Islaam 101 : Islaam 101 Week 2: Belief in Allaah Categories : Categories Allaah’s Lordship (ربوبية)
He is the Creator
He is the Sustainer
He is the Owner or Sovereign
Allaah’s Names and Attributes (أسماء وصفات)
As Allaah describes Himself
As His Prophet (may Allaah exalt his mention) authentically described Him
Allaah’s Worship (عبودية)
Our acts are done for His sake alone and according to His guidance Tawheed Ar-Ruboobeeyah : Tawheed Ar-Ruboobeeyah We already discussed this last week. Tawheed Al-Asmaa’ was-Sifaat : Tawheed Al-Asmaa’ was-Sifaat Without making similarities
Without distorting the wording or meaning
Without asserting how it is
لَيْسَ كَمِثْلِهِ شَيْءٌ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْبَصِيرُ (الشورى: 11)
“There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the Hearing, the Seeing” (42: 11) Tawheed Al-’Uboodeeyah : Tawheed Al-’Uboodeeyah All acts of worship are done for His sake
“Certainly every deed is based only on an intention, and everyone will only get that which they intended…” (Agreed Upon)
All acts of worship are done according to His guidance
“Whoever introduces into this affair of ours something that is not from it, it is rejected.” (Agreed Upon) What is Worship? : What is Worship? Worship
Whatever is done seeking the Pleasure of Allaah and His Acceptance
Prayer, Fasting, Pilgrimage, etc.
Hope, Fear, Love, Hate, etc.
This is the definition favored by Ibn Taymeeyah (may Allaah show him mercy) in his book Al-’Uboodeeyah. What is Tawheed? : What is Tawheed? Tawheed
Among the advices the Prophet (may Allaah exalt his mention) gave to the Companion he sent to Yemen was that he should start by instructing the people in the Unique Unity of Allaah (يوحدوا).
As Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips (may Allaah preserve him) likes to say; it is Unique Unity, because you can have one of something, but it doesn’t mean there’s another one somewhere else. By saying ‘unique’ it clarifies that it is ‘one’ and that there is no other. Proof for the Three Categories : Proof for the Three Categories قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ
“Say, ‘I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind,
The Sovereign of mankind,
The God of mankind,…’”
(114: 1-3) What is Faith? : What is Faith? This is the question which was asked by Jibreel.
As Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips likes to distinguish; there is a difference between knowledge and faith.
We can know something and not have ‘faith’ in it.
For example; the knowledge of Quraysh of the Prophet and His Message, yet they rejected and disbelieved
‘Faith’ requires us the have some certainty and TRUST
(إيمان) comes from the Arabic root which means “to trust”
We must trust in our knowledge of Allaah and His Prophet, and the Message of Islaam enough to apply it in our lives; internally and externally. Association : Association Ash-Shirk (الشرك)
Frequently you’ll find the Prophet (may Allaah exalt his mention) instruct us to believe in Allah and not associate anything with Him
This is affirmation (belief in Allaah) and negation (no association), which are pillars of the Testimony.