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The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) are the forerunners in Deen and were blessed to receive Deen directly from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence, they are the medium between the ummah and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Allah Ta‘ala thus used them for the preservation of the Qur’aan, the Sunnah and the knowledge of Deen. Since they were responsible for conveying the knowledge of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah to the ummah, one can understand that the entire superstructure of Deen rests on the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). If one removes the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) from the equation, nothing of Deen will remain protected and safeguarded as the authenticity of the Qur’aan and the reliability of the Ahaadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will be totally lost. Hence, it is the ploy of the shias to defame, revile, criticize and discredit the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) in order to destroy the entire Deen of Islam.

The Qur’aan Majeed and Mubaarak Ahaadith are replete with the praises of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). In the Qur’aan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala praised them to such an extent that Allah Ta‘ala made their Imaan the benchmark of success. Allah Ta‘ala says:

فَاِنۡ اٰمَنُوۡا بِمِثۡلِ مَاۤ اٰمَنۡتُمۡ بِہٖ فَقَدِ اہۡتَدَوۡا ۚ

So if they (the people) believe as you (O Sahaabah) have believed, then indeed they are on the right path.

In many places of the Qur’aan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala has declared His Divine pleasure and happiness with the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) by saying رضي الله عنهم ورضوا عنه (Allah Ta‘ala is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him). This honour of receiving the Divine pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala, which the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) had received in this very world, is the honour which the people of Jannah will receive after entering Jannah.

The distinguishing characteristic of Islam, compared to all other religions of the past, is the aspect of authenticity and reliability. Every detail of Islam has been accurately and precisely preserved from the very inception of wahi (revelation) up to this day.

Fourteen centuries have passed, yet the Holy Qur’aan has remained to this day in its original form without the minutest alteration. Let alone a verse of the Qur’aan Majeed, not even a single letter has been distorted or changed. Furthermore, its preservation is not limited to the scrolls and pages; instead it is securely safeguarded in the recesses of the hearts of even little children of this ummah, and this preservation will remain until Qiyaamah.

How could it not be so, when Allah Ta‘ala Himself has taken the divine onus and responsibility of protecting and preserving the Shari‘ah of Islam till the end of time? Allah Ta‘ala states:

اِنَّا نَحۡنُ نَزَّلۡنَا الذِّکۡرَ وَ اِنَّا لَہٗ لَحٰفِظُوۡنَ ﴿۹﴾

Indeed We are the Ones who have sent down the Zikr (the Qur’aan Majeed), and We will surely protect it. (Surah Hijr v. 9)

In every era of human history, Allah Ta‘ala sent two sources of guidance for the reformation of mankind. The first source was the divine revelation of Allah Ta‘ala (i.e. the heavenly books and scriptures), and the second was the men of Allah Ta‘ala (the Ambiyaa ‘alaihimus salaam).

The Ambiyaa (‘alaihis salaam) were sent in order to practically demonstrate before people the correct application of the laws of Shari‘ah through their noble example. Furthermore, it was the divine system of Allah Ta‘ala that He selected companions from among the Ummah of every Nabi in order to support them in accomplishing the mission of Nubuwwat. From among the ummah of Hazrat Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), those who were divinely chosen by Allah Ta‘ala were none other than the illustrious Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 19:50

Allah Ta'ala Being Eternal

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ہُوَ الۡاَوَّلُ وَ الۡاٰخِرُ وَ الظَّاہِرُ وَ الۡبَاطِنُ ۚ وَ ہُوَ بِکُلِّ شَیۡءٍ عَلِیۡمٌ ﴿۳﴾

He is the First and the Last, the Manifest and the Hidden: and He has full knowledge of all things. (Surah Hadeed)

In the above verse of the Qur’aan Kareem, Allah Ta‘ala‘ala explains to us that his being is eternal. Being eternal means that Allah Ta‘ala‘ala was forever, is forever and will always be forever. Allah Ta‘ala‘ala has no beginning and no end. Rather, he is the creator of time and the creator of every creation.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 04:37

The Kalimah - The Basis of Islam

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The virtue and weight of لا إلاه إلا الله is due to the fact that it is the very basis of the entire structure of Islam. It contains the oneness of Allah Ta‘ala and the declaration of the servant that he will worship and obey none other than Allah Ta‘ala.

It is for this very reason that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) advised the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to renew and strengthen their Imaan by reciting the kalimah لا إلاه إلا الله in abundance.

Monday, 15 February 2016 18:13

Hazrat Musa ('alaihis salaam) and the Kalimah

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When Hazrat Musa (‘alaihis salaam) requested Allah Ta‘ala to grant him a special and exclusive bounty, Allah Ta‘ala commanded him to recite لا إلاه إلا الله in abundance.

Hazrat Abu Sa‘eed Khudri (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:

عن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه : عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : قال موسى عليه السلام : يا رب علمني شيئا اذكرك به وأدعوك به قال : يا موسى قل لا إله إلا الله قال : يا رب كل عبادك يقول هذا قال : قل لا إله إلا الله قال : لا إله إلا أنت يا رب إنما أريد شيئا تخصني به قال : يا موسى لو كان السماوات السبع وعامرهن غيري والأرضين السبع في كفة ولا إله إلا الله في كفة مالت بهن لا إله إلا الله (حاكم 1/528)

Hazrat Musa (‘alaihis salaam) asked Allah Ta‘ala, “O my Lord! Teach me something by which I may remember you (make your zikr) and call unto you in supplication!” Allah Ta‘ala replied, “O Musa! Reciteلا إلاه إلا الله ”On receiving this answer, Hazrat Musa (‘alaihis salaam) said, “O my Lord! All your servants recite this!” Allah Ta‘ala replied, “Recite لا إلاه إلا الله ”Hazrat Musa (‘alaihis salaam) said to Allah Ta‘ala, “There is no deity besides you, O my Lord! (However) I want something which is exclusive to myself.” Allah Ta‘ala replied, “O Musa! If the seven heavens and their inhabitants and the seven earths were placed into one pan of the scale and لا إلاه إلا الله was placed into the other pan, the pan which contained لا إلاه إلا الله would surely outweigh the other pan.”

Thursday, 11 February 2016 04:18

The Branches of Imaan

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The kalimah is the foundation of Islam and has been the first and foremost teaching of all the messengers of Allah Ta‘ala.

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه : عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : الإيمان بضع وستون شعبة والحياء شعبة من الإيمان (صحيح بخاري #9) و في رواية مسلم من الزيادة : أعلاها لا إله الا الله وادناها إماطة الاذي عن الطريق والحياء شعبة من الإيمان (صحيح مسلم #35) 

“Imaan has more than sixty branches and Hayaa’ is a great branch of Imaan.” In one narration, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The greatest and highest of the branches of Imaan is the kalimah لا إله إلا الله and the lowest of its branches is to remove harm from the pathway, and Hayaa’ is a great branch of Imaan.”

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 04:45

The Two Parts of the Kalimah

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As for the first part of the kalimah, by one believing in the oneness of Allah Ta‘ala one testifies that there is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah Ta‘ala. Similarly, one testifies to Allah Ta‘ala’s oneness in his being and in all his attributes. One accepts that he is the only creator and only being worthy of worship and he is alone in all his attributes (giving life and death, wealth and poverty, success and failure, etc). Everything, in entirety, lies in his hands alone.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 04:14

Imaan - The Kalimah

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لَا اِلٰهَ اِلَّا اللّٰهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَّسُوْلُ اللّٰهِ 

Translation: There is none worthy of worship besides Allah and Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam - Peace be upon him) is the messenger of Allah.

The kalimah is the door to entering the fold of Islam. Proclaiming and believing in the kalimah immediately causes one to become a muslim. A person who does not proclaim and believe in the kalimah is not a muslim - even if he has acquired a lot of information regarding Islam. If a person, after living his entire life as a disbeliever, proclaims and believes in the kalimah, he will instantly become a muslim and all his past sins and acts of kufr (disbelief) will be forgiven. Hence belief in the kalimah is the foundation on which Imaan (faith) rests.

The kalimah consists of two parts. The first part of the kalimah contains the teaching of the oneness of Allah Ta‘ala and the second part contains the teaching of the risaalah (prophethood) of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam).

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