Ramadhan Reflections Day 24

– I guess today is the last Friday for this month of Ramadhan.

I hope most of us could find time to pray in the mosques.


– Last night, I got a very sad news from a classmate in highschool.

One of our batchmates, who was a high ranking officer in the

AFP was found dead in his room in their camp in Nueva Ecija.

A highly decorated military officer, a friend, and a batchmate

passed away living his wife and daughter. So sad to hear about this.


– Because of this sad news, it took me time to reflect on the essence of Tawheed/Tawhid. We all experienced death in a family and friends. Most of the

time, our faith of God is the only thing that keeps us alive and moving on.


– There are three types of Tawhid, and these are

(1) Tawheed Ur Ruboobyah

(2) Tawheed Ul Uloohiyyah and

(3) Tawheed Asma Wa Sifaat.


Tawheed ur-Ruboobiyah is to believe in the Absolute Oneness

of Allah Subhanah as the One and Only Rabb in the worlds!

He Alone is The Creator, The Sustainer, The Cherisher,

The All Mighty, The Provider, The Bestower, and The Originator!

Tawheed ur-Ruboobiyah is to believe that there is absolutely

no doubt in Allah Subhanah being the One and Only Rabb or Lord

of the Worlds, and He has absolutely no partners in his Lordship

or Ruboobiyah.


Tawheed ul-Uloohiyah is to believe in the Absolute Oneness

of Allah Subhanah as the One and Only ‘Ilaah’ of the worlds!

When Allah Alone is the Creator, and Sustainer, and Cherisher

of the worlds, then He ALONE deserves to be worshiped.

Worship is the exclusive and sole right of Allah Subhanah

due from His Mu-meen. All rites, all rituals, and absolutely

all forms of worship are due to none, but the One and Only

Ilaah or True God of the Worlds, Allah Subhanah wa Taala.


‘Asma’ means ‘names’, and ‘Sifaat’ means Attributes; thus Tawheed Asma was-Sifaat means to believe in all the Exclusive and Noble Names and Attributes of Allah Subhanah, and not share any of His Exclusive Attributes with anyone or anything in His creation!

None of Allah Subhanah’s Exclusive Attributes or Sifaats can be denied, nor can their meaning be lowered or humbled, nor can they be shared with anyone and anything in creation: this belief in the Noble and Exclusive Names and Attributes of Allah Subhanah, in their absolute sense and tense of Perfection, is known as Tawheed Asma was-Sifaat.


– Allah says: “Every soul must taste of death, and We try you

with evil and with good, for ordeal. And unto Us you will

be returned.” [Sûrah al-Anbiyâ’: 35]


– We may ask why? Why the need to test us? The Holy Quran tells us the story of Moses.

“We should consider the incident when Khidr,

while traveling with Moses (peace be upon him) ,

killed the young boy. Allah tells us : “So the two of them

journeyed on until, when they met a lad, he slew him.

(Moses) said: “What! Have you slain an innocent soul who

has slain no man? Verily you have done a horrid thing’.”

[Sûrah al-Kahf: 74]


There can be no doubt that the child’s parents

must have thought the death of their son to be a great

tragedy and misfortune. However, Khidr explains his action

to Moses (peace be upon him) as follows: “And as for the lad,

his parents were believers and we feared lest he should oppress

them by rebellion and disbelief. And we intended that their

Lord should change him for them for one better in purity and

nearer to mercy.” [Sûrah al-Kahf: 80-81]


How often do we regard something that befalls us to

be a great misfortune, when in fact it is really Allah

showing His mercy to us. The opposite is equally true.

Allah says: “Perhaps you hate a thing that is best for you,

and you love a thing that is bad for you. Allah knows,

while you know not.” [Sûrah al-Baqarah: 216]


“Allah’s decree in the world is known to Him alone.

Therefore, it is wrong for us to take the general texts

that show a cause and effect relationship between virtue and

worldly consequences and try to apply them to specific people

and circumstances. We should certainly not make decisive

judgments about ourselves or others on such a basis,

saying things like “Allah is punishing that person” or

“Allah is pleased with him”.


“A Muslim should always be patient in adversity, thankful in prosperity.

To be sure to achieve this state of mind, he should be conscious of

Allah’s wisdom in testing us with every blessing and hardship.”

Such a Muslim will then show fortitude in sorrow and when his

means are straitened. He will not regard his misfortune as Allah disgracing him. He will, instead, accuse himself, saying:

“This is on account of my sins.” He will do so in order to better

himself an inculcate humility in his heart, recalling Allah’s words:

“Whatever of good befalls you, it is from Allah; and whatever of ill befalls you, it is from yourself.” [Sûrah al-Nisâ’: 79]


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