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Is Iman/Eemaan ALL about theories, concepts or articles of Faith? NO!

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Linguistically, Iman الإيمان is testimony while Islam is surrender. But, the technical definition combines the two to include testimony of the heart, attestation by the tongue and affirmation with deeds.

 

ImanAllah says

…but Allah has endeared to you the faith and has made it pleasing in your hearts and has made hateful to you disbelief, defiance and disobedience. Those are the [rightly] guided (Qur’an 49:7)

Imam Bukhari (RA) records the below hadeeth in “Kitab al-Iman” chapter of Sahih Bukhari. Note that Bukhari equates Islam with Iman (i.e. he goes with the technical or Shari’ah definition)

Narrated Abu Musa (RA): Some people asked Allah’s Apostle (pbuh), “Whose Islam is the best? i.e. (Who is a very good Muslim)?” He replied, “One who avoids harming the Muslims with his tongue and hands

The below hadeeth is explicit. It clearly states Iman includes ACTIONS.

Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Iman has more than 70 branches. The most excellent among these branches is the saying of “Laa ilaaha ill Allah” (there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah), and the smallest branch is to remove an obstacle from the wayside. And Haya (modesty, shyness, bashfulness, honour, humility, etc.) is an important branch of Iman.” (Sahih Muslim)

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Written by S Ibrahim

Jul 18, 2014 at 12:13 am

Belief in Angels (A Pillar of Imaan)

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Faith in Angels

Allah says in the Qur’an (2:285)

The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination.”

‘Umar Ibn Khattab (RA) related that Angel Gabriel asked the Prophet (pbuh): “What is Faith (eemaan)?” and he replied, “To believe in Allah, His angels, His Books, His messengers, the Last Day, and the good and evil of Destiny” (Sahih Muslim)

Their creation

‘Aisha (RA) reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “The angels were created from light, the jinn were created from a smokeless flame of fire, and Adam was created from what has been described to you” (Sahih Muslim)

Being created from light does not mean they are light.  Point to ponder: We, humans, aren’t mud or liquid.

Do the angels have any physical attributes? Yes!

Allah mentions their wings in Qur’an 35:1

[All] praise is [due] to Allah , Creator of the heavens and the earth, [who] made the angels messengers having wings, two or three or four. He increases in creation what He wills. Indeed, Allah is over all things competent

He also mentions the angels’ hands in Qur’an 6:93

…And if you could but see when the wrongdoers are in the overwhelming pangs of death while the angels extend their hands, [saying], “Discharge your souls! Today you will be awarded the punishment of [extreme] humiliation for what you used to say against Allah other than the truth and [that] you were, toward His verses, being arrogant.”

‘Aisha (RA) was asked about the verse (which means): “Then he [Jibreel] approached and descended.” [Quran 53:8]. She said, “That is Jibreel. He used to come to him (the Prophet ) in human form, but on this occasion he came in his real form, and he filled the horizons of the sky.” [Sahih Muslim]

What do they do?

They do many things. Here are a few:

Allah mentions the worship of angels in Qur’an 21:19 – 20

To Him belongs whoever is in the heavens and the earth. And those near Him are not prevented by arrogance from His worship, nor do they tire.
They exalt [Him] night and day [and] do not slacken.

God mentions, in Qur’an 82:10 – 11, that angels record what we do

But verily, over you (are appointed angels in charge of mankind) to watch you
Noble and recording (your deeds)

Allah mentions, in Qur’an 69:17, that eight angels will carry His Arsh (throne) on the day of Judgement

And the angels will be on its sides, and eight angels will, that Day, bear the Throne of your Lord above them

Abu Hurayra (RA) quoted the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) as saying, “When the deceased is buried, two blue-black angels come to him,one of them is called Munkar and the other Nakeer” (Sunan Tirmidhi)

In Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree’s hadeeth on the Day of Judgment, the Prophet (pbuh) said, “Then Allaah, Exalted and Great, will say: ‘The angels have interceded, the messengers have interceded and the believers have interceded, and no one remains [to intercede] except the Most Merciful of the merciful.’ He will then take a handful from the Fire and bring out from it people who never did any good and who had been turned into charcoal, and cast them into a river called the river of life, on the outskirts of Paradise … ” [Sahih Muslim]

Allah mentions angels of Hell in Qur’an 66:6

O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded

The above verse also makes it clear that  angels don’t commit any sin (clue: do not disobey Allah), and they don’t have freewill

Note: Israeel is not the name of the angel of death. There is no proof for that.

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Written by S Ibrahim

Aug 21, 2013 at 12:59 am

152. Benefits of believing in Qadr

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1) It grants its believer the peace of mind and sense of relaxation to know, that which has befallen him, was never meant to pass him by and that which has passed him was never meant to befall him.

2) It gives its believer the will and determination to do righteous deeds and grants him the knowledge of the fact that nothing can harm him or stop him except that which Allah has willed

3) Teaches its believer not to be arrogant and vain, but rather to be modest and humble because he realizes that his actions are created by Allah and that such and such an event occurred, not because he was rich or was given beauty and good lineage but rather because it was the Will of Allah.

4) Teaches its believer to do as much as is in his capability and then leave the rest up to Allah, and then to be satisfied with the result as he did as much as his ability permitted him to do so.

Source: http://www.sunnahonline.com/library/beliefs/0072.htm

Shaykh Al-‘Uthaymeen listed seven benefits of belief in Destiny:

1. It is from the completion of Eemaan (Faith), and Eemaan is incomplete without it.

2. It is from the completion of Eemaan in Tawheed ar-Ruboobiyyah, because Allaah’s destiny and predetermination are among His actions.

3. It involves humans referring their affairs to their Lord. Because humans know that everything is according to Allaah’s destiny, they will turn to Him in times of difficulty to repel and remove it from them, and they will attribute their times of good to Allaah and know that it is a favour from Him.

4. It allows humans to know their true status [in relationship to God] and to not be proud when they do good.

5. Calamities become easier to deal with when humans know that they are ultimately from Allah, as He said:

“Allah guides the heart of whoever believes in Him.” (Surah at-Taghaabun 64: 11)

6. Attribution of the worldly pleasures to their true source prevents their attribution to their immediate providers. When those who do not believe in Qadr seek the favors of worldly leaders and receive what they seek from them, they attribute it to the favors of the leaders and forget that it is basically from the favors of the Creator.

7. Humans come to know the wisdom of Allah through belief in Qadr. If they reflect on the creation and the incredible changes occurring in it, they become acquainted with Allaah’s wisdom. In contrast with those who do not believe in Qadr. They are unable to obtain this benefit.

Source: Sharh al-‘Aqeedah al-Waasitiyyah

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Written by S Ibrahim

Nov 8, 2011 at 7:00 am

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