy. However, Allah may forgive whomever He wills among the believers for sins such as lying, stealing, drinking alcohol, and accepting and using the money from usurious gain. Hence, those people who die as Muslims are divided into two groups. The first group are those Muslims who die...

The First Obligation-Grade 4

The First Obligation: Knowing Allah and His Messenger Allah said in the Qur’an, Ayah 19 of Surat Muhammad, what means: “O Muhammad, know (be steadfast) that no one is God except Allah.” The first obligation upon mankind is to know Allah and His Messenger, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam. Knowing Allah is to know what attributes befit Him, what attributes do not befit Him, and what is permissible to attribute to Him. Allah has the Perfect Attributes that befit Him, such as Knowledge, Power, and Will. It is impossible that Allah would be attributed with ignorance, weakness, and every attribute that is created, like the attributes of humans. Allah is the One Who makes creations exist. He creates all the creations. He is the One Who makes things cease to exist—in other...

The Two Testifications of Faith-Grade 4

The Two Testifications of Faith   The Two Testifications of Faith are: “Ash-hadu alla ilaha illallah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadar-rasulullah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam.” It is obligatory upon one when embracing Islam to utter these Two Testifications of Faith immediately, believing in their meaning, with the intention to become Muslim. “Ash-hadu alla ilaha illallah” means “I know, believe in my heart, and declare with my tongue that nothing deserves to be worshipped except Allah. That is, no one deserves my ultimate submission and humbleness except Allah, the Exalted.” “Ash-hadu anna Muhammadar-rasulullah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam,” means: “I know, believe in my heart, and declare with my tongue that our Master Muhammad, who is the son of ^Abdullah,...

Chapter of Belief – Grade 4

Lesson 1 The Two Testifications of Faith     The Two Testifications of Faith are: “Ash-hadu alla ilaha illallah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadar-rasulullah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam.” It is obligatory upon one when embracing Islam to utter these Two Testifications of Faith immediately, believing in their meaning, with the intention to become Muslim. “Ash-hadu alla ilaha illallah” means “I know, believe in my heart, and declare with my tongue that nothing deserves to be worshipped except Allah. That is, no one deserves my ultimate submission and humbleness except Allah, the Exalted.” “Ash-hadu anna Muhammadar-rasulullah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam,” means: “I know, believe in my heart, and declare with my tongue that our Master Muhammad, who is the son...