In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.
May Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you!
I greet you in the name of Allah, God Most Compassionate, Most Merciful and am grateful to Him for still allowing me to be alive here today and share with you what I have come to learn and know about the building blocks of my faith in Him and what He has revealed to us, the Children of the Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam (upon him be Peace) through His Final Messenger for all Mankind, the blessed Greatest Prophet Muhammad ibni Abdullah, Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
Dear brothers and sisters,
To all those of us Muslims who have attested to the Oneness of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and have come to declare that we believe Muhammad al Mustafa (The Chosen One) Khatamun Nabiyyi Sallalahu to be Allah's Servant and Messenger, it is important that we know for sure as to what we believe in in terms of our Aqeedah @ Foundations of our Faith in Islam?
I have found many amongst both Muslims and the Disbelievers @ Kaffirs to have no notion at all as to what they misconclude as to what Islam is really all about?
First and foremost despite living today in these Last Ages @ Akhirul Zaman where information is so easily available to those of us who have a personal computer, laptop or desktop pc, tablet pc's, smartphones and the likes connected to the now unfathomable archives of the world wide web network called the Internet, there are still millions if not billions of people who have no inkling at all as to how to get the true facts concerning Al Islam, the birthright of all mankind?
Yes! Islam is the birthright for each and every human being who came to be and need to know in truth as to Who is our Creator and how should we submit ourselves to Him in our worship and as to how we should live our lives?
We are human beings. The offspring of Adam Alaihis Salam and Hawwa Radhiallahu Anha. Our Father and Mother. All tribes and nations of human beings have come to be and existed from the lineage of the First Man whom Allah created from Earth which was taken from all parts of the planet by one of Allah's mightiest Malaikats @ Angels ~ Sayyidina Izra'il Alaihis Salam.
The Creation of Adam is explained in Surah Al Baqarah Chapter 2 Verse 30 in the Blessed Al Qur'an Al Karim:
TransliterationWa-ith qala rabbuka lilmala-ikatiinnee jaAAilun fee al-ardi khaleefatan qalooatajAAalu feeha man yufsidu feeha wayasfiku addimaawanahnu nusabbihu bihamdika wanuqaddisu lakaqala innee aAAlamu ma la taAAlamoon
Muhsin KhanAnd (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: "Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth." They said: "Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, - while we glorify You with praises and thanks (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners) and sanctify You." He (Allah) said: "I know that which you do not know."
Those of you who have yet to study or delve into the Spiritual Study of Al Islam which is termed as Tasawwuf would not have come to learn about the details of such information because it is a matter which is only studied by those inclined to know more about their faith in Al Islam.
They do not teach these in the kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools, colleges or even in the common universities. Islamic Theology is separated into so many categories of academic studies nowadays that most students and professors who are in such places of higher learning rarely go into the fathomless oceans of spiritual knowledge that such a study contains.
One might just end up deluding oneself that one has reached the utmost plane of religious consciousness and thus get mired in self alluded illusions of spiritual grandeur and declare oneself to be the appointed Spiritual Viceroy of both Almighty Allah Himself and the representative of the Blessed Greatest Prophet Muhammad ibni Abdullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam here in this current earthly realm.
Such a narcissistic condition is exposed when one titles oneself as the Sultan of the Awliya's, Spiritual Chief of the world's Believers and so on. At times, the delusional individual can't be blamed totally for being in such a state of self grandiose!
It is the fanatical extremists amongst his supporters and followers who heap untold praises upon his fragile ego thus adding on to the narcissistic heart which was supposed to have reached the lowest levels of religious submission instead gets so pumped up with the humongous evil of self pride and extreme over glorification of one's own self!
Is it any wonder why the Blessed Prophet Muhammad al Mustafa warned against those who over praised anyone that it would be better if they did not go overboard in acknowledging the goodness of anyone to such extremes?
The reason was that they'd end up making the one being praised grow so bloody grotesque swelled up with pride that it destroys the very goodness of the individual that elicited such praise in the first place? Ego is not good for the submitting soul. There are so many instances in human history that records the ultimate end for all those who got so puffed up with pride that it led to their downfall eventually.
The Only One worthy of Pride is none other but Our Supreme Lord and Creator, Allahu Ta'ala! Each and every member of the humankind are all created beings. We are created first as formless souls and then imbued into our mortal self when Allah the Almighty consents to our coming into being upon our conception in the womb of our respective mother's. This takes place during the 4th month of our being in the fetal stage.
We who are merely created beings owe our existence to none other but Allah the Almighty. Whether we are born as royals or commoners, we all owe our faculties of perception and sensory to Him, Allah Azza Wa Jalla, the Most Supreme Creator.
There are those amongst us who are given extraordinary capabilities and there are also those who are born deprived of even the most basic of our functional organs or attributes. Who else can accord to us our sight, hearing, feelings, sensory of touch, smell, capabilities to think and rationalize, to imagine, to foresee or visualize this or that save for Allah the Almighty, Most Merciful God of us all?
Islam came to be revealed to us Mankind when our Father the Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam was created by Almighty Allah from earth taken from all parts of the planet which was collected by Malaikat @ Angel Sayyidina Izra'il Alaihis Salam. All other malaikats @ angels failed to complete the mission of collecting the needed earth because they did not possess the extraordinary strengths imbued upon Sayyidina Izra'il Alaihis Salam by our Lord!
You can learn about all these if you study the Qur'an and the authentic hadiths @ sayings of the Blessed Greatest Messenger of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala ~ Sayyidina Muhammad al Mustafa, Sayyidul Mursalin. For us to realize our temporal life here on Earth, we need to study and learn about the 5 stages of our existence as human beings.
We are all first created as Ruh ~ the Soul. This is the 1st stage of our being.
This living Ruh @ Soul is then imbued into our coming into existence in the physical form when we are formed as a fetus when the union between our father and mother takes place. We are imbued into our fetus stage at the 4th month of our being in our mother's womb. This life in our mother's womb is the 2nd stage of our being.
We are then born into this earthly life when our mother delivers us. We are currently living our life at the 3rd stage of our existence. It is our parents who decide as to what they want to raise us up as?
Whether we are taught to be Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu or whatever is up to our parents or if our parents abandon us or pass away before we grow up as a child, then it is up to those who have authority over us @ our guardians who take up that responsibility!
In reality, once we pass or enter the age of maturity, it is we who decide as to what we wish to be? We can't shirk such responsibility of knowing who we are, what we wish to be or believe in upon becoming one who is 'baligh' @ sexually mature.
If we are blessed to be one who is capable of deciding rationally as to be able to differentiate between what's right or wrong, then it is incumbent upon our own self to learn about our God Almighty. We can't live life as we please and forget our responsibility to our self.
Faith is an important and integral part of our human existence. We all know that even in the deepest jungles where there are some human tribes who live a primitive life, they too believe in something. You can call them as being animists or superstitious savages but still the aspect to worship a superior being exists even in their primitive minds.
To those of us who live in civilized societies, we are held accountable for what we believe in? Those of us who are Muslims @ Believers, we worship only Allah the Almighty. We are those who follow the teachings of Allah's Greatest and Final Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
To be a Muslim is to :
- Utter the Shahadah @ Testimony of Faith : " Asy hadu alla ila ha ill lall Laah ; Wa asy hadu anna Muhammad Rasul lul Laah!" which means ' I declare that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Messenger!'
- To submit to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala our 5 daily Solats @ Prayers according to what the Blessed Messenger has taught us at the onset of each prayers being the Fajr prayers, the Dzohor prayers, Asar prayers, Maghrib prayers and the 'Isha prayers preferably in congregation.
- To fast @ Saum from the start of Dawn ~ before the Fajr prayers - abstaining from food, drinks and not committing any acts that nullify such fasts until breaking it at sunset when Maghrib sets in.
- To pay Zakat according to one's affordability or as per what is ascribed by the Islamic authority to which one is subject to.
- To go perform the Hajj @ Pilgrimage to the Kaabah @ House of Allah in Makkah al Mukarramah at least once in our lifetime during the month of Zulhijjah if we are able and can afford to do so.
A Muslim is also to believe in:
- Allah [ in His Existence, His Oneness in His Attributes, His deserving to be worshipped and supplicated to and in His Right to legislate].
- Allah's Malaikats [ Angels - beings created from Nur @ Light who obey Allah and carry out His Orders or Will!]
- Allah's Revelations to Mankind throughout the Ages [ the Taurat @ Torah -revealed to the Prophet Musa (Moses) Alaihis Salam ; Zabur @ the Psalms of Nabi Daud (David) Alaihis Salam ; 'Injeel @ Gospels revealed to Prophet Isa ibnu Maryam ( Jesus son of Mary) and ultimately in the Al Qur'an al Karim which abrogated all the earlier scriptures and which was revealed to the blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam ~ Allah's Final and Greatest Messenger to all Mankind and the entire universes of Allahu Rabbul Alamin.
- Allah's Rasul's @ Messengers [ the first of them was Prophet Nuh Alaihis Salam
- The Last Day @ Yaum al Qiyamat. Doomsday. This is the day when all Life on Earth will cease to exist! I have written about it here before.
- Qada' and Qadr'. [Divine Preordainment]. Nothing takes place without the consent and Will of Allah.
These are the Bedrock of Faith for anyone who declares him or her self as a Muslim. A Believer in Allah the Eternal, All Knowing, Almighty God of us all. It is incumbent upon any one of us Muslims to know for sure what we believe in?
You can't be a Muslim if you are without Faith and do not know as to Who is Allah? You'd be one who lives a lie if you fail to observe each and every facet of our Aqeedah @ Creed as a Muslim. Do not fret if you didn't know. Allah asks us not to give up and to keep asking for His Forgiveness as long as we still can do so!
Allah the Almighty loves us and He has promised to Forgive us each time we repent and realize our mistakes. The only sin Allah will not forgive is if we commit the Major Sin of Syirik ! The act of associating Allah with any other imagined deity or object of worship besides Allahu Ta'ala!
Strive to improve our levels of Iman @ Faith and Amals @ Worship of Allah the Almighty so as to add value to our being Muslims and Insya Allah to be better Mukmins.
All we need to do is to focus on acquiring the right and correct knowledge of Al Islam and not be led astray by the many 'wise guys' sprouting up amongst the ummah of our nation and elsewhere.
Its easy to spot these 'wiseguys'. The minute they start condemning others as being this or that, then it should signal you to watch out from being taken for a ride by these 'johnny come lately's'.
May Allah bless and guide us all.
Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.
Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.