– 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
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]