The Foundations of Faith | Part 8

The Sixth: Al-Tawassul The word tawassul is derived from another Arabic word, wasīlah, which means: measure, medium, etc. Thus, tawssul denotes seeking to attain one’s aim and the effort made for its achievement. In the legalistic definition, tawassul is to seek attain…

The Foundations of Faith | Part 7

Fourth: Seeking Blessings (Tabarruk) from Trees, Stones, etc. Tabarruk, or seeking the blessings of something, usually takes one of the two following courses: Tabarruk with a known Islamic source of blessing, such as the Book of Allah. Allah says, “This is a…

The Foundations of Faith | Part 6

Chapter 3: The Prophet’s Safeguarding of Tawḥīd The Prophet, out of concern for his followers, was very keen to see them a strong and well-fortified nation, who would fulfil the obligation of tawḥīd and steer clear of any means or causes that…

The Foundations of Faith | Part 5

Worship (‘Ibādah) Should Only be for Allah The word ‘ibādah in the linguistic sense means submission and humility. Thus, it is commonly said, “Ba‘īr mu‘abbad” for a docile camel, as a mark of its humiliation, and, “Ṭarīq mu‘abbad,” for a smooth and…

The Commandments of Islam | Part 2

Islam, however, has prescribed some guidelines and principles which must be followed when enjoining good and prohibiting evil. From them are the following: The one who takes up this task must be knowledgeable about what he enjoins or prohibits, so that he…