Monotheism (Tawheed in Arabic).
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In The Name of God, The Most Merciful, The Ever-Merciful to His believing servants.
Verily, all praise belongs to God, we praise Him, we seek His aid and we seek His forgiveness.
Whoever God guides then there is none to misguide him, and whoever who God misguides (due to a perversion in his heart) then there is none to guide such an individual.
I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except God alone with no partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger.
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ ٱتَّقُوا۟ رَبَّكُمُ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُم مِّن نَّفْسٍ وَٰحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالًا كَثِيرًا وَنِسَآءً وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ ٱلَّذِى تَسَآءَلُونَ بِهِۦ وَٱلْأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا
“O mankind, fear your Lord who created you from a single soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear God, through Whom you ask one another and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs. Indeed God is ever All-Watcher over you.”The Noble Qur’an 4:1
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِۦ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ
“O you who believe! Fear God as He should be feared and die not except as those who have submitted to Him”The Noble Qur’an 3:102
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَقُولُوا۟ قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا
“O you who believe! Keep your duty to God and fear Him, and speak a word that is precise.
يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَٰلَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَن يُطِعِ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا
He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys God and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great achievement.”The Noble Qur’an 33:70-71
As for what proceeds, then the best of speech is God’s Book (The Qur’an) and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and bestow peace upon him.
And the most evil of affairs are the newly invented matters in religion. Every newly invented matter in religion is an accursed innovation, every innovation is misguidance and every misguidance is in the fire.
As for what proceeds,
Islam is the religion of Truth, the religion of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (may God extol him in the highest company of the angels and bestow peace upon him).
And it is, to submit to The Creator, Owner, Sustainer alone in worship and obedience and no-one else.
Since He is the only Creator, The Only One controlling the affairs, creating the food we eat, Who cures you when you are sick –
He is the only One deserving of worship.
The Worst Thing a Person Can Do
Likewise, the worst thing about every other religion or way of life is disbelief and polytheism.
This is to cover the clear favours that the slave is receiving on a daily basis, either pretending they don’t exist, or ascribing them to other than God.
This might be easily explained to a non-muslim as follows:
Did you create yourself, or were you created by nothing?
Clearly not, as before you existed you were nothing and nothing does not have the ability (or the knowledge, power, will and wisdom) to create anything!
And say, if God took away everything you have, Who could return it to you?
If God took away your hearing, your sight and your intelligence, who could return it to you after Him?
If God made the water sink into the Earth and the sky to withhold its rain, who could give you water to drink?
So who is the only One deserving of worship?
Anything other than “God” after this – from a person who is not insane – is just arrogance.
How can someone cover all of these clear favours which they are receiving at every moment and God, The Free of All Needs is not in need of giving you a thing!
If He stopped making your heart beat, it would not harm Him in the least – since He is the One Who gives benefit and harm, Perfect such that none can benefit or harm Him.
And how can you lie and say something from God’s creation has acted without His Permission!:
He created and sustains them, they cannot move except at His Permission, with the series of causes and effects He created and controls.
How can you worship a statue, or a dead person in their grave, or a prophet – who spent months in the belly of a woman and used to eat food and answer the call of nature.
This is the greatest injustice and the ugliest thing a person can do.
With this, we can see clearly the beauty of monotheism (tawheed).
God is singled out in all worship, submission and obedience, as He is the only One Who has the attributes of Divinity and Lordship.
Just as He is the All-Hearing and the All-Knowing, so is He the Only One who we should supplicate to.
By way of it (monotheism) God gives life to the hearts after their being dead, grants the servant a light by which to walk and places the soul at rest.
It is the first pillar of Islam (which means submission to God alone in worship, turning away from polytheism and it’s people) and what makes someone a Muslim –
That they bear witness sincerely for God alone: that none has the right to be worshipped except God and Muhammad is His slave and messenger.
Tawheed is the means of entry into paradise and salvation from the fire.
God owns and controls them both (and all things) and only He is the one who can inform us of their inhabitants.
And He said in The Qur’an, which is His Book which He has preserved from any changes for over 1400 years!:
لَقَدْ كَفَرَ ٱلَّذِينَ قَالُوٓا۟ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ هُوَ ٱلْمَسِيحُ ٱبْنُ مَرْيَمَ وَقَالَ ٱلْمَسِيحُ يَٰبَنِىٓ إِسْرَٰٓءِيلَ ٱعْبُدُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ رَبِّى وَرَبَّكُمْ إِنَّهُۥ مَن يُشْرِكْ بِٱللَّهِ فَقَدْ حَرَّمَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ ٱلْجَنَّةَ وَمَأْوَىٰهُ ٱلنَّارُ وَمَا لِلظَّٰلِمِينَ مِنْ أَنصَارٍ
“Surely, they have disbelieved who say: “God is the Messiah son of Mary.” But the Messiah said: ‘O Children of Israel! Worship God, my Lord and your Lord.’ Verily, whosoever sets up partners in worship with God, then God has forbidden Paradise for him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the wrongdoers there are no helpers.”The Noble Qur’an 5:72
It is what the Prophet Muhammad (may God extol him in the highest company of the angels and grant him peace) called to, and for the first 10 years of his prophethood it was the only act of worship which God had made obligatory.
It is the way of all the prophets and messengers – what person can say that Noah, Abraham, Moses or Jesus were polytheists!?
Then why are the Jews and Christians choosing to be polytheists!
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Perhaps there is a non-muslim you would like to share this article with – then pass it on!
Let them know that God is One, just as Jesus believed and just as Jesus worshipped – his Creator alone, as did the Prophets before him.
Like Moses who called the Children of Israel to the religion of Jacob, Isaac and Abraham – free from taking Rabbis as gods besides God, like the Jews have done (by obeying them in making lawful that which God had forbidden).
And how Moses called the tyrant, Pharaoh, to worship the Lord of the Worlds alone, but he claimed there was no God above him, yet he knew in his own self the truth – and God seized him for his denial.
I ask God to guide you to that which pleases Him and forgive me and those who have submitted to Him, verily He is The Only One Who Forgives Sins, The Most Merciful.
May God extol His Messenger in the highest company of the Angels and grant him peace, his family and companions altogether.