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 actions of the slave are according...

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 blasphemers themselves, they are of two types: One is...

What the Prophet Conveyed (Part IV)

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 Messenger of Allah said what means: “Are there any that want to strive hard to receive...

What the Prophet Conveyed (Part III)

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 basin is a place that Allah prepared for the people of Paradise from which they will drink...

What the Prophet Conveyed (Part II)

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. Resurrection is when the graves open and the people come out of them for judgment. The bodies that...

What the Prophet Conveyed (Part I)

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 hereafter. Among the matters that the Prophet informed about are the torture in the grave and the enjoyment therein, and the questioning by the two...

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 extraordinary matters are...

The Order of Creation after the Water

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 seven earths that Allah created, and also the highest...

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. Allah did not create all the...

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:   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.   Oneness: Allah is One without any partners. He is One in His Self, His Attributes, and His Actions.   Eternity: Allah is Eternal; there is no beginning to His Existence. He has existed eternally before the creation.   Everlastingness: Allah is Everlasting;...

The Oneness of Allah

Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, Ayah 11 of Suratush-ShURA, 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 of the creation. Allah is...

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 creations in it has to have a Creator Who is...

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. Likewise, the insane person is not...

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 in Allah, ta^ala, and His...

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 worshipped except Allah, and...

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 blasphemers to the heat...

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 told of the prophets who were before him, and even...

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 fingers of Prophet Muhammad and transforming the...

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, Ishaq, Musa, Ya^qub, Lut, Harun, Dhul-Kifl, Dawud, Sulayman,...

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 bodies. Prophets also do not become...

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 of all his fellow prophets and save his...

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 in a state of belief and...

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 words, He annihilates them. Al-Bukhariyy related that...

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, the son of ^Abdul-Muttalib, the son of...

Believing in the Qadr

Allah said in the Qur’an, in Ayah 49 of Suratul-Qamar, what means that Allah creates everything according to His Will and in its order according to His Wisdom. Allah is the One who creates all the creations. Some of these creations are beautiful and some ugly, some sweet and some bitter, some good and some evil. Allah is the Creator of the human beings. Allah is also the Creator of the human beings’ deeds, whether good or evil. The good deeds are created by Allah and accepted by Him; in other words, they are blessed by Allah and Allah loves them. However, the evil deeds are not accepted by Allah; in other words, Allah does not bless them and He does not love them. Whatever happens in this world, whether good or evil, happens by the Will of Allah, His Management...

The Day of Judgment

The Day of Judgment is the Day of Qiyamah. It starts from the time when the people come out of their graves after our master Israfil blows the Horn. Allah will recreate the bodies that have decayed. These bodies will be as they were before. Allah will also put the souls back into these bodies. They will then be gathered for Judgment on a land looking different than this land. This replaced land has no mountains and no seas, and it is called the changed earth. The deeds will be weighed in the Balance. The Balance has two pans: one pan for the good deeds, and one pan for the bad deeds. The blasphemer will not have any good deeds to weigh. Allah will admit the God-fearing believers into Paradise without torture. The sinful believers, those who died without repenting...

The Divine Books

Allah, ta^ala, revealed Divine Books to some of His messengers to guide the people and instruct them in what is good for them, and to what will bring them happiness in the Hereafter. There are many Divine Books, but the most famous are the following four books: The Zabur that was revealed to our Master Dawud, peace be upon him;   The original Tawrah (Torah) that was revealed to our Master Musa, peace be upon him, in Hebrew;   The original Injil (Bible) that was revealed to our Master ^Isa, peace be upon him, in Syriac;   The Qur’an that was revealed to our Master Muhammad, peace be upon him, in Arabic. There is a du^a’ that one says, and it means: “O Allah, do not misguide our hearts after You granted us guidance, and grant us mercy. You are the...

The Honorable Angels

Allah said in the Qur’an, in Ayah 6 of Surat at-Tahrim, about the angels, what means that the angels do not disobey Allah and they fulfill what Allah orders them to do. The angels are bodies made out of light; Allah created them from light. They are neither males nor females; they don’t drink, eat, or sleep. They obey Allah and fulfill what Allah orders them to do. All the angels believe in Allah and are all pious and righteous. The angels are more numerous than the humans; they live in the sky and they are responsible for doing different tasks. Some of the heads of the angels are Jibril, Mika’il, Israfil and ^Azra’il. Our Master Jibril is the highest-ranking angel. Among his tasks is to convey the Revelation to the prophets. Our Master ^Azra’il is in charge of...

Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah

Allah said in the Qur’an, in Ayah 107 of Suratul-Anbiya’, what means that Allah sent Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, as a mercy to humans and jinn. Allah sent our messenger Muhammad to all people to call them to believe in Allah, to worship Allah only and not to associate any partners with Allah. Prophet Muhammad called them to stop worshipping the idols that neither can create benefit nor harm. Prophet Muhammad was sent to guide the people out of the darkness of blasphemy into the light of Belief. The Prophet ordered the people to testify that no one is God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. He ordered them to fulfill the obligations and to avoid the sins. The Prophet told the people that whoever dies on Islam will be admitted to Paradise...

The Attributes of the Prophets

Allah said in the Qur’an, in Ayah 86 of Suratul-An^am, what means: “Allah favors every prophet over all humans, jinn, and angels.” Allah created the prophets and made them the best of the creations. They are better than the angels and all other human beings. Allah specified the prophets with the good manners and the best of attributes. They do not lie, cheat, steal, drink alcohol, or commit blasphemy. The prophets, from Adam to Muhammad, may Allah raise their rank, are the most beautiful creations of Allah. The Muslim does not believe that the origin of the human being was an ape. This is so because our master Adam, may Allah raise his rank, is the first human being. He had a beautiful form. His face and voice were nice. He used to talk in a clear and...

The Prophets

Imam Malik and at-Tirmidhiyy related that the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “The best of what I, and the Prophets before me, said: No one is God except Allah.” Allah sent the Messengers and Prophets to convey the essentials of belief and the true Religion, Islam. Islam is the religion that Allah ordered us to follow and no religion is true except it. All the prophets followed the religion of Islam. All the Prophets worshipped Allah. They never in their life worshipped an idol, the sun, or a star. All of them, may Allah raise their rank, from Adam to Muhammad, worshipped Allah. All the Prophets said: “La ilaha illallah”—No One is God except Allah. There is a du^a’ which means: “O Allah, make us die as true believers and make us among the...

The Best Deeds

Al-Bukhariyy related that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “The best deed is the correct belief in Allah and His Messenger.” The one who does not believe in Allah and His Messenger is not a Muslim, but is a blasphemer. Allah has prepared for such a person painful torture in Hellfire. The deeds of the blasphemer are not accepted by Allah. If a blasphemer pays some of his money to the poor or needy people, or provides help to the orphans and widows, Allah will not reward him for these doings on the Day of Judgment. This is so because Allah does not accept all the good deeds that one does unless one has the correct belief. For example, when the person performs the prayer, fasting, Hajj or Zakah, these deeds are not accepted by...

Allah is One without a Partner

Allah said in the Qur’an, in Ayah 199 of Surat Muhammad, what means: “O Muhammad, know (be steadfast on the belief) that no one is God except Allah.” Allah is certainly attributed with Oneness. He is One without a partner to Him. He exists and there is no doubt in His Existence. He exists without a beginning and without an ending. He is the Only One Who deserves to be worshipped and anything other than Him does not deserve to be worshipped. Allah does not need any of the creations and all the creations need Allah. In reality, no one other than Allah is the Creator of this world. In reality, no one other than Allah provides sustenance. No one other than Allah is God. Allah is attributed with the Attributes of perfection that befit Him such as Knowledge, Power and...

Islam

Allah said in the Qur’an, in Ayah 85 of Surat Al ^Imran, what means that if one selects a religion other than Islam it will not be accepted from him. Islam is the only religion that Allah accepts from His slaves. It is the religion that Allah has ordered us to follow. Al-Bukhariyy and Muslim related that the Prophet of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said that the most important matters of Islam are five: Bearing witness that no one is God except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; Performing the prayer; Paying Zakah; Going to Makkah for Hajj; and Fasting Ramadan   Islam and iman, the correct belief, are inseparable. Imam Abu Hanifah said, “A person’s iman does not exist without Islam and a person’s Islam does not exist without iman; they are...

Belief in Allah and His Messenger

Allah said in the Qur’an, in Ayah 15 of Suratul-Hujurat, what means: “The believers are those who believe in Allah and His Messenger, without any doubt.” Iman is having the correct belief in Allah and His Messengers without any doubt. It is an obligation to believe that Allah existed eternally before all things, that no one deserves to be worshipped except Allah, and that Allah is the Creator of all existing things. Allah is attributed with the perfect Attributes that befit Him. Surely, Allah is clear of any attribute of imperfection. He created all places, so He does not need them. Allah exists without a place. Allah         sent messengers and prophets to guide the people. The first of the Messengers is Adam, may Allah raise his rank, and the final one is our...

The Divine Books

The Divine Books are books that Allah revealed to some prophets. All these books order with the Religion of Islam. These books are many, but the most known are four: The Qur’an: revealed to Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam;   2. The Injil: revealed to Prophet ^Isa;   The Tawrah: revealed to Prophet Musa;   The Zabur: revealed to Prophet Dawud;     I am a Muslim and I believe in all the Divine Books.  

The Honorable Angels

Allah created the angels from light. They are neither males nor females. They are obedient slaves of Allah. They do not disobey the orders of Allah and they do what they are ordered to do. They do not eat or drink nor do they sleep or tire. Their number is great. The Muslim loves the angels and does not belittle them.

The Attributes of the Prophets

Allah, ta^ala, said about the Prophets in Surat al-An^am, Ayah 86, what means: “Allah favors every prophet over all humans, jinn and angels.” The Prophets are the best creations of Allah. They are better than the angels and the rest of the humans and jinn. Allah chose them from among the male humans, to teach the people the Religion of Islam and to convey to the people its rules. The Religion of Islam is the religion that Allah accepts from His slaves. Allah made it unlawful for all to embrace a religion other than Islam. The best of all the prophets are five, called “Ulul-^Azm,” and they are: Muhammad, Ibrahim, Musa, ^Isa, and Nuh, sallallahu ^alayhim wa sallam. Every Prophet is attributed with truthfulness, trustworthiness, intelligence, courage, chastity, and...

Islam: The Religion of All The Prophets

Allah, ta^ala, said in Surat Al-^Imran, Ayah 19, what means, “The only Religion accepted by Allah is Islam.” Islam is the Religion that Allah accepts from His slaves. Allah ordered us to follow Islam. Islam is the Religion of all the prophets, peace be upon them. All the prophets are Muslims, believing in Allah. The first of the Prophets is our Master Adam and the last of them is our Master Muhammad, peace be upon them.   All the Prophets worshipped Allah alone and did not associate partners with Him. All of them taught the people to say: “No one is God except Allah.”

The Most Enormous Sin

Allah, ta^ala, said in Surat An-Nisa’, Ayah 48, what means: “Allah does not forgive associating partners with Him and He forgives what is less than that to whomever He wills.” Blasphemy is the opposite of belief and it is the sin that Allah does not forgive if one dies without repenting from it. Blasphemy is of three categories: blasphemy of belief, blasphemy of actions, and blasphemy of sayings. Examples of blasphemy of belief include believing that Allah occupies the heavens, or believing that He is a soul or an illumination, or believing He has a shape. Examples of blasphemy of actions include knowingly throwing the Book of Qur’an or Islamic books in the garbage. Examples of blasphemy of sayings: cursing Allah, one of the angels, one of the prophets, or the...

The Message of the Prophet

Our Master Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, called the people to worship Allah and quit worshipping idols. He told them to say: “No one is God except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” Prophet Muhammad taught them that the best of deeds is the belief; the one who dies as a believer shall enter Paradise. Islam is the Religion of all the prophets. The most enormous sin is blasphemy; the one who dies as a blasphemer shall be forever in Hellfire.

The Attributes of Allah

Allah, ta^ala, said in Surat An-Nahl, Ayah 60, what means, “Allah has attributes that are not similar to the attributes of others.” Among His Attributes are thirteen that every accountable person must know. These are: Existence (al-Wujud): Allah exists, and His Existence is without a beginning and without an ending;   Oneness (al-Wahdaniyyah): Allah is One without a partner with Him, and no one other than Allah deserves to be worshipped;   Non-Neediness (al-Qiyamu bin-Nafs): Allah does not need anything;   Non Resemblance to the Creations (al-Mukhalafatu lil-hawadith): Allah does not resemble the creations;   Eternity (al-Qidam): The existence of Allah is without a beginning;   Everlastingness (al-Baqa’): The existence of Allah does not...

Allah Does Not Need Anything

Allah created the mankind, so Allah does not need mankind. Allah created the air, so Allah does not need the air.   Allah created the Earth, so Allah does not need the Earth. Allah created the heavens, so Allah does not need the heavens. Allah created the ^Arsh*, so Allah does not need the ^Arsh. Allah created the angels, so Allah does not need the angels. Allah is the Creator of everything, so Allah does not need anything.       * The ^Arsh: the ceiling of Paradise

Allah Does Not Resemble Anything

Allah said in Suratush-Shura, Ayah 11, what means: “There is nothing like Allah in any way and He is attributed with Hearing and Sight.” Allah created the light; in other words, “illumination,” so He does not resemble the light. Allah created the air, so He does not resemble the air. Allah created the sun, so He does not resemble the sun. Allah created the moon, so He does not resemble the moon. Allah created the human being, so He does not resemble the human being. Allah created the angels, so He does not resemble the angels. Allah created everything, so He does not resemble anything.

Allah is My Lord

Allah is the Creator of everything, and has Power over everything. Allah Knows about everything. Allah is the Owner of everything. Allah does not have a similar. He does not have a partner, nor does He need anything. Nothing resembles Allah in any way.

The Best of the Deeds

Imam al-Bukhariyy related that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said: “The best of the deeds is believing in Allah and His Messenger.” Believing in Allah and His Messenger Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, is the best of the deeds and most loved by Allah, ta^ala. The good deeds like prayers, fasting, pilgrimage, and zakah, are only valid if one believes in Allah and His Messenger. The good deeds are not accepted from a blasphemer. “Ashhadu alla ilaha illallah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadar Rasulallah” means: “I testify that no one is God except Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger, sallallahu ^ala Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam.”

Islam, the Religion of All the Prophets

All the prophets were Muslim. All the prophets said “No one is God except Allah.” Our Master, Adam, may peace be upon him, was a Muslim prophet. He was the first of the prophets. Our Master, Nuh (Noah), may peace be upon him, was a Muslim prophet. Our Master, Ibrahim (Abraham), may peace be upon him, was a Muslim prophet. Our Master, Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, was a Muslim prophet. He was the last of the prophets. I love all the prophets.

Islam is My Religion

Allah said in Surat Al ^Imran, Ayah 19, what means: “Certainly, the only religion accepted by Allah is Islam.” Islam is the correct Religion. Islam is the Religion of Muhammad, ^Isa (Jesus), and Musa (Moses), may peace be upon them. Islam is the Religion of all the prophets. The believers will have Paradise, and the blasphemers will have Hellfire. I am a young Muslim, and I love the Religion of Islam.   Know by heart, that which means: “O Allah, make me among Your pious slaves, and admit me to Paradise with the forerunning Muslims.”

The Best of the Deeds

Imam al-Bukhariyy related that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said which means: “The best of the deeds is the belief in Allah and His Messenger.” Imam Malik, the son of Anas, related that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “The best of what I and the prophets before me said is: ‘No one is God except Allah.’”

Explanation of Suratul-Ikhlas

I start with the name of Allah, the One Who is Merciful to the believers and non-believers in this world and the One Who is merciful to the believers only in the Hereafter. Ayah #1 of Suratul-Ikhlas means: Allah is One without partner. Ayah #2 means: Allah does not need anything and everything needs Allah. Ayah #3 means: Allah does not have children and Allah does not have a mother or a father. Ayah #4 means: No thing is similar or equal to Allah.