The true faith of whoever says sincerely “There is no god but Allaah”

Question: If a man having five wives or more dies, is he considered a Muslim for whom we can offer the Funeral Prayer after his death, although we know that Allaah (Glorified be He) says (what means): Then do you believe in a part of the Scripture and reject the rest? Then what is the recompense of those who do so among you, except disgrace in the life of this world ?

Answer: True Eemaan (Faith) is not established by saying, “Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah),” unless it is said sincerely from the heart. Allaah does not accept the Shahaadah (Testimony of Faith) unless it is sincere. In this world, anyone who pronounces the Shahaadah should be treated unconditionally as a Muslim.. read more here.

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Shahaadah: One of the five pillars of Islaam

Question: The good word is one of the five pillars of Islaam. Did the Messenger (peace be upon him) teach us that the good word is Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah Muhammad rasool Allaah (there is no god but Allaah. Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah), or just Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah)? What do the Glorious Qur’aan and books of Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeths tell us in this regard? If the Qur’aan mentions the first formula, which Soorah is it in? What is the number of the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse)? Likewise, if the reliable books of Hadeeth confirm it, where can it be found? Please, mention the book, the page, and the categorical degree of relevant Hadeeth? Finally, do Muslims have the right to add any word or sentence to any Aayah or Saheeh Hadeeth specially if the addition is good and acceptable? What is the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) ruling on this?

Answer: The good word is Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah as you have mentioned in the question. It is one of the foundations upon which Islaam is built. Furthermore, it is the first of its pillars. The Prophet (peace be upon him) taught us this word and the other five pillars as well… read more here.

Refuting atheists’ claim about religion having one source

Question: Centers for Islaamic awareness face a lot of questions posed by Muslims from many places. They require reasonable answers to give people who do not believe in the Qur’aan or Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet). These people are absolute rationalists and sophists who cannot be convinced except by rational answers that are compatible with their understanding. Their aim is to spread suspicion and cast doubt into the hearts of ignorant Muslims. Some of them maintain courteous relations with Muslims like the Malayan Chinese while others have power and work in politics such as the Buddhists living in Pattani. We need to refute the following:

1- Their saying: “Islaam is not different from idol worship. We worship idols and prostrate to our statues in Malaysia and you (Muslims) sell your property and other valuable possessions for the sake of going to Makkah to bow, prostrate and circumambulate around the stones of the Ka`bah in Al-Masjid Al-Haram. We have seen Muslim pilgrims doing so during the season of Hajj on television.””Stones, whether of Al-Ka`bah or of idols, are all stones even if your beliefs are different from what is apparent.” These false claims are spread by atheist Malay Chinese.

2- They draw an analogy between religions and rivers, claiming that religions are like various rivers of different headstreams. They all spring from one source located in highly elevated lands and all of them flow into one ocean. They mean to say that all religions have one aim; teaching their adherents good manners and beneficial deeds that will bring them success in the world and in the Hereafter and that religions will lead people to be gathered before Allaah; this is the interpretation of them all springing from one source and flowing into one ocean.

3- Meaning that whoever adheres to any religion is saved because all religions belong to Allah and will return to Him in the end, whether it is Islaam, Buddhism or Christianity. This aims at throwing doubt and suspicion among Muslims especially the young ones. May you confirm receipt of our message for we are eagerly waiting for a reply and we thank you in advance.

It is to be noted that these are the claims and ideology of Buddhist Thais. Some Thai politicians have instilled these claims into the minds of Muslim students enrolled in their governmental schools to attract them to their Buddhist and Malay Semitic beliefs. Shiites interpret the following Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) …and perform As-Salaat (Iqaamat-as-Salaat) for My Remembrance. As follows: Whoever remembers Allah in their hearts are not obligated to offer Salaah (Prayer) in the exact known way. It is known that the Shee`ah offer what is known as Baatinee Salaah (mental Salaah) in which they only close their eyes for a while and imagine that they are offering Salaah. They claim that Salaah should be offered in this way; believing that Batini Salaah is more valid and enduring than the Salaah done by the apparent body postures. They use the following Aayah as evidence: Whatever is with you, will be exhausted, and whatever is with Allâh (of good deeds) will remain.They interpret “whatever is with you” as referring to Salaah performed by apparent body postures of which nothing remains after finishing Salaah. “Whatever is with Allaah will remain” denotes the heart through which a person offers Salaah, and the image and sound which cross their minds. According to their beliefs, a person can offer Salaah once a day, either at the beginning of the day, specifically in the morning or at the end of the day at the time of Maghrib (sunset) Prayer.

However, it is better to offer all five prayers during their stated times regardless of where they are or what they are doing, whether they are in the bathroom, having a meal, or having sexual intercourse. This is the content of the speech of the Shaykh who attended the session. May Allaah guide all Muslims to do that which He loves and that which pleases Him.

Answer: There is a great difference between Muslims and atheists. Muslims worship no one but Allaah and follow what is revealed in His Book, the Qur’aan,and to His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) whom He sent to Jinn (creatures created from fire) and humans, whether they are Arabs, non-Arabs, men or women. Allaah ordered humans and Jinn to follow the Prophet (peace be upon him) and adhere to what was revealed to him… read more here.

Uttering the Shahaadah and performing Ghusl when a non-Muslim embraces Islaam

Question: When non-Muslims accept Islaam, should they pronounce the Shahaadah (Testimony of Faith) first or perform Wudoo’ (ablution)?

Answer: They should pronounce the Shaahadah first and then they should ritually purify themselves to perform Salaah (Prayer)… read more here.

The concept of `Uboodiyyah in Islaam

Question: It is well-known that Islaam is revealed to provide freedom and liberty for people. The concept of liberty in Islaam was correctly defined by an insightful scholar who said: It is to be a servant to Allaah (Exalted be He) and a freeman to other than Him.

Please briefly clarify for us the concept of `Uboodiyyah (Worship) in Islaam and how the servant can be freed from his master and other relevant issues. Please also clarify the wisdom behind the fact that the Messenger (peace be upon him) took Anas as his servant and `Umar took a servant boy.

Answer: The meaning of worship in Islaam is: “Submission to Allaah (Exalted be He) by obeying His Commands, leaving what He has prohibited, abiding by His Limits, seeking His Pleasure, hoping for His Reward and fearing His Anger and Punishment.” This is the true meaning of worship and it is never to be for anyone except Allaah (Exalted be He)… read more here.

Meaning of: there is no god except Allaah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah

Question:  Please explain the phrase: “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah Muhammad Rasoolul-Allaah (There is no god except Allaah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah).”

Answer: The Shahaadah (Testimony of Faith) is the first of the Five Pillars of Islaam. It consists of two parts, the first of which is: “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah” (There is god except Allaah). This denotes that there is none worthy to be worshiped but Allaah… read more here.

What is the real meaning of Al-`Uboodiyyah?

Question:  What is the real meaning of Al-`Uboodiyyah? Is it to enslave people even against the laws of Islaam?

Answer: There are various kinds of `Uboodiyyah; (i) The general servitude of all creatures at all times; this kind of submission is confined to Allaah alone, as He (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

What is the essence of Islaam?

Question: What is the essence of Islaam?

Answer: The essence of Islaam had been clearly defined in the answer given by the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) when Jibreel (Gabriel, peace be upon him) asked him about Islaam… read more here.

Writing the word “Allaah” and the word “Muhammad” in an interlacing shape at the top of the door of a Masjid

Question: I would like to raise an issue that caused a dispute between some people. It is the writing of the word “Allaah” and the word “Muhammad” in an interlacing shape at the top of the door of one of the Masjids (mosques) in Adlab.

Some of them said that it is not permissible to write these names in such a shape. The proof they mentioned to support their viewpoint was that in this way, Muhammad’s status (peace be upon him), would be the same as Allaah’s which is not reasonable. Others said that writing them in such a way is permissible as Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) places His name beside the name of His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him).

I would like you to guide me to what is right. Thank you very much.

Answer: Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) texts join between testifying that no one is worthy of worship except Allaah and testifying that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah in certain places, such as in Athaan (call to Prayer), Iqaamah (call to start the Prayer), in the Hadeeth… read more here.

Paradise promised for whoever testifies that there is no god but Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah

Question: “The perfect word” is as the Messenger of both mankind and jinn (creatures created from fire), tells us in his Hadeeth: Whoever says: Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah, i.e. there is no god but Allaah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, shall enter Paradise. This perfect word consists of two parts: ‘There is no deity’; a form of negation, and ‘Except Allaah’, a form of affirmation. This indicates the Oneness of Allaah, (Exalted be He).

But where can I find the second part, which indicates the message of Muhammad (peace be upon him)? If the two parts are found in the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet, peace be upon him) where can I find them together?

Answer: The first pillar of Islaam which includes both parts is frequently mentioned in the Glorious Qur’aan. As for the first part, Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Allaah! Laa ilaaha illaa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), Al-Hayyul-Qayyoom (the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists).read more here.

The expression: Causes are numerous but there is only one death

Question: Is it permissible to say, “Causes are numerous but there is only one death.”

Answer: Yes, it is permissible to say this expression, there is no harm in it in-Shaa’-Allaah (if Allaah wills)… read more here.

What is the meaning of ‘Ibaadah (Worship)?

Question: What is the meaning of ‘Ibaadah (Worship)?

Answer: ‘Ibaadah means to deify only Allaah, to lower and humble oneself to Him alone, and to submit to Him by doing whatever He has commanded and refraining from whatever He has prohibited… read more here.

Why is the Islaamic religion called (Islaam)?

Question: Why is the Islaamic religion called (Islaam)?

Answer: It is called so because whoever reverts to Islaam must submit to Allaah (Exalted be He) and to all rulings introduced by Him (Exalted be He) and His Messenger (peace be upon him), for Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.