[30] 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

Allaah [The Most High] said in Surah Luqmaan Ayah 22-24:

وَمَن يُسۡلِمۡ وَجۡهَهُ ۥۤ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ وَهُوَ مُحۡسِنٌ۬ فَقَدِ ٱسۡتَمۡسَكَ بِٱلۡعُرۡوَةِ ٱلۡوُثۡقَىٰ‌ۗ وَإِلَى ٱللَّهِ عَـٰقِبَةُ ٱلۡأُمُورِ

وَمَن كَفَرَ فَلَا يَحۡزُنكَ كُفۡرُهُ ۥۤ‌ۚ إِلَيۡنَا مَرۡجِعُهُمۡ فَنُنَبِّئُهُم بِمَا عَمِلُوٓاْ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَلِيمُۢ بِذَاتِ ٱلصُّدُورِ

نُمَتِّعُهُمۡ قَلِيلاً۬ ثُمَّ نَضۡطَرُّهُمۡ إِلَىٰ عَذَابٍ غَلِيظٍ۬

And whosoever submits his face (himself) to Alla,h while he is a Muhsin (good-doer), then he has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold [La ilaha ill-Allah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah)]. And to Allah return all matters for decision. And whoever disbelieved, let not his disbelief grieve you (O Muhammad), to Us is their return, and We shall inform them what they have done. Verily, Allah is the All-Knower of what is in the breasts (of men). We let them enjoy for a little while, then in the end We shall oblige them to (enter) a great torment.

Few Reminders From The Above Aayaat:

[وَمَن يُسۡلِمۡ وَجۡهَهُ ۥۤ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ  – And whosoever submits his face (himself) to Allah]; meaning: This is the one who [willingly and sincerely] humbles and submits himself [or herself] to Allaah [The Most High], and sincerely carries out acts of worship and keeps away from what Allaah has forbidden. [وَهُوَ مُحۡسِنٌ۬ – while he is a good-doer]; meaning: He [or she] is that good doer in the religion of Islaam, who [sincerely] carries out acts of worship that have been legislated by Allaah [The Most High] and in accordance with the authentic Sunnah of the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam]; or that person who [willingly and sincerely] submits himself [or herself] to Allaah by carrying out legislated acts of worship in a manner as if he or she is seeing Allaah, even though he or she cannot see Allaah [in this worldly life], but knows that Allaah sees him or her; or that one who [willingly and sincerely] submits himself [or herself] to Allaah by fulfilling the rights of Allaah [i.e. worships Allaah alone, fulfil Allaah’s commands and keeps away from what Allaah has forbidden] and fulfils the rights of the people. All the above explanations mean the same thing, for the performers of these [righteous deeds] accept such deeds and perform them perfectly. However, the only difference between them is the [level of striving, sincerity of each person].

Therefore, whoever does this, [i.e. willingly submits himself (or herself) to Allaah, whilst being a good doer in Islam], then such a person has truly submitted to Allaah [The Most High] and he or she is one who [ٱسۡتَمۡسَكَ بِٱلۡعُرۡوَةِ ٱلۡوُثۡقَىٰ – has  grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold (i.e. that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah], which will make him [or her] steadfast and lead him or her to safety; safeguards him or her from destruction and lead him or her to success through every path of good.

On the other hand, whoever does not submit himself or herself to Allaah willingly and is not a good doer based on the acts of worship legislated by Allaah and are to be performed in accordance with the authentic Sunnah of the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam], then indeed such a person has not held onto the most trustworthy hand-hold. And when it is case that such a person is not among those holding to this most trustworthy hand-hold, then indeed his or her end cannot be anything else but destruction. [وَإِلَى ٱللَّهِ عَـٰقِبَةُ ٱلۡأُمُورِ – And to Allah return all matters for decision]; meaning: All matters will return to Allaah, so that He will judge between mankind and jinn, recompense them for their deeds and assign them their destinations [i.e. hell or paradise].

Then Allaah [The Most High] said:

[ وَمَن كَفَرَ فَلَا يَحۡزُنكَ كُفۡرُهُ ۥۤ‌ۚ إِلَيۡنَا مَرۡجِعُهُمۡ فَنُنَبِّئُهُم بِمَا عَمِلُوٓاْ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَلِيمُۢ بِذَاتِ ٱلصُّدُورِ-And whoever disbelieved, let not his disbelief grieve you (O Muhammad), to Us is their return, and We shall inform them what they have done. Verily, Allah is the All-Knower of what is in the breasts (of men). [نُمَتِّعُهُمۡ قَلِيلاً۬ ثُمَّ نَضۡطَرُّهُمۡ إِلَىٰ عَذَابٍ غَلِيظٍ۬ – We let them enjoy for a little while, then in the end We shall oblige them to (enter) a great torment].

To be continued InShaaAllaah


[Source: (Tayseer al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam al-Mannaan). Abridged & paraphrased]

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