Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim (In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful)
I waited a bit before posting again because I was having difficulty getting started, having difficulty chosing my words, and wanting for you, the reader, to understand what I am writing. I want to provide you with information that I believe to be true, the ultimate truth, and I know that some of what I am writing will be different from what many of you were raised to believe. I urge you to at least read my posts and ask questions. Let me help to clarify some of your thoughts or assumptions that you have regarding Islam.
I ended my last post with the definition of Tawhid, which is, in brief, faith in the unity of God. The belief that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, The Most Glorified, The Most High). There is no god worthy of worship but God, Allah (SWT). Allah (SWT) is the Arabic word for God.
Here, I will expand on the meaning of Tawhid. Many people are mistakenly under the assumption that Allah (SWT) is the God of Muslims. This is untrue. Allah is the name that He, our Creator, has chosen for himself. He, Allah (SWT) is the Creator and we are the creation. Everything, is His creation.
As Muslims, we testify the following:
La ilaha illa ”Llah (There is no god worthy of worship, but God, or There is no one, no thing, no deity worthy except Allah). Muhammadur rasullu’Llah (Muhammad (SAW) is the final messenger of Allah (SWT).
Tawhid, the absolute faith in the unity of Allah (SWT), that He has no partners, no children, and He was not born of anyone.
Suratul Ikhlas, the 112th Surah (Chapter) of the Qur’an captures the essence of Tawhid. It is one of the shortest surahs, yet one of the most powerful:
“Say, He is Allah, the One. Allah is Eternal and Absolute. None is born of Him, nor is He born. And there is none like Him.”
When I first started gaining knowledge of Islam, it was this belief that solidified my decision to become a Muslim. This belief in one God, with no partners or associates. Although there were times in my life that I neglected my faith and felt that if there was a god, that he was not helping me at all. I fell into the traps of this world and struggled for years. Yet, in the long run, I knew that I believed in God and I knew that I had a purpose in this life. I just did not know what that purpose was, and no religious belief, that I was aware of, was quite able to answer that question for me…..until Islam. Until I learned and finally understood that Allah (SWT) is the Creator of all and that I am a servant of Allah (SWT).
I am His slave and I will do my best to obey His commands to the fullest, InshaAllah. It is an honor to be chosen to be the slave of Allah (SWT).
You may be thinking, What? Why would someone want to be a slave to someone else? The answer to this question goes right back to the definition of Tawhid. Each and everyday, I thank Him alone, I pray to Him alone, I ask of Him alone for His forgiveness, for His Mercy, and for His Blessing and I ask Him alone to guide me!
He is Allah (SWT) the Creator of all things, the One, the most Amazingly Perfect. He has created me, my loved ones, all of nature, all that is around me, and all that I experience in my life. He feeds me, He provides for me and He gives me all that I need in this world. To be His servant, to worship Him alone, is my purpose, our purpose!
All Praise and Glory for You, Allah
How Amazingly Perfect are you, Allah
The first Surah of the Qur’an is Suratul Fatihah. This surah is what all Muslims recite, at the very least, 17 times a day in each and every salah (prayer):
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim (In the name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Most Kind)
All praise is for Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
The Most Merciful, The Most Kind.
Master of the Day of Judgement
You alone we worship, for You alone we seek help.
Guide us along the straight path.
The path of those whom You have favored, not of those who earned Your anger nor of those who went astray (or who are misguided).
Insha’Allah you have gained some knowledge from my posts and will continue to read future posts.