WHO IS ALLAH?

WHO IS ALLAH?

The proper terminology used, in Islam, for God is “Allah.” There are a number of reasons for having a special word for God. First of all, the term “Allah” means, in Arabic, the one and only universal God or Creator and Provider of the universe. Notice here, emphasizing “the one and only.” So, a Muslim would not simply say, “There is one God.” That would not be as accurate or as strong an expression as saying ‘the one and only God’.

The main point to be emphasized here is that, unfortunately many of the writings that are found in various libraries in the West, which are not written from a Muslim standpoint or how Muslims understand Islam, depict Allah as if He is some type of a tribal Arabian God or even the ‘God of Muslims’. For example, they’d say Mohammed worshiped his Allah. Or Muslims worship Allah. Even if they use the term Allah they put it in such a way that leaves the reader or audience with the impression that maybe it is not exactly the same God.

The reason for considering the term Allah as more accurate, is that Allah is not only just a meaning of God it is also a personal name for God, both a reference to God and His personal name. This is beautiful in a sense. You don’t just say God but you can also say Lord but when you say Allah you’re invoking the name, the personal name, of God. It establishes a personal touch or a pull between the human being and the creator. ‘Allah’ represents purity of Islamic monotheism

The other thing, which is also relevant, is that the term Allah, in Arabic, is not subject to plurality. For example, in English you can say God and you can also say gods. In Arabic  there is nothing that is equivalent to [the English term] Gods, nothing whatsoever. In other words, there is no Allahs for example. This emphasizes the purity of Islamic monotheism.

A third reason, which is quite interesting as well, the term Allah does not lend itself to any gender. In other words, there is no female or male gender for the term Allah. In English you can have god and goddess. In Arabic, this simply doesn’t exist, which shows that the term Allah is a lot more accurate than using the term God even if you are using a capital G. At least it is relatively more accurate in conveying the true nature of the Supreme Creator. The most fundamental teaching of Islam is to believe in the Oneness of God, in the sense of His being the only Creator, Preserver, Nourisher, etc. But this belief is not enough. Many of the idolaters knew and believed that only the Supreme God could do all this and yet they associated other gods with Him. Therefore, one must acknowledge the fact that it is God alone who deserves to be worshipped, and thus abstain from worshipping any other thing or being. Likewise, Muslims believe that God has no father or mother, no son or daughter. None is equal to Him. He is God of all humankind, not of a special tribe or race. It is important to note that “Allah” is the same word that Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews use for God.  If you pick up an Arabic Bible, you will see the word “Allah” being used where “God” is used in English. On page one [1] of Genesis in the Old Testament, we find the word “Allah” seventeen [17] times.

It is interesting to note that the Aramaic word “El”, which is the word for God in the language that Jesus spoke, is certainly more similar in sound to the word “Allah” than the English word “God.”  This also holds true for the various Hebrew words for God, which are “El” and “Elah”, and the plural or glorified form “Elohim.”  The reason for these similarities is that Aramaic, Hebrew and Arabic are all Semitic languages with common origins.

 

The Quran, the holy book of Islam, reminds us of the falsity of all alleged gods. To the worshippers of man-made objects, it asks: ‘How can you worship things you carve with your own hands, when it is God who has created you and all your handiwork?’ (37:95-96)

At another point, God says, “Say, ‘Why do you take protectors other than Him, who can neither benefit nor harm even themselves?’ Say, ‘Are the blind equal to those who can see? And are the depths of darkness equal to the light?’ Have the partners they assign to God created anything like His creation so that their creation is indistinguishable from His? Say, ‘God is the Creator of all things: He is the One, the All Compelling.’” (13:16)

To the worshippers of heavenly bodies the Quran cites the story of Abraham: “When the night grew dark over him he saw a star and said, ‘This is my Lord,’ but when it set, he said, ‘I do not like things that set.’ And when he saw the moon rising he said, ‘This is my Lord,’ but when it too set, he said, ‘If my Lord does not guide me, I shall be one of those who go astray.’  Then he saw the sun rising and cried, ‘This is my Lord! This is greater.’ But when the sun set, he said, ‘My people, I disown all that you worship beside God. I have turned my face as a true believer towards Him who created the heavens and the earth. I am not one of the polytheists.’”  (6:76-79).

Having achieved this knowledge of the One True God, one should constantly have faith in Him, and should allow nothing to induce them to deny the truth. When true faith enters a person’s heart, it impacts the person’s outlook and behaviour. Prophet Muhammad, the final messenger of Islam, said, “Faith is that which resides firmly in the heart and which is proved by deeds.”.

One of the striking results of faith is the feeling of gratitude towards God, which could be said to be the essence of worship.

Believers love, and are grateful to, God for the bounties He bestowed upon them. They are aware of the fact that their good deeds can never be equivalent to Divine favours, and therefore they are always anxious to please God. They remember God often. The Quran promotes this feeling of gratitude by repeating the attributes of God very frequently.

Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. Q2: 255. Say, “He is Allah , [who is] One, Allah , the Eternal Refuge , He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.” Q 112 : 1-4. “He is God: there is no god other than Him. It is He who knows what is hidden as well as what is in the open, He is the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy. He is God: there is no god other than Him, the Controller, the Holy One, Source of Peace, Granter of Security, Guardian over all, the Almighty, the Compeller, the Truly Great; God is far above anything they consider to be His partner. He is God: the Creator, the Originator, the Shaper. The best names belong to Him. Everything in the heavens and earth glorifies Him: He is the Almighty, the Wise.” (59:22-24).

REFUTATION TO “ALLAH IS A MOON GOD”  http://www.answering-christianity.com/moon_god.htm

 The difference between the names and attributes of Allaah

https://islamqa.info/en/22642

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Scholars have deduced from the Quran & Sunnah that For Allah to accept our deeds  3 conditions must be satisfied. (1) Tawheed Say, “I am only a man like you, to whom has been revealed that your god is one God. So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord – let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone.” Q 18 :110. (2) Sincerity…Tameem Ad-Dari reported: The Messenger of Allah,  () “Religion is sincerity or sincere goodwill.” We said, “To whom?” The Prophet said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, the leaders of the Muslims, and their common people.”. (3) Mutahaba (Total Compliance) “Certainly you have in the Messenger of Allah an excellent example for him who hopes in Allah and the Last Day’, & remembers Allah much”.Q33: 21. Allah says: “He who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah . . .” [4:80] [8:24] .”…So take what the messenger assigns to you & abstain from that which he forbids you …” (59:7).”If you do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you & forgive you your sins …” (3:31).

Abu Dharr (radiallahuanihu) : Messenger (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam): “There is nothing by means of which one may draw close to Paradise & move far away from Hell but it has been explained to you. (Tabarani). The scholars have divided these teachings of the prophet into 4  categories 1) Sunnah Qawliyyah; verbal  Sunnah; doing what he commanded  2)  Sunnah fihinliyyah (doing what he did 3) Sunnah Takririyyah: doing what he was silent about or approved of. 4) Sunnah tarkiyyah (abandoning what he did not do inspite of the need for it e.g. he commanded adhan for all the other prayers but not for the eclipse prayer and not for the eid prayers inspite of the need for it. For instance, he observed nawafil like (tahajud  & taraweeh) sometimes individually & sometimes in Jamah. However, he never observed Tahiyaat-ul-masjid (2 rakah of greeting the masjid) & rawatib (nawafils  before or after obligatory salah ) in jammah . He said salah in Jamah is more rewarding than individual salah. Can we conclude from all these put together that we can observe Tahiyaat-ul-masjid  (2 rakah of greeting the masjid) & rawatib (nawafil  before or after obligatory salah ) in jammah  because  the prophet did that with (tahajud /taraweeh)  & because the reward of salah in jamah is greater ? No one will agree to this. Why? because the prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) never prayed them that way. Doing that becomes an innovation in the deen. No, we cannot do it because the prophet never did it that way. So, it is Sunnah not to do what the prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) did not do (in the deen).

There is no doubt that as conscious Muslims we all want to do dawah & spread the only true message for salvation; AL ISLAM especially in this era of communications explosions & information overload. Also, our intentions are good in sharing Islamic messages & snippets; however, every Muslim is to be very careful in what he/she broadcasts spreads, says, writes about the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), so that he will not fall into the sin of telling lies about him. Statements are not just to be attributed to the prophet simply because they sound full of wisdom, correct & true, or have a beautiful meaning or eloquent wording or because they appear good without verifying from competent scholars if he actually said that. Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever narrates a hadeeth from me knowing that it is false is one of the liars.” .Abu Hurayrah (radiallahuanihu) Messenger of Allah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Whoever deliberately tells a lie about me, let him take his place in Hell.” Agreed upon. Al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Whoever narrates the hadeeth, knowing or thinking that it is most likely fabricated, and does not explain the facts about its narration and that it is weak, is included in this warning and comes under the heading of the liars who tell lies about the Messenger of Allah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam). There are enemies of Allah & His Prophet who capitalize on the prevalent  ignorance  of the knowledge of pure & pristine Islam among  Muslims to forward fabricated statements & call them authentic hadiths by simply adding in a bracket beside it bukhari or Muslim etc. We should develop the habit of verifying & putting authenticated references to whatever we receive/forward to people; even if it has been forwarded to us without a reference. It is not enough to write “sent as received” or “the prophet said something to that effect” or “it is said” & forward it thinking we are free of blame. We should also not take offence when asked for references regarding our claims about the deen, because Allah says  Q2:111.”…….say to them Oh Muhammad bring your proof if you are truthful”. Finally, we need to remember that sharing Islamic “snippets” or messages is neither an emergency that cannot await verification nor a competition. “He sent a hadeeth in order to spread good, then he found out that it is a fabricated hadeeth. What should he do?” https://islamqa.info/en/66273. How can we recognize false fabricated (mawdoo’) ahaadeeth? https://islamqa.info/en/34578. May Allah save us from the Hell fire.

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(i)        Bid’ah which constitutes kufr

(ii)       Bid’ah which does not constitute kufr

Shaykh Haafiz al-Hukami (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “The kind of bid’ah which constitutes kufr is when one denies a matter on which there is scholarly consensus, which widely-known, and which no Muslim can have any excuse for not knowing, such as denying something that is obligatory, making something obligatory that is not obligatory, or making something haraam halaal, or making something halaal haraam; or believing some notion about Allaah, His Messenger and His Book when they are far above that, whether in terms of denial of affirmation  – because that means disbelieving in the Qur’aan and in the message with which Allaah sent His Messenger (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) e.g.  bid’ah of the Jahamiyyah, who denied the attributes of Allaah; or the notion that the Qur’aan was created; or the notion that some of the attributes of Allaah were created; or the bid’ah of the Qadariyyah  who denied the knowledge and actions of Allaah; or the bid’ah of the Mujassimah who likened Allaah to His creation, (it also includes the believes of the shias, Sufis, ahmadiyyah, bahis, so called Nation of Islam, Quraniyyun, ibadis, modernist etc).

The bid’ah which does not constitute kufr, is defined as that which does not imply rejection of the Qur’aan or of anything with which Allaah sent His Messengers such as delaying some of the prayers until the end of the due times, doing the Eid khutbah before the Eid prayer, delivering the khutbah whilst sitting down on Fridays, etc. (Ma’aarij al-Qubool, 2/503-504)

Then, can we call people who do bid’ah muslims? https://islamqa.info/en/10843

If the bid’ah constitutes kufr, then the person is one of the following two types:

(i) Either it is known that his intention is to destroy the foundations of Islam and make the Muslims doubt it. Such a person is definitely a kaafir; indeed, he is a stranger to Islam and is one of the enemies of the faith. This includes the SHIAS, SUFIS, AHMADIYYAH, BAHIS, SO CALLED NATION OF ISLAM, QURANIYYUN, IBADIS, MODERNIST ETC).

(ii) Or he is deceived & confused; he cannot be denounced as a kaafir until proof is established against him, fair & square.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “In both cases, we have to call these people – who claim to be Muslim but who commit acts of bid’ah which may constitute kufr or may be less than that – to the truth, by explaining the truth without being hostile or condemning what they are doing. But once we know that they are too arrogant to accept the truth – ‘And insult not those whom they (disbelievers) worship besides Allaah, lest they insult Allaah wrongfully without knowledge.’ [6:108] – if we find out that they are stubborn and arrogant, then we should point out their falsehood, because then pointing out their falsehood becomes an obligation upon us. “. . . And let those who oppose the Messenger’s commandment beware, lest some fitnah (trial, affliction, etc.) befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them.” [24:63].

With regard to boycotting them, that depends upon the bid’ah. If it is a bid’ah which constitutes kufr, then it is obligatory to boycott the person who does it. If it is of a lesser degree than that, then it is essential to examine the situation further. If something may be achieved by boycotting the person, then we do it; if no purpose will be served by it, or if it will only make him more disobedient and arrogant, then we should avoid doing that, because whatever serves no purpose, it is better not to do it. And also in principle it is haraam to boycott a believer, because the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: ‘It is not permissible for a man to forsake [not speak to] his brother for more than three [days].’”.(Adapted from Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, vol. 2, p. 293). Should one who falls into bidiah be denounced? https://islamqa.info/en/87916

It suffices then to say that myths, fabrications & innovations in the deen are guaranteed  one way tickets to the hell fire (may Allah save us from it). Tap link for Myths among the common folk about superstitions https://islamqa.info/en/97221

Worship in Islam, is defined as anything we do with the intention of getting closer to Almighty Allah or getting reward from Allah. Imam Ahmad, Sh. Ibn Tammiyah & all other great & competent scholars derived from the Islamic Sharia that: “ With regard to all acts of  WORSHIP  in terms of TIME, PLACE ,TYPE, NUMBER, FREQUENCY or MANNER etc. of doing them, it  is based on the principle of  “TAWQEEF” i.e. ALL ACTS OF  WORSHIP INCLUDING (DUA,DHIKR etc.) ARE FORBIDEN UNLESS SANCTIONED BY THE QURAN & AUTHENTHIC HADITH; THERE IS NO ROOM FOR OPINIONS, EMOTIONS & INNOVATIONS.THE REVERSE IS ALSO TRUE. ALL INNOVATIONS IN WORLDLY AFFAIRS ARE PERMITTED EXCEPT WHERE SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED BY THE QURAN & AUTHENTIC SUNNAH. All innovations in the Deen are prohibited. The worst of affairs are the novelties; every novelty (in the deen) is an innovation, every innovation is misguidance & every misguidance is in the Fire.” An-Nasaa’e. This is a principle every true & sincere Muslim must MEMORISE. There is no such self-contradictions & incompatibles like “GOOD BIDI’A” or “GOOD SHIRK” or  “GOOD KUFR” in Islam . There is no such thing as Bid’ah Hasanah (“Good Innovations”) https://islamqa.info/en/864 https://islamqa.info/en/205

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Another false & baseless justification by deviants for innovating in the deen is the statement of Umar (radiallahuanihu) “What an excellent innovation is this?”. Umar never innovated in the deen; rather he revived an abandoned Sunnah of the prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam). Tap link for proof. Why did ‘Umar (radiallahuanihu) call uniting the people in praying Taraweeh behind one imam an innovation (bid‘ah)? https://islamqa.info/230276

In his life time, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) never allowed innovations in matters of deen (religion), nor was he opening the door to what some people call “bid’ah hasanah,” Here are a few examples of how he blocked it. Ibn Abbaas narrated: While the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) was delivering a speech there was a man who was standing. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) asked about him and they said that it was Abu Israaeel who had taken a vow to stand in the sun and not to sit, nor seek shade, nor speak and he also vowed to fast. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) then said, “Order him to speak, seek shade and sit. And let him continue his fast.” al-lsaabah, vol. 8, p. 160 and vol. 11, p. 12. The prophet stopped & removed the innovated parts of this man’s actions with which he was intending to get closer to Allah but kept the legislated part; fasting.

Anas ibn Maalik narrated that a group of three people came to the houses of the wives of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) and asked about his acts of worship. When they were told of his actions, it was as is if they considered them little. They then said, “Where are we with respect to the Prophet ? Verily, Allah has forgiven for him his past and later sins.” One of them then said, “As for me, I shall pray the whole night long.” Another said, “I shall fast continuously without breaking my fast.” The third said, “I shall remain away from women and will never marry.” The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) then came and said, “By Allah, I am most fearful of Allah and most conscious of Him. However, I fast and break my fast, pray and sleep and I marry women. Whoever turns away from my way of life is not from me.” “Bukhari”. The prophet stopped the innovations in the religion with which these young men were trying to get closer to Allah & limited it to what is legislated in the deen.

Scholars have classified Bid’ah and have ruled as follows:

  1. (Al-bid‘ah al-haqeeqah): introducing an act of worship for which there is no basis in Islam, such as touching graves & seeking help from their occupants. The scholars call this real innovation. This is that which was not prescribed at all.
  2. (Al-bid‘ah al-idaafiyyah); the act of worship may be originally prescribed in Islam, and what is contrary to the sunnah may have to do with attaching it to another act of worship where it is not prescribed, defining a certain time or place for it, or a certain number of times it is to be repeated, or the manner in which it is to be done or the reason for which it is to be done. This is called innovation by addition; it is not bid‘ah unless it is prescribed, done regularly & repeatedly. If it is done only once or twice without adhering to that, then it is not bid‘ah, such as if people pray qiyaam (night prayer) in congregation (jamaa‘ah) on some occasion, without thinking that there is any particular virtue in doing so.

Hence ash-Shatibi (may Allah have mercy on him) said, discussing the “innovation by addition”: The word bid‘ah refers to an invented way of doing something in Islam that is similar to what is prescribed, of which the intention is to go to extremes in worshipping Allah, may He be glorified. That includes regularly adhering to certain manners and forms of worship, such as reciting dhikr (remembrance of Allah) together in unison, taking the birthday of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) as an Eid (festival), and so on. It also includes adhering to specific acts of worship at specific times that were not defined as such in sharee‘ah (Islamic law), such as always fasting on the fifteenth of Sha‘ban (an-nusf min Sha‘ban) and spending that night in prayer (qiyam).End quote from al-I‘tisam, 1/37-39. Other bid’ah practices which are not legislated include; making a fixed habit of raising the hands after every salah to make a dua individually or in unison with the Imam & wiping the face or body with it, kissing the thumbs & rubbing the eyes with it after every salah & after the mention of the name of the prophet(Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam).Placing the right palm over the forehead after every salah & saying “Ya Qawiyu” 3times, compulsorily rocking back & forth while reading the Quran or making adhkar, closing eyes in prayer. Etc

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“…The most truthful speech is the Book of Allah. The best way is the way of Muhammad (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam). The worst of affairs are the novelties; every novelty (in the deen) is an innovation, every innovation is misguidance & every misguidance is in the Fire.” An-Nasaa’e. “Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours (Islam) that is not part of it, will have it rejected.” (Bukhari). The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: Whoever lies about me deliberately should get a seat in hell fire. (Bukhari). Myths, fabrications & innovations in the “deen” are partners in crime; they go hand in hand; one can lead to the other. The deviants & kufaar innovate by intentionally fabricating to justify their kufr believes & positions. The SHIAS, AHMADIS, BAHIS, SUFIS etc. are largely guilty of this. The ignorant & cultural Muslims fall into innovations through blindly following their culture or prevalent myths & superstitious practices that they wrongly consider to be part of Islam. Some other ignorant people fall into innovations through whimsical & excessive love which make them blindly follow their shaykh, Mureed, Maulana on everything he commands without asking why. It suffices to say that innovation is fueled by ignorance, misconceptions, deviant groups, whimsical love, blind following & culture confusion. Promotion of an innovation automatically leads to abandonment of a Sunnah”.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “According to sharee’ah, Bid’ah is ‘Worshipping Allaah in ways that Allaah has not prescribed.’ Or  ‘in ways that are not those of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) or his rightly guided successors (al-khulafaa’ al-raashidoon).’”

“Or have they partners with Allaah (false gods) who have instituted for them a religion which Allaah has not ordained?” [42:21]

(Ref and pro.said##)“I urge you to adhere to my way (Sunnah) and the way of the rightly-guided successors (al-khulafa’ al-raashidoon) who come after me. Hold fast to it and bite onto it with your eyeteeth [i.e., cling firmly to it], and beware of newly-invented matters.”

So, everyone who worships Allaah in a manner that Allaah has not prescribed or in a manner that is not in accordance with the way of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) or his rightly-guided successors (al-khulafa’ al-raashidoon), is an innovator, whether that innovated worship has to do with the names and attributes of Allaah, or to do with His rulings & laws.

With regard to ordinary matters of habit & custom, these are not called bid’ah (innovation) in Islam, even though they may be described as such in linguistic terms. But they are not innovations in the religious sense, and these are not the things that the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) was warning us against. And there is no such thing in Islam as bid’ah hasanah (good innovation in the deen).”.(Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, vol. 2, p. 291)

Furthermore, “Bid’ah” according to Islamic teaching is any invented way in religion that is aimed at worshipping or drawing closer to Allaah. This means anything that is not referred to specifically in Sharee’ah, and for which there is no evidence (daleel) in the Qur’aan or Sunnah, and which was not known at the time of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam  )& his Companions. It does not include worldly inventions [such as cars & washing machines, microphone, loudspeakers etc.].
Jareer ibn ‘Abdullaah al-Bajali (radiallahuanihu) said: “Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: ‘Whoever starts a good thing and is followed by others, will have his own reward and a reward equal to that of those who follow him, without it detracting from their reward in any way. Whoever starts a bad thing and is followed by others, will bear the burden of his own sin and a burden equal to that of those who follow him, without it detracting from their burden in any way.'” (Muslim)
Many deviants use this hadith as a justification for innovations in the deen, to confuse & brain wash their flocks. The story behind this hadeeth will explain what “whoever starts a good thing” means. Imaam Muslim reported from Jareer ibn ‘Abdullaah, who also narrated the hadeeth itself. He said: “Some people from the Bedouin came to the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), wearing woollen garments. He saw that they were in bad shape and in desperate need, so he urged the people to give them charity. The people were very slow to respond, and it could be seen in his face (that he was upset). Then a man of the Ansaar brought a package of silver, then another came, and another and another, and his face was filled with joy. Then, the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said this statement. It does not mean innovation in the deen, rather it means: Whoever revives a part of the Sunnah of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), or teaches it to others, or commands others to follow it, or acts according to it so that others see him or hear about it and follow his example

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SUPPLICATION (DUA) IS WORSHIP

       SUPPLICATION (DUA) IS WORSHIP

💎Worship is defined as anything that we do in order to get closer to Allah or get rewarded by Allah.
Supplication is indeed a major part of it.

👉🏾“And your Lord said: “Invoke Me. Verily! Those who scorn My worship (invocation) they will surely enter Hell in humiliation!” 40:60.

🎓A-Nu’man bin Bashir: Prophet (saw) said DUA is an act of worship (Ibadah).(Abu dawud)

Yes, we must supplicate for the good in this world & the hereafter for ourselves, families, friends & the Ummah.

Imam Ahmad & all other great & competent scholars say “The basic principle with regard to  all acts of worship is *TAWQEEF” i.e. ALL ACTS OF IBADAH INCLUDING  (DUA,DHIKR)  ARE FORBIDEN UNTIL SANCTIONED BY THE QURAN & AUTHENTHIC HADITH; THERE IS NO ROOM FOR OPINIONS,EMOTIONS & INNOVATIONS.*

❌ *It is not permissible to do any act of worship in terms of TIME or PLACE or TYPE or NUMBER or MANNER of worship except on the basis of “TAWQEEF”.*

✅ON THE OTHER HAND, ALL WORDLY (NON WORSHIP) MATTERS, ARE PERMITTED EXCEPT WHAT THE QURAN & AUTHENTHIC HADEETH PROHIBIT.

♻Since it’s a form of worship, then, Du’a, Dhikr etc. must be directed *ABSOLUTELY*  to Allah without ANY intermediary e.g. (Prophet, Peer, sheikh, saints,the dead etc).

💐It is immaterial how beautiful, positive, nice, widespread the content is, how pious the sheikh who recommended it is, the content must be according to the recommendations of the Qur’an & authentic Sunnah *(NOT FABRICATED)*.
👉🏾We might have received messages that are insulting to Tawheed as below:

1⃣“Say this dua 7X & send to 7 people; something good/bad will happen to you & your family”.

2⃣“Read this or that Surah 3X & send to 5 people to calm the anger of Allah or to Help GAZA”.

3⃣“A  Sheikh in Madinah or India said  or dreamt that the prophet asked him to  do it.”.

4⃣“Just forward it, even if you won’t say it or even if you don’t believe it, even if you sent it back to me I don’t mind.”

👎🏿One wonders the logic & motive behind this.Why would you forward what is wrong & what you won’t say? These messages are not only insulting to Islam they are *BID’A & SHIRK*.

❌They should not be forwarded, be deleted & senders should be educated. For the Prophetic way of DUA, buy or *download a free copy of “THE FORTRESS OF THE MUSLIM (HISNUL MUSLIM)”* from the internet.

🎓Abu Dharr (ra) : Messenger (saw): “There is nothing by means of which one may draw close to Paradise & move far away from Hell but it has been explained to you. (Tabarani).

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