A True Monotheist is always Seeking Knowledge about his Lord
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In Surat at-Talaq [65:12], Allah says:
“It is Allah Who has created seven heavens, and of the earth the like thereof (i.e. seven). His Command descends between them (heavens and earth), that you may know that Allah has power over all things and that Allah surrounds (comprehends) all things in (His) Knowledge.”
Allah created the heavens and earth and sent down His Command for the purpose of Tawheed; for the creation to know their Lord.
And in Surat adh-Dhariyat [51:56], Allah says:
“And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except that they should worship Me (Alone).”
These two verses in the Qur’an tell us that if we know Allah, we will worship Him; and when we worship Him we will be fulfilling our purpose on earth.
العبادة Ibadah (Worship) is for the slave to know:
1) Who Allah is
2) The deficiency of himself
3) The deficiency of the people
If one knows this, he will not have hope of benefiting from people; his heart will be attached to Allah. Allah wants our hearts to be directed only to Him and not depend on the people. This is Tawheed in simple words.
So Tawheed – which is why Allah created us – begins with knowledge. This knowledge will make us leave the people and flee to Allah. This is all that is required of us.
The monotheist feels joy with Allah alone. Nothing brings peace and joy to his heart except knowledge of Allah; knowing that Allah is there for him.
Tawheed is not limited to words one says; it is a way of life. Tawheed starts from the moment of knowing Allah; knowing that He is our Lord, our strong support, our resort, our shelter. In His Hand is the whole dominion. If He wants something, He just says to it: Be, and it is. If He commands something, no one can repel it. His command is executive.
E.g. You believe in Allah الرزاق: that He is the only Provider. This should make you patient and not anxious for your provision, because you know that it will come at the time Allah wrote for it to reach you.
The monotheist lives a tranquil, peaceful life. He is never worried about his provision, about the future, about tomorrow.
When a person learns about Allah, the first thing it will change in him is his way of thinking. It will not automatically make him perform more prayers or fasting. The monotheist, who knows Who His Lord is, looks at the Dunya in a different way. He understands that if he is afflicted with harm, none can remove it except Allah, as He says in Surah Yunus [10:107]:
“And if Allah touches you with hurt, there is none who can remove it but He; and if He intends any good for you, there is none who can repel His Favor. He causes it to reach whomsoever of His slaves He wills. And He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
“إن يمسسك الله بضر”
Allah is the One who wrote for you to be afflicted by the harm, not so-and-so.
“فلا كاشف له الا هو”
No one can remove that harm from you, except Allah.
In Surat al-Insan [76: 2-3], Allah says:
“Verily, We have created man from Nutfah [drops of mixed semen (discharge of man and woman)], in order to try him, so We made him to hear and see.
“Verily, We showed him the way, whether he be grateful or ungrateful.”
Our afflictions are a test from Allah.
After Allah revealed the guidance, some people became شاكرين; who believe in Allah and are grateful, and others who became كافرين; who disbelieve and deny His blessings.
As believers, we are walking towards as Allah as شاكر grateful slaves. We have ears with which we hear, eyes with which we see, but the problem with human beings is that when one gets used to a blessing, his gratitudeشكر slowly diminishes. So as he walks on the way of gratitude, slowly deviating from the way of the شاكرين Allah will afflict this person to bring him back. This is the purpose behind harm. It is because we deviated, became heedless, took everything for granted, and forgot to thank Allah, that Allah afflicted us.
It is just a touch, not a real punishment, in order for us to go back to Allah.
Some people appreciate the blessings of Allah when they become sick or see people who become sick. Only then do they remember to thank Allah for the blessing of health. This sickness is a touch of torment to make us give Allah His due thankfulness.
Only the true monotheist knows this fact.
They also know that Allah says in the Qur’an in Surat ash-Shura [42:27]:
“And if Allah were to enlarge the provision for His slaves, they would surely rebel in the earth, but He sends down by measure as He wills. Verily! He is in respect of His slaves, the Well-Aware, the All-Seer (of things that benefit them).”
“و لو بسط الله رزق لعباده”
If Allah enlarged the provision for His slaves
“لبغوا في الأرض”
They would have transgressed on the earth.
“و لأكن ينزل بقدر ما يشاء”
Allah sends down the perfect amount of provision suitable for everyone. Allah knows that if He gives them more, they will commit transgression in the land.
Allah knows exactly how much provision will rectify ones faith. He will not give one less than what he needs for his faith to be rectified, nor will He give him more than what he needs and that will destroy his faith. Because He is مربي; He brings us up slowly in degrees in faith. How will He do something that could destroy our faith after bringing us up? He will not expose us to something that will completely destroy our faith.
“إنه بعباده خبير بصير”
He is All-Knower and All-Aware. He sees everything of His servants.
People who do not have knowledge of Allah will think bad about Allah. The first step to Tawheed is to have knowledge about Allah. We (slaves) will not be true monotheists unless we have true knowledge about Allah.
The 70,000 people who enter Paradise without reckoning will enter because they fulfilled and perfected their Tawheed.
The Prophet ﷺ said:
” يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ مِنْ أُمَّتِي سَبْعُونَ أَلْفًا بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ ” . قَالُوا مَنْ هُمْ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَالَ ” هُمُ الَّذِينَ لاَ يَسْتَرْقُونَ وَلاَ يَتَطَيَّرُونَ وَلاَ يَكْتَوُونَ وَعَلَى رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ “
Seventy thousand men of my Ummah will enter Paradise without being brought to account. They (the companions) said: Who are they, O Messenger of Allah? He (the Holy Prophet) said: They are those who do not ask for Ruqya, do not take omens and do not cauterize, but they put their trust in their Lord. [Muslim]
What kept these people from asking for Ruqya, branding themselves, believing in omens? It was because they had perfected their Tawheed. When it was perfected, their hearts were attached to Allah, to the extent that they never asked people. Although it is permissible to ask others to recite Ruqya on them, they did not want their hearts to be attached to the people; they only wanted their hearts to be attached to Allah.
They do not believe in imagined means either. For example: believing that whenever you wear a certain abaya, your day will be perfect, or whenever you carry a specific bag, you have problems wherever you go.
The 70,000 are those who have put their trust completely in Allah. They perfected their faith and reached the state where their hearts were only attached to Allah.
This is the state we want to reach, but we have to struggle hard, because our faith is weak and we are always attached to people, blame people, and fight with people. Leave the people, may Allah guide them, but save your heart. This is the most important thing the believer should take care of.
Therefore, we should know Allah by His Names and Attributes. And we have to know the reality of ourselves and the reality of the people in order to perfect our Tawheed.