Getting rid of Kufr and hypocrisy

Question: When I was in secondary school, I strongly adhered to the true religious behavior. However, I feel now after joining university that my faith decreases. I seek your advice concerning this matter. May I ask you to send me a tape tackling `Aqeedah (creed) and the issues of Kufr (disbelief) and hypocrisy in particular?

Answer:  You should recite, ponder, and act upon the Aayaat of Qur’aan and Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Additionally, you should refer to the statements of the reliable people of knowledge in `Aqeedah and Fiqh (jurisprudence) and do more good deeds… read more here.

The way to increase faith

Question: It is admittedly true that faith increases and decreases. However, I suffer from weakness of faith and harshness of the heart. How can I strengthen my faith and soften my heart, and submit my limbs humbly to Allaah amidst the world’s temptations? Dear Shaykh! Kindly elaborate on this matter. May Allaah reward you!

Answer:  Faith indeed increases if a person obeys Allaah and decreases if they disobey Him. So, you should be keen to preserve offering the obligatory prayers in congregation, pay Zakaah willingly as a means to expiate sins, be merciful to the poor and the needy. You should keep company of pious and righteous people who may prove helpful to you in applying the rulings of Sharee`ah and guide you to attain happiness in life and in the Hereafter… read more here.

Advice that supports faith and knowledge

Question: First: In light of the proverb, “Wisdom is taught through men’s eloquence”, I ask you to advise me how to strengthen my faith.

Second: I want to acquire knowledge of religion but as this kind of knowledge is not well cared for in Algeria; only a few Muslim brothers are keen on acquiring it. May Allah reward them.

Third: I am working as a builder. The people working with me are not good Muslims. They talk about silly and obscene subjects.

Fourth: I have a friend whose faith is weak. He usually speaks ill of our pious brothers. I feel uncomfortable because of him. I need your advice in this regard.

Answer:  First, we advise you to recite and listen to the Qur’aan regularly attempting to contemplate its meanings as much as you can. If you find difficulty in understanding any Qur’aanic Aayah (verse), you may refer to scholars in your country or you may ask the scholars of Sunnah… read more here.

The best book that deals with Tawheed and the Islaamic creed

Question: What is the best book on Tawheed (Monotheism) and Islaamic creed and how can I get it?

Answer: The greatest books that clarify the true Islaamic creed are the Qur’aan and the books of Hadeeth. Other books dealing with this issue are Fath Al-Majeed, Al-`Aqeedah Al-Waasitiyyah, Al-`Uluww Lil `Alee Al-Ghaffaar, Al-Tawassul Wa Al-Waseelah, Mukhtasar Al-Sawa`iq Al-Mursalah, Tat-heer Al-I`tiqaad, and Sharh Al-Tahaawiyyah… read more here.

The `Aqeedah required from the Muslim

Question: What are the fundamental `Aqeedah (articles of faith) a Muslim is required to believe in?

Answer: The fundamental `Aqeedah include believing in Allaah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and believing in Predestination; either good or bad in the same manner clarified in the Qur’aan and Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)… read more here.

Is Eemaan a saying and action or only a saying devoid of action?

Question: Discussing the issue of Al-`Uloohiyyah (Allaah’s Exclusive Right to be worshipped) and the implications of Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah), we come upon many books written by some A’immah of Salaf (righteous predecessors) on the issue including Fath Al-Majid Sharh Kitaab Al-Tawheed and Majmu`at Al-Tawheed by Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhaab and Shaykh Al-Islaam Ahmad ibn `Abdul-Haleem ibn Taymiyyah respectively, as well as the book entitled “Ma`rij Al-Qabool fee Sharh Sullam Al-Wusool” by Shaykh Haafith Hakamee, etc. First: The author of Fath Al-Majeed cited the statement of Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhaab (may Allaah be merciful to him) concerning the meaning of “Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah.” He states that it does not suffice to only utter Shahaadah, rather the person should have knowledge about it. Along with the utterance, they must have knowledge about and act upon it. Moreover, they must disbelieve in whatever is worshipped beside Allaah. This is based on the Hadeeth narrated by Muslim (may Allaah be merciful to him) “Whoever professes that there is no god but Allaah and denies everything worshipped other than Allaah, their property and blood became inviolable…” Related by Muslim. 

Meanwhile, the author of the book entitled “Wulatun la Qudah” focuses on the concept of uttering Shahadah neglecting what has been mentioned by Shaykh al-Islaam and others (may Allaah be merciful to them).

Similarly, whoever studies the statements of the Salaf on Eemaan (faith) that it should be in both words and deeds, becomes confused when reading the claims of the contemporary scholars that Eemaan is a mere declaration not deeds.

Also, the person feels confused when reading the statements of the Salaf concerning the three articles of faith. They state that Eemaan should be declared by the tongue, practiced by the limbs, and believed by the heart. Having known what we mentioned above, please enlighten us regarding the correct view.

Answer: The sound view is the statement of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream). Eemaan must be uttered by the tongue, practiced by the limbs, and believed by the heart… read more here.

The required `Aqeedah that makes one a Muslim

Question: What are the articles of faith a Muslim needs to know to be a true Muslim?

Answer: As intellectual faculties, leisure times, life engagements, facilities and difficulties of learning vary from one person to another; some Muslims are obliged to do what others are not obliged to do… read more here.