Back To Basics- [The Statement of Pure Islamic Monotheism- Laa Ilaaha illal laah]
In The Name of Allaah The Most Merciful The Bestower of Mercy
وَلَا تَدۡعُ مَعَ ٱللَّهِ إِلَـٰهًا ءَاخَرَۘ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَۚ كُلُّ شَىۡءٍ هَالِكٌ إِلَّا وَجۡهَهُ ۥۚ لَهُ ٱلۡحُكۡمُ وَإِلَيۡهِ تُرۡجَعُونَ
Allaah [The Most High] said in Surah Al-Qasas Aayaat 85-88:
[إِنَّ ٱلَّذِى فَرَضَ عَلَيۡكَ ٱلۡقُرۡءَانَ لَرَآدُّكَ إِلَىٰ مَعَادٍ۬ۚ – Verily, He Who has given you (O Muhammad) the Qur’an will surely bring you back to the Ma’ad [place of return]; meaning: Allaah is the one who revealed the Qur’aan, issued divine rulings in it, clarified and explained what is lawful and unlawful, commanded you (O Muhammad) to preach it to Mankind and Jinn, and that you convey all the commands and prohibitions that are obligated on those who have reached the age of puberty; therefore it is not befitting Allaah’s Wisdom that life will only be limited to the life of this world and that people will neither be rewarded with good due to their good deeds nor punished due to their evil deeds; rather the fact is that they will be returned to the Afterlife where the doers of good will be rewarded for their good deeds and the evil doers will be punished for their disobedience.
Indeed Allaah’s guidance has been established for the people and the path has been made manifestly clear, therefore if they follow you (O Muhammad), then that will be their good portion and well-being [in this life and the next]; but if they reject you, disparage the guidance you have brought and give precedence to the falsehood they are upon over the truth, then there remains no room for argumentation; rather the only thing that remains is that Allaah – The All-Knower of the Unseen and the Seen- will recompense those upon truth- based on their good deeds, and likewise those upon falsehood based on their evil deeds.
And regarding the statement of Allaah: [قُل رَّبِّىٓ أَعۡلَمُ مَن جَآءَ بِٱلۡهُدَىٰ وَمَنۡ هُوَ فِى ضَلَـٰلٍ۬ مُّبِينٍ۬ – Say (O Muhammad): “My Lord is Aware of him who brings guidance, and he who is in manifest error]; Meaning: Allaah has made it known that His Messenger is rightly guided and he is also an upright guide for others. On the other hand, his enemies are misguided and misguiding others.
[وَمَا كُنتَ تَرۡجُوٓاْ أَن يُلۡقَىٰٓ إِلَيۡكَ ٱلۡڪِتَـٰبُ إِلَّا رَحۡمَةً۬ مِّن رَّبِّكَۖ فَلَا تَكُونَنَّ ظَهِيرً۬ا لِّلۡكَـٰفِرِينَ – And you were not expecting that the Book (this Qur’an) would be sent down to you, but it is a mercy from your Lord. So never be a supporter of the disbelievers]; [وَلَا يَصُدُّنَّكَ عَنۡ ءَايَـٰتِ ٱللَّهِ بَعۡدَ إِذۡ أُنزِلَتۡ إِلَيۡكَۖ وَٱدۡعُ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكَۖ وَلَا تَكُونَنَّ مِنَ ٱلۡمُشۡرِڪِينَ – And let them not turn you (O Muhammad) away from (preaching) the Ayat (revelations and verses) of Allah after they have been sent down to you, and invite (men) to (believe in) your Lord [i.e. in the Oneness (Tauhid) of Allah (1) Oneness of the Lordship of Allah; (2) Oneness of the worship of Allah; (3) Oneness of the Names and Qualities of Allah], and be not of Al-Mushrikun (those who associate partners with Allah, e.g. polytheists, pagans, idolaters, those who disbelieve in the Oneness of Allah and deny the Prophethood of Messenger Muhammad)].
Then Allaah [The Most High] said: [ وَلَا تَدۡعُ مَعَ ٱللَّهِ إِلَـٰهًا ءَاخَرَۘ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَۚ كُلُّ شَىۡءٍ هَالِكٌ إِلَّا وَجۡهَهُ ۥۚ لَهُ ٱلۡحُكۡمُ وَإِلَيۡهِ تُرۡجَعُونَ- And invoke not any other ilah (god) along with Allah, La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). Everything will perish save His Face. His is the Decision, and to Him you (all) shall be returned]; Meaning: Direct your worship sincerely to Allaah alone because none has the right to be worshipped except Him. No other deity has the right to be deified, loved and worshipped, except Allaah, for He alone is the ever living, and He is Perfect [free from all imperfections, deficiencies weaknesses, faults etc]. And when it is the fact that everything will perish except Him, then it is extreme falsehood and corruption to worship those who will perish.
Indeed what they [i.e. the polytheists] worship besides Allaah is falsehood and are things that will perish, but Allaah alone is the One who will never perish and there is no deity worthy of worship besides Him. He alone has absolute dominion over everything; He alone runs all affairs of the universe- what He wills has to take place and what He does not will cannot take place; He alone is the ruling judge between the servants in the Hereafter and they will all return to Him to be recompensed for their deeds.
To be continued InShaaAllaah
[Source:(Tayseer al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam al-Mannaan). Abridged and slightly paraphrased]