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The Importance of Tawheed

The Importance of Tawheed
and the Evil Result of Neglecting it

Shaykh Saalih ibn ‘Abdillaah Al-Fawzaan
From his book Duroos min Al-Qur’aan Al-Kareem (p.5-11)
Translated exclusively for www.bakkah.net

[In the Name of Allaah, the All-Merciful, may His Salaah and Salaam be upon His final Messenger, to proceed… ]

Someone may say, and it actually has been said, “What is it with you that you always focus on tawheed and you talk so much about it?! And you don’t take into consideration the condition of the Muslims in our day and time, those who are being killed and caused to flee all over the earth, those being persecuted by the empires of disbelief in every place?!”

So we say, and with Allaah lies success:

Tawheed is the foundation upon which this upright religion has been built, so focusing on it means to focus on the very core itself. For if we were to reflect over the Noble Qur’aan we would find that it expounds on issues of tawheed repetitively, so much so that there does not exist a single soorah in the Qur’aan that does not mention tawheed, clarifying it and prohibiting what opposes it. It was Al-Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim who pointed out that the entire Qur’aan is about tawheed, since it is only made up of the following:

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Eemaan (Faith)

Al-­Hasan al-­Basree – rahimahullaah – said: 

“Eemaan (faith) is not outer decoration, nor mere hope. Rather it is what settles in the heart and what is affirmed by actions. Whoever spoke good, but did not act righteously, then Allaah throws it back upon his saying. Whoever spoke good and acted righteously, Allaah raises up the actions. 

This is because Allaah – the Most High – says:

‘To Him ascend all goodly words, and righteous actions raise it’.” 

Iqtidaa‘ul-­’Ilmil-­’Aml | Al Khateeb Al Baghdaadee

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Mahabbah | Love of Allaah

People have discussed about mahabbah (love of Allaah); its causes and what brings it about, its signs, its fruits, and its rulings. The most comprehensive saying about this is what Abu Bakr al-Kattaanee (d.322H) relates about al-Junayd (d.297H).

 

Abu Bakr al-Kattaanee (d.322H) said: “A discussion about mahabbah took place in Makkah during the Pilgrimage month. The Shaykhs who were present spoke about this matter, and al-Junayd was the youngest of them. They said to him: ‘O ‘Iraqi, what do you have to say?’ So he bowed his head and tears were flowing from his eyes, then he said:

 

‘A servant should overcome his soul;

And be continuous in the remembrance of his Lord;

Establishing the rights of his Lord;

Focusing upon Him with his heart;

The light of fear letting ablaze his heart;

Whilst drinking from the vessel of true love;

And certain realities become unveiled for him.

So when he talks, it is due to Allaah.

When he speaks, it is from Allaah.

When he moves, it is by the Command of Allaah.

And when he is serene, then it is from Allaah.

He belongs to Allaah, is for Allaah, and is with Allaah.’

 

So the Shaykhs started to weep and said: ‘How can that be increased upon. May Allaah reward you with good, O crown of the knowledgeable o­nes!’.”

 

Taken from: Madaarij-us-Saalikeen, 3/9 (Imaam ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah) | CalgaryIslam

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We give thanks to Allaah, the One free of all defects, for having guided us. And we ask Him to grant us the ability to act upon what He has given us knowledge of. Indeed, goodness cannot be attained, except by His granting and His assistance. Whomsoever Allaah leads astray, there is no one from His creation that can guide him. May Allaah send His blessings upon Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), the chief of the first and the last (of people), and upon his brothers from among the prophets and messengers. And upon those who follow the light (i.e. the Qur’aan) that was revealed to him (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) until the Day of Recompense.

To proceed, I advise you O seeker of knowledge to have a sincere and pure intention in your search for knowledge. And that you exert yourself in acting upon what it necessitates (from action). For indeed knowledge is a tree and action is its fruit. And one can never be considered knowledgeable so long as he doesn’t act upon what he has knowledge of.  It has also been stated: “Knowledge is a parent and action is its offspring.” And “Knowledge comes with action, while narrating comes with investigating.” So do not feel satisfied with actions so long as you are lacking in knowledge. Nor feel satisfied with knowledge so long as you fall short of producing actions. Rather, combine them both, even if your share of the two is small.

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