Introduction: The Importance of Tawheed (25th Sept 2016)
The Importance of Learning about Allah (Tawheed)
1) The entire Religion of Islam is based on Tawheed.
The entire Religion of Islam is based on Tawheed; A person will not be considered a مؤمن (Believer) without لا اله الا الله.
2) A person will not be kept firm in his grave without it.
We will be asked three questions in our grave. The person will not be kept firm in answering these questions unless he knows who Allah is, who the Prophet ﷺ is, and what his religion is.
3) Allah sent Messengers to call the people to Tawheed and to teach the people about Allah.
All the Messengers (May Allah be pleased with them) called their people to Tawheed therefore it is the duty of all preachers to call to Tawheed.
If Tawheed is established in the hearts of the people, they will carry out every command of Allah.
4) Tawheed is the basis for the acceptance of deeds.
Deeds will not be accepted until it is based on Tawheed.
Surat Ibrahim Verses 24 and 25
أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ ضَرَبَ اللَّهُ مَثَلًا كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِي السَّمَاءِ
“See you not how Allah sets forth a parable? – A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky (i.e. very high).”
تُؤْتِي أُكُلَهَا كُلَّ حِينٍ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهَا ۗ وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ
“Giving its fruit at all times, by the Leave of its Lord and Allah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember.”
5) Tawheed makes a person upright and perfects ones conduct
The Entire Religion Of Islam Is Based On Tawheed
Tawheed is derived from the words واحد، أحد. It revolves around وحدانية; meaning that we should believe that Allah is the One true God and no one else. As Allah says in Surat Al Ikhlas Verse 1
قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ
“Say (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)): “He is Allah, (the) One.”
We need to single out Allah in His Lordship, Worship, and in His Names and Attributes.
Singling out Allah in His Ruboobiya (توحيد الربوبية)
Allah is the only ربّ – He is the Only One who Created, He is the Only One who providees sustenance, He is the Only One who nurtures us with His Blessings.
We need to repeat this piece of information to ourselves. There should no be feelings in our heart that anyone other than Allah creates, provides, nurtures us, or manages our affairs.
The Ruboobiya of Allah is not something separate from our lives; it is connected to every minute detail of it.
Tawheed Ar-Ruboobiya is the foundation of our Tawheed, we live it daily. If Tawheed Ar-Ruboobiya is correct, our Tawheed Al-Uloohiya will become correct.
If you see that your acts of worship are incorrect, you have to look into your Tawheed Ruboobiya.
In order for our faith not to become fragile and fade away when we go through the tiniest situations, we have to strengthen our Tawheed Ruboobiya.
Every day we say in Surah Nas:
قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ
“Say: “I seek refuge with (Allah) the Lord of mankind,”
Allah is رب الناس – The One who Created Man, the One who gives Man Sustenance, the One who provides them with what they need, the One who nurtures them with blessings. This should result with love in your heart for Allah.
“The King of mankind”
ملك الناس – The King is the One who disposes our affairs and the affairs of the whole dominion, enjoins laws upon us and takes us into account for what we do. This should make you feel Magnification in your heart for Allah.
“The Ilah (God) of mankind”
إله الناس – This is the One whom you Love and Magnfiy: the one whom you worship. This is what Uloohiyah is.
The One whom you worship out of love and magnification
Allah did not mention it in this sequence in vain.
The Muwwahid believes in the Ruboobiya of Allah and his heart is filled with remembrance of Allah. Even if he forgets sometimes through association with the people, as soon as he is reminded, he goes back to Tawheed.
If you read the Quran you will find that Allah mentions the sun, moon, the alternation of the day and night profusely. Allah attracts our attention to these great creations of His, which point to their great Creator. Everything in this life goes through the same cycle: They are born weak, then attain full strength, then they become weak until they die. Allah tells us this fact in many verses in the Qur’an, in order for our hearts to not be attached to this world, and to be prepared for the hereafter.
When you ponder over the actions of Allah, the word لا اله الا الله will truly come out of your tongue. It will not come out truly unless you first think and reflect – That no One does these actions except Allah. It is then you will be rewarded for your لا اله الا الله. Because even the hypocrites say لا اله الا الله.
The true Tawheed is not the one we write in the notebooks, but the Tawheed we live in accordance to. It is not what you write and memorize, it is about how much you live it in your life. It is this Tawheed which will make your scale heavy on the Day of Judgement – the Tawheed which purifies your soul and changes you.
Allah mentions The People of the Cave in Surat Al Kahf Verse 14
وَرَبَطْنَا عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِهِمْ إِذْ قَامُوا فَقَالُوا رَبُّنَا رَبُّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ لَن نَّدْعُوَ مِن دُونِهِ إِلَٰهًا ۖ لَّقَدْ قُلْنَا إِذًا شَطَطًا
“And We made their hearts firm and strong (with the light of Faith in Allah and bestowed upon them patience to bear the separation of their kith and kin and dwellings, etc.) when they stood up and said: “Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, never shall we call upon any ilah (god) other than Him; if we did, we should indeed have uttered an enormity in disbelief.”
” إذ قاموا” – This means عزم (They resolved)
Allah never mentioned that a Prophet came to them. But how did they believe? What made them reach the conclusion that the One who created us, provides us with sustenance, manages our lives is the same Lord of the Heavens and Earth?
When they looked around them and contemplated on their surroudings they reached the conclusion that our Rabb is the same One who manages the whole universe. This is Tawheed Ruboobiya.
Because their Tawheed Ruboobiya was correct, it led them to say: “ never shall we call upon any ilah (god) other than Him”
He is the only One who deserves to be invoked and worshipped. (Tawheed alUloohiyah)
No Prophets came to them but they were guided. They used the فطرة (Natural Disposition) which Allah gave them – their فطرة which says that every event has a Creator, and this Creator did not create except for a purpose, and this Creator should be Perfect. They looked into the Universe and found that Allah is الحكيم – He puts everything in the right place. They saw great creations and concluded that the Creator must be Great. This Creator knows what the creation needs and provides, He is العليم. He is القدير – Able to do everything. They concluded this by just reflecting over the Universe.
We should do the same thing. This faith which we inherit from our parents will not benefit us. We have to renew our faith and Tawheed in order to be kept firm in our graves
Surat Al Anbiya Verses 30-33
أَوَلَمْ يَرَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَنَّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ كَانَتَا رَتْقًا فَفَتَقْنَاهُمَا ۖ وَجَعَلْنَا مِنَ الْمَاءِ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ حَيٍّ ۖ أَفَلَا يُؤْمِنُونَ
“Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth were joined together as one united piece, then We parted them? And We have made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?”
Allah is the One who Seperated the Heavens and Earth, He reated every living creature from Water.
وَجَعَلْنَا فِي الْأَرْضِ رَوَاسِيَ أَن تَمِيدَ بِهِمْ وَجَعَلْنَا فِيهَا فِجَاجًا سُبُلًا لَّعَلَّهُمْ يَهْتَدُونَ
“And We have placed on the earth firm mountains, lest it should shake with them, and We placed therein broad highways for them to pass through, that they may be guided.”
Allah is the One who made Mountains on the Earth lest it shakes, He made between the mountains roads in order for people to pass
Connect what you see in the Universe with what you read in the Qur’an.
وَجَعَلْنَا السَّمَاءَ سَقْفًا مَّحْفُوظًا ۖ وَهُمْ عَنْ آيَاتِهَا مُعْرِضُونَ
“And We have made the heaven a roof, safe and well guarded. Yet they turn away from its signs (i.e. sun, moon, winds, clouds, etc.).”
Allah protected the Heavens
وَهُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ اللَّيْلَ وَالنَّهَارَ وَالشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ ۖ كُلٌّ فِي فَلَكٍ يَسْبَحُونَ
“And He it is Who has created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon, each in an orbit floating.”
Allah is the One who created the night, the day, the sun, the moon.
Has anyone among the creation claimed that they can perform these actions? Allah is the One who does it and no one else.
When you know this, it should make you love Allah and attribute every blessing to Him.