The Importance of Tawheed

17 Points on the Benefits and Virtues of Tawheed

1. It is the pillar upon which Islam is built.The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said “Islaam is built upon five: the tawheed of Allah…” [Related by Muslim, no. 19]

2. The greatest need for mankind, since there is no life for the hearts nor delight nor tranquility except through knowing their Lord, the one to be worshipped, the Creator.

3. It is the most noble branch of knowledge. As Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) mentioned, when he called his book which he compiled concerning the Usool ud Deen (Fundamentals of the Religion) “Fiqh al Akbar” (the Greatest Fiqh).

4. It was the key and essence of the call of the messengers “Verily we have sent to every nation a messenger saying worship Allah and avoid the worship of false gods” (Qur'an, 16:36)

5. Because Allah has created us to worship Him, “I have not created the jinn and mankind but to worship me” then how can we worship Allah if we don’t know who He is? It is only through knowledge of His names and attributes we can learn about Allah.

6. Firmness upon the deen, excellence in this world and salvation in the Hereafter is built upon this.

  1. a) because when you know Allah, His names, attributes and Actions this necessitates loving Him, fearing Him, placing reliance upon Him etc.
  2. b) when you know what allah loves and is pleased with or angered and displeased with, you will rush to fulfil what He loves and avoid what He hates.

7. Its great emphasis in the Qur'an. The Qur'an begins with Tawheed (Surah Al Fatihah) and ends with Tawheed (Surah Al Ikhlas), likewise the greatest ayat in the Qur'an describes Tawheed (of knowledge).

8. The Prophet (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam) began his day with Tawheed by reciting Surah Al Kafiroon and Surah Al Ikhlas in the Sunan of Fajr and end with reciting these two Surahs in the Witr prayer [Related by Muslim].

9. The Prophet (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam) mentioned it during his last illness (shows its importance) when he said “the curse of Allah be upon the Jews and the Christians for they took the graves of their prophets as places of worship.” [Sahih Bukhari]

10. It’s the first thing the prophet invited to and preached to for thirteen years. “say, none has the right to be worshipped and thus be successful.” [Imam Ahmad 4/63]

11. And he ordered his compnions to preach Tawheed when sending them to various communities. He sent Muadh ibn jabal (radhiAllahu 'anhu_ to Yemen saying “indeed you are going to the people of the book so let the first thing that you invite them to be the Tawheed of Allah” [Sahih Bukhari, 1/13]

12. You have to compromise the three aspects together and not just believe in one, merely with the meaning “the one who has the power to create and originate” as the arab mushriks used to agree that Allah alone is the creator of everything, despite this they were still mushriks. Plus this was not the true reality which Allah sent the messengers with, but rather we must believe in his Ruboobiyah, Uloohiyah, and Asma was Sifaat together.

13. When you belive in the three aspects of Tawheed. i.e Ruboobiyah - you will negate any source of harm, blessing, power from any other than Allah. Uloohiyah - this will stopyou from committing shirk. Asma was sifaat - to have the correct knowledge of this will prevent you from distorting any of Allah’s Names and Attributes, or explaining them, or denying them or asking how they are.

14. If a person dies upon this he will enter Paradise. When the Jewish boy accepted Islam, the Prophet (sallAllahu 'alayhi wasallam) said, “All praise is for Allah who saved this boy from the fire.” Although this person had no good deed. [Bukhari]

15. Tawheed is a condition for an action to be accepted, because for a deed to be accepted it requires 2 conditions.

  1. a) The intention is purely for Allah (Tawheed al Ibaadah)
  2. b) It must be in accordance with the Shari'ah of Muhammad (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam)

16. It strengthens ones heart and makes one firmer and well rooted. Then as a result ones deeds will multiply and likewise his worship of Allah will be greater.

17. It makes it easier to fulfil the commands of Allah and leave the prohibitions as Aaisha (radhiAllahu 'anha) said: “Had the first revelation been do not drink and fornicate or commit adultery etc they would have said we shall not give up adultery and fornication etc.” [Bukhari from Yusuf ibn Maalik]

For it was only after Tawheed was understood by the companions and had settled in their hearts that Allah began to order them with various commands.


Tawheed: A Great Principle — Chapter One

By Shaykhul Islaam ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)

All praise and thanks are due to Allaah, we seek His Help and we seek His Forgiveness. We seek refuge with Him from the evil of our souls and the evil of our actions. Whosoever Allaah guides then none can misguide him, and whosoever Allaah leaves to stray then none can guide him. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship save Allaah, the One Who has no partner and we bear witness that Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is his servant and Messenger.

Concerning the distinction between the worship of the adherents to Islaam and possessors of faith, guidance, tawheed, sincerity, knowledge, divine legislation, those who follow the Prophets and Messengers and between the worship of those possessing shirk, ignorance, misguidance, innovation from amongst the polytheists and those who resemble them from the adherents of the different religions.

The worship of the Muslims is founded upon two principles:

  1. The First: they do not worship anything save Allaah, the One Who has no partner.
  2. The Second: they worship Him in the way He has ordered and legislated and has been conveyed by His Messengers

So they worship Allaah without associating partners with him, they have taqwaa of Him and they obey His Messengers. Allaah said:

“We sent Noah to his people (with the command): 'warn your people before there comes to them a grievous Punishment.’ He said, 'O my people! I am to you a warner, clear and open that you should worship Allaah, fear Him and obey me.’”

(Soorah Nuh 71:1-3)

Similarly He mentioned that Hud, Saalih and Shu`ayb said to their respective nations,

“Worship Allaah! You have no other god save Him.”

(Soorah Hud 11:50)

He said concerning the Messiah,

“The Messiah said, 'O Children of Israel! Worship Allaah, my Lord and your Lord.’ Indeed whosoever sets up partners in worship with Allaah then Allaah has forbidden Paradise for him and the Fire shall be his abode. And for the wrong-doers there are no helpers.”

(Soorah Al Maa'idah 5:72)

“And indeed Allaah is my Lord and your Lord so worship Him (Alone). This is the Straight Path.”

(Soorah Maryam 19:36)

Indeed every Messenger said,

“So fear Allaah, keep your duty to Him and obey me.”

(Soorah ash-Shu'araa 26:108)

He said concerning the nation of Muhammad (sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallaam),

“They say: 'we have believed in Allaah and His Messenger and we obey’ then a party of they turn away thereafter, such are not the believers.”

(Soorah an-Nur 24:47)

“The only saying of the faithful believers when they are called to Allaah and His Messenger to judge between them is that they say: 'We hear and obey,’ such are the successful. And whosoever obeys Allaah and His Messenger, fears Him and keeps his duty to Him such are the successful.”

(Soorah an-Nur 24:51-52)

Hence appointing obedience to Allaah and the Messenger and appointing fear and taqwaa for Allaah Alone. Allaah said,

“Would that they were contented with what Allaah and His Messenger gave them and had said, 'Allaah is sufficient for us. Allaah will give us of His Bounty and His Messenger. To Allaah do we trurn our hopes.”

(Soorah at-Tawbah 9:59)

Appointing the giving to Allaah and the Messenger. Similarly, the Exalted said,

“Whatsoever the Messenger gives then take it and whatsoever he forbids from then abstain from it.”

(Soorah al-Hashr 59:7)

Therefore the lawful is what Allaah and His Messenger made lawful and the unlawful is what Allaah and His Messenger made unlawful and the religion is that which Allaah and His Messenger legislated.

Allaah appointed sufficiency and hope for Himself Alone in His sayings,

“Say: Allaah is sufficient for me, in Him let those who trust, put their trust.”

(Soorah az-Zumar 39:38)

“But if they turn away, say: 'Allaah is sufficient for me. There is none worthy of worship but Him, in Him have I put my trust and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne.’”

(Soorah at-Tawbah 9:129)

“And if they intend to deceive you, then indeed Allaah is All-Sufficient for you.”

(Soorah al-Anfaal 8:62)

“They unto whom the (hypocrites) said: 'Verily the people have gathered against you (a great army) therefore fear them.’ But it only increased them in faith and they said: 'Allaah (Alone) is sufficient for us and He is the best Disposer of affairs.”

(Soorah Aali 'Imraan 3:173)

Hence Allaah Alone is the recourse of the Messengers and the Believers in their entirety as Allaah says,

“O Prophet! Allaah is sufficient for you and for the believers who follow you.”

(Sooraal-Anfaal 8:64)

Meaning that He Alone Suffices you and all those who follow you. This is the understanding of this verse according to the majority of the Salaf and later scholars.

So this is the religion of Islaam, a religion any other than this is not accepted by Allaah — not from the first peoples or the later peoples. Islaam is to worship Allaah at all times in the way that He has commanded — He is the sole object of worship. Allaah said,

“Allaah said: Take not two gods in worship. Indeed He is One God then fear Me (and Me Alone). To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth and to Him belongs perpetual sincere obedience. Will you then fear any other than Allaah? Whatsoever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allaah. Then, when harm touches you, unto Him you cry aloud for help. Then, when He has removed the harm from you, behold! Some of you associate others in worship with their Lord. So (as a result of this) they deny the favours We have bestowed on them! Then enjoy yourselves but you will soon come to know!”

(Soorah an-Nahl 16:51-55)

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The Prophet ﷺ said: “If Allah intends good for anybody then he gives him understanding (fiqh) in deen”.

It is not possible for the one  with understanding (fiqh) to be without usul al-fiqh or for the usuli (the one who knows usul al-fiqh) to do without fiqh if he wants to have understanding (of the deen) - Shaykh Al-Uthaymin, Kitab Al-Ilm.

This book is the first of the Usul Series, which consists of various books of the Principles (Usul) of the religion.

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Tawheed A Great Principle — Chapter Three

By Shaykhul Islaam ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)

The misguided people call to the religion of some unknown entity not possessing any authority sent down from Allaah for what they call to.

Allaah, the Exalted says,

Say: ‘The things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are all indecent actions, whether committed openly or secretly, sins of all kinds, oppression, joining partners with Allaah for which He has given no authority, and saying things about Allaah of which you have no knowledge.“

(Soorah al-A'raaf 7:33)

"And they have assign a portion of that which We have provided them unto what they know not (false deities). By Allaah, you shall certainly be questioned about all that you used to fabricate.”

(Soorah an-Nahl 16:56)

Allaah said concerning the believers from amongst the people of Pharaoh that they said,

“And O my people! How is it that I call you to salvation while you call me to the Fire! You invite me to disbelieve in Allaah and to join partners with Him; that of which I have no knowledge, and I invite you to the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving. No doubt you call me to one who cannot grant me me request (or respond to me invocation) in this world or the Hereafter.”

(Soorah Ghaafir 40:41-42)

Allaah said,

“And they worship besides Allaah others for which He has sent down no authority, and of that which they have no knowledge and the wrong-doers shall have no helpers.”

(Sooah al-Hajj 22:71)

Authority means: the revelation that is sent down from Allaah. Allaah said,

“Or have We revealed to them a Scripture which speaks of that which they have been associating with Him?”

(Soorah ar-Rum 30:35)

“They are but names which you have names - you and your fathers - for which Allaah has sent down no authority.”

(Soorah an-Najm 53:23)

The religion that has been revealed is none other than the religion that Allaah, the Mighty and Magnificent, has legislated whereas the people of misguidance follow a religion that does not concord to the legislation that has been revealed and neither do they have knowledge of it. Indeed all they do is follow their vain desires and all they find that would satisfy their base desires.

This is why the true scholars enjoin one to follow the Legislation and knowledge and they censure the worshipers who do not follow these two things just as Allaah said,

“And they worship besides Allaah other for which He has sent down no authority and of that which they have no knowledge and the wrong-doers shall have no helpers.” (Soorah al-Hajj 22:71)

This is why Allaah demanded knowledge and authority from the misguided in His words,

“Say: 'Has he forbidden the two males or the two females, or (the young) which the wombs of the two females enclose? Inform me with knowledge if you are truthful.”

(Soorah al-An`aam 6:143)

Hence explaining that the truthful one is the one who is upon certain knowledge of what he says and believes, whereas the one who has no knowledge to back what he says and believes is spreading lies against Allaah. Allaah says,

“Say: 'Tell me what provision Allaah has sent down to you! And you have made of it lawful and unlawful.’ Say: 'Has Allaah permitted you, or do you invent a lie against Allaah?”

(Soorah Yunus 10:59)

“And say not concerning that which you tongues put forth falsely: 'this is lawful and this is unlawful’ so as to invent lies against Allaah. Indeed those invent lies against Allaah will never prosper.”

(Soorah an-Nahl 16:116)

“O Mankind! Eat of that which is good and lawful on the earth and follow not the footsteps of Satan. Indeed he is to you and open enemy. He commands you only to what is evil and indecent and that you should say against Allaah what you know not.”

(Soorah al-Baqarah 2:168-169)

“O People of the Scripture! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allaah aught but the truth.”

(Soorah an-Nisaa 4:171)

“Then after them succeeded an evil generation who inherited the Book but they chose (for themselves) the goods of this low life saying: 'everything will be forgiven us.’ And if again the offer of the similar goods came their way they would again seize them. Was not the covenant of the Book taken from them that they would not say about Allaah anything but the truth? And they have studied what is in the Book and the Home of the Hereafter is better for those who are God-fearing. Do you not then understand? And as to those who hold fast to the Book and establish the prayers, certainly, We shall never waste the reward of those who do righteous deeds.”

(Soorah al-A’raaf 7:169-170)

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Tawheed: A Great Principle — Chapter Two

By Shaykhul Islaam ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)

As for the religion of the Polytheists and the innovating People of the Book then this is a religion for which Allaah has sent down no authority. They either supplicate to others alongside Allaah or they say: ‘we worship them only that they may make us draw closer to Allaah,’ and they say: 'these are our intercessors with Allaah.’ Or they worship Him in a way that He has not commanded or legislated - worshipping Him with what those whom they have set up as partners to Allaah command. Allaah said,

“They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and monks to be their lords besides Allaah, and they also took the Messiah son of Mary (to be their Lord) while they were commanded to worship none save One God. Glory be to Him (far above is He) from having the partners they associate.”

(Soorah at-Tawbah 9:31)

“It is not for any human being to whom Allaah has given the Book and wisdom and Prophethood to say to the people: 'Be worshippers of me rather than Allaah.’ On contrary (he would say): 'Be you learned men of the religion because you are teaching the book and studying it.’ Neither would he order you to take Angels and Prophets as lords. Would he order you to disbelieve after you have submitted to the Will of Allaah?”

(Soorah Aali 'Imraan 3:79-80)

“Say: 'Call unto those besides Him whom you pretend (to be gods). They have neither the power to remove the adversity from you nor even to shift it from you to another place. Those whom they call upon themselves seek and desire the means of approach to their Lord, as to which of them should be nearest and they hope for His Mercy and fear His Torment. Verily the Torment of your Lord is to be feared!”

(Soorah al-Israa 17:56-57)

Meaning that those people to whom the polytheists supplicate themselves are desiring and seeking a means of approach to draw close to their Lord. Ibn Abbaas and Mujaahid said,

“they are 'Eesaa and his mother, 'Uzayr, the Angels, the sun, the moon and the stars.” [3]

Ibn Mas'ud said,

“a group of people used to worship a party of the Jinn. The Jinn then accepted Islaam and the people who used to worship them were unaware of this and stuck to their worshipping them and Allaah condemned them.” [4]

Therefore according to all the opinions concerning the meaning of this verse, Allaah censured whosoever supplicated to a created being when in fact that created being itself worships Allaah and seeks to draw close to Him - hoping and fearing Him. Included in this are all of the Angels, the Prophets and the righteous from amongst mankind and Jinns.

So if it is not permissible to supplicate to these creatures that have been exalted and are close to Allaah then it is even more the case that those disobedient to Allaah, such as the satans and jinns, cannot be supplicated to. The verse refers unrestrictedly to all who supplicate to other than Allaah.

He made clear that the person who is supplicated to is not able to remove any harm from the supplicator or even shift the harm to another place saying,

“Say: 'Call upon those whom you assert (to be gods) besides Allaah, they possess not even an atoms weight — either in the heavens of the earth, nor have they any share in either, nor is there for Him any supporter from among them. Intercession with Him is of no avail except for him who He permits.”

(Soorah as-Saba 34:22-23)

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Shaikh Muhammad Bin Saalih al-Uthaimeen

The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) explained to the people -completely and clearly-what their Lord had revealed for them; both the detailed matters and the important ones, the apparent matters and the hidden ones, to such an extent that he taught them what they needed to know with respect to matters of eating, drinking, marriage, clothing and housing. So he taught them the ettiquettes of eating, drinking and relieving one’s self; the ettiquettes of marriage; the ettiquettes of clothing and of entering and leaving the house – just as he taught them what they needed to know with regard to the worship of Allaah -The Mighty and Majestic-such as purification, Prayer, Zakaah, fasting, Pilgrimage and other than this.

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Innovations are more beloved to Iblees than sins, for indeed sins are repented from whilst innovations are not repented from.”

Reported by ‘Alee Ibn Ja’d in his “Musnad” 1809; Al-Laalikaa’ee in “Sharhu Usool I’tiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah” 1885; Abu Nu’aym in “Al-Hilyah” 7/26.

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After the class = *I.don’t.know.anything*

Ascription to Salafiyyah and Saying ‘I Am Salafi’ and When It Becomes Necessary

Many from the hizbiyyeen (those whose walaa and baraa’ is not entirely based around the usool of the Salafi aqidah and manhaj) have utilized certain statements of the Scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah who may discourage using the label of “Salafi” and “Salafiyyah” due to a) it not being necessary in a land where all the people are on the Salafi aqidah and manhaj already and b) when it is used in falsehood when a person is not truly upon the way of the Salaf.

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