Monday, July 18, 2011

Islam and Belief

by Abu Hamzah bin Yusuf Alamo

In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. Assalaamu Alaikum. All praise is due to Allah, and that is enough for a man to understand. In Islam, one cannot have belief (or faith) without assurance of the heart, and one cannot have assurance of the heart without knowledge, and knowledge without action is useless, and so is belief without knowledge, for belief without knowledge is blind faith, which is also useless. Belief (or faith) in Islam is based on the teachings of our primary textual source (the Qur'an) and our secondary textual source is the Authentic Hadeeth. It is from this that we (Muslims) extract the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him). The Noble Qur'an and the Authentic Sunnah teach us (Muslims) that there are six pillars upon which our faith is based. These pillars are belief in Allah, belief in His Angels, belief in His divine revelations, belief in all of His Prophets and messengers, belief in the last day, and belief in the divine preordainment; including the good and the bad of it. {The Noble Qur'an [2:285] - The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels, His books, and His messengers. "We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His messengers." And they say: "We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys."}, {The Noble Qur'an [4:136] - O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His Messenger, and the scripture which He hath sent to His Messenger and the scripture which He sent to those before (him). Any who denieth Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Day of Judgment, hath gone far, far astray.}, {Sahih al-Bukhari [6:4448] - One day while Allah's Apostle was sitting with the people, a man came to him walking and said, "O Allah's Apostle. What is Belief?" The Prophet said, "Belief is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Apostles, and the meeting with Him, and to believe in the Resurrection."}, {Sahih Muslim [1:4] - Abu Huraira reported: One day the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) appeared before the public that a man came to him and said: Prophet of Allaah, (tell me) what is Iman. Upon this he (the Prophet) replied: That you affirm your faith in Allaah, His angels, His Books, His meeting, His Messengers and that you affirm your faith in the Resurrection hereafter.}, Also: {Sahih Muslim [1:6] - It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: Ask me (about matters pertaining to religion), but they (the Companions of the Prophet) were too much overawed out of profound respect for him to ask him (anything). In the meanwhile a man came there, and sat near his knees and said: Messenger of Allaah, what al-lslam is? -to which he (the Prophet) replied: You must not associate anything with Allaah, and establish prayer, pay the poor-rate (Zakat) and observe (the fasts) of Ramadan. He said: You (have) told the truth. He (again) said: Messenger of Allaah, what al-Iman (the faith) is? He (the Prophet) said: That you affirm your faith in Allaah, His angels, His Books, His meeting, His Prophets, and that you believe in Resurrection and that you believe in Qadr (Divine Decree) in all its entirety, He (the inquirer) said: You (have) told the truth.} Our primary textual source (the Qur'an) is based on knowledge, and we receive knowledge only as Allah wills. The proof of this is from the Speech of Allah: {The Noble Quran [7:52] - In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful: For We had certainly sent unto them a Book, based on knowledge, which We explained in detail,- a guide and a mercy to all who believe.}, {The Noble Qur'an [2:255] - In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful: Allah! There is no deity but He,-the Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures as) before or after or behind them. Nor shall they compass aught of His knowledge except as He willeth. His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth, and He feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them for He is the Most High, the Supreme (in glory).} May Allah Guide all of us to the right path, ameen.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Yusuf!
    My name is Jabari, I am a Christian. I just want to ask you two questions:
    1. Were you raised in a Christian home?

    2. If so, why did you convert to Islam?

    Thanks in advance for your answers and I pray that you will turn from to the Lord Jesus Christ as your God and Savior.

    Many Blessings in Christ my God and King,

    Jabari Jefferson