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FUNDAMENTALS OF TAWHEED – Book Sample
It is common knowledge that Tawhıd is the basis of the religion of Islam and that it is most precisely expressed in the formula, “La ilaha illallah” (There is no god but Allah), which states that there is only one true God and that He alone deserves to be worshipped. This seemingly simple formula forms the dividing line between Eeman (true belief in God) and Kufr (disbelief), according to the tenets of Islam. Because of this principle of Tawhıd, the Islamic belief in God is considered to be unitarian and Islam is counted among the world ‘s monotheistic religions along with Judaism and Christianity.
Yet, according to the Islamic unitarian concept (Tawhid), Christianity is classifıed as polytheism and Judaism is considered a subtle form of idolatry. Thus, the principle of Tawhıd is profound and needs further clarification even among Muslims. This point is vividly illustrated by the fact that sonıe Muslims like Ibn ‘Arabi 1 understood Tawhid to mean that Allah is all and all is Allah; that there is only one existence, which is Allah.
Yet, such beliefs are classifıed by mainstream Islam as pantheism and, as such, Kıfr. Other Muslims such as the Mu ‘tazilah2 felt that Tawfüd consisted of stripping Allah of all His attributes and asserting that He is present everywhere and in everything. Yet, these ideas were also rejected by orthodox Islam and considered heretical.
In fact, almost all of the various heretical sects which broke off from the main body of Islam, from the Prophet’s time till today, all began their divergence from the point of Tawhid. All of those who worked for the destruction of Is lam and the misguidance of its followers have attempted to neutralize the principle of Tawhid, because it represents the very essence of the divine message of Islam brought by all the prophets.
They have introduced concepts about Allah totally alien to Islam; concepts designed to take man away from the worship of Allah alone. Once people accept these pagan philosophies about God, they become easily susceptible to a multitude of other deviant ideas all of which eventually led those who accept them to the worship of created things under the guise of the true worship of God.
The Prophet Ü$) himself, vividly warned Muslims to beware of such deviations as had befallen the nations before them. He encouraged them to stick closely to the path which he had tread. One day as he sat with his Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all), he drew a straight line in the dirt.
He then drew a series of lines branching off from either side of it. When the Companions asked him what it meant, he pointed to the branches and told them that they represented the various paths of misguidance in this life. He went on to say that at the head of each path sat a devil inviting people to it. After that, he pointed to the straight line in the middle and told them that it represented the path of Allah. When the Companions asked for further clarification, he told them that it was his path and he recited the following verse:
“This is my path leading straight, so follow it. And do not follow the other paths, or else you will be separated from His (Allah’s) path … ” (Quran 6: 153)
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