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The Name of Allaah: Al-Malik Al-Mulk (Part 6) – Correcting our Tawheed.

Impact no. 5- Knowing the Name of Allaah Al-Malik should make us correct our Tawheed.

Our attachment to Allaah should be strong, since He is Al-Malik Al-Mulk, to Whom belongs the whole dominion. Those other than Him do not own anything – not even a Qitmir (thin membrane over the date stone) or an atom – so only He deserves to be loved, magnified, and called unto. To Allaah belongs the true kingship and none else. Anyone who possesses anything, then what is in their possession is from Allaah.

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The Name of Allaah: Al-Malik Al-Mulk (Part 5)

Allaah, Al-Malik, is the One disposing the affairs of His Dominion with justice, benevolence, benefit, mercy, and wisdom. Part of knowing the Names of Allaah is to know the impact of the Attribute the Name implies. 

We have written about the first three impacts of the Name, Al-Malik here.

Impact No. 4 – Singling Allaah out with Worship

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The Fruits of Tawheed (Part 7)

The Prophet (ﷺ) said:

من قام رمضان إيمانًا واحتسابًا غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه

“He who observes optional prayer (Taraweeh prayers) throughout Ramadan, out of sincerity of Faith and in the hope of earning reward, will have his past sins pardoned.” [Agreed upon] 

And in another narration: 

من صام رمضان إيمانًا واحتسابًا، غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه 

“He who observes fasting during the month of Ramadan with Faith, while seeking its reward from Allaah, will have his past sins forgiven.” [Agreed upon] 

We need strong faith in order to fast and establish the nights with prayer in Ramadan in the way pleasing to Allaah. We should take the means of increasing our faith now. When our faith is increased, it will produce fruits which benefit us both in this world and the next:

Continuation of  Point 8, One is comforted at the onset of calamity and hardship (Fruits of Tawheed – Part 6)

When any calamity befalls the believer, he immediately thinks of the reward he will get from Allaah. At the same time, he hopes for the removal of his distress; an exchange of his state to a better one. He does not despair of the Mercy of Allaah. Also, when He is afflicted with the calamity, he believes that Allaah is Al-Hakeem, Ar-Raheem, Al-Wadood, This comforts and consoles his heart. Read the rest of this entry

The Fruits of Tawheed (Part 6)

In Surat An-Nisaa’ [4:136], Allaah (subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) says:

 

“O you who believe! Believe in Allaah, and His Messenger [Muhammad (ﷺ)], and the Book (the Qur’an) which He has sent down to His Messenger, and the Scripture which He sent down to those before (him), and whosoever disbelieves in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Last Day, then indeed he has strayed far away.”

يأيها الذين ءامنوا ءامنوا – “O you who believe! Believe”

Allaah is commanding the believers to believe. This means that if one has faith in Allaah and all the articles of faith, he needs to do more. He needs to do more than just believe generally. One needs to take care of increasing the faith he already has, to purify his intentions, and make his state better than it already is. One should not be satisfied with what he has of knowledge and faith. One needs to increase it, because his faith will be weighed on the Day of Judgment, and one needs strong faith to save him from the trials of the grave and the punishment on the Day of Judgment.

Abu Ad-Dardaa’ said:

إن من فِقه المرء أن يعرِف إيمانه هل هو فى نقص ام زيادة

“It is from the understanding of a person to know if his faith has increased or decreased.”

One should know if his faith has increased or decreased by looking at the impacts it has in his life. From the impacts, as Shaikh As-Sa’di (رحمه الله) mentioned, are: 

1) The Wilayah of Allaa

2) The Pleasure of Allaa

3) Salvation from the Hellfire

4) Allaah defends the believers

5) A Good Life

6) Faith and Sincerity are what determine the potency and correctness of actions

7) Allaah will Guide the Person to the Straight Path

In the beginning, you will find that there are many ways, and all of them look similar. Everyone tells you to follow their way, that it is the right way, and you are confused as to which to follow. If you increase in your faith, Allaah will show you which way to take; the way which ends with meeting Allaah. 

So many people are confused in life; they do not know what to do, say, or how to please Allaah. When a person increases in faith, Allaah will help him adopt the Straight Path. Ibn Al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) mentioned many impacts of saying “اهدنا الصراط المستقيم”. From the impacts is that Allaah will enable one to take actions on the Straight Path; – because there are instances where one may know, but he is lazy to act or he has low resolve. Another impact is being kept firm on the Straight Path until one meets Allaah.  Read the rest of this entry

The Name of Allah Al-‘Aleem العليم (Part 14)

Allah particularized Himself with the knowledge of the unseen, and He informed us that no one knows it except Him. We have to single Allah out with the attribute of the Knowledge of the unseen – علم الغيب .

When people see that their dreams are coming true all the time, they think they know the unseen, not knowing that they are whispering from the Shaytan as a test from Allah. Do they believe they know what is going to happen in the future? Or do they believe that no one knows about the future except Allah? The influence of people’s dreams might even persuade them to the extent that they say that their dreams never fail them. If you think you know the future you have committed Shirk.

Even the jinn do not know the unseen. In Surat as-Saba [34:14]:

“Then when We decreed death for him [Sulaiman (Solomon)], nothing informed them (jinn) of his death except a little worm of the earth, which kept (slowly) gnawing away at his stick, so when he fell down, the Jinn saw clearly that if they had known the unseen, they would not have stayed in the humiliating torment.”

When the worm of the earth ate Sulaiman عليه اسلام ‘s stick, he fell from it. The Jinn then came to know the truth: Read the rest of this entry

The Name of Allah Al-‘Aleem العليم (Part 13)

The Name of Allah العليم is one of His greatest Names. If a person acts upon this Name, it will help him take care of his heart. When a person is aware of Allah’s knowledge of even the slightest movement of his heart, he knows that Allah will surely take account of it.

Allah has particularized the Knowledge of the Unseen to His Noble Self.

In Surat al-An’am [6:59]:

“And with Him are the keys of the Ghaib (all that is hidden), none knows them but He. And He knows whatever there is in (or on) the earth and in the sea; not a leaf falls, but he knows it. There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a Clear Record.”

Tawheed consists of affirmation and negation.

“و عنده مفاتح الغيب لا يعلمها إلا هو”  is a statement of Tawheed (monotheism).

Negation: لا يعلمها (No one knows the Unseen)

Affirmation: إلا هو  (Except Allah)

This is Tawheed in regards to the Attribute of the Knowledge of the Unseen – صفة علم الغيب

In Surat an-Naml [27:65]:

“Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghaib (unseen) except Allah, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected.”

Negation: لا يعلم من في السماوات و الأرض الغيب No one in the heavens and on the earth knows the unseen.

Affirmation: إلا الله (except Allah)

Allah mentions in many verses in the Qur’an, that He is the All Knower of all the unseen – علام الغيوب. In Surat al Luqman [31:34], Allah mentions five examples of the unseen: Read the rest of this entry

Allah’s Knowledge VS The Creation’s Knowledge (Part 2)

Since knowledge is a common attribute of Allah and the Creation, how do we establish Tawheed with regards to it?

To establish Tawheed, we have to single Allah out in that attribute and negate it from others. But since knowledge is a common attribute of Allah and the Creation, we have to attribute Perfect complete knowledge to Allah and attribute deficient knowledge to the creation. We need to compare the knowledge of the creation to the knowledge of Allah in order to know how to make Tawheed.

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Allah’s Knowledge VS the creation’s knowledge (Part 1)

Allah’s Name العليم   implies the attribute of العلم   (Knowledge). Allah is attributed with having knowledge, and the creation also has knowledge. How can we single Allah out with this attribute?

Affirmation: 

  • We affirm perfect and comprehensive knowledge to Allah 
  • We affirm deficient knowledge to the creation

Negation: 

  • We negate any deficiency in the knowledge of Allah (ignorance, forgetfulness, etc.)

Allah affirmed perfect comprehensive knowledge to Himself in many verses in the Qur’an, for example: Read the rest of this entry