by: Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul Wahaab
My highest recommendation goes to the book entitled Kitab at-Tawheed written by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul Wahaab. MashaaAllah it is an excellent and comprehensive book. It illuminates to the reader the light of tawheed [the Oneness of Allah]; tawheed, the very foundation of this deen, the single most important concept and the purpose behind our creation. Surely the sheer importance of tawheed and its being studied is a matter of great importance, Shaykh Muhammad Saalih Ibnul ‘Uthaymeen stated:“So verily the knowledge of tawheed [the oneness of Allaah] is the noblest of sciences, and the greatest in rank, and most obligatory to be studied because it is the knowledge of Allaah the Exalted, and His Names, and His Attributes, and His Rights upon His slaves.”
Kitaab At-Tawheed gears the reader to truly make his acts of worship in accordance with the Quraan and Sunnah, and make them for Allah alone, as is stated in Surah Al An’am, “Say: Verily, my Prayers, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of all that exists.” [Quraan 6: 162]
While the book centers around the Oneness of Allah ta’ala, it also provides for a critical study on shirk, a practice which gives the rights of Allah to other than Allah. Indeed, a thorough examination of tawheed can only be done by also examining its opposite – shirk. It has been stated that, the beauty of a thing becomes apparent by its opposite. In this sense, when we ourselves become aware of shirk, its adverse effects, such that it is the only unforgivable sin and that Allah ta’ala has forbidden paradise from the one who engages in it we may truly appreciate tawheed, as its beauty becomes apparent to us.
The style of the book itself is very unique and unlike the conventional Islaamic books we may come across. Perhaps you will seldom see a book whose very foundation is so heavily upon the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. For subhaanAllah, the format is such that each chapter begins with either the Qur’aan or a hadeeth – or both – and the author continues to write important information we can derive from it in a jot note format – subhaanAllah as if he himself wishes to stay in the shadows, while the Qur’aan and Sunnah may shine with their radiance, penetrating the heart of the believer. Many a time we hear of the ‘ulaamaa of the past, who have stated, do not follow me, but instead follow the Qur’aan and Sunnah. This book, I feel, is the very personification of such a noble ideal, for surely the Quraan and Sunnah in this book are more in number than the words of the author himself – subhaanAllah.
May you derive much benefit from this book, with a thorough comprehension, and may you direct your ‘ibadah to Allah alone, The Mighty, The Majestic. [Aameen]