The Pillars of Tawheed

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There are two pillars of Tawheed (La ilaaha Illa Allah). The first consist of denial of all that is worshipped besides Allah, while the latter consist of the affirmation of Allah as the only one worthy of worship.

La ilaaha which is Al Kufr Bil Taghout (Rejection of Taghout)
Illa Allah which is Al Emaan Billah (Belief in Allah).

What is taghout?

Allah Almighty said:

“There is no compulsion in the deen, the right path has become distinct from the wrong path, whoever rejects taghout, and believes in Allah, he has got a firm hold of the most trustworthy handhold that will never break, and Allah is the All hearing, all knowing.” (Baqarah 2:256).

The right path being distinct is the Prophet (صلى اللّٰه عليه وسلم) coming. The most trustworthy handhold is La ilaaha Illa Allah [Tafseer of: Ibn Mas’oud, ibn Abbas and Ali (ra)]
Taghout is- “Anything that has been worshipped or obeyed or followed or submitted to instead of Allah The Most High” Taghout could be: – A person male or female etc e.g. a king (Tony Blair, George Bush, Ataturk etc.) or a Jinn- Shaytaan- Rocks Idols, Law and order/Ideas, Trees and crops, Animal, Doctor, Objects, Anything else that is worshipped instead of Allah Almighty.

The Heads of Taghout:

1. Shaytaan who calls you to obey, worship or follow different from Allah (Can be Iblees, Jinn or Man); Allah Almighty said:

“Did I not command you O children of Adam? That you should not worship shaitan, verily he is a plain enemy to you. And that you should worship me alone, that is the straight path. And indeed he did lead astray a great multitude of you, did you not, then understand?” (Yasin 36:60- 62)

2. The ruler who replaces the shari’ah (The laws of Allah) with other laws. Allah Almighty said:

“Have you seen those who claim to believe in what was sent to you and sent down before you? And they wish to go to judgement in their disputes (At Tahakum) to the Taghout while they have been ordered to reject them, but Shaytan wishes to lead them far astray.” (Nisaa 4:60)

3. Whosoever judges different from what Allah revealed Allah Almighty said:

“Whosoever Judges by other than what Allah revealed is al-Kafirun” (Ma’idah 5:44).

The meaning here is the judge or the ruler or any similar. Also any person who rules/judges by other than what is revealed even in his own home is Kafir.

4. Anyone who claims that he knows the ghaib instead of what Allah has informed us Allah Almighty said:

“(Allah) is the all knower of the Ghaib, and he (Allah) does not reveal to anybody, the ghaib.” (Jinn 72:26)

Allah Almighty said:

“And with him (Allah The Most High) are the keys of the Ghaib. None knows it but he, and he knows whatever is in land and the sea; not a leaf falls but he knows it, there is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a clear record.” (An’am 6:59)

5. The one who has been worshiped instead of Allah and he consents to be worshipped Allah Almighty said:

“And the one who claims “I am an Ilah” we will reward him with hellfire this is how we reward the oppressors.” (Anbiyah 21:29)

The above five are mentioned in Kitaab ut Tawheed: Sheikh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahab.

The Five Conditions of Al-Kufr bil Taghout:

1. To believe that the worship of Taghut is Baatil (false, useless). The way you declare kufr in Taghout is to first to believe that it (taghout) is falsehood. Allah Almighty said:

“That is because Allah – he is the truth, and what they invoke besides him, it is Batil. And verily, Allah – he is the most high, the most great.” (Hajj 22:62)

2. To keep distance from taghout (Ijtinaab ut taghout). It is essential that we distance ourselves from All Taghout, Allah Almighty said:

“And verily we have sent among every Ummah a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah (alone), and keep distance from Taghout.” Then of them were some whom Allah guided and of them were some upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the land and see what was the end of those who denied.” (Nahl 16:36)

3. Declaring animosity towards taghout (Al ‘Adaawa lil taghout). You Must Hate Taghout and declare war on Taghout, Allah Almighty informed us about Ibrahim (peace be upon him):

“Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibrahim and those with him, when they said to their people: “Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allah: we have rejected you, and there has started between us and you hostility and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone…” (Mumtahinah 60:4)

4. Hatred (Al Bugdh). There is no way for a believer to believe in Allah Almighty and love Allah Almighty, and also love the shaytan, or any other taghout. But rather we must hate those who hate Allah The Glorious, and we must hate all Taghout. Allah Almighty said:

“Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibrahim and those with him, when they said to their people: “Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allah: we have rejected you, and there has started between us and you hostility and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone…” (Mumtahinah 60:4)

Allah Almighty said:

“He (Ibrahim) said: “Do you see now that which you worship, you and your fathers before you? For they are enemies to me except the Lord of the Worlds” (Shuara 26:75-77)

5. Declare takfeer on taghout (Takfeer Al Taghout), and those who worship them. It is impossible for someone to insist that any Taghout is Muslim, we cannot disbelieve in Shaytan, distancing ourselves from him, hating him, declaring animosity on him, and then insist that he is Muslim, rather we must make takfeer on him, and call him kafir beyond any doubt. The same applies for those who worship others besides Allah. A Muslim is one who has accepted Islamic monotheism as his or her religion. Since Islamic Monotheism is to worship Allah Alone, it is impossible for anyone who worships something else besides Allah to be a part of this religion.

Allah The Most High said:

“There is no compulsion in the deen, the right path has become distinct from the wrong path, whoever rejects taghout, and believes in Allah, he has got a firm hold of the most trustworthy handhold that will never break, and Allah is the All hearing, all knowing.” (Baqarah 2:256)

Conditions of Imaan Billah

Imaan is conviction in the heart, testified by the tongue and practiced willingly, it is not only in the heart, but rather Imaan is Sayings and Actions. There are three conditions of Imaan Billah:

1. Imaan Rububiyyah – To believe in the Lordship of Allah Almighty Exclusively. That is to believe in all of his functions of being the lord of mankind exclusively, e.g. the creator, sustainer and provider. Allah Almighty said:

“(Who is Allah?) Allah is the one created you, then he provided for you, then he made us die and gave us life again. Are any of those who are your partners do the same?” (Rum30:40)

2. Imaan Bil Asmaa was Sifaat – To believe in All of Allah’s Almighty names and attributes Exclusively. To believe exclusively in all of his names and attributes. Allah Almighty said:

“There is nothing like Almighty Allah, …” (Shura 42:11)

3. Imaan bil Uluhiyyah – To Believe in His Sovereignty. To believe in Allah as the “ilah” exclusively. In other words that He Almighty is the only one worthy of worship and thereby the only one worshipped. Allah’s Uluhiyyah is Allah’s right upon mankind that they dedicate all their worship, in all kinds, exclusively for Him Alone. Allah Almighty said:

“Say (O Muhammad Peace be upon him): “I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your Ilāh (God) is One Ilāh (God i.e. Allāh). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.” (Kahf 18:110)

And in a Hadith: Narrated Mu’adh bin Jabal: The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, “O Mu’adh! Do you know what Allah’s Right upon His slaves is?” I said, “Allah and His Apostle know best.” The Prophet said, “To worship Him (Allah) Alone and to join none in worship with Him (Allah). And Do you know what their right upon Him is?” I replied, “Allah and His Apostle know best.” The Prophet said, “Not to punish them (if they do so)”. ‎[Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 470]

Ref: http://www.al-aqeedah.com/tawheed/the-pillars-of-tawheed.jps

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