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Do you KNOW what you BELIEVE? Are your beliefs the same as those of Prophet’s?

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Questions

  1. Are the Angels and Jinns the same creatures? Do ghosts (souls of dead) exist?
  2. Qadr: If Allah knows if you would go to Heaven or Hell, why should you do good?
  3. If Allah is really Merciful, then why did tsunami & wars happen?
  4. Why shouldn’t you, while in distress, call “Ya Muhyiddeen” (or, “Ya Ghawth“) even though you believe Allah is the Helper and Muhyideen Abdul Qadir Jilani is only an intermediary?
  5. Do you know if Jesus (Prophet ‘Eesa) would come back?
  6. If a person is married but have no kids for 10 years, do you think Allah is being harsh on him?
  7. Is social democracy the best form of Government for our times?
  8. Are the punishments in the grave real, or just spiritual or illusory?
  9. Was Islam founded or established by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)? No. Or, is Islam the religion of all Prophets (AH)? Yes
  10. You are committing minor sins (We all do), and your friends / relatives demand that you do a major sin. You refuse. They say, “Well, you are not a holy man. Come on, just do it once”. How would you respond? Why is it NOT OK to commit major sins?
  11. Will all those who are born to Muslim parents go to Heaven (at least after some punishment in Hell)? No
  12. What are the conditions / requirements to get into Heaven (Jannah)? Will doing more good deeds (more charity, sunnah prayers, etc.) in this world make any difference in the Hereafter?
  13. Are there differences in punishments for those who enter Hell (Jahannam or Naar)? Are there levels in Hellfire?
  14. Were the original Torah (Taurat) and Bible (Injeel) revealed by Allah? Or, were they created by humans?
  15. Prophet (pbuh) said, “The space taken up in the Hereafter by something as little as the whip of one of you is better than the whole of this earth and what is on it.” (Sahih Bukhari). He (pbuh) is basically saying an inch of the paradise is better than the whole world & its riches. Do you think there is some exaggeration in this? No

 

This blog will, insha Allah, try to provide some introductory materials on the matters of our faith (Iman or Eemaan). Most Aalims (Ulema or Scholars) don’t talk or write about these matters (Pillars of FAITH) as they talk about pillars of Islam or other issues.

 

What would happen to a tree without roots?

What would happen to a building with a weak foundation?

A strong Islam, a strong community need a strong Iman / Faith.  And, logically one can’t claim to believe in something if he has no knowledge about it. We all know the six items to believe in. But, how do we believe in each of those six? What is our belief about Messengers? How much do we know about Hereafter, and so on.

 

Meaning of Aqeedah

The term Aqeedah comes from Aqd (Ayn, Qaf, Daal), meaning knot, affirmed, deliberate. Its plural is Aqaaidh. From the shariah perspective, Aqeedah means “Certainty of belief and being contented”

Aqeedah is the matter of knowledge. The Muslim must believe in his/her heart and have faith and conviction, with no doubts or misgivings

 

What do we Believe?

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.” (Qur’an 2:285)

In the famous Hadeeth of Jibreel, we see “… He (the Messenger of Allah) answered, “It is that you believe in Allah and His angels and His Books and His Messengers and in the Last Day, and in fate (qadar), both in its good and in its evil aspects.” (Sahih Muslim)

In the matters of faith, as in all aspects of Islam, we should go to the correct sources of knowledge – Qur’an and authentic Hadeeths. It is critical that we believe exactly like the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did.

 

Order of Chapters in Sahih Bukhari

The great Imam Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari (may Allah have mercy on him) began his book with “The Beginning of Revelation” and then he followed it with chapters on faith, followed by the chapters on knowledge. As if he means to point out that the first obligation upon a human being is faith or Iman and the way to attaining faith is knowledge. And the source of faith and knowledge is revelation. So he began by showing how the revelation occurred and what it was like. Then he followed by mentioning faith and knowledge. This arrangement is no accident; by it he makes some important points

 

Where do we begin the journey of knowledge

Start from the definitions, benefits, categories, etc of Tawheed at https://islaamiccreed.wordpress.com/2010/01/

 

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Written by S Ibrahim

Jun 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

The good and bad Jinn, and Messengers among Jinn

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Jinn are creatures of God, and they remain hidden to us. They are not evil/bad angels. They are different from angels (Malaaikah). Angels don’t disobey Allah.

Their Creation

Allah says, in Surah al-Hijr, about how He created humans and Jinn:

And We did certainly create man out of clay from an altered black mud. And the jinn We created before from scorching fire (15:26-27)

He also says in Surah ar-Rahman,

And He created the jinn from a smokeless flame of fire (55:15)

The Good and Bad

Jinn and human have some similarities – they can choose to be good or bad, they can worship Allah or disobey Him. Like humans, some Jinn follow the truth. Mankind and jinn have the freedom of choice, while the angels don’t have that. Allah cites the same reason for the creation of human and jinn

And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me (51:56)

The good among them submit to God, while the evil jinn disbelieve. Allah says in Surah al-Jinn

‘And of us some are Muslims (who have submitted to Allah, after listening to this Quran), and of us some are Al-Qasitun (disbelievers those who have deviated from the Right Path)’. And whosoever has embraced Islam (i.e. has become a Muslim by submitting to Allah), then such have sought the Right Path.”

And as for the Qasitun (disbelievers who deviated from the Right Path), they shall be firewood for Hell (72:14-15)

Shaytan/Shayateen (Plural): The jinn who disbelieve and disobey Allah are called Shayatin, and they try to harm the people. They falsify things to people, and try to mislead them. They beautify evil deeds, and make us believe the good deeds as boring. For their misdeeds, Allah will send them to Hell

…And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled: “Surely, I shall fill Hell with jinns and men all together.” (11:119)

And thus We have made for every prophet an enemy – devils from mankind and jinn, inspiring to one another decorative speech in delusion. (6:112)

And [mention, O Muhammad], the Day when He will gather them together [and say], “O company of jinn, you have [misled] many of mankind.” And their allies among mankind will say, “Our Lord, some of us made use of others, and we have [now] reached our term, which you appointed for us.” He will say, “The Fire is your residence, wherein you will abide eternally, except for what Allah wills. Indeed, your Lord is Wise and Knowing.” (6:128)

Iblis is a bad jinn (No. He is not a bad angel).  We often use the term Shaitaan to refer to him. He was very proud and that led him to disobey Allah’s command. Allah mentions in Surah al-Kahf

And [mention] when We said to the angels, “Prostrate to Adam,” and they prostrated, except for Iblees. He was of the jinn and departed from the command of his Lord. Then will you take him and his descendants as allies other than Me while they are enemies to you? Wretched it is for the wrongdoers as an exchange. (18:50)

Interaction with men:

Some jinn are useful to men. Prophet Sulaiman (AS) had many jinn who worked for him.

And to Solomon [We subjected] the wind – its morning [journey was that of] a month – and its afternoon [journey was that of] a month, and We made flow for him a spring of [liquid] copper. And among the jinn were those who worked for him by the permission of his Lord… (34:12)

Some evil men interact with evil jinn.

‘And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the men among the jinns, but they (jinns) increased them (mankind) in sin and disbelief. (72:6)

Some good jinn visited Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and listened to the recitation of Qur’an.

And [mention, O Muhammad], when We directed to you a few of the jinn, listening to the Qur’an. And when they attended it, they said, “Listen quietly.” And when it was concluded, they went back to their people as warners. (46:29)

Say, [O Muhammad], “It has been revealed to me that a group of the jinn listened and said, ‘Indeed, we have heard an amazing Qur’an. (72:1)

Messengers among Jinn:

Allah has sent rasuls (Messengers) to jinn, just as He did for humans. Allah mentions in Surah al-An’am

“O company of jinn and mankind, did there not come to you messengers from among you, relating to you My verses and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?” They will say, “We bear witness against ourselves”; and the worldly life had deluded them, and they will bear witness against themselves that they were disbelievers. (6:130)

Please note that there’s a consensus among the scholars that the Prophet (SAW) was sent to both man and jinn.

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Written by S Ibrahim

Mar 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

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