The First Article of Muslim Faith: Belief in Allah

The First Article of Muslim Faith: Belief in Allah

By Editorial Staff
Belief in Allah

God (Allah) is the Lord of mankind.

Allah (God) says in the Quran describing Himself:

Say, “He is Allah, [who is] One, Allah, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.” (Al-Ikhlas 1:1-4)

Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind, The Sovereign of mankind. The God of mankind, From the evil of the retreating whisperer – Who whispers [evil] into the breasts of mankind – From among the jinn and mankind.” (An-Nas 114:1-6)

Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. (Al-Baqarah 2:255)

What do Muslims believe about Allah?

Who is the creator of all things?

Who is the provider for all things?

Who gives life?

Who takes life away?

Is God unique?

Is God merciful?

Is God absolute?

Is God unique?

Does God have partners?

To whom do Muslims devote their acts of worship?

Does God have children?

Does God get tired?

Does God have any weaknesses?

Does God have parents?

Is God in need of our worship?

Is God similar to anybody?

Watch this short video to find the answer to all these questions.

 

Source of the video: Guide to Islam Channel

Source of the introduction: www.lastmiracle.com

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Belief in Allah

By Editorial Staff
Belief in Allah

God (Allah) is the Lord of mankind.

Allah (God) says in the Quran describing Himself:

Say, “He is Allah, [who is] One, Allah, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.” (Al-Ikhlas 1:1-4)

Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind, The Sovereign of mankind. The God of mankind, From the evil of the retreating whisperer – Who whispers [evil] into the breasts of mankind – From among the jinn and mankind.” (An-Nas 114:1-6)

Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. (Al-Baqarah 2:255)

What do Muslims believe about Allah?

Who is the creator of all things?

Who is the provider for all things?

Who gives life?

Who takes life away?

Is God unique?

Is God merciful?

Is God absolute?

Is God unique?

Does God have partners?

To whom do Muslims devote their acts of worship?

Does God have children?

Does God get tired?

Does God have any weaknesses?

Does God have parents?

Is God in need of our worship?

Is God similar to anybody?

Watch this short video to find the answer to all these questions.

 

Source of the video: Guide to Islam Channel

Source of the introduction: www.lastmiracle.com

If you have a question about Islam and Muslims, please feel free to have a one-to-one live chat with us:

Website: www.chatonfaith.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChatOnFaith/

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A Call to Go Back to the Natural Disposition

A Call to Go Back to the Natural Disposition

By Editorial Staff
A Call to Go Back to the Natural Disposition

And in yourselves. Then will you not see? (Adh-Dhariyat 51:21)

Look at the universe around you. Who runs this universe and that He is always of in full control of it?

In the Quran we read:

Indeed, Allah holds the heavens and the earth, lest they cease. And if they should cease, no one could hold them [in place] after Him. Indeed, He is Forbearing and Forgiving. (Fatir 35:41)

Look into yourself.  Every single cell points to the existence of God. We read in the Quran:

And in yourselves. Then will you not see? (Adh-Dhariyat 51:21)

Plants and galaxies point to the existence of God.

Who takes care of the embryo in the deep darkness surrounding it? None other than God.

We read in the Quran:

Do the disbelievers not see how rain clouds are formed, how the heavens are lifted, how the mountains are raised high, how the earth is spread out? (Al-Ghashiyah 88:17-20)

No matter how accumulated the clouds of suspicions to prevent the truth light from reaching the insights, the fact that this universe has a creator will remain firm and undeniable in the hearts.

It is a fact uttered by every atom of the universe and every human emotion that is deeply rooted in his heart. Man longs for an Exalted creator who subjugated his servants and predestined their affairs.

It is a matter that no one may disclaim.

Here we tell you about that fact and reflect with you on its evidence around us so that you think about going back to your natural disposition.

 

Source: This video is produced by Osoul Global Center and taken from Guide To islam Youtube Channel.

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Whom Must We Worship?

Whom Must We Worship?

Allah written in Arabic and English

Allah is the Name of the One True God. His Name is not chosen by man and does not have a number or gender.

By Dr. Saleh As-Saleh

The submission of man to His Creator is the essence of Islam. The name “Islam” is chosen by God (Allah) and not by man. It is the same unifying Message revealed to all the Prophets and Messengers by Allah and which they spread amongst their respective nations. In its final form it was revealed to Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a complete Message to whole mankind.

The Lord, Allah, is the True and Only Creator that deserves to be worshipped. No worship is worthy of being given to a stone, statue, a cross, a triangle, Khomeini, Farakhan, Eliajahs, or Y, Ghandi, Krishna, Guru, Buddha, Mahatma, Emperor, Joseph Smith, Sun, Light, Fire, rivers, cows, Rama, Temples, Prophets, Messengers (Yes! Muslims do not worship Muhammad, peace be upon him), Saints, Priests, Monks, Movie Stars, Sheiks, etc.!!! All are created beings or things.

Allah is the Name of the One True God. His Name is not chosen by man and does not have a number or gender. It is known that Allah is the Name of God in Aramaic, the language of our beloved Prophet Jesus and a sister language of Arabic. The Name “Allah” has been used by all previous Prophets starting with Adam and by the last and final Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon them all).

The Innate Nature in man recognizes what is good and bad, what is true and false. It recognizes that the Attributes of Allah must be True, Unique, and All-Perfect. It does not feel comfortable towards any kind of degradation of His Attributes not does it qualities to the Creator. Many who became “discontent with God” did so because of the practices of the Church in medieval Europe and because of the claims of “god dwelling in a son” and the concept of the “original sin”. However, they “escaped” into worshipping a new theory called “mother nature” as well as the “material” World. With the advancement of materialistic technology, people from different religions adopted the concept of “forgetting about God” and “let us live this life and enjoy it!”, not realizing that they have chosen the worship of the “original god” of Rome: Desire!. As a result the “enjoyment” is turning to “suffering” from AIDS.

Now we can see that all of this materialistic and secular progress produced a spiritual vacuum that led to complex social, economic, political, and psychological problems. Many of those who “fled” their “religions” are in search again. Some try to “escape” the complexity of their daily lives via various means.

Those who had the chance to examine the Qur’an and Islam, proceed with a complete way of life that relates man to establish a purpose for his presence on earth. This is well recognized in the Attributes of Allah and what does He require from man. He does not want man to be enslaved to any false deity: nature, drugs, lust, money, other man, desire, or sex. He provides man with the proofs that He is the One who can redeem so that man can free himself from the slavery to any form of creation and to turn to his Creator Alone.

This Creator Has Perfect Attributes. He is the First, nothing is before Him, the Ever Living. To Him is the Final Return where everyone will be dealt with in the Most Perfect and Just way. He does not beget nor is He begotten. Those who attribute Divinity to Jesus forget or ignore the fact that Jesus was in a mother’s womb. He needed nutrition; he was born and grew up to be a man. He was trusted with the Gospel as a Message to the Children of Israel:

“For there is One God, and one mediator (i.e. a messenger) between God and men (the Children of Israel), the man Christ Jesus) (I Timothy 2:5).

A man-messenger calling his nation not to worship him: “But in vain they do worship me!” (Mathew 15:9).

A man who needs to eat, walk, sleep, rest, etc.. cannot have Divine Attributes because he is in need and God (Allah) is Self-Sufficient.

As far as Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Marxism, and Capitalism, there is the devotion of worshipping created being/things in one form or another. Jews had attributed a “Nationalistic” belonging to Allah. They labeled Him “The Tribal God” for the Children of Israel.

Men and women following these “religions” were born with the natural inclination of submission to their Creator, Allah. It is their parents who had driven them into their respective traditions. However, once people are exposed to the Signs of Allah around them, or in the Qur’an or to someone who triggers their fitrah (nature), the reverting process begins and that is why we see a universal spreading of Islam.

In the West and despite that many distortions of Islam in the media, many admit that Islam is the fastest growing faith. No sense of fairness can be achieved without a genuine attempt to know the Word of Allah in the Qur’an and not on the 30-min-Evening News. This is the real challenge for those who seek the Truth. Man is created for a purpose: to live a life in accordance with Allah’s way. Why Not? Do we possess the air we breathe? Did we create ourselves or others? Or were we ourselves the Creators? We are limited and weak. So is our right to ignore our Creator where we all need Him?

Islam is the submission in worship to Allah Alone and it is the essence of all the Messages sent to all nations before us. Allah is All-Just and All-Wise. He does not intend confusion for His Creation. The religion accepted to Him is the one chosen by Him. Its essence must be One, because He is One. It is free from geographical, racist, and status oriented concepts.

Islam is a perfect and complete way of life. All these qualities of God are chosen by Allah in His Only Religion: Islam. Its details are in in the Qur’an, read it and come with an open heart because none can expose better than the World of Allah. The Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. He did not author it. He was unlettered. Its translation is available in many languages in bookstores or in an Islamic Center close to you.

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Source: Taken with modifications from: sultan.org.

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Between Love of Allah and Love of Oneself

Between Love of Allah and Love of Oneself

By Editorial Staff

Those who have true love of Allah must have initially loved themselves. It is a prerequisite of truthful and sincere love of God, which is one of the attributes of the believer. Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There are three qualities whoever has them, will taste the sweetness of faith: To love Allah and His Messenger more than anyone else; to love a slave (of Allah) only for (the sake of) Allah; and to abhor returning to infidelity after Allah has saved him from it as he would abhor to be thrown into the fire (of Hell)”. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

The hadith makes the love of Allah a key requirement for the soundness of faith. A Muslim has to be filled with love of Allah and His Messenger more than anybody or anything else.

The video at hand explains one of the fundamental preconditions for the love of Allah, which is to love yourself in advance. Yes, no wonder! Loving yourself is firstly required to love Allah the Almighty. A true Muslim appreciates himself, his mind, his soul, his character, his personal characteristics, etc. and thus loves the one who have given him all these things and the other blessings around without any interference or contribution from his own part.

Imam Al-Ghazali (a great Muslim scholar) explains in his book Al-Mahabbah wa Ash-Shawq wa Al-Uns wa Ar-Rida (Love, Longing, Intimacy and Contentment) that if love for oneself is necessary for one’s own existence, then one has to love Allah. God, according to Al-Ghazali, is the one who created man and gave him the ability to love, He is the source of love, He is the All-Loving, He created the everything around, His blessings knows no end, so one must love him.

Enjoy watching this video by Hamzah Tzortzis to know more about the relationship between loving oneself, the love of Allah the Almighty and the love of the last Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him).

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Source: The iERA Youtube Channel

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The Most Beautiful Names of God: Allah

The Most Beautiful Names of God: Allah

By Editorial Staff
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Allah is an Arabic proper name which has not ever been used for anyone other than the Almighty Creator.

Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an,

And He is Allah , [the only deity] in the heavens and the earth. (Al-An`am 6:3)

Allah is an Arabic proper name which has not ever been used for anyone other than the Almighty Creator. It has not been narrated in any of the Arabic history or heritage whether before or after Islam that the Name Allah was given to anything or anyone except God, the Creator. The Qur’an also reads in this concern,

Lord of the heavens and of the earth, and of all that is between them; so worship Him, and be constant and patient in His worship: do you know of any who is worthy of the same Name as He? (Maryam 19:65)

The Name Allah refers to the Deity who is worshiped in view of His embracement of all the attributes of divinity and lordship, and is adored by all creatures by means of love and glorification. Almighty Allah has singled out Himself with this Name and distracted people from taking it. All the other Beautiful Names of God can refer to this Name but it does not refer to any Name. In the widely known hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah has ninety-nine Names, one-hundred less one; and he who memorized them all by heart will enter Paradise.” (Al-Bukhari)

Allah is the Greatest Name of God which refers to the God who combines all the Attributes of perfection and characteristics of Glorification, and is far above any attribute of imperfection that does not befit the exaltedness of Divinity and Lordship. All the attributes of glorification, sublimity, magnificence, and omnipotence are most related to the Name Allah than any other Name. Also, the Name Allah includes all merits included in the other Beautiful Names and Attributes of God, such as Ar-Rahman, Ar-Rahim, Al-Malik, etc. It is narrated that God has taught His Name Allah to Adam among the names he taught him at the beginning of life. Almighty God says,

And He taught Adam the names of all things; then He placed them before the angels, and said: “Tell me the names of these if ye are right.” (Al-Baqarah 2:31)

The Name which expresses Divinity and Godhood also involves Lordship in all its meanings and attributes pertaining to God. As the Name Allah means the only true God, He is also the sole Creator, the Omnipotent, the Provider, the Sovereign… The Qur’an reads,

He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him. He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. (Al-Hashr 59:22-24)

The Name Allah in the Qur’an

The Name Allah is numerously repeated in the Qur’an referring to the Almighty God. It is said that it was repeated 2360 times in the Qur’an. Almighty Allah says,

  • [All] praise is [due] to Allah, Lord of the worlds. The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. Sovereign of the Day of Recompense. (Al-Fatiha 1:2-4)
  • Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of existence. (Aal `Imran 3:2)
  • So know, [O Muhammad], that there is no deity except Allah and ask forgiveness for your sin and for the believing men and believing women. And Allah knows of your movement and your resting place. (Muhammad 47:19)

The Name Allah in Hadith

  • Abu Hurairah narrated: “One day while Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) was sitting with the people, a man came to him walking and said, “O Allah’s Messenger, what is belief?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Belief is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Apostles, and the meeting with Him, and to believe in the Resurrection.” The man asked, “O Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him), what is Islam?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied, “Islam is to worship Allah and not worship anything besides Him, to offer prayers perfectly, to pay the (compulsory) charity i.e. Zakat and to fast the month of Ramadan.” The man again asked, “O Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) what is Ihsan (i.e. perfection or Benevolence)?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you do not achieve this state of devotion, then (take it for granted that) Allah sees you.” (Al-Bukhari)
  • Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them) said: “One day, I was riding behind the Prophet (peace be upon him) when he said, “O boy! I will instruct you in some matters. Be watchful of Allah (the Commandments of Allah), He will preserve you. Safeguard His Rights, He will be ever with you. If you beg, beg of Him Alone; and if you need assistance, supplicate to Allah Alone for help. And remember that if all the people gather to benefit you, they will not be able to benefit you except that which Allah had foreordained (for you); and if all of them gather to do harm to you, they will not be able to afflict you with anything other than that which Allah had pre-destined against you. The pens had been lifted and the ink had dried up”. (At- Tirmidhi)

Reflections on the Name

  • The Name Allah is the most distinguished and ritualistic Name among the Most Beautiful Names so that no other Name can be used in the declaration of faith in Islam, namely “La Ilaha Illa Allah, Muhammad Rasulu Allah” (There is no (true) deity but Allah, and Muhammad in the Messenger of Allah) or in other rituals.
  • Scholars stated that it is the greatest Name of God which one should use while supplicating Allah with full hope that Allah answers one’s supplications.
  • The Name Allah is the most used Name in the phrases of Zikr (remembrance of Allah) such as Subhan Allah (Glory be to Allah) Al-Hamdulillah (praise be to Allah) and Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest). It is reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The best of the remembrance of Allah is “La ilah illa Allah” (There is no God but Allah).” (At-Tirmidhi)
  • The meanings of all other Beautiful Names of God can be partly shared by people, such as Ar-Rahim (All-Merciful) or Al-`Alim (the All-Knowledgeable). However, only the Name Allah cannot be shared whether partly or in full, explicitly or metaphorically by anyone else.
  • Sheikh Ash-Sha`rwi also said in his exegesis of the Qur’an, “Arabic has a grammatical rule that “Ya” (an interjection) should not be used before any name that has “Al” (a definite article), with the exception of the Name Allah which all people use to address God and supplicate Him. Indeed, this Name is most distinguished even in its grammatical and pronunciation rules.
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