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 Foundations of Faith | Part 4

Tawḥīd al-‘Ulūhiyyah as the Core of All Divine Missions There is no doubt that believing in Allah as the only God who is worthy of worship is the greatest of all principles. It is also the most perfect, most superior, and most…

The Foundations of Faith | Part 3

Chapter 3: Tawḥīd al-Ulūhiyyah (Oneness of Divinity) The word ‘ulūhiyyah is a derivative of the word ilāh, which means god or deity. Al-Ilāh is therefore one of the most beautiful names of Allah, while al-ulūhiyyah (divinity) constitutes a great attribute of His.…

The Foundations of Faith | Part 2

Chapter 2: Tawḥīd al-Rubūbiyyah (Oneness of Lordship) Concerning its meaning, then linguistically, the word rubūbiyyah is the verbal noun of rababa, from which the word rabb (lord) has been derived. The word rubūbiyyah is an attribute of Allah, having been derived from…

The Foundations of Faith | Part 1

Introduction Obviously, every Muslim realizes the importance of faith, alongside the numerous gains and advantages it has for the faithful, both in this life and in the hereafter. Without a sound faith, no worldly or heavenly benefit can be obtained; hence it…