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By Asmaa Umm Ahmad

(1) ALLAH IS THE CREATOR

الله الخـالق

 In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful 

All praise is due to Allah who declares in His most glorified Book that Allah is the Creator of all things…] (Q39:62).  Therefore, Allah is the originator of everything; He created the universe with everything therein, including the trees, the animals, the Sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains and every other creature that exist.  It is Allah who created us and the existence around us.  Allah, the most sublime, says: "O mankind! Adore your Guardian-Lord, who created you and those who came before you, that ye may attain righteousness; who has made the earth your couch, and the heavens your canopy; and sent down rain from the heavens; and brought forth therewith fruits for your sustenance; then set not up rivals unto Allah when you know (the truth)" (Q2:21-22).

The one who created us and our forefathers before us; who created the different nations and ethnicities which existed before our time is Allah, the Almighty.  He has created us for a purpose which is to worship him. Allah, the exalted in power says: "And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone)" (Q51:56).  It goes to show that it is Allah that created the Jinn and mankind so that they will worship him alone, obey and follow his commands, simply because He is Allah, the master of the dominion, the God of manifest truth.  Therefore there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, the originator and the only one worthy of any form of subservience. 

(2) THERE IS NO DEITY WORTHY OF WORSHIP EXCEPT ALLAH

لا إله إلا الله

 Allah, the Almighty, says: "Know, therefore, that there is no god but Allah..." (Q47:19). It means; you should know, O dear mankind, that there is no one other than Allah who is worthy of worship in this universe and everything within it including the earth, the sky, the seas, the suns, the moon, the stars, the planets, the trees, the mountains, the stones, the day and night. There is no other deity in existence who is worthy of worship except Allah; He is the true Omnipotent, the God of manifest truth. He is the only deity in whom we must believe; him alone we must also worship. In doing so, we must take no rivals beside him, neither the sun, the moon, the grave, nor any other creature. We must devote all our acts of worship to Allah alone, and we must obey him and align our obedience with his commands, because he is the one that created us and it is he who will cause us to die. Therefore, none is worthy of worship except Allah, the creator.

(3) THE COSMIC SIGNS OF ALLAH

آيات الله الكونية

 The universe as a whole points to the existence and oneness of Allah. Allah, the Almighty, says: "Soon will we show them our signs in the furthest regions of the earth, and in their own souls, until it becomes manifest to them that this is the Truth". (Q41:53). It is Allah who created the cosmos with everything that is within it. He is the administrator and ruler of all affairs therein. We see the sun and moon working according to a well controlled and meticulous system. Allah, the Almighty and Wise, informs us about this saying: "And the sun runs his course for a period determined for him: that is the decree of (Him), the Exalted in Might, the All-Knowing. And the Moon, We have measured for her mansions (to traverse) till she returns like the old (and withered) lower part of a date-stalk. It is not permitted for the Sun to catch up the Moon, nor can the Night outstrip the Day: Each (just) swims along in (its own) orbit (according to Law)" (Q36:38-40).  Every one of this planets and stars functions within a very delicate and orderly system put in place by Allah, the most High and the All-knowing.  Therefore, there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah; the only one who is truthfully worshiped.

Indeed, Allah the most High and Wise, commands us to look and ponder on the earth, the heavens, the mountains and the camels, when He says: "Do they not look at the Camels, how they are made? And at the Sky, how it is raised high? And at the Mountains, how they are fixed firm? And at the Earth, how it is spread out?" (Q88:17-20) 

(4) THE SIGNS OF ALLAH THAT ARE MANIFEST IN HIS CREATURES

آيات الله في المخلوقات

If you must ponder on the universe, including the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars, the planets, the mountains, the trees, the oceans and the animals, they will surely point to the existence and oneness of Allah, the most High and the most well acquainted of all things.  He is therefore the only deity who creates and who is worthy of worship. It is he who created all those things, the originator of existence and the one besides whom there is no other deity.  He is the object of worship by all creatures.  Everything repeats his praises, even the birds.  Allah, the most High and Wise, says: "…and the birds (of the air) with wings outspread? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise." (Q24:41).  Allah, the exalted in mighty and Wise, says: "...there is not a thing but celebrates His praise; And yet you understand not how they declare His glory!" (Q17:44). It means that everything celebrate his praise, including the animals, the inanimate and the earth, all in a manner that we do not comprehend.  We cannot understand the manner in which the birds, the trees and all other creatures, carry out such celebration of praises, for everyone does so in its own tongue or technique, which completely defies our comprehension.  But Allah, the most exalted, is well acquainted of their methods.  This drives us to ponder and contemplate on the following saying of Allah: "Seest thou not that to Allah bow down in worship all things that are in the heavens and on earth,- the sun, the moon, the stars; the hills, the trees, the animals; and a great number among mankind? But a great number are (also) such as are fit for Punishment..." (Q22:18).  Therefore, there is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah, the Omnipotent, the true God of manifest truth, the Creator who is worthy of subservience; unto whom everything prostrate, including the stars, the mountains, the trees, the animals, the sun and the moon.

There is no deity worthy of worship except you.  O our lord! We worship none other than you. 

(5) IT IS ALLAH WHO ALTERNATES THE NIGHT AND THE DAY

الله يقلب الليل والنهار

 Allah says: "Among His Signs are the Night and the Day, and the Sun and the Moon. Prostrate not to the sun and the moon, but to Allah, Who created them, if it is Him you wish to serve." (Q41:37).

Allah, the exalted, says in His glorious Book: "He merges Night into Day, and he merges Day into Night, and he has subjected the sun and the moon (to his Law): each one runs its course for a term appointed. Such is Allah your Lord: to Him belongs all Dominion.." (Q35:13)

Our lives depend on Night and day and it is Allah who makes the night to overwhelm the day to make it disappears and vice versa.  When the night is overcome by the day, the latter brings forth its light to sustain the circle of life; night is followed by day and vice versa.  It is Allah that alternates them both and He is your lord and to whom belong the dominion.  Allah, the Al-mighty, says: "It is Allah who alternates the Night and the Day: verily in these things is an instructive example for those who have vision" (Q24:44)

It is therefore clear that Allah is the master of the dominion, the only deity worthy of worship and He is the manifest truth. 

(6) ALLAH

الله

 Allah, the most exalted, commands us to believe in Him, in his prophets, in the Day of Judgment, in his scriptures, in his angels, and in predestination whether or not it goes in our favour.  Allah commands and leads us to the right way in this life and that is the way of Islam and belief in the Holy Quran and in the apostle sent to the last generation of mankind, who is also the seal of all prophets.  His name is (Ahmad) and (Muhammad), and Allah has informed about him in the Torah as disclosed in His statement in the Holy Book: "And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: "O Children of Israel! I am the apostle of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad..." (Q61:6).  In Torah, which was revealed before the Quran, Allah had foretold the Israelites of the advent of a prophet who will succeed Jesus and whose name shall be Muhammad and (Ahmad), and that they must have faith in him, believe and follow him.  Therefore, there is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah, the All-knowing and Wise, who informed of a prophet that was yet unborn and even before he was sent.  His name was disclosed to the Israelites.  Prophet Isa actually informed them about him saying: "O Children of Israel! I am the apostle of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad..." (Q61:6).  Prophet Isa (May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had also informed of a prophet that was expected and in whom they must believe by the name Muhammad.  Allah therefore commands us to believe in the Prophet Muhammad and every Jew or Christian who has faith in God is also required to believe in Muhammad by testifying that there is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah; that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; that Isa is the servant and messenger of Allah.  He must also testify that all messengers of Allah were sent down with truth to guide people to the true worship of Allah. It means that all the prophets came with one objective which is to instruct people to worship Allah alone without associating partners in his worship, while at the same time deserting the worship of anything beside Allah.  Humankind is therefore required to believe in all the prophets starting from the first to the last of them who is Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).  Everybody must therefore testify and proclaim these great declarations with which they will be saved from hell-fire after death.

I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.

(7) THE SIGN OF ALLAH IN THE DEPARTURE OF THE SOUL

آية الله في خروج الروح

 Anyone who ponders on the departure of the soul; that is, death, will realize that no man knows the hour of his departure; no man can defy death and live for eternity.  Therefore how can a man cheat death or live without worrying about it?  Actually, there is no known remedy; rather every soul must expire in line with the commands of Allah, the creator, the giver and taker of life, who says: "Every soul shall have a taste of death: and We test you by evil and by good by way of trial. To us must you return." (Q21:35).  Death will overtake everyone and our return after it is unto our lord.

Doctors and scientists have all failed to expose the reality of soul and death, because the knowledge concerning the reality of dying and the departure of soul is only with Allah, the most High and Wise, who has decreed death on every person.  For every living thing Allah has predestined the time and place of its death.  Such knowledge is only known to Allah, the exalted in might and wise, who says in the revealed Book: "And they ask you concerning the Ruh (the Spirit); Say: "The Ruh (the Spirit) is one of the things, the knowledge of which is only with my Lord. And of knowledge, you have been given only a little."" (Q17:85).

Let us imagine one of our acquaintances, with whom we drink and dine, see him and play with him, and suddenly the news of his death came to us! What is the secret?  His body is still present but has been rendered immobile and lifeless because the soul has departed the body by the command of Allah, the exalted.  No one can bring it back.  Allah says: "...The Ruh (the Spirit) is one of the things, the knowledge of which is only with my Lord. And of knowledge, you (mankind) have been given only a little." (Q17:85)

Despite the advancement in medical research and discoveries, no one will ever be able to stop the departure of the soul (death) because it is a matter ordained by Allah.

No deity is worthy of worship besides Allah; He is the giver and taker of life. 

(8) ALLAH CREATED LIFE

الله خالق الحياة

 Anyone who ponders on this life will come to the realization that we do not exist merely to eat, drink, have fun and play, without an objective or purpose of an existence that is meant to terminate by death.  Allah, the most High and exalted, while explaining that after the life of a man comes death, says: "He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed:..." (Q67:2).  It means that it is He, the exalted, who created life as well as death.  Therefore the one who created death is also the giver of life, but there is a question to be asked: have we worshiped Allah in this life as we should before death? Did we obey the messengers of Allah by believing in them?

Therefore there is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah, the creator that is worshiped in truth.  Allah says: "And your Allah is One Allah. There is no god but He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful." (Q2:163) 

(9) ALLAH IS THE TRUE GOD

الله الإله

 A man must take a moment to contemplate on the words of his creator, Allah the most exalted and High, who says: "It is He Who brought you forth from the wombs of your mothers when you knew nothing; and He gave you hearing and sight and intelligence and affections: that ye may give thanks (to Allah)" (Q16:78) Allah also says: "But Allah has created you and your handwork" (Q37:96).  Allah further says: "Allah is the Creator of all things" (Q39:62), "I have only created Jinn and men, that they may worship Me." (Q51:56).

It means that Allah didn’t bring creatures into existence except to be worshiped alone with associating partners, through sincere devotion.  Therefore He is Allah besides whom no deity is worthy of worship.  Allah, the creator, says: "Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god;- Who knows (all things) both secret and open; He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.  Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god;- the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah. (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him.  He is Allah, the Creator, the Evolver, the Bestower of Forms (or Colours). To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, doth declare His Praises and Glory: and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise." (Q59:22-24).  Allah, the exalted, also says: "Say: "O People of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah." If then they turn back, say ye: "Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah’s Will)." (Q3:64).  Here Allah is commanding Muhammad to say to the people of the book; Jews and Christians, to rally around a common term between us and them; that is, we should worship none other than Allah; that we associate no partners in His worship; that none of us shall take one another as lords besides Allah.  In this verse, Allah the creator, commands his messenger and prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to remind the people of the book; the Jews and the Christians, that they must believe in Muhammad, the last prophet, as well as all other prophets (Peace upon them) who commanded the true worship of Allah, the manifest truth.  Allah, the exalted, says: "Say: "He is ((Allah)) Most Gracious: We have believed in Him, and on Him have we put our trust..." (Q67:29), "... Is it not His to create and to govern? Blessed be Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds!" (Q7:54).  Allah also says: "Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day,- there are indeed Signs for men of understanding" (Q3:90).  It means that in the heavens, the earth, the alternating of day and night are signs and clear-cut evidence for those who have living minds that guide them to the right path as it guides them to the belief in Allah, the exalted, and in his messengers.  Allah sent his messengers to command people to worship Him alone, without associating partners in his worship.  They were sent to forbid people from worshiping other deities besides Allah, whether it is the sun, the moon, objects, idols, graves, or any other creature.  The worship of any creature is not legitimate; rather all acts of worship should be dedicated to Allah alone, which is why he sent all his messengers, May peace be upon them, to command people to do just that.  While informing us about his messengers, Allah, the exalted, says: "We sent not an apostle except (to teach) in the language of his (own) people, in order to make (things) clear to them..." (Q14:4), "For We assuredly sent amongst every People an apostle, (with the Command), "Serve Allah, and eschew Evil":" (Q16:36) 

(10) THE SIGNS OF ALLAH IN RESPONDING TO SUPPLICATIONS

آية الله في استجابة الدعاء

A sane person realizes that Allah answers supplications. Thus when a man wants to seek cure from illness, he turns to Allah who created him and his request is granted by the grace of Allah. So who answers his prayers and provides the cure he needed?  It is Allah who provides cure, and He says: "And when I am ill, it is He Who cures me" (Q26:80) His answer to prayers is not restricted to seeking cure, all requests and supplications are fulfilled only by the grace of Allah; it is He alone that grant your requests.  Allah says: "And He giveth you of all that ye ask for..." (Q14:34)

Allah has informed about the idolaters that when they embark on a sea journey and they are met with bad weathers which threaten their lives and they fear drowning, they immediately call out to Allah for help.  Allah says: "Now, if they embark on a boat, they call on Allah, making their devotion sincerely (and exclusively) to Him; but when He has delivered them safely to (dry) land, behold, they give a share (of their worship to others)!" (Q29:65).  It shows that it is Allah that answers prayer even the ones made by the non-believers, because they were saved from the wrath of the sea when they call out to Allah.  The reason is because they did so sincerely and devotedly, even though momentarily, calling to Allah alone without associating partners.  This is a clear-cut sign that Allah answers prayers from human beings and He is the one who deserves our worship.  He alone should be worshipped without associating partners with him.  He is the creator, the provider, the giver and taker of life. We human should believe in Allah, the exalted.  In line with his commands, we should also believe in his prophets and messengers, beginning from the first of them to the last of them, Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who is also the Prophet of the last generation.  We must obey Allah, the one who created us.  We must not die without ensuring that we accepted Allah as our lord, Islam as our religion, and Muhammad as a messenger and Prophet.  We must all testify that there is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah before we die. 

(11) NO TRUE DEITY IN EXISTENCE EXCEPT ALLAH

لا إله في هذا الوجود إلا الله

 Allah, the God of manifest truth, says: "Know, therefore, that there is no god but Allah,"(Q47:19). You should know, dear mankind, that there is no other god in this universe and in existence but Allah, the exalted and high.  It therefore behoves us to worship him alone, follow his revealed doctrines, and align our life with his commandments, because we cannot worship except in line with his revelations with which the prophets and messengers were sent (May peace be upon them).  Allah, the God of manifest truth, says: "Allah bears witness that La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), and the angels, and those having knowledge (also give this witness); (He always) maintains His creation in Justice. La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the All-Mighty, the All-Wise." (Q3;18), "We sent Noah to his people: He said, "O my people! worship Allah. Ye have no other god but Him. Will ye not fear (Him)?" (Q23:23). He says: "Say: "Verily, I am commanded to serve Allah with sincere devotion; "And I am commanded to be the first of those who bow to Allah in Islam." (Q39:11-12), ""For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly, towards Him Who created the heavens and the earth, and never shall I give partners to Allah." (Q6:79), "Not an apostle did We send before thee without this inspiration sent by Us to him: that there is no god but I; therefore worship and serve Me." (Q21:25), "On the earth are signs for those of assured Faith. As also in your own selves: Will ye not then see?" (Q51:20-21).  The earth abounds with signs that point to the existence of Allah, the exalted.  This includes the mountains, the trees, the oceans, the night and day, the sun, the moon, the stars, the planets and animals "As also in your own selves: Will ye not then see?" (Q51:21)).  Even in ourselves, can’t we marvel at He who bestowed us with the sense of hearing and sight? It is Allah the creator, who says: "Have We not made for him a pair of eyes? And a tongue, and a pair of lips?" (Q90:8-9). There is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah, the creator, the God of manifest truth, in whom we must have faith and worship, alone without partners.  We must also have faith in his messengers, beginning with the first of them and ending with the last of them, Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).  Therefore, every human being including the Jews and the Christians must proclaim these words of faith that; none is worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.

Everybody must declare the testimony and embrace these two concepts which ensure his salvation from the hell-fire

 

 

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