Matters will not be correct and sound except with the presence of tawheed.


*In the Name of Allaah, the Extremely Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy…

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan:

…This is what is obligatory for the du`aat (callers) to precede upon in their call, that they should focus upon warning against shirk and calling to tawheed before everything, otherwise their call will not be upon the manhaj (methodology) of the Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam).

Allaah sent the Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) with warning against shirk and calling to tawheed, so it is essential to lay this foundation down first of all. After that, the person can direct his attention to the rest of the matters, since matters will not be correct and sound except with the presence of tawheed.

If all of the people were to abandon zinaa (fornication), intoxicants, stealing, and they took on every virtuous quality from deeds and behavior, but did not abandon shirk, there would be no benefit in these matters and it will not benefit them. Whereas, if the people were to remain free of shirk, but had major sins less than shirk, then there is hope for such a person that Allaah will either forgive him or punish him in accordance with the level of his sins. But his final destination will be to Paradise because he is a person of tawheed.

Tawheed is the fundamental basis and foundation. There is no salvation except with the presence of tawheed firstly. Therefore, it is obligatory to concentrate and always give attention to it and to call the people to it and to teach it to the people and to explain it to them, what is the meaning of tawheed and what is the meaning of shirk. The Muslim must be aware of this matter and attain certainty concerning it. He should check himself so that he does not fall into anything from shirk or infringe tawheed. This matter is essential and the da`wah must precede upon this basis.(1)


(1) Sharh Usool-ith-Thalaathah, Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan. Translated by Aboo Talhah Dawud Burbank -rahimahullaah.

Imaam as-Sa`dee:

Tawheed is the right of Allaah, the most obligatory upon His worshipers, it is the greatest of religious commands, the most basic of all fundamentals, and the firmest basis for deeds.


al-Qawl as-Sadeed

This is to single out Allaah, the Most High, with whatever He named and described Himself with in His Book and upon the tongue of His Prophet (alayhis salaam), and to absolve and purify Him of shortcomings, defects and likeness to the creation in what relates to that which is unique to Him (of Names and Attributes).

Further to affirm that Allaah is all-knowing (al-Aleem) of every single thing, that He is all-powerful (al-Qadeer) over everthing, that he is the Ever-Living (al-Hayy), the Self-Established upon which everything else is dependent (al-Qayyum), who is not overtaken by neither sleep nor slumber. He has the penetrative, effective, operative will (in His creation), and far reaching wisdom (in all that He does, decrees and judges, commands and prohibits). He is all-Hearing (as-Samee’) and all-Seeing (al-Baseer), Compassionate (Ra’oof), Merciful (Raheem).

He has ascended over the Throne, and possesses all of the dominion (of creation). He is the King, the Master (al-Malik), the Most Pure, Holy (al-Quddoos), The Flawless, the Source of Peace (as-Salaam), the Remover of Fear and Granter of Tranquility (al-Mu’min), The Protecter (al-Muhaimin), The Mighty (al-Azeez), the Compeller, Restorer (al-Jabbaar), the Supremely Great (al-Mutakabbir), free and sublime is He of what they associate with Him (of partners). And all the various other Names and Attributes that He is described with in the Book and the Sunnah.

  • Selected from: Concerning Faith (Eemaan) in Allaah – Part 1 of 2, Abu Iyaad |

“See you not how Allaah sets forth a parable? – A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky (i.e. very high). Giving its fruit at all times, by the Leave of its Lord and Allaah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember.”

[Ibraheem (14):24-25]

Allaah has likened the statement of faith, which is the best of statements, with a tree that is the best of trees bearing these noble characteristics. Its roots are firm, it is always growing and maturing and it bears fruit all the time, directing its numerous benefits and delectable fruits to its owner and others.

This tree varies greatly in the hearts of the believers, changing in accordance to the variation of the qualities that Allaah has described it with. Therefore it is upon the servant to hasten towards acquiring knowledge about it, its descriptions, that which leads to its existence and potency, its roots and its branches. It is upon him to expend his efforts in actualizing this tree in terms of knowledge and action for indeed his portion of goodness and success, happiness in this life and the Hereafter, is dependant upon the extent to which this tree (is implanted in the heart).

  • Selected from: The Tree of Faith, Al-’Allaamah Abdur-Rahman as-Sa’dee

Ustaadh Moosaa Richardson:

We describe Allaah with closeness. If a person is disobedient, we do not say Allaah is far from him, rather we say he is far from Allaah.

Class 02 Explanation of Kitaab At-Tawheed

Explanation of Kitaab at-Towheed Class 03 || Ustaadh Moosaa Richardson

The scholars have mentioned that in the lifetime of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) you would say, ‘Allaah and His Messenger know best.’ But after the death of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam), we affirm knowledge for Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) Who is Alive and never dies. Yet, the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) is not all aware of what is going on; he is not comprehensive in his knowledge of the situation you are facing. That is something specific to the Knowledge of Allaah; that Allaah is Unique, and Allaah is Alone in the comprehensiveness of His Knowledge. He knows each and every affair. And that was something He conveyed through His Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam).

So it would be befitting during the lifetime of the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) to acknowledge that by saying, ‘Allaah and His Messenger know best.’ But after his death (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) the custom and tradition of the companions and the tabi’oon and the Imaams was to say, ‘Allaah knows best’ and not to say, ‘Allaah and His Messenger know best.’ This is the elaboration we can give to the statement of Shaykh al-Fawzaan before it comes as a question.

Download 03 Explanation of Kitaab At-Towheed – Moosaa Richardson.

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“From” and “To”

The heart’s hijrah requires migrating “from” one state “to” another. A person migrates with his heart:

from loving other than Allāh to loving Him;

from offering servitude to other than Allāh to offering it to Him;

from fearing other than Allāh to fearing Him;

from having hope in other than Allāh to having hope in Him;

from relying on other than Allāh to relying on Him;

from asking and imploring other than Allāh to asking and imploring Him;

from surrendering and submitting to other than Allāh to surrendering and submitting to Him.

This is precisely the meaning of “fleeing unto Allāh”, as Allāh (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says:

فَفِرُّوا إِلَى اللَّهِ

…Flee then unto Allāh…

[Adh-Dhāriyāt 51:50]

And indeed, the tawheed required from a person is to flee from Allāh unto Him!

Under this heading of “from” and “to” falls a great reality of tawheed.

Fleeing unto Allāh

Fleeing unto Allāh (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) includes turning to Him alone for appeal, worship, and all that proceeds from it, such as love, fear, surrender, and reliance. Thus, it includes the tawheed of Ilāhiyyah, which is the common subject among the messengers’ messages – may Allāh bestow His praise and peace upon them all. (more…)

“When something pre-decreed happens to the servant, and it is something which he dislikes, then he must adopt six stances regarding it:
The first: The stance of  Tawheed: and that Allaah is the One Who decreed it, willed it, and created it. Whatever Allaah willed occurs, and whatever He did not will shall not occur;

The second: The stance of  Justice (al-`Adl): And that His Judgement applies and occurs upon him, and whatever He ordains concerning him is fully just;

The third: The stance of  Mercy (ar-Rahmah): And that His Mercy in this decreed matter outweighs His Anger, and His punishing; and that Mercy is its basis;

The fourth: The stance of  Wisdom (al-Hikmah): And that His Wisdom -He the One free of all imperfections- necessitated that it should occur. He did not ordain it without purpose or frivolously.

The fifth: The stance of Praise (al-hamd): And that He- the Perfect- deserves full praise for that, from every aspect.

The sixth: The stance of Servitude (al-`Uboodiyyah): And that he is entirely a slave, in every sense. The Judgements and Decrees of his Master apply and occur upon him, since he belongs to Him and is His slave. So He controls him such that he is under His Decrees which relate to the creation, just as He controls him in his being under His Judgements relating to the Religion. So it is fully appropriate that these Decrees occur upon him.”

  • Transcribed from:al-Fawaa·id’ p46-47 || Imaam Ibnul-Qayyim, rahimahullaah
  • Translated by: Dawood Burbank

Imaam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said, “There is nothing that drives away the afflictions of this world except Tawheed. That is why the supplication of the distressed person is with Tawheed. Such as, the supplication of Yunus (alaihis salaatu was salaam). The distressed person does not supplicate with what Yunus supplicated with except that Allaah releases him from his hardship because of Tawheed. There is nothing more gruesome for the distressed person than shirk, and there is nothing that can rescue you from it except Tawheed, it is the refuge for the creation, its shelter, its fortress and its aid.”

al-Fawaaid, p96

They (Ahlus-Ssunnah) believe in Allaah, His angels, His books, His messengers, the Last Day, and in the Divine Will, its good and its bad.

They bear witness that Allaah is the Lord, the worshipped God, the one who is alone in all perfection. They worship Him alone, practising religion sincerely for Him.

They say that Allaah is the Creator, the Originator, the Fashioner, the Provider, the Giver, the Withholder, the Arranger of all matters.

That He is the one to be deified, the one worshipped, the sole goal. That He is the First; before whom there was nothing, the Last; after whom there is nothing, the al-Zahir, the al-Batin.

That He is the Exalted Most High in every meaning and sense; exalted in His essence, exalted in His ability, and exalted in His power.

That He is ascended above istawa His Throne, an istawa befitting His Honour, His Majesty, His unlimited Exaltedness, and His absolute Aboveness. His Knowledge encompasses all externals and internals, a Knowledge of the heights and the lows. He is with His worshippers in His Knowledge, knowing their every condition, and He is the Near, the Respondent.

That He in His entire self is independent of the entire creation, all are in the need of Him in every way, be it in their origination, or in the origination of what they are in need of in every circumstance. None is in any sense independent of Him.

He is the Generous, the Merciful. There is no temporal favour, nor religious blessing nor defence against trouble for the worshippers except by Allaah, so He is the cause of all favours, the defence against all woes.

Out of His Mercy He descends every night to the lowest heaven to answer the needs of the worshipper when the last third of the night remains. He says, “My worshippers do not ask from other than Me. Who is it that calls Me so that I may respond to him, who is it that asks of Me so that I may give him, who is it that seeks My forgiveness so that I may forgive him.” Until fajr begins. He descends as He wills and He does what He intends, “There is nothing similar to Him, and He is the Hearing the Seeing.” (al-Shura (42):11)

They believe that He is the Wise, the One whose judgement in legislating and decreeing is complete. So He did not create anything uselessly, nor does He institute legislation, except that it is beneficial and wise.

He is the One turned to, the Pardoner, the Forgiving; accepting repentance from His worshippers, and pardoning their faults, forgiving the grave sins of the repentant, those seeking forgiveness, and those who turn penitently.

He is the Grateful, the one who appreciates the small deed and increases the thankful by His blessings. (more…)


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