Part of the Do'a Iftitah

"Verily my solats, my ibadah, my life and my death I surrender to Almighty Allah, Creator and Lord of all the worlds. Never will I associate anything with Him. So am I commanded and I am of those who are Muslims."

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Aqeedah - Foundation of Belief in Allah - Part 2

The very first principle of Faith @ Iman towards Almighty Allah, God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful is the principal artery of Belief in Islam.

If this vital and most crucial part of a person's Aqeedah towards Total Belief in Almighty God is weak, then all other aspects of the person's Faith goes to waste.

That is the reason why I stress the importance of each and every Muslim, male and female to not take the matter of Iman towards Allah in a manner not befitting a true believer!

Mankind who have the gift of being able to think and evaluate each and everything present before them here on Earth and ponder upon the Creation of the entire Universe would surely be astounded as to the Magnificence of God's Creations.

This whole wide expanse of space before us and the myriads of life in all manners and forms both on Earth, in the underground, in the seas and oceans, rivers and lakes, jungles and the deserts, mountains and the icecaps, all show us the magnitude of the Powers of Allah, who creates and gives life to zillions of creatures, big and small, tiny and microscopic, even realms of life that is hidden to our naked eyes or sense of perception.

This planet Earth with all manners of living beings in it is a globe 40,000 kilometres in diameter. The Sun that is a 1,250,000 times bigger than this Earth is circled by tens of planets and millions of stars, each orbiting on their own paths, systematically in the vast expanses of the Universe in an orderly manner as willed by Almighty Allah, God, Creator and Sustainer of all that is present before us.

To even dare to think that all these came to being on their own as some dimwits are saying just betrays their glaring ignorance and failure to comprehend as to what's real and what's a figment of their distorted imaginations.

Don't waste your time on those who choose to be obstinate and refuse to see or even think about all that we are learning about here. It's a classic case where they are among those described as being deaf, dumb and blind to the obvious reality staring at them in the face!

Humankind have always consisted of such types and there will be even offsprings of the good and righteous who refuse to admit and submit to the truth being presented to them, no matter even if they are sons and daughters of the scholars and 'alims of the world!

Reflect back to the examples of even maternal and paternal uncles of the Holiest Messenger of Allah himself, Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam who couldn't influence some of them to become Muslims!

Consider also, the son and wife of the Prophet Noah who refused to embrace Islam and perished in the great floods that swamped the whole Earth! Take also as an example of the family of the Prophet Lut who turned into pillars of salt after refusing to listen to his advice not to look back at the disaster taking place as a result of Allah's Wrath upon the sodomites of Sodom and Gomorrah!

Believing in the Unseen God is the distinction between those who are able to comprehend the various stages of Life and Existence and those who are oblivious to such matters for their brains can't come to understand such matters!

It is like the case of some people being able to make out the 3D images of such paintings and textures but some folks, strain their eyes as they might, can still not make out an iota of the whole dimension before them!

Let me give it to you in a simpler, easier to understand way.

Has anyone of us seen our souls? Yes, our souls! I am sure not one of us have seen it with our own two eyes but it is there, isn't it?

Our living breathing soul is the reason why we are still alive here reading this post and it is unseen by any living being! There are some out there who claim to have near death experiences.

They claim that they could see their bodies lying motionless whilst their spirits floated up above and looked upon their lifeless bodies lying dead cold on some mortuary slab or after being involved in a fatal crash or accident.

Well, I leave it to the individual or individuals concerned to believe what they will. These spiritual experiences dwell on the paranormal but we have to acknowledge that such experiences are very personal and private. Only those who have experienced such incidents know exactly what they went through. Others can only guess and try to imagine those events.

Just as we can't see our living souls ourselves, we who are mere mortals and have yet to reach certain levels of spiritual awareness that certain Sufis and holy men are reputed to have attained, we do acknowledge that there is a Spiritual World out there!

Just like a hundred years ago before the advent of the microscope, mankind didn't know that even in a drop of water there existed all kinds of microbes and living organisms in it. Hidden realms of life that we are still discovering by the day.

Watching over all of us and monitoring each and everything we do are the multitudes of Angels and Almighty Allah, our God Almighty. A true Muslim knows that hence he or she who has the Faith and Trust in God know that Allah is just a prayer away and always loves us , no matter who we are if we submit to Him in the true sense! InsyaAllah.