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Belief in Allah

1 - Belief In Allah's Existence

Allah's existence is affirmed through Fitrah (the innate purity that Allah creates in every human being), the mind, the Shari'ah (Islamic Law) and the senses.

a - As for the Fitrah, we say the following: Allah created the belief in Him in every human being. Mankind need not to be taught this belief or think about how to posses it. However, the ones who have this Fitrah corrupted, will not benefit from it. The Prophet said, what translated means, "Every newly born will be born having Fitrah. However, his parents will either convert him to Judaism, Christianity, or Majocism (fire worshipping)." [Al-Bukhari].

b - The human mind must be used to prove the existence of Allah. All this creation, of old and new, must have a Creator who invented and started it. This creation could not have come to existence on its own or by chance. It could not have created itself, because it did not exist beforehand. Therefore, how can it create? Also, the creation could not have been started by accident or chance. Everything that exists must have a Creator who brought it into existence. Creation is magnificent in organization, coherent and correlated in its existence. There is a reason and originator behind every act. All this nullifies the saying that all this universe was started by chance. What was started by chance cannot be organized in its form because it did not have any organization before it was formed. What makes what was created by chance to be this organized?

If all this creation neither could have created itself nor was it created by chance, then it must have an Originator, Allah, the Lord of the worlds. Allah mentioned this reasoning in the Quran, (Were they created by nothing, or were they themselves the creators?) [52:35]. This Ayah means that men were neither created without a Creator nor did they create themselves. Therefore, Allah is the One who created them. This is why when Jubair ibn Mot'im heard the Messenger recite this Surah until he reached, (Were they created by nothing, or were they themselves the creators? Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Nay, but they have no firm belief. Or are with them the Treasures of your Lord? Or are they the tyrants with authority to do as they like?) [52:35-37], Jubair, a disbeliever then, said, "My heart almost flew (from the power of this reasoning mentioned in the Surah). This was the first time that Iman entered my heart." [Al-Bukhari].

Using parables in this regard is beneficial. Let us imagine that a man told you about a magnificent palace, surrounded by gardens with rivers running through them. This palace is full of furnishing and beds and is brilliantly beautified. If this man told you that this palace created itself and all what it contained, or that all this was created by chance, you will immediately consider this saying to be false and meaningless speech. Therefore, how can this vast universe, which contains the earth, the skies and all that is therein of stars and the magnificently organized existence that we see, have been created by itself or come to existence by chance?

c - As for the Shari'ah, all divine religions testify to the fact that Allah created the world. All Laws that were sent with these divine and revealed religions contain what benefits mankind. This is evidence to the existence of a Wise and All- Knowing Lord Who knows what brings benefit to His creation. All divinely-revealed religions describe a universe that is self- evident to the existence and ability of Allah, Who Creates what He Will.

d - Also, the senses must be used to prove the existence of Allah. We know that Allah accepts the supplication from whoever seek His aid and help, and that He brings them the benefits that they desire. This is clear evidence to the existence of Allah, who said, what translated means, (And (remember) Noah, when he cried (to Us) aforetime. We listened to his invocation.) [21:76] and, ((Remember) when you sought help from your Lord and He answered you?) [8:9]. Anas ibn Malik said, "An Arabian (Bedouin) man entered (the Masjid) on Friday while the Prophet was delivering the speech. He said: 'O Messenger of Allah! (Our) possessions are destroyed, (our) children are hungry. Ask Allah for us.' He (the Prophet) raised his hands in supplication (to Allah). All of a sudden, mountain-like clouds were formed. He did not descend from his Minbar (the podium) until I saw rain falling through his beard. On the second Friday, this Arabian man, or someone else, stood up and said: 'O Messenger of Allah. Buildings have collapsed and possessions are flooded. Ask Allah for us.' He (the Prophet) raised his hands and said: 'O my Lord! Around us and not around us.' Wherever he pointed to an area (of the sky), they (the clouds) dispersed." [Al-Bukhari].

Allah's acceptance of supplication has been and still is a known matter until today. It is given to those who are true in their seeking refuge in Allah and perform supplication in the correct manner to ensure its acceptance.

Also, there are the signs that Allah gave His Prophets, which are called miracles. People witnessed or heard these miracles. They are clear evidence that the One who sent the Messengers exists, and He is Allah the All-Mighty. These miracles are activities that are beyond the capability of mankind. Allah gave them to His Messengers as a way of aiding them and giving them victory.

An example of these miracles is the sign given of Moses. Allah ordered him to strike the sea with his stick, and the sea parted into twelve separate parts between mountains of water on each side of these parts (Then We inspired Moses (saying): "Strike the sea with your stick." And it parted, and each separated part (of the sea water) became like the huge, firm mass of a mountain.) [26:63].

Another example is the miracle of Jesus. He was given the power by Allah to raise the dead from their graves and back into life. Allah said about him, what translated means, ("And I bring the dead to life by Allah's leave.") [3:49] and, (And when you (O Jesus) brought forth the dead by My permission.) [5:110].

A third example is the miracle Mohammad performed. His tribe, Quraysh, asked him to perform a miracle. He pointed to the moon and it separated into two parts while his people were witnessing the incident. Allah said about this miracle, what translated means, (The Hour has drawn near, and the moon has been cleft asunder. And if they see a sign, they turn away, and say: "This is continuous magic.") [54:1-2].

All these miracles, that Allah gave to His Messengers as an aid and victory and that were witnessed by their nations, are proof that Allah exists.

Second: Belief in Allah's Lordship

This means to believe that Allah is the Lord, alone, and that He has no partners or helpers. The Rabb (Lord) is the One who Creates and Commands. There is no creator except Allah and there is no owner of the universe except Him. The Commandment and the Control is His. He said, what translated means, (Surely, His is the Creation and Commandment.) [7:54] and, (Such is Allah your Lord; His is the Kingdom. And those whom you invoke or call upon instead of Him, own not even a Qitmir (the membrane over the date-stone).) [35:13].

Only a few people rejected Allah's Lordship. These are the arrogant ones who deny what they believe deep in their hearts. This happened from Pharaoh, when he said to his people, as was mentioned in the Quran, ("I am your lord, most high.") [79:24] and, ("O chiefs! I know not that you have a god other than me!") [28:38]. However, what he said was not his true belief. Allah said, what translated means, (And they belied them (Our Signs) wrongfully and arrogantly, though their own selves were convinced thereof.) [27:14]. Also, Moses said to Pharaoh, as was mentioned in the Quran, ("Verily, you know that these Signs have been sent down by none but the Lord of the heavens and the earth as clear (evidences of His Oneness and Might). And I think you are, indeed, O Pharaoh, doomed to destruction.") [17:102].

The Arab disbelievers of old used to confirm Allah's Lordship, although they associated others with Him in worship. Allah said, what translated means, (Say: "Whose is the earth and whosoever is therein? If you know!" They will say: "It is Allah's!" Say: "Will you not then remember?" Say: "Who is the Lord of the seven heavens and the Lord of the Great Throne?" They will say: "Allah." Say: "Will you not then fear Allah?" Say: "In Whose Hands is the sovereignty of everything? And He protects (all), while against Whom there is no protector, if you know?" They will say: "(All this belongs) to Allah." Say: "How then are you deceived and turn away from the truth?") [23:84-89], (And indeed if you ask them: "Who has created the heavens and the earth?" They will surely say: "The All-Mighty, the All-Knower created them.") [43:9] and, (And if you ask them who created them, they will surely say: "Allah." How then are they turned away (from His worship)?) [43:87].

Allah's order comprises of both His running of the universe and the Commandment. He is the One who controls the creation and the One who does what He will, according to His Wisdom. He is also the One who gives the Commandment organizing aspects of worship and dealings, according to His Wisdom. Whoever takes anyone, besides Allah, to be the one who commands acts of worship or types of dealings, will have committed Shirk (disbelief, association in worship) with Allah. This act negates Iman.

Third: The Belief That He Is the Ilah

Allah is the Ilah, meaning He is the Worshipped One Who has no partners. This Ilah is worshipped with love and reverence. He said, what translated means, (And your Lord is One Lord, there is none who has the right to be worshipped but He, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.) [2:163] and, (Allah bears witness that none has the right to be worshipped but He, and the Angels, and those having knowledge (also give this witness); (He is always) maintaining His creation in Justice, none has the right to be worshipped but He, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.) [3:18]. All things that are taken as gods, besides Allah, are false gods, (That is because Allah is the Truth (the Only True God), and what they (the disbelievers) invoke besides Him, it is falsehood. And verily, Allah is the Most High, the Most Great.) [22:62]. To call these things "gods," does not make them gods. Allah said about some idols, Al-Lat, Al-'Uzzaa and Manat, (They are but names which you have named, you and your fathers, for which Allah has sent down no authority.) [53:23]. Yousef (Joseph) said to his two companions in jail, as was mentioned in the Quran, ("Are many different lords (gods) better or Allah the One, the Irresistible? You do not worship beside Him but only names which you have forged, you and your fathers, for which Allah has sent down no authority.") [12:39-40]. All Messengers used to say to their nations, ("Worship Allah! You have no other God but Him.") [23:23]. However, the disbelievers refused to accept this call. They took others as gods besides Allah. They worshipped them besides Allah, calling them when aid and help were needed.

Allah refuted the disbelievers in their taking these idols as gods besides Him, using two logical arguments:

The first argument: These idols, that were taken by the disbelievers as gods, do not have any attributes that qualify them to be gods. These false gods were created and do not create. They can neither bring about benefit for whoever worships them, nor can they fend harm off. They cannot give life or take it away. They neither own nor are they partners in the kingdom of the heavens and earth.

Allah said, what translated means, (Yet, they have taken besides Him other gods that created nothing but are themselves created, and possess neither hurt nor benefit for themselves, and possess no power (of causing) death, nor (of giving) life, nor of raising the dead.) [25:3], (Say (O Mohammad): "Call upon those whom you asset (to be associate gods) besides Allah, they possess not even the weight of an atom, either in the heavens or on the earth, nor they have any share in either, nor is there for Him any supporter from among them.") [34:22-23] and, (Do they attribute as partners to Allah those who created nothing but they themselves are created? No help can they give them, nor can they help themselves.) [7:191-192]. If this is the case with false gods, then taking them as gods is a true misguidance and the lowest of all acts.

The second argument: The Mushrikeen (polytheists) are among those who confirmed that Allah, alone, is the Lord, the Creator, the One Who Has the ownership of everything and the One Who gives protection and no one can give protection to anyone from His Might. This confirmation requires from these disbelievers to worship Allah alone. He said, what translated means, (O Mankind! Worship your Lord (Allah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become among the pious. Who has made the earth a resting place for you, and the shy as a canopy, and sent down rain from the sky and brought forth therewith fruits as a provision for you. Then do not set up rivals unto Allah (in worship) while you know (that He Alone has the right to be worshipped).) [2:21-22], (And if you ask them who created them, they will surely say: "Allah." How then are they turned away (from His worship)?) [43:87] and, (Say (O Mohammad): "Who provides for you from the sky and from the earth? Or who owns hearing and sight? And who brings out the living from the dead and brings out the dead from the living? And who disposes the affairs?" They will say: "Allah." Say: "Will you not then be afraid of Allah's punishment?" Such is Allah, your Lord in truth. So after the Truth, what else can there be, save error? How then are you turned away?) [10:31-32].

Fourth: Belief In Allah's Names and Attributes

This belief requires accepting whatever Allah described of Himself, in His Book or in the Sunnah of His Messenger. The Names and Attributes must be accepted without alteration, rejection, precise description of their true nature or equating them with attributes of the creation. Allah said, what translated means, (And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who deny His Names. They will be requited for what they used to do.) [7:180], (His is the highest description in the heavens and in the earth. And He is the All-mighty, the AII-Wise.) [30:27] and, (There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.) [42:11].

Two groups have fallen into misguidance concerning this matter. One of them is Al-Mu'attilah (the refuters). This group rejected the Names and Attributes, or some of them, claiming that to accept them is to equate Allah with His creation. This claim is false for many reasons, following are two of them:

1 - This claim leads to false conclusions that Allah's Words are in opposition to each other. Allah is the One who confirmed these Names and Attributes and denied that there is anything that resembles Him. If confirming these Names and Attributes leads to equating Allah with the creation, then this will lead to the conclusion that Allah's Words are full of discrepancies and refute each other.

2 - For two things to have an attribute of some kind, does not mean that they are equal or look-likes. One can witness two persons who are both called "a human who hears, sees and speaks." However, this description of both does not mean that they are of equal capabilities in their hearing, sight or speech. One can also see that animals have hands, legs and eyes. However, this does not mean that animals are equal in every respect with regards to their hands, legs and eyes.

If disparity is this wide, between that which creation possess of attributes or names, then the disparity between the Creator and creation is even greater and more evident.

The second misguided group is called "Al-Mushabbihah." They confirmed the Names and the Attributes. Yet, they equated them with the names and attributes of the creation. They claimed that this is what the Texts mean. They claimed that Allah reveals to His slaves what they can comprehend. This claim is false for many reasons, some of them are:

1 - Allah's resemblance with His creation is false and is refuted with the mind and the Laws of Shari'ah. Texts of the Quran and Sunnah cannot lead to falsehood in their meanings.

2 - Allah revealed what His slaves can understand of the general meaning. However, the true nature of what these meanings are like is a knowledge that only Allah possesses, especially with regards to the true nature of His Names and Attributes.

Allah confirmed that He is the All-Hearer. Hearing means to comprehend sounds. However, the true nature of Allah's Hearing is unknown. Creation vary in their hearing capability. The difference between Allah's Hearing and the hearing of creation is even greater and more evident.

Also, Allah confirmed that He Istawa (Mounted or Settled) on His Throne. To mount and settle on a throne is known in the general meaning of the word "mounted," or "settled." The true nature of Allah's mounting on His Throne is unknown. Mounting on something varies with regards to different creation. To mount on a chair is unlike mounting on a wild camel. If Istiwaa' is this different between creation, then how can the Istiwaa' of Allah be compared to the Istiwaa' of creation? The difference between them is greater and more evident.

Benefits of Believing in Allah

Believing in Allah, in the way described above, leads to many benefits for the believers:

1 - To truly realize the Taw'hid of Allah, by depending only on Him and hoping in, fearing and worshipping Him alone.

2 - To prefect one's love and reverence of Allah, and according to His Might as described by His Most-Beautiful Names and Most-High Attributes.

3 - To truly give one's worship to Allah, by adhering to His Commandments and abandoning His Prohibitions.

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