Mar 3, 2009

The only crime Allah will not forgive.

Sebuah rencana berbahasa Inggeris yang dijumpai secara tidak sengaja ketika duduk2 di bilik solat. Saya ambil dan tulis semula di sini. Secara keseluruhannya, rencana ini banyak menekankan tentang perbezaan akidah antara orang Islam dan orang kafir. Hujah2 yang dikemukakan disokong oleh beberapa hadis dan ayat-ayat al-Quran, menjadikan rencana ini bukan rencana sembarangan kerana disokong oleh al-Quran dan as-Sunnah. Namun yang peliknya rencana ini dibiarkan bersepah saja dalam surau dan tidak diendahkan.

The only crime Allah will not forgive.

As Muslims we believe in Allah S.W.T. the Almighty God. But simply knowing Allah exists is not enough.

Sataan Knows. “ and when the Shaytaan (the Devil) made their works fair seeming to them …and said: Surely, I am clear of you, surely I see what you do not see. Surely I fear Allah S.W.T.; and Allah is severe in requiting (evil).” (8:48) He said: “ My lord! Then give me respite till the time when they are raised “ (15:36). He fears, and calls Allah S.W.T. (God) his Lord, yet he has Hell as his eventual abode.

The Non-Muslims At The Time Of The Prophet S.A.W. Also Knew Allah S.W.T. Was Their Lord.
“Say: who gives sustenance from the Heaven and the Earth? Or who controls the hearing and the sight? And who brings forth the dead from the living? And who regulates the affairs? Then they will say: Allah S.W.T.” (10:31)
So they believed in Allah’s Power and Lordship yet the Prophet S.A.W. fought them.

The Christian, the Jew, the Hindu, the Rasta all believe in God… What separates the muslim from all the above is in HOW he believes in Allah S.W.T. (God). The muslim believes Allah S.W.T. is our Lord and the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, but the muslim also worship Allah S.W.T. alone without associating partners with Him.

Islamically, the correct way of believing in and worshipping Allah S.W.T. alone, is to establish the CONCEPT OF TAWHEED and eliminate its opposite, Shirk. Islamically, Tawheed refers to the fact that God is one and unique with regards to our worship, whether internal or external. Shirk, however is the association of others with God (eg prophets, the sun, animals, money, power etc). Tawheed means giving to Allah S.W.T. alone, the qualities and abilities which belong to Him and Shirk means giving to others some or all of Allah’s qualities or abilities. This is summarised in the “statement of faith” of a muslim, “ Laa illaahah illallaah, Muhammadur Rasoollallaah” (There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah S.W.T., and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah S.W.T.)

It is very IMPORTANT TO AVOID “SHIRK”, because, although Allah’s mercy is vast, shirk is the only sin He will not forgive. “ Allah does not forgive (the sin of) setting up partnes (in worship) with Him (shirk), but He forgives to whoever He wants any other sins,” (4:116) There are different types of Shirk that have come into the worship of Allah S.W.T. by muslims today.

Good-luck Charms, Horoscopes and Omens

As muslims we accept in belief, word and deed, that Allah S.W.T. alone is the only Creator of all the incidents that occur in creation, whether good or seemingly bad. Allah S.W.T. is the One who created and sustains all things. He alone gave them the powers which they possess and nothing can happen in the universe except what he allows to happen. “Allah S.W.T. created all things and He is the agent on which all things depend” (39:62) “ no calamity strikes, except by Allah’s permission” (64:11)

Everything is from Allah s.W.T. , therefore NO incident or being can be a source of good and bad fortune. He (Allah) is the only one who has control of the Heavens and Earth. Therefore believing that someone else or something else can affect the future (eg good-luck omens) or see the unseen (fortune-tellers, horoscopes) is wrong, only Allah S.W.T. can do these things. Believing others have these powers, is in reality disbelief in these unique attributes of Allah S.W.T. Disbelieving in any attribute of Allah S.W.T. is Shirk, the one sin that Allah S.W.T. will never forgive. Therefore, believing in good luck charms, like 4 leaf clover, lucky numbers, wishbones, Star signs, horoscope etc and omens of bad luck like Friday the 13th , broken mirrors etc are all examples of "Shirk" , and should be avoided.

A man was wearing an amulet (something to bring him good luck). The Prophet S.A.W. refused to take the oath of allegiance from him, saying "...he is wearing an amulet" he later clarified by saying " whoever wears an amulet (good luck charm) has committed Shirk" (Ahmed).

The wearing of Qur'aanic verses on chains or pouches, or in cars or on walls, with the intention of warding off evil or bringing good fortune, is very similar to the actions of the polytheist. The intention is the same, and is therefore Shirk. Only Allah S.W.T. has the power to ward off evil or to bring good fortune.

Fortune-Telling and Magic

As muslims we describe Allah by only the names and attributes with which He or His Prophet have described Him. For example, Allah S.W.T. has a Hand, and so have humans. But Allah S.W.T. clarified this, by saying when describing Himself, " There is nothing like Him" (42:11). Thus Allah S.W.T. has a Hand, etc, (see the Qur'aan 38:75 and 5:64) but it is nothing like our hand or anything we can imagine.

We should not give Allah S.W.T. the attributes of His creation nor should we give the creation His attributes. For example, having children is an attribute of the creation, we should not use this attribute with Allah S.W.T. (like the Christians). Allah does not have children. Likewise, only Allah S.W.T. knows all the future, there is nothing in creation that knows the future, so we should not say anything in creation has the ability of knowing the future. Giving Allah's attribute to creation, or giving the attributes of Allah S.W.T. to creation is a form of Shirk.

Many muslims believe and go to fortune-tellers. This could be actual people or could be in the form of horoscopes, or star signs. However, only Allah S.W.T. knows everything in the future. Giving the creation Allah's divine attribute of knowing the future is Shirk.

The Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. said, " Whosoever visits a fortune-teller and believes what he says, then he has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad S.A.W. (the Quran)." Reported by Aboo Dawood. Allah S.W.T. says in the Qur'aan " With Him (Allah) are the keys to the unseen and none knows it except Him alone." (Soorah al-An'aam, 59)

Behind the claims of the fortune-teller and the so-called "miracles" of the magicians lies the world of Jinn. If some of the basic facts about the Jinns abilites are kept in mind, all of the supernatural and magical incident can be explained.

Saints and Graveworshipping

The concept of Tawheed includes recogintion of Allah's lordship, and the uniqueness of His atributes, but is not complete without the goal of this knowledge, which is the worship of Allah S.W.T. alone. This is shown by the fact that most Makkans at the time of the Prophet S.A.W. believed in Allah's creational powers, and His attributes, yet Allah S.W.T. called them mushriks and the Prophet S.A.W. fought them.

Allah S.W.T. said, " And if you ask them who created the heavens and the earth and who controls the sun and the moon they will say, " Allah". How then are they deluded? " (29:61)

Therefore the meaning of "Laa illaahah illallaah" is NOT " there is no creator besides Allah" , but it means " there is nothing (no object of worship or god) that is worthy of worship except Allah S.W.T."
This was the basic message sent by all the prophets. Allah S.W.T. teaches us in Soorah al-Faatihah to say, " You alone do we worship and You alone do we ask for help", this is repeated 17 times a day in the regular prayers. Any attempt to pray to or ask the help of anyone other than Allah S.W.T. , including the Prophet S.A.W. clearly goes against the teachings of Islam.

Allah S.W.T. told the Prophet to say , " I have no power to bring good or avert harm from myself, it is only as Allah S.W.T wills" (7:188)

Calling on or praying to anyone including the Prophet S.A.W., saints, holy men etc, whether alive or dead is Shirk, the worst sin in Islam. It is also wrong to call on these people as intermediaries, to make people closer to Allah S.W.T. Allah S.W.T. says " But those who take for themselves protectors besides Allah S.W.T. say: ' we only worship them in order that they may bring us closer to Allah'. Truly Allah S.W.T. will judge between them in things wherein they differ" (39:2-3)

Where is Allah?

The belief of the Prophet S.A.W., his companions (R.A.) and the early scholars of Islam was that Allah S.W.T. is above and separate from His creation. This belief is backed by numerous proofs from the Qur'aan and authentic Sunnah. For example, Allah S.W.T. is described as the "Most High". Allah S.W.T. says "The angels and the spirit go up to Him in a day whose value is fifty thousand years" (70:4). Allah refers to Prophet Isa (A.S.), " Verily, I am putting you to sleep and will take you upto me" (3:55). "Ar-Rahmaan is above His throne". (20:5)

The Prophet S.A.W. said, " If you ask Allah S.W.T. for Paradise ask for Firdaws, for verily it is the highest part above which is only the throne of Ar-Rahmaan" (Bukhari , Ahmad). The Prophet S.A.W. asked a slave-girl where Allah S.W.T. was, she replied " above the heavens", then he asked her who he was and she replied, " You are the Messenger of Allah" He (S.A.W.) then said, " Free her because she is a true believer" (Muslim, Abu Dawud). This hadeeth clearly shows that the Prophet S.A.W. equated true belief with knowledge of where Allah is.

Certain verses of the Qur'aan are often misinterpreted to justify the belief of Allah S.W.T. is everywhere. For example, when Allah says He is closer to man than his jugular vein this refers to His knowledge, which penetrates even the soul's whisperings (50:16). In Surah Zuhruf (43:84) Allah S.W.T. says "it is He who is God in Heaven and God on Earth", this refer to the fact that although other gods are worshipped on earth, it is only Allah S.W.T. who is worshipped, both in heaven and earth. In the Qur'aan, Allah S.W.T. is described as being " fi" the heaven." Fi" in Arabic can mean "in", but can also mean "upon", and this latter meaning is the correct one. The way to understand these ayahs of the Qur'aan and Islam in general is to look at how the Prophets S.A.W. and his companions (R.A.) understood and interpreted them. It is clear from these sources that they believed Allah S.W.T. is above and separate from His creation.

It is also logical to believe Allah S.W.T. is separate from His creation. If Allah is physically everywhere, does that mean Allah is in the toilet, in a cow, in an idol, in a man like Jesus? This belief leads to the polytheism of Hindus, Christians and the idolators. The belief that Allah S.W.T. is totally separate from and above His creation is one of the things that separates Islam from all these religions.

In summary we must worship Allah S.W.T. alone without Shirk. It is what separates the muslim from the non-muslim.

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