Sound Creed: Lesson 7

Sat 14 Sep 2019

Lesson 7: Nullifying Tawhîdul-Ulūhiyyah by Committing Shirk

Why should we learn about Shirk?

  • You cannot safeguard yourself from something which you do not know about
  • Statement of Ibnul Qayyim
  • What did Hudhaifah Ibn Al-Yamaan (may Allah be pleased with him) used to ask the Prophet (ﷺ) about?
  • Ibrahim (may peace be upon him) sought Allah’s protection from shirk
  • Importance of understanding and staying away from Shirk

Simple definition of Shirk

  • Shirk is to redirect any act of worship to others besides than Allah
  • Every act of worship should be purely and sincerely for the sake of Allah
  • Examples of Shirk include, but are not limited to:
    • Making Dua (Supplication) to other than Allah
    • Sacrificing to other than Allah
    • Vowing Taking an oath by other than Allah
    • etc
  • How is Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) defined?
  • Tawheed is the default, innate predisposition of mankind

How Shirk first started

  • Between Adam and Nūh (may peace be upon them both) there were ten generations and all of them were upon Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) 
  • The story of the people of Nūh (may peace be upon him) and how they fell into worshipping idols over a period of time
  • How Shaitan (satan) slowly corrupted the people step by step
  • The effect of the idols throughout history
  • The idols from the time of the people of Nūh (may peace be upon him) were destroyed by the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)

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Sound Creed: Lesson 6

Sat 7 Sep 2019

Lesson 6: Calling to the Worship of Allah alone

  • Naturally, all people recognise that they have a creator and Lord, this is based on their innate nature as well as observations of the world around them
  • However this alone is not sufficient
  • The Messengers (may peace be upon them all) focused their Dawah on calling to the worship of Allah alone
  • What did the Prophet (ﷺ) call the people to?
  • How did the polytheists at the time of the Prophet (ﷺ) oppose him? What was his response to them?
  • The Qur’an has mentioned different methods in calling to the worship of Allah alone

What is mentioned in the Qur’an?

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Sound Creed: Lesson 5

Sat 31 Aug 2019

Lesson 5: The Relationship between Tawheed Ar-Rubūbiyyah and Al-Ulūhiyyah

  • Recap of previous Lesson
    • The oneness and singling out of Allah in His Lordship (Tawheed Ar-Rububiyyah)
    • The singling out of Allah with our actions and Worship (Tawheed Al-Uluuhiyyah)

The Connection between Ar-Rububiyyah and Al-Uluuhiyyah

  • Tawheed Ar-Rubūbiyyah necessitates  Al-Ulūhiyyah
  • What does this mean? If one acknowledges Tawheed Ar-Rubūbiyyah then he must also accept  Al-Ulūhiyyah

The Connection between Al-Ulūhiyyah and Ar-Rubūbiyyah

  • Tawheed Al-Ulūhiyyah incorporates and includes belief in Ar-Rubūbiyyah
  • What does this mean? If one singles out Allah in his worship then he has already accepted Tawheed Ar-Rubūbiyyah

The Mushrikeen (Polytheists) at the time of the Prophet (ﷺ)

  • They accepted Tawheed Ar-Rubūbiyyah
  • 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 Az-Zukhruf (The Gold Adornments) verse]
  • Believing in Tawheed Ar-Rubūbiyyah i.e. accepting and believing that Allah alone is the Creator, Sustainer etc without singling him out in Worship does not enter one into Islam

Misconceptions in our time

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Sound Creed: Lesson 4

Sat 3rd Aug 2019

Lesson 4: Monotheism, the misguidance of Atheism, and balance in the Religion

Oneness of Allah in his Lordship:

  • The vast majority of mankind in the past and in the present accept the existence of a Creator and sustainer 
  • Very few people in the history of human beings actually believe in atheism 
  • From among the arguments that atheists use:
    • The claim the world came into existence “by natural causes”, “by mother nature”,  or that nature caused itself
    • That non-living forces such as the wind or lightning created living organisms
    • That we evolved from animals or that we are only driven by a need to reproduce
  • How do we know this is false?

Singling out Allah in his Worship:

  • Tawheed Al-Uluhiyya
  • The misguidance of those who make dua to other than Allah, for example “Oh such and such Shaykh, give me such and such” or make dua through them to Allah. This is incorrect

Love, Hope and Fear:

  • Importance of being balanced between hope and fear of Allah
  • We do not go into extremes in any of these things
  • The misguidance of the Sufis who exaggerate in their love of Allah and perform acts which are against the Sunnah of the Prophet (ﷺ)
  • The misguidance of the Khawarij who exaggerate in the fear of Allah and oppose that which is in the Qur’an and Sunnah
  • The innovators who went into extreme in their hope in Allah (the Murji’ah) and opposed what the Prophet (ﷺ) taught us
  • Ahlus-Sunnah do not exaggerate in any of them, rather we balance between Love for Allah, Hope in Allah and Fear of Him
  • The statement of Ibnul Qayyim and the example of the bird

The Objective of our Existence

  • Our purpose in our life is to worship Allah
  • Allah says: “And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taghut (all false deities, etc.i. e. do not worship Taghut besides Allah).” Then of them were some whom Allah guided and of them were some upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the land and see what was the end of those who denied (the truth).” [Surah An-Nahl (The Bee) verse 36]
  • The unfortunate negligence in the Muslim Ummah about Tawheed Al-Uluhiyyah (Oneness of Allah in His Worship) where they make dua to other than Allah, they seek intercession and call upon the dead etc
  • It is obligatory upon the Scholars is that the reject and warn against this shirk
  • What some Muslims are doing today is the same as 
  • Allah says: “Surely, the religion (i.e. the worship and the obedience) is for Allah only. And those who take Auliya’ (protectors and helpers) besides Him (say): “We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allah.” Verily, Allah will judge between them concerning that wherein they differ. Truly, Allah guides not him who is a liar, and a disbeliever.” [Surah Zumar (The Groups) verse 3]
  • Allah says: “And they worship besides Allah things that hurt them not, nor profit them, and they say: “These are our intercessors with Allah.” Say: “Do you inform Allah of that which He knows not in the heavens and on the earth?” Glorified and Exalted be He above all that which they associate as partners with Him!” [Surah Al-Yunus (Jonah) verse 18]
  • Throughout history people have been opposed to this type of Tawheed, i.e. Oneness of Allah in his Worship
  • Allah says: “And of mankind are some who take (for worship) others besides Allah as rivals (to Allah). They love them as they love Allah. But those who believe, love Allah more (than anything else). If only, those who do wrong could see, when they will see the torment, that all power belongs to Allah and that Allah is Severe in punishment.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow) verse 165]
  • Shaykh Al-Fawzan’s advice to the Scholars and leaders of the Muslims
  • Anecdote from a Poem

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