The Fruits of Tawheed (Part 1)
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The most important knowledge we should learn is the Tawheed (Monotheism); which is Allah’s right upon His slaves. If you perfect your Tawheed Ar-Ruboobiyah, you will perfect your Tawheed Al-Uloohiyah (Worship). Your heart will be attached to Allah alone. You will love Him, magnify Him and no one else.
Tawheed Al-Asmaa Wa Sifat refers to singling out Allah out in His Names and Attributes, especially regarding the Names and Attributes that common between Allah and His creation. This can be done by singling Him out in Perfection.
When you see someone who has a good quality, you negate the perfection of that attribute from him, and attribute it to Allah alone.e
for example: If you meet a person that is generous and kind, you should know deep down inside you that it is Allaah, Who made him generous and kind.
It is in this way you will be fulfilling the right of Allah.
If you live in this Dunya like this (as a monotheist), what are the fruits you will gain?
الإيمان is to believe in the unseen mentioned in the Qur’an and the Sunnah. The greatest of all unseen is Allah. It is this belief that distinguishes the believers from the hypocrites on the Day of Judgement; the People of Paradise from the People of Hell.
In order to bring ourselves out of the fold of hypocrisy, we should take care of our faith and strengthen our belief in the articles of faith; especially in Allah. We should strengthen our belief in Allah’s Names, Attributes, and Actions.
If a person has knowledge about everything in this life, yet no knowledge about Allah, all this knowledge will not benefit him when he dies. Yet if a person has knowledge about Allah, all the other types of knowledge he learns will benefit him.
So if you want to be saved, check yourself: Do you have enough knowledge about Allah? Before you go learn anything of the Dunya, learn about who Allah is first.
As-Sa’di رحمه الله mentions the fruits of fulfilling Tawheed in his book, “التوضيح و البيان لشجرة الإيمان”
Many Indeed are the fruits and benefits of correct faith, both temporal and everlasting, in body, heart and spirit, in this life and the next. Plentiful indeed are the ripe, mature fruits of this tree of faith. Its delectable harvest, perpetual food and enduring good contain matters that cannot be enumerated and benefits that cannot be restricted.
How will the fruits of Tawheed benefit your body?
E.g. When the believer drinks ZamZam and believes with certainty that the Prophet ﷺ said:
“It is a blessing, and it is food that satisfies.” [Muslim, 4/1922]
Al-Tayaalisi (61) added, in a version that he narrated:
“and a cure for the sick.”
This belief that ZamZam is a cure and food affects his body. This is not like the effect of ZamZam on the weak believer; no matter how much he drinks, it does not benefit him. The problem is not in the ZamZam, or the honey, or the black seed,it is in his weak belief. This is how الإيمان benefits the body of the person.
When you tell the youth to learn about the religion, they think that it will only benefit them in the hereafter and not in this world. Whoever thinks his faith will only benefit him when he dies is thinking bad about Allah. The believer enjoys a good life and tranquil soul whilst he is in this world.
How do you connect this with the statement of the Prophet ﷺ in this Hadith:
It was narrated from Mus’ab bin Sa’d that his father, Sa’d bin Abu Waqqas, said: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah ﷺ, which people are most severely tested?’ He said: ‘The Prophets, then the next best and the next best. A person is tested according to his religious commitment. If he is steadfast in his religious commitment, he will be tested more severely, and if he is frail in his religious commitment, his test will be according to his commitment. Trials will continue to afflict a person until they leave him walking on the earth with no sin on him.’” [Ibn Majah #4023]
Imagine a marble floor, and an iron ball hanging from the ceiling above it. If this iron ball falls directly on the marble, it will completely damage it. But if there is an air bag on the floor, and you drop this iron ball, there will be no effect on the marble.
This iron ball represents the calamities and afflictions that come one after the other. The air bag represents the faith of the person – if faith is strong in his heart, the calamity will not affect him at all. But if his faith is weak, or not there at all, the calamity will cause damage to the heart of the person.
This is the benefit of الإيمان.
The Prophets and Messengers had strong faith, thus their calamities were stronger, but these calamities did not affect their hearts. It made them even more submissive, more patient, therefore they got more reward, unlike those lesser than them in belief.
Some people may choose not to be strong believers out of fear that adversity will increase. But remember the above example – the air bag will protect the floor from the iron ball. If you are strong in faith, no matter how much calamities afflict you, you will be firm, tranquil, pleased with Allah, content, patient. This is the fruit of belief. Faith makes ones reaction towards the decree of Allah such. So one does not just attain reformation and goodness in the hereafter, but in this world as well.
By way of summary, all goodness in this life and the next, and the repression of all evil ensue as the fruits of this tree. This is because when this tree is implanted firmly, its roots become strong, branches distend and blossom and its fruits ripen, it brings benefit to both its owner and those around it.
“Its roots become strong” i.e. The person fulfills the conditions of Tawheed.
One should not be hasty in getting the fruit. You should plant the seed of faith in your heart, take care of it, protect it from evil, water it with knowledge and doing good, until it grows. Then as it grows, protect it from the dangers and risks – take care of the evil of your tongue, limbs, and heart – until it grows and becomes strong. Do not expose your faith to risks, temptations, and فنتة (trials of the Dunya) otherwise it will wither away.
If you do this, the greatest fruit you will get is the Wilayah of Allah.
The greatest of all matter that is to be competed for is this and the most noble of all matters to be acquired by those granted the divine accord is this. Allah, Exalted is He, says,
أَلَا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاءَ اللَّهِ لَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allah there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve
الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَكَانُوا يَتَّقُونَ
Those who believed and were fearing Allah
Surah Yunus (Verses 62;63)
Al-Wilayah here refers to the Special of Wilayah of Allah, which is Allah’s Guardianship, Protection, Guidance, Love of the person. Thus this person will be supported, helped, guided, loved, guarded, and protected by Allah. This is why the Sheikh رحمه الله said this is the greatest fruit.
Who are Al-Awliyaa? Those who did two things:
1) Believed “الذين ءامنوا”
And المؤمن = المؤحد (Believer = Monotheist)
2) Feared Allah (in their Actions) “و كانوا يتقون”
They performed everything Allah commanded them with and abstained from everything He prohibited them from. Because of their belief and deeds, Allah took these people into His Guardianship.