The Fruits of Tawheed (Part 2)
What are the fruits of Belief in Allah?
1) The Wilayah of Allah
For detailed explanation of the meaning of ‘Wilayah of Allah’, refer to this article here
The most dangerous darkness which most people suffer from is the darkness of thoughts and beliefs, due to which the Shaytan can easily overpower and confuse a person. It is the wilayah of Allah that will bring a person out of that confusion,misguidance and the whisper of the Shyatan will become less. The Shaytan has no power over the person whom Allah has taken into His Allegiance.
The Prophet ﷺ said:
“Indeed the Shaitan has an effect on the son of Adam, and the angel also has an effect. As for the Shaitan, it is by threatening evil repercussions and rejecting the truth. As for the effect of the angel, it is by his promise of a good end and believing in the truth.”
[Sahih At-Tirmithi, Authenticated by Al-Albani]
The لمّة of the Shaytan is by threatening the person with evil and making him reject the truth. This is what the Shaytan does to the person. The لمّة of the Shaytan is the voice of the Shaytan; He speaks to the person. And the person may even hear his voice. The Shaytan orders him to do the evil; threatening him – saying that if you do not, such and such will happen. And the second thing the Shaytan does is cause him to reject the truth, and this is when he overpowers the person.
The لمّة of the Angel is by promising the person good (i.e. They remind the person that if they do such and such good deed, they will get such and such reward) and acceptance of the truth.
When the person becomes one of the Awliyaa of Allah, Allah will protect him from the لمّة of the Shaytan; the Shaytan can no longer whisper in him. However, when the person is far away from the Wilayah of Allah, because of his weak faith, the لمة of the Shaytan becomes so strong to the extent that he believes the evil he is doing is good.
If you want Allah to protect you from the لمة and waswaas of the Shaytan, you need to increase in faith, so that Allah gives you the light to see from right and wrong, and the inspiration from Angels will be stronger.
Contemplate on the أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ , whom Allah praised in the Qur’an and mentioned that they are the people of Paradise. They see the impacts of Allah clearly in everything. They are protected from the لمّة of the Shaytan.
2) The Pleasure of Allah
Everyone who says لا اله الا الله truthfully and sincerely from their heart, while seeking the countenance of Allah, will have Paradise as his Final Abode, as Allah and the Prophet ﷺ have mentioned.
But who is the person who says لا اله الا الله truthfully? The one who sees the impacts of Allah’s attributes so clearly in front of him, until he says لا اله الا الله. He will not say it until his heart is filled with knowledge, love, and magnification of Allah first.
The hypocrites say لا اله الا الله, but Allah said they are liars.
Surah Al-Munafiqoon Verse 1
إِذَا جَاءَكَ الْمُنَافِقُونَ قَالُوا نَشْهَدُ إِنَّكَ لَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ إِنَّكَ لَرَسُولُهُ وَاللَّهُ يَشْهَدُ إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ لَكَاذِبُونَ
When the hypocrites come to you (O Muhammad ﷺ), they say: “We bear witness that you are indeed the Messenger of Allah.” Allah knows that you are indeed His Messenger and Allah bears witness that the hypocrites are liars indeed.
Surah At-Tawbah Verse 71
وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتُ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۚ يَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَيُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَيُطِيعُونَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ سَيَرْحَمُهُمُ اللَّهُ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ
The believers, men and women, are Auliya’ (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin (on the people) Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islam has forbidden); they perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give the Zakat, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His Mercy on them. Surely Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.
The Believers = Monotheists
“The believers, men and women, are Auliya’ (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another,” – in the Dunya they:
1) they enjoin (on the people) Al-Ma’ruf
2) and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar
3) they perform As-Salat
4) and give the Zakat
5) and obey Allah and His Messenger.
Allah tells us their reward in Verse 72
وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا وَمَسَاكِنَ طَيِّبَةً فِي جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ ۚ وَرِضْوَانٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ
Allah has promised the believing men and believing women gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and pleasant dwellings in gardens of perpetual residence; but approval from Allah is greater. It is that which is the great attainment.
They will be admitted into Paradise, but greater than that is the Pleasure of Allah. We have to perfect our إيمان (Faith) as much as we can while we are in this Dunya in order to have this reward with Allah.
They perfected themselves first, then perfected others by enjoining good and forbidding evil.
3) Security from the fire
Faith, even if it ia a little, prevents one from eternity in the Fire. Whoever has complete faith such that he fulfils the obligations and leaves the prohibitions will not enter the Fire. This has been narrated via mutawatir reports from the Prophet ﷺ just as it is reported from him that none would remain eternally in the Fire as long as he has even little faith in his heart.
Even if the faith of a person is equal to the weight of an atom, Allah is Appreciative, and forbids eternity in Hellfire for him. When his faith increases, he will not even enter the Hellfire. But if he falls into shortcomings, minor and even major sins, and did not repent before he died, then as long as he did not commit Shirk, he will be under the Will of Allah on the Day of Judgement. Allah will either overlook his sins and admit him into Paradise, or admit him into Hell for some time to purify him, then admit him into Paradise.
This is of the benefits of faith. The believers are not the same in degree of faith – there are believers whose faith is equal to a mustard seed, and those whose faith is perfect – those, who as soon as they get up from their graves go to Paradise. And these are the 70,000 whom Allah promised to enter into Paradise without Reckoning. These people fulfilled their Tawheed – Tawheed Ruboobiya, Uloohiya, and Asmaa Wa Sifat. This prevented them from seeking Ruqya from people, branding themselves, believing in omens, etc. Because their Tawheed of Allah was so perfect, Allah made them enter Paradise without being even exposed to the Hellfire.
Who are the believers whose faith is perfect? Those who do all the obligatory acts and avoid all the prohibitions.
Your degree in Paradise will be according to the degree of your faith.
Therefore, our attitude in this Dunya should be trying our best to perfect and increase our faith. People nowadays are satisfied with little faith but are never satisfied with little money. Allah gives them enough money to live honourable lives, but they are always seeking and coveting for more and more, whilst being satisfied with little faith and knowledge. This is the state of most people; not realizing that Paradise is of different levels.
4) Allah defends the believers
Only the believers feel this fruit. As ones faith becomes stronger, so does this fruit increases. Allah says in Surah Al-Haj Verse 38
إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُدَافِعُ عَنِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ خَوَّانٍ كَفُورٍ
Indeed, Allah defends those who have believed. Indeed, Allah does not like everyone treacherous and ungrateful.
How does Allah defend the believers?
He will defend them by saving them from all that they would dislike. The evil of the devils and men, and from the attacks of their enemies. He will defend them by repressing harm from afflicting them or lightening it or removing it after it has afflicted them.
- Allah will save them from every evil; the evil of the devils and men, and from the attacks of their enemies.
E.g. You wanted to go to a gathering and it was not made easy for you. Later you came to know that that gathering was full of sins. Here you have to know that Allah protected you from that evil, saved you, defended you. Only the believers see this fruit.
- Allah will save them from hardship and calamities
If it happened that a calamity befell you, Allah will relieve you immediately and remove the hardship. This is how Allah deals with His Awliyaa.
But do not think that the believers never suffer from hardship. They will, but Allah lightens and removes it from them.
- Allah will protect them from sins and their desires overcoming them.
In many situations your evil self persists in committing a certain sin which you like to do. Some people’s evil desires overcome them and make them commit the sin. But who will Allah protect from their evil desires? The true believers.
When Allah Exalted is He, mentioned what happened to Yunus and that he,
فَنَادَىٰ فِي الظُّلُمَاتِ أَن لَّا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ
…called out within the darknesses: “There is none worthy of worhip save You! Glory be to You! Trully I have been one of the wrongdoers.” [Surah al-Anbiya’ (21;87)]
Allah responds by saying,
فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ وَنَجَّيْنَاهُ مِنَ الْغَمِّ ۚ وَكَذَٰلِكَ نُنجِي الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
We responded to him and rescued him from his grief, that is how We rescue the believers.[Surah al-Anbiya’ (21;88)]
‘That is how We rescue the believers’ when they are afflicted with hardship in the same way that We rescued Yunus.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said,
The supplication of my brother Yunus, none who is facing hardship employs it except Allah would relieve him of his distress ‘There is none worthy of worship save You, glory be to You, truly I have been of the wrongdoers.’[Recorded by Ahmad [1/170] nd al-Tirmidhi [#3505]
This is the effect of correcting your لا اله الا الله – Allah will deliver you from every hardship. So check your Tawheed and لا اله الا الله, especially when you go through any difficulty. Return to Allah in submission.
5) A good life in this world and the next
Many people believe that the fruits of faith can only be attained in the hereafter. You will get it in the Dunya, before the hereafter, as Allah says in Surah An-Nahl Verse 97:
مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً ۖ وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.
Believer = Monotheist
Allah will give them reward in proportion to the best of what they did.
E.g. You pray 5 times a day everyday for years, your reward will be according to the best prayer you prayed.
According to the verse, if you want a good life, you have to do two things:
1) “من عمل صالحا” – Perform Righteous Deeds
2) “و هو مؤمن” – Be a Believer
A good deed will not be considered a good deed until it is based on belief and is done according to the way of Prophet Muhammed ﷺ.
This means that the good deeds of the disbelievers will not be accepted by Allah; they will only get the reward of it in the Dunya. All what you see of the disbelievers enjoying is a reward of the good deeds they do in the Dunya, but they will have nothing in the hereafter, because of their disbelief. Allah is fair with them.
“فلنحينّه حياة طيبة” – “We will give him a Good Life”
You will have a good heart, be content with Allah’s Qadar, pleased, at rest, and have peace of mind.
Everything has been decreed 50,000 years before the creation of the heavens and the earth. Now these Qadar befall us with Allah’s permission. We have no choice in them.
How will my life be a good life? If any Qadar of Allah comes, and it is a calamity, the person who believes that Allah is Merciful, All-Wise, nurturing him by this Qadar, testing him, and thinks about Allah in this way, will receive the Qadar of Allah with peace of mind and rest in the heart.
Two people may be afflicted with the same calamity. But they are different in their levels of faith. The calamity will come as an iron ball to these two people, the one whose Eeman is strong, and the other whose Eeman is weak. The marble is the heart, and faith is the air bag. The person who has strong Eeman has a thick airbag, nothing will happen to the marble floor; it will be at peace, calm, and at rest. But as for the person whose faith is weak, whose airbag is thin, this calamity will harm his heart and cause pain. Therefore we need to work on our faith a lot. We need to strengthen our Eeman; otherwise we will not be able to face or deal with the calamities in our lives.