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Sound Creed: Lesson 3

Sat 27th Jul 2019

Lesson 3: The Six Pillars of Eemaan

  • The basis of the Islamic Creed is Belief in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, in the day of Judgement and in the Decree
  • What are the evidences for this from the Qur’an?
    • “It is not Al-Birr (piety, righteousness, and each and every act of obedience to Allah, etc.) that you turn your faces towards east and (or) west (in prayers); but Al-Birr is (the quality of) the one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, the Prophets and gives his wealth, in spite of love for it, to the kinsfolk, to the orphans, and to Al-Masakin (the poor), and to the wayfarer, and to those who ask, and to set slaves free, performs As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and gives the Zakat, and who fulfill their covenant when they make it, and who are As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.) in extreme poverty and ailment (disease) and at the time of fighting (during the battles). Such are the people of the truth and they are Al-Muttaqun (pious – see V. 2:2).” [Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow) verse 177]
    • “Verily, We have created all things with Qadar (Divine Pre-ordainments of all things before their creation, as written in the Book of Decrees Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz).” [Surah Al-Qamar (The Moon) verse 49]
    • “The Messenger (Muhammad SAW) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say, “We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers” – and they say, “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).” [Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow) verse 285]
    • “And to Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is Ever Encompassing all things.” [Surah An-Nisaa (The Women) verse 126]
  • The Hadith of Jibreel (may peace be upon him)
  • Tawheed, Eemaan and aqeedah is something that was taught by all of the Prophets and Messengers

Belief in Allah:

  • This is the basis of aqeedah (creed)
  • What does belief in Allah involve? What does it mean to believe in Allah?
  • Belief in Allah consists of 3 parts:
    • Tawheed Ar-Rububiyya (Oneness in the Lordship of Allah)
    • Tawgeed Al-Uluhiyya (Oneness in the worship of Allah)
    • Tawheed Al Asmaa Was-Sifaat (Oneness in the Names and Attributes of Allah)
  • The four things decreed by Allah and written by an Angel for a child when he is still in the womb of his mother
  • Putting one’s trust in Allah and taking the means to achieve your goals
  • Making dua to Allah alone, not asking the “Pirs” or “Maulanas” or Shaykhs or making dua via them. Only Allah can hear your dua and answer it
  • The natural predisposition and prevalence of belief in the Oneness of Allah in His Lordship amongst mankind:
    • The “Fitrah” (natural predisposition) of the Human being towards knowing that he has a creator, this is something natural and common to all humans. Only those who willingly distort and reject this natural inclination will deny it.
  • Throughout history, even all of the people who disbelieved and opposed in their Prophets and Messengers, then even they themselves acknowledged and believed in the Oneness of Allah in His Lordship
    • What is the evidence for this?
    • Allah says: “And if you ask them who created them, they will surely say: “Allah”. How then are they turned away (from the worship of Allah, Who created them)?” [Surah Al-Zukhruf (The Gold Adornments) verse 87]
    • Allah says: “And indeed if you ask them, “Who has created the heavens and the earth?” They will surely say: “The All-Mighty, the All-Knower created them.”” [Surah Al-Zukhruf (The Gold Adornments) verse 9]
    • Allah says: “Say: “Who is (the) Lord of the seven heavens, and (the) Lord of the Great Throne?”. They will say: “Allah.” Say: “Will you not then fear Allah (believe in His Oneness, obey Him, believe in the Resurrection and Recompense for each and every good or bad deed)?.”” [Surah Al-Mu’minuun (The Believers) verses 86-87 ]
  • Throughout history there have been very few examples of people who did not believe in the Oneness of Allah in His Lordship, i.e. there have been very few atheists in the history of mankind
  • Even cases such as Pharaoh who openly rejected Allah and claimed himself as the god of the people, Allah says about him and his people:
    • “And they belied them (those verses, signs) wrongfully and arrogantly, though their own selves were convinced thereof [i.e. those (verses, signs) are from Allah, and Musa (Moses) is the Messenger of Allah in truth, but they disliked to obey Musa (Moses), and hated to believe in his Message of Monotheism]. So see what was the end of the Mufsidun (disbelievers, disobedient to Allah, evil-doers, liars.).” [Surah An-Naml (The Ants) verse 14]
  • The folly and error of atheism 
  • Allah says:“And they say: “There is nothing but our life of this world, we die and we live and nothing destroys us except Ad-Dahr (the time). And they have no knowledge of it, they only conjecture.” [Surah Al-Jathiya (The Kneeling) verse 24]
  • Allah says:“Were they created by nothing, or were they themselves the creators?” [Surah At-Tur (The Mount) verse 35]
  • That in every single thing there is a sign indicating the Oneness of Allah