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The Importance of Knowing Your 'Aqeedah by Abu Muhammad Ibraheem Al-Hanbali

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THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWINGYOUR AQEEDAH Islam is founded on the very belief and testimony that There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger. In order to know the true God from the false objects that people have chosen to worship,onemustknowandrealizethedivine godly qualities.Allah has revealed the Holy Quran with the truth aboutHisDivinenamesandAttributesinorder forustoknowwhoHeisandrealizeHis magnificence.Hehaslaiddowntheundeniable factthatHeisthesole-Creatoroftheuniverse and the One True God.AllahinformsmankindspecificallyinSurahal-Ikhlaas,thatHeisOneandUnique,Heis Eternal, without a beginning and without an end, andduetothisfact,itisimpossibleforHimto createanothergodwhoisEternalwithout beginningnorend,orevenimpossibletogive birth to another god, simply because whatever He createsisfromthecreatedandtherefore impossibletobeanotherlikeHim.Thisisthe veryevidenceofHisOneness,HisUniqueness, His Tawheed.Surahal-IkhlaasisthereforeknownasSuratul-Tawheedforthisveryreason.Assomewould say, it is tawheed explained "with-in a nutshell".Respectively, whenitissaidla ilaha i.e. there isnogod,wearenegatinganypossibilityofthe existenceoftherebeingagod,thenwiththe particle of exception and the name of Allah illa Allahi.e.exceptAllah,wearethenaffirming thattheOneTrueGodisAllahalone.Knowing thissimplefactistheveryfoundationof knowing Tawheed. Theimportanceofcreedcannotbestressedany further,asthekalimahoflailahaillaAllah Muhammad ur-Rasul Allah There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah istheultimatesuccessandsalvation.1However, 1Thekalimahis themeansofentering Islam,andthekey to paradise. It is the top branch of faith and, the best of all good deeds, it blots out the bad deeds justbysaying it, so sayitoftenandseekforgivenessandforthisis thesword and shield against Shaytaan, which foils his plot and ruins his plans.BythissimpletestimonyoffaithAllahforgivessinseven if there are as many as the foam of sea. It is the statement that is written upon the Throne of Allah, it is the statement bywhichAdamrepentedtoHisLord.Thereisno lonelinessinthislifeorinthelifeofthegraveforthe people of la ilaha illa Allah, so rejoice in the name of your Lord, for indeed it is the key to paradise.The one who believes there is no god but Allah is promised salvation and paradise, and the sincerity from that is that he remains alooffromthatwhichAllah hasforbidden,outof gratefulnessforthisgreatblessing.Itisbysuchthat supplications are accepted.there is much more to the science than this point, formanyMuslimssayLailahaillaAllah, Muhammad ur-Rasulullah but have erred in other areasofthecreedbyinnovatingnewideologies thatwasneverfoundorheardpreviously.Since theendofthefirstthreegenerations,falseideas andcultsstartedtoarise,andthereforethe ImaamsoftheCreedhadtocodifythecreedin order to preserve it.

It is the protector from the wrath and punishment of Allah as long as one does not prefer the life of this world over the religionofAllah,becauseifoneprefersthedunyahover thedeen,thenhisstatementoflailahaillaAllahisalie, andAllahwillthrowthisstatementbackinhisface.La ilahaillaAllahisafortressthatprotectsformthe punishment of Allah, so enter it wholeheartedly. Whichever disbeliever says the kalimah will enter the fold ofIslamandbeprotectedbythisstatement,andwhoever saysitwholeheartedlywillgaintheintercessionofthe Prophet upon yawm ul-Qiyaamah.TheTestimonyofLailahaillaAllahispurificationfrom all sins and no deed surpasses the utterance of this blessed statement.Itis the noblestwordinthesightofAllah,and byitthetruthfulhaveassuranceofparadiseandthe protectionfromthefire.Itisaphrasethatoutweighsthe whole of the universe.It is the remover of worries and sorrows, and the light of a believersfaceandthereasontorejoiceinthepromiseof intercessionandsalvation.Itiswrittenonthepreserved tabletandtheheartofthebelievers.Itiswrittenonthe pillarsofparadiseanduponeveryleaftherein.Adapted from the Testimony of Faith by Sunni Publications ImaamAbuHanifahtransmittedthetextal-Fiqh ul-Akbar i.e. the Greatest Understanding which deals with the false cults who arose in his time.Likwise,ImaamAhmadBinHanbalcompiled quiteafewtextsonthesubjectofAqeedah,the mosttwonotableareKitaabal-ItiqaadandUsul us-Sunnah.Imaamat-Tahaawialsopennedhiswellknown unamnouslyagreedupontextal-Aqeedahut-Tahaawiyah,whichwasoriginallytitlesBayaan us-Sunnahfi al-Itiqaad and this text became the most ever studied Aqeedah text even in our times today.ImaamAbuMansural-Marturtidialsopenned theAqeedahtextnamedKitaabut-Tawheedand likewise,ImaamAbuHasanal-Ashariwrote numeroustextsonAqeedahthatrefutedhis former cult, the Mutazilah.Othergreatscholarsalsorosethroughoutthe centuriestocompilegreatworksofguidanceto helpusfindthetruepositionsoftheAhlus-Sunnahwal-Jamaaah,suchasal-Bayhaqis Kitaabal-Asmaawas-Sifaat,IamamNawawis Kitaabul-EmaanfromhisSharhonSaheeh Muslim,andIbnHajaral-Asqalaanischapter of Kitaabus-Sunnahinwhichhedefendsthecreed inthelastvolumeofhissharhonSaheehal-Bukhaari, Fath ul-Baari.There are more Aqeedah texts that are worthy of muchmention,howeverforthesakeofbrevity, weshouldkeepitrighthereasthementioned textsdomorethansufficeintheirstudyof classicalcreedandwarningsagainstthemany false cults.AllofthementionedtextsonAqeedahwere writtenwiththeintentionofdocumentingthe factthatthereismuchmoreknowledgetothis simpleformula,andthesubjectoftawheed, commonlyreferredinthemodernageasal-Aqeedah,andclassicallyknownasal-Itiqaad, andthesetextsarestructuredtosystematically teach the orthodox creed andbeliefs of theheart whichbringsaboutthedevelopmentoftrue belief [al-Imaan] in a believers heart. We know it tobetheveryfirstsubjectofimportancedueto thehadeethofArch-AngelJibraeel[knownas Gabriel in the Judo-Christian tradition].Itisnarratedby'Umar,mayAllahbepleased withhim,thereisthathesaid,"Whilewewere sittingwiththeMessengerofAllah,mayAllah blesswithhimandgranthimpeace,onedaya man came up to us whose clothes were extremely white,whosehairwasextremelyblack,upon whom traces of travelling could not be seen, and whomnoneofusknew,untilhesatdownclose totheProphet,mayAllahblesswithhimand grant him peace, so that he rested his knees upon hiskneesandplacedhistwohandsuponhis thighsandsaid,'Muhammad,tellmeabout Islam.'TheMessengerofAllah,mayAllahblesswith himand grant him peace, said, 'Islamis thatyou witnessthatthereisnogodbutAllahandthat MuhammadistheMessengerofAllah,andyou establish the prayer, andyou give the Zakat, and youfastRamadan,andyouperformthehajjof the House if you are able to take a way to it.' He said,'Youhavetoldthetruth,'andwewere amazed at him asking him and [then] telling him that he told the truth. Hesaid,'Tellmeaboutimaan.'Hesaid,'That youaffirmAllah,Hisangels,Hisbooks,His messengers,andtheLastDay,andthatyou affirmtheDecree,thegoodofitandthebadof it.' He said, 'You have told the truth.'TheArch-AngelJibrieelthenwentontoask whatisIhsaan,andthesignsofthelastday. However,whatisimportanttonotehereisthe order of the subjects, because this tells us that the kalimahoftawheedcomesbeforeanyformof worship and that al-Imaanis to believeinAllah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers etc. And thisistheveryfoundationofthecreed[al-Itiqaad], and the pillars of Imaan.Thisistheauthenticcreedoftheearly generations of Muslims, and those who followed them. They are known as the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaaah,whichisdescribedinthisageas SunniIslam,Sunnisimplybeingtheactive participleforonewhoascribeshimselftothe creed.Thisisthetruththat obliteratesfalsehood and clarifies the right path. Icannotemphasizetheimportanceofknowing our'Aqeedahenough.In-factitisblameworthy todotaqleedin'Aqeedahbecausethisisthe primeknowledgeourbeliefsarebasedonandit isobligatory[waajib]tostudyandKNOWthe 'Aqeedahinordertopurifyourselvesofany wrong beliefs for Allah says: Know that there is no god but Allah Notjustsomethingtomerelyrepeatwhen hearingit,buttobelievewithcertaintyupon knowingit.Itissomethingwehavetoknow throughstudyandnotblindlyfollow.Therewill beapeoplethatwillbeconfusedinthegraves whentheAngelsquestionthemabouttheir religion, they will admit that they only said there isnogodbutAllahsimplybecausetheyheard other people say it.Therefore, we must have reasons for faith should weseektobethesincerestofthebelieversand furthermore,toknowtherightAqeedahisthe very first step in self purification, and this is also the first and foremost sense of tazkiyyah, as seen whenMusaalayhis-SalaamcallstheFirawnto purifyhimselffromshirkbeliefs.Ifwelook closelyinSurahan-Naaziyahayah18,theword tazzaka is used_1 _> ,l _|| _. _ 18."Andsaytohim,'Wouldyou[acceptthisdoctrine of tawheed] so that you be purified [from shirk] Tazkiyyah[purification]isfromthesameroot andistheveryessenceofthescienceof tassawuf.NoSuficanbeaSufiunlesshehas knuckleddownandlearnedhiscreed.Nobody, cannotpurifytheheart,thesoul,themind,the wholeofthenafsifwehaveaflawinour Aqeedahasfalsebeliefsarethenajis[impurity] of the heart and the mind.Itisalmostlikelookingafteryourlivingroom withanElephantresidinginit.Nomatterhow muchyoutrytocleanit,theElephantwillkeep onexcretingandsmashingyourfurnitureto pieces and wetting the walls, etc. The first step is gettingridoftheElephantinthelivingroom. Therefore,knowingthecorrectAqeedah,and adhering to it is extremely important.Muslimsthatarealreadyfirmlygroundedinthe knowledgeofAqeedahmayfindagainand againthatyoumayhavetoexplainthispointto thoseMuslimswhoconstantlyrant"Iamnot Sunni,IamnotShi'a,IamnotWahhabi,Iam Muslimal-HamduLillah"becausewhetherthey likeitornottheyarepartofoneofthemany groupsthattheysaytheyarenotfrom.Thereis nosuchsectasthe"Muslim"sect,forallofthe sects are Muslim! [Except those whose kufr takes them completely out of the fold of Islam"].WeshouldpitytheseMuslims,becausethey havenottooktheirveryfirstbabystepof purification which is the very main aim of man to return to his Lord with a "sound heart", _., _!. `., __ | _. _.

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