Believing in the Qadar-Grade 5

Believing in the Qadar   Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, Ayah 49 of Suratul-Qamar, which means: “Allah creates everything according to His Destining.” In a Hadith related by Muslim, the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “Belief is to believe in Allah, His angels, His Books, His messengers, the Day of Judgment, and to believe in the qadar (in other words, destining), both good and evil.” In the past lessons, we have discussed some of what was mentioned in this hadith. This information is among what the Prophet taught us. It is obligatory that we believe in these teachings. Believing in the qadar (good and evil) means to believe in everything that comes into existence, be it good or evil, is by the Eternal Will of Allah. The good...

Blasphemy after Belief-Grade 5

Blasphemy after Belief       Blasphemy is the opposite of belief, just as darkness is the opposite of light. It is of three types: The first is tasbhih, which is likening Allah to the creation. An example would be if one were to say or believe that Allah sits on the Throne, or resides in the sky or any other place. The second type is takdhib, which is intentionally contradicting what he knows to be from the honorable Qur’an or what was undeniably revealed by the Prophet and known by every Muslim scholar, like negating the resurrection of the bodies and souls, or negating the obligation of prayer, fasting, or pilgrimage. The third type is ta^til, which is negating or denying the existence of Allah. This type is the most blasphemous. As for...

Believing in the Prophet (Part IV)

Believing in What the Prophet Conveyed (Part IV): Paradise and Hellfire   Among what the Prophet conveyed, and is obligatory to believe in, is Paradise and Hellfire. Paradise is the abode of peace, enjoyment, and happiness. Allah prepared it for the Muslims. It contains rivers of pure honey, milk, and non-intoxicating wine, different from the wine of this world, and other everlasting enjoyment. The enjoyment in Paradise is by both body and soul. Paradise has different levels, some of which are higher than the others. The highest level is the level of the prophets. The people of Paradise will not grieve, grow old, or die. They will be forever in Paradise, will never leave it, and will enjoy it everlasting bliss. In a Hadith related by Ibn Hibban, the...

Believing in the Prophet (Part III)-Grade 5

Believing in What the Prophet Conveyed (Part III): The Bridge, the Basin, and Intercession Among what the Prophet conveyed and is obligatory to believe in is the Bridge, the Basin, and Intercession. The Bridge is a bridge that stretches above Hellfire, which all the people will cross. One of its sides is on the changed Earth and the other side is before Paradise and after Hellfire. The people will approach it to cross it, but the blasphemers will not be able to get across. The blasphemers will fall of it into Hellfire. The Muslims, on the other hand, are of two categories. One category will not need to step on the bridge but rather, they will fly over it. Another category will step on it. Some of these will fall into Hellfire, and some will cross it safely. The...

Believing in the Prophet (Part II)

Believing in What the Prophet Conveyed (Part II): The Day of Judgment, Resurrection, and Assembly Among what the Prophet conveyed, and is obligatory to believe in, is the Day of Judgment, Resurrection, and Assembly. The Day of Judgment is also called the Qiyamah Day. It begins when the people come out of their graves, and lasts until the people of Paradise reside in Paradise, and the people of Hell in Hell. On that day, the sun will be very close to the heads of the people. Also, many hardships will occur from which the pious Muslims will be saved. The people will be gathered on the Day of Judgment, and their deeds will be presented to them. Also, their deeds will be weighed on the balance. One pan will hold the good deeds and one pan will hold the bad deeds....

Believing in the Prophet (Part I)-Grade 5

Believing in What the Prophet Conveyed (Part I): The Torture and Enjoyment in the Grave and The Questioning by the Two Angels, Munkar and Nakir   Allah said in the Qur’an, Ayahs 3-4 of Surat Najm, what means: “He, Prophet Muhammed, does not convey to the people at of his own inclinations. Rather, he conveys what Allah reveals to him.” Allah sent Prophet Muhammad, the son of ^Abdullah, the son of ^Abdul Muttalib, with the true religion. Allah ordered Muhammad to convey the message to the people, which he fulfilled. He conveyed the message truthfully and bravely. Everything that the Prophet told is true and right, whether it is among the issues of halal or haram. The stories of prophets are matters that will happen in the future during this life and in the...

Miracles and Karamahs-Grade 5

Miracles and Karamahs   The miracle is an extraordinary act. It is not a usual event that happens in everyday life or to anyone. Miracles are only for prophets and are always in agreement with what they say. So, no one can do anything that is equal or similar to a miracle to discredit a prophet. Examples of miracles include the falling of water from between the fingers of Prophet Muhammad, and the transformation of the staff of Prophet Musa into a giant snake. So a strange matter that is not extraordinary is not considered a miracle, such as the flying of an airplane. Also, an extraordinary matter that is not accompanied by a claim of prophethood is not considered a miracle. Examples are the extraordinary matters that occur to highly righteous Muslims. These...

The Order of Creation after the Water-Grade 5

The Order of Creation after the Water and the Throne   After Allah created the water and the Throne, He created the Upper Pen, then the Guarded Tablet, and then the rest of the creations. It was narrated in the description of the Guarded Tablet that it is a white pearl, the edge of which is made of red ruby. Its width is the traveling distance of five hundred years. Allah ordered the Pen to write. The pen writes by the Will of Allah, without anyone holding it. It wrote on the guarded tablet what was and what will be in this life, until its end. 50,000 years after this event, Allah created the heavens and earth in six days. No person and no drop of water falls except in accordance of what was written in the guarded tablet. The Earth that we are on is one of...

The First Creation: Water-Grade 5

The First Creation: Water   It was related by Al-Bukhariyy that when Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, was asked how this universe started to exist, he said: “Allah existed [eternally] and nothing else existed with Him. He created the ^Arsh and placed it above the water. Then He ordered the pen to write in the Guarded Tablet everything that would happen. Then Allah created the heavens and Earth.” The Prophet answered this question first by stating that Allah’s Existence does not have a beginning; in other words, He is eternal. There is no one attributed with eternity other than Him. In other words, nothing existed eternally except Allah, and Allah created everything; in other words, He brought all the creation from non-existence into existence....

The Attributes of Allah-Grade 5

The Attributes of Allah   The scholars said that it is obligatory upon every accountable person to know thirteen Attributes of Allah. They are: Existence, Oneness, Eternity, Everlastingness, Non-neediness of Others, Power, Will, Knowledge, Hearing, Sight, Life, Speech and Non-resemblance to the creation. The explanation of these attributes is as follows: 1.Existence: It is obligatory to believe that Allah exists and that there is no doubt in His Existence. He exists without a place. Time does not lapse on Allah.  2.Oneness: Allah is One without any partners. He is One in His Self, His Attributes, and His Actions.  3.Eternity: Allah is Eternal; there is no beginning to His Existence. He has existed eternally before the creation.  4.Everlastingness: Allah is...

The Oneness of Allah-Grade 5

The Oneness of Allah   Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, Ayah 11 of Suratush-Shams, what means: “Nothing resembles Him (Allah) in any way.” This means that Allah, ta^ala, does not resemble any of His creations. It was related that a group of Jews came to the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, and said: “O Muhammad, describe to us your Lord Whom you worship.” Then Suratul-Ikhlas was revealed, and Prophet Muhammad said, “This is the description of my Lord.” The questioning of the Jews was with the intent of mockery and not to seek the knowledge. The answer of the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, indicates that Allah is attributed with attributes, and just as Allah Himself does not resemble His creation, His Attributes do not resemble the attributes...

Allah is the Creator of This World-Grade 5

Allah is the Creator of This World   Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, Ayah 10 of Surah Ibrahim, what means: “There is no doubt about the existence of Allah.” The first obligation on the accountable person is to know about Allah, ta^ala. Allah is the Creator of all the existent things and is the One Who manages all the creation. If, with our sound mind, we carefully think about all the creations and ponder about their existence, we must know that they have a Creator Who created them.           The mental proof that Allah exists is that with the sound mind, we know irrefutably that every writing has to have a writer, the act of hitting has to have a hitter, and that a building has to have a builder. Therefore, it follows that this universe with all the...

The Accountable (Mukallaf)-Grade 5

The Accountable (Mukallaf)   Islamically, the mukallaf—the accountable person—is the one who is pubescent, sane and has received the message of Islam. Pubescence happens when one reaches the age of 15 lunar years, or otherwise. The sane person is the one who has not lost one’s mind. For one to be accountable, it is a condition that one receives the call of Islam. This means that if the person is pubescent and sane, he becomes mukallaf simply by receiving the message of Islam, which is “No one is God except Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” The non-Muslim mukallaf is obligated to embrace Islam, perform all the obligations and avoid all the sins. From this, it is understood that the young child is not accountable until he reaches pubescence....

The True Belief-Grade 5

The True Belief     Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, Ayah 102 of Suratu Al-^Imran means: “O believers, fear Allah properly (as you should) and do not die but as Muslims.” Islam is the true Religion that the sound mind supports, and it is appropriate for every age and time. It is the Religion of all the prophets from the first of them, Adam, to the final one, Muhammad, may peace be upon them all. Allah sent the prophets to guide the people to what is good and beneficial, to guide them to piety, and to teach them to be steadfast on this Religion until the end of their lives. Piety occurs by doing all the obligations and avoiding all the sins. Whoever achieves this state becomes a pious person. The first among these obligations is knowing and believing...

Chapter of Belief 3/3 – Grade 5

Lesson 13 Blasphemy after Belief       Blasphemy is the opposite of belief, just as darkness is the opposite of light. It is of three types: The first is tasbhih, which is likening Allah to the creation. An example would be if one were to say or believe that Allah sits on the Throne, or resides in the sky or any other place. The second type is takdhib, which is intentionally contradicting what he knows to be from the honorable Qur’an or what was undeniably revealed by the Prophet and known by every Muslim scholar, like negating the resurrection of the bodies and souls, or negating the obligation of prayer, fasting, or pilgrimage. The third type is ta^til, which is negating or denying the existence of Allah. This type is the most blasphemous. As for...

Chapter of Belief 2/3 – Grade 5

Lesson 9 Believing in What the Prophet Conveyed (Part I): The Torture and Enjoyment in the Grave and The Questioning by the Two Angels, Munkar and Nakir     Allah said in the Qur’an, Ayahs 3-4 of Surat Najm, what means: “He, Prophet Muhammed, does not convey to the people at of his own inclinations. Rather, he conveys what Allah reveals to him.” Allah sent Prophet Muhammad, the son of ^Abdullah, the son of ^Abdul Muttalib, with the true religion. Allah ordered Muhammad to convey the message to the people, which he fulfilled. He conveyed the message truthfully and bravely. Everything that the Prophet told is true and right, whether it is among the issues of halal or haram. The stories of prophets are matters that will happen in the future during this...

Chapter of Belief 1/3 – Grade 5

Lesson 1 The True Belief     Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, Ayah 102 of Suratu Al-^Imran means: “O believers, fear Allah properly (as you should) and do not die but as Muslims.” Islam is the true Religion that the sound mind supports, and it is appropriate for every age and time. It is the Religion of all the prophets from the first of them, Adam, to the final one, Muhammad, may peace be upon them all. Allah sent the prophets to guide the people to what is good and beneficial, to guide them to piety, and to teach them to be steadfast on this Religion until the end of their lives. Piety occurs by doing all the obligations and avoiding all the sins. Whoever achieves this state becomes a pious person. The first among these obligations is knowing and...

Chapter of Belief – Grade 1

Lesson 1 I am a Young Muslim     I love Allah, my Creator I love Muhammad, my prophet I love the Qur’an, my book. I love the Ka^abah, my qiblah I love Islam, my religion.   I testify that no one is God except Allah, and I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah I accept Allah as my Lord, Islam as my religion, and Muhammad as my Prophet.             Lesson 2 The Greatest Matters of Islam Imam Muslim narrated that the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “The greatest matters of Islam are five: Testifying that no one is God except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; performing prayer; giving Zakah; performing Hajj; and fasting Ramadan.   Know by heart, that which means: “O...