Monday, March 10, 2008

Preface to Tauhid (RT 1/7/07)

Risalah Tauhid 1 July 2007

Mabadi (Preface) to Ilm Tauhid consists of 10 points:

  1. 1. The name to this branch of ilm (knowledge) - is called "Ilm Tauhid", or "Ilm Kalam", or "Ilm Usuluddin", or "Ilm Sifat", or "Ilm Aqaid Al-Iman".
  2. 2. The source of this ilm - Al-Quran and Hadith.
  3. 3. Essence of this ilm is regarding creed, belief towards God and His messengers; such that a person becomes a convinced believer.
  4. 4. Positions of deliberations: Characteristics of Allah; Characteristics of the Messengers; Nature of things and creations that proves existence of the Creator; Beliefs and statements (of the unseen) relayed to us by the Messenger(saw) such as the Heaven, Hell and Day of Resurrection.
  5. 5. Benefit of this ilm is such that we get to know Allah and His messengers, and that we get the pleasure and contentment of This Life and Thereafter.
  6. 6. How this ilm is ranked compared to the other branches of Islamic knowledge? - Ilm Tauhid is at No. 1 in priority.
  7. 7. Transmission. Prophet Adam (as) was the first person to receive this ilm, and he conveyed it to his people. So did the later messengers, until Muhammad (saw). Later scholars who compiled and formulated this ilm to refute those who digressed were Abu Hassan al-Asy'ari and Abu Mansur al-Maturidi.
  8. 8. Ruling: It is fardu 'ain (compulsory) on each sane person, man or woman, to obtain knowledge of this ilm.
  9. 9. Status of this ilm: The most noble branch of Islamic knowledge due to the subject being studied (sifats of Allah), and being source of other branches of knowledge. Also from what we understand from extract of a hadith: "Verily Allah has not obligated anything more noble than submitting to Oneness of God..."
  10. 10. Conclusion of this ilm - able to differentiate between beliefs that are right from wrong.
Wallahu a'lam

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