10- Acting upon the meaning of ‘Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah)’

Question: What are the requirements of ‘Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah)’?

Answer: This phrase is the greatest speech ever. It is the word of Tawheed (monotheism). A person cannot be called a Muslim unless they first pronounce this phrase and firmly believe in it. They must believe that there is no god worthy of worship except Allaah (Exalted be He). This was the first word which all the messengers preached to people: ‘Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah)’.

Allaah (Exalted be He) says, And We did not send any Messenger before you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) but We revealed to him (saying): La ilaaha illaa Ana [none has the right to be worshipped but I (Allaah)], so worship Me (Alone and none else).” He (Glorified be He) also says, And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allaah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taaghoot (all false deities i.e. do not worship Taaghoot besides Allaah).”

The first word to which our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) invited people was ‘there is no god but Allaah’, together with inviting them to believe that he was the Messenger of Allaah … read more here.

9- Conditions and meaning of “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah”

Question: What are the conditions and meaning of “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah”?

Answer: “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah (there is no deity but Allaah)” is the second best statement next to the Qur’aan. It is most loved by Allaah (Exalted be He). It is the word of sincere faith and the first thing to which all the messengers and prophets of Allaah invited people. It was the first word to which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) invited his people. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, “Say, ‘There is no deity but Allaah that you may prosper.'” It is also called the word of Tawheed (monotheism). It means that there is no true deity worthy of worship except Allaah (Exalted be He), as Allah says, That is because Allaah — He is the Truth (the only True God of all that exists, Who has no partners or rivals with Him), and what they (the polytheists) invoke besides Him, it is Baatil (falsehood). This statement consists of an affirmation and a negation read more here.

8- The best books which explain `Aqeedah

Question: What are the best references on `Aqeedah (creed)?

Answer: The Glorious Qur’aan is the best and most authentic reference which clarifies sound `Aqeedah. As a divine book, it is considered the best and most truthful of all books regarding `Aqeedah. It contains the Names and Attributes of Allaah, and commands Muslims to worship Allaah alone and offer sincere devotion to Him (Glorified and Exalted be He). The next best two books are Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree and Saheeh Muslim. These two books are the most beneficial Hadeeth references which contain only the authentic Hadeeths reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him). Accordingly, Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree and Saheeh Muslim are the two most authentic and beneficial books second only to the Qur’aan. Other authentic books of Hadeeth include the Sunan (Hadeeth compilations classified by jurisprudential themes) of ‘Aboo Daawood, Al-Tirmidee, Al-Nasaa’ee, Ibn Maajah, Al-Tabaraanee, Musnad (Hadeeth compilation) of Imaam Ahmad and Sunan Al-Daarimee.These are good and beneficial books. And though they may contain Da`eef (weak) Hadeeths, still great benefits are found in them. … read more here.

7- The most authentic books on `Aqeedah

Question: Please guide me to the most authentic book on correct Islaamic `Aqeedah (creed)! May Allaah grant you success!

Answer: The most authentic, noblest and greatest book dealing with the subject of `Aqeedah and other subjects is the Glorious Qur’aan. It contains the most truthful speech.No falsehood can approach it from before or behind it. It is a revelation from Allaah, the All-Wise, the Praiseworthy. I advise the inquirer and all Muslims to hold fast to the Qur’aan and to give it due attention by reciting it often, reflecting on its meanings and trying hard to memorize as many chapters of it as possible. It is the Greatest Book which Allaah has sent down to His servants so that they may memorize it, follow its teachings and act upon it. It contains plain truths and clear guidance. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) states, Verily, this Qur’aan guides to that which is most just and right He (Glorified be He) also says, …it is an honourable well-fortified respected Book (because it is Allaah’s Speech, and He has protected it from corruption). Falsehood cannot come to it from before it or behind it: (it is) sent down by the All-Wise, Worthy of all praise (Allaah عز وجل). and: And We have sent down to you the Book (the Qur’aan) as an exposition of everything, a guidance, a mercy, and glad tidings for those who have submitted themselves (to Allaah as Muslims). … read more here.

6- How to rectify the `Aqeedah of Muslims?

Question: How can Muslims rectify and preserve their Islaamic `Aqeedah (creed)?

Answer: `Aqeedah can be rectified and preserved by seeking good understanding of Deen (religion of Islaam) and by referring to scholars who are well-grounded in religious knowledge. The Muslim who seeks knowledge must ponder over the Aayahs (verses) of the Qur’aan and the words of the Hadeeths… read more here.

5- Ruling on the word ‘Aqeedah

Question: A questioner asks: Is it true that the word `Aqeedah (belief) is incorrect and baseless, and that it is better to use the term Eemaan (faith) instead?

Answer: This is incorrect. Scholars use the word `Aqeedah on matters related to one’s inner belief, those related to Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah) as well as Allah’s Attributes. There is no harm to say that so and so, for example, follows the `Aqeedah of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream). It is called `Aqeedah because it means firm belief that is not liable to any doubt,as people are hung up on itread more here.

4- True ‘Aqeedah is the foundation of religion and the basis of Islaam

Question: Brother S.A.M.L. from Abyssinia (Ethiopia), now living in the city of Jeddah, asks: In my country, Abyssinia I acquired some Islaamic knowledge. However, I do not know to what degree is it authentic, as I think I learned some Sufi misconceptions, which I realized only after coming here. Please, give me useful instructions in this regard, may Allaah reward you!

Answer: Having sound beliefs is the topmost fundamental and basis of Islaam and faith. These principles represented a point of departure for all messengers of Allaah (peace be upon them), including our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), in calling their nations.Prophet Muhammad stayed in Makkah for thirteen years calling people to believe in the Oneness of Allaah, being devoted to Him and believing in His Names and Attributes, that He is the Lord of the worlds, the All-Knowing Creator and that He Alone is worthy of being worshipped. The Arabs knew that Allaah is the Lord of the worlds and that He is their Creator. However, they associated partners and other deities in worship with Him, including trees, stones, idols, humans (sons of Adam), jinn and other deities. Therefore, the Prophet (peace be upon him) taught them that Allaah Alone is worthy of being worshipped and that it was obligatory on them to devote worship to Him Alone. He said: My people, say “There is no god but Allaah” so that you may prosper. Yet, they denied his call and said, as is narrated by Allaah (Exalted be He) in the Qur’aan: “Has he made the aalihah (gods) (all) into One Ilaah (God – Allaah). Verily, this is a curious thing!”

Accordingly, sound belief is the topmost principle and the fundamental pillar of Islaam. Thus, a seeker of knowledge must give special care to it until he gains clarity and becomes versed in it… read more here.

3- Outline of the ranks of Islaam

Question: A listener from Riyadh asks: Kindly, give us an outline of the ranks of religion, elaborating on the fundamentals of each rank. May Allaah reward you well!

Answer: There are three ranks: Islaam, Eemaan (Faith) and Ihsaan (perfection of Faith) as is indicated by the Prophet (peace be upon him). 

The first rank, i.e. Islaam, is general rank and it consists of five fundamentals, which are testifying that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, performing Salaah (Prayer), paying Zakaah (obligatory charity), fasting Ramadan and performing Hajj to the House (Ka`bah). Included in this rank are all other worship acts enjoined by Allaah (Exalted be He).

The second rank, i.e. Eemaan, consists of six fundamentals, namely believing in Allaah, His angels, His Books, His messengers, the Last Day and Divine Decree, the sweet and the bitter thereof… read more here.

2- Meaning of testifying that “there is no god but Allaah”

Question: We ask Your Eminence to explain to us the meaning of the first pillar of Islaam, highlighting its requisites and how it can be implemented by people. What is the ruling on not knowing an aspect of this testimony?

Answer: Allaah (Exalted be He) sent His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to humankind in general, Arabs and non-Arabs, humans and jinn, and males and females. He was to call them to believe in the Oneness of Allah, being devoted to Him and having faith in the Prophet (peace be upon him), in all that was revealed to him and in all messengers, angels, heavenly revealed books, the Last Day, Paradise, Hellfire, and Predestination, the sweet and the bitter thereof. One also has to believe that Allaah (Exalted be He) has predestined, known, enumerated, and recorded all things. Thus, anything that happens is predestined by Allaah (Exalted be He).He ordered people to testify that there is no god but Allaah. Actually, it is the first thing to which he called people and the first pillar of Islaam. However, most people refused to respond to and denied his call. Moreover, Quraysh said, as is narrated by Allaah (Exalted be He) in the Qur’aan, “Has he made the aalihah (gods) (all) into One Ilaah (God – Allaah). Verily, this is a curious thing!” Thus, Allaah (Glorified be He) also says about them, Truly, when it was said to them: Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah “(none has the right to be worshipped but Allaah),” they puffed themselves up with pride (i.e. denied it). And (they) said: “Are we going to abandon our aalihah (gods) for the sake of a mad poet?” Actually, they refused the Islaamic call as they had for so long been worshipping idols and other deities besides Allaah (Exalted be He)… read more here.

1- The Definition of Islaam

Question: Please, illustrate to me the meaning of Islaam!

Answer: Islaam means total submission to Allah (Exalted be He) through belief in His Oneness, and showing subservient and servile obedience to Him. This is the meaning of Islaam. The Arabic root word ‘As-lama’ means to show submission and surrender to someone and obey his commands. Accordingly, Islaam means surrender and submission to Allaah’s Will by means of believing in His Oneness, being devoted to Him, obeying His commandments and abandoning what He has prohibited. Such is Islaam, about which Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Truly, the religion with Allaah is Islaam. Besides, a Muslims are thus called as they show complete submission to Allah and obey Him, abiding by His Commandments and refraining from what He has prohibited… read more here.