Belief in ALLAH
benefits of having Islamic Belief and the harms of lacking it.
Religion (Deen), Belief (Aqidah), Legislation (Shari’ah), (‘Ilmul
influence of belief on people’s life.
characteristics and main components of Islamic Aqidah.
Q. What are the benefits of the Islamic Belief in
God, and the harms of lacking this belief or having it weak?
ALLAH is perfect and the truth and straying from His Guidance leads to
unhappiness in the present and future life. Since ALLAH created everything in
the best nature and sent down laws to maintain the good in their nature,
disbelief in ALLAH means rejecting what comes from Him, and hence rejecting
The foremost of all benefits from the Islamic belief in God is that man
knows his purpose in life and how to pursue that purpose in every way possible.
Another benefit is that through the belief in ALLAH, in all aspects, he does not
suffer relentlessly from grief over what he has missed, and fear over what is in
his future. He also does not exalt over things granted. Man takes his
precautions as much as possible and leaves the rest to ALLAH. All these trials are phases.
The permanent home, the complete perfection and righteousness is with
ALLAH in the hereafter. And it doesn’t matter how little or much a man has,
because the currency of ALLAH is man’s deeds.
The foremost damage that comes from not having Islamically guided belief
is that a person considers his life, his works, his past, and his future are a
vanity with no meaning. For such a person, depression, self-hatred, and
intemperance are easy.
Having a flawed belief in ALLAH, he feels he is the greatest force in the
seen and unseen over his life, so he is always worried over what he can’t
control. Since he does not believe in the Messengers, he feels there is no such
thing as good and evil. "Right
and wrong" are based on what works for him; which leads to grief and
suffering. Since he does not believe in predestination, he toils to prevent
things in the unseen future more than he has to, and is overwhelmed by what he
lost in the past, and overjoyed by the fortunes in his present. When a man
believes there can be other Gods besides ALLAH, he tries to have two hearts in
one breast and please two masters at once. He is not content with his own gifts
and wants to always increase.
Deen (religion) - is one’s way of
life or path in life.
Aqeedah (belief) - is the set of
beliefs and principles that support a religion or way of life.
Shariah (legislation)- is the limits
and freedoms assigned for man.
‘Ilmul Kalam (theology) – is the
knowledge of the beliefs, and rules of a religion.
2. Detail The Influence of Belief on
The influence of the belief in Monotheism brings
one to center all things in one’s life based on it. In Islam, belief in ALLAH,
in all it’s aspects, has a life changing effect. The believers’ feelings -
like fear, adoration, hope, love; his conditions -
like reverence, abstention, submission; and his actions -
like pledges, oaths, worship; are all influenced by the belief in ALLAH.
True Believers try to ensure that everything outwardly and inwardly is
based on it.The believers do not associate anything with ALLAH.They feel loyalty, passion, and friendship, but it does not compete with
their devotion to ALLAH. He is more important than their family and wealth.
Oneness of Lordship:
This means for the believer that the source of his
life (creation), his death (return) and all things between and beyond, are
ALLAH’S. The believers are awed by this, and it's profession is enough as a
feature of praise. It means He is the only one trusted by the believers as a
The Oneness of Godhead:
This means for the believer that worship, and all
it’s manifestations are for ALLAH.
The Oneness of Names and Attributes:
The believers' supplication and contemplation over
the names of ALLAH has a great effect on them.
An example can be made from
the effect of believing in some of the attributes of
ALLAH, listed in the Ayaah Al Kursi.
The belief in ALLAH, and that "...there is no God but He.",
causes the believer to make ALLAH the natural source of Guidance for all human
transactions and behavior. This is the testimony of
ISLAM, and the basis of the Muslim’s Salaat, paying the Zakat, fasting
during Ramadhan, and pilgrimage to the Ka’aba. The reason the believer follows
the Shariah is explained in the phrase describing his attributes---"To him
belongs whatever is in the heavens
and the earth"---hence, man’s dominion is brief, and he obeys boundaries
set by ALLAH. The believer doesn’t let the world be his source of misery and
exultation, and he esteems even the
smallest charity . The phrase
"He knows what appears as before or behind them.", means that the
believers keep away from over confidence, and they confess all their errors to
ALLAH. "And He is The Most
High, Most Great.", keeps the believer from seeking to have a piece of his
glory; which makes him full of humililty, and free from overbearing qualities.
3. The characteristics and main
components of Islamic Aqidah
Iman (Faith) is the requirement that must be met
before all the other physical actions in Islam, and there are six pillars of
Imaan mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah, namely, to believe in ALLAH, His
Angels, His Books, and His Messengers, and to believe in Qadr (The Divine
Decree). Belief in these pillars,
and the actions and sacrifices made from them, is righteousness (HOLY QUR’AN
2:177). The belief in ALLAH comes before the other pillars of faith. To believe
in ALLAH is to recognize that his Lordship, Godhead, and Perfection make Him
alone the object of worship and submission.
Faith is incomplete without the three aspects of belief in ALLAH. These are to believe in:
Oneness of Lordship
Oneness of Godhead
Oneness of Names or Attributes.
To believe in the Oneness of Lordship, means to recognize that ALLAH
alone is Lord of all in existence. All are under his control, and each
creature’s sustenance depends on Him. The fact that ALLAH is the One Lord
means His will cannot be annulled by any. He is the ruler and has full power and
knowledge of his creations. There
is naught before Him or after Him, and since He is the Creator and observant
over what His creations do, He is the natural object of worship.
One can recognize the Oneness of Lordship, and still be kufr, because it
does not mean recognition of the Oneness of Godhead and Attributes. Polytheist
do not recognize ALLAH to be the sole object of faith and worship, even though
they recognize He is the Lord of All Creation.
To believe in the Oneness of Godhead means to
recognize that ALLAH alone has the right to be worshipped, whether in fasting,
sacrificing, or making pledges. ALLAH owns all qualities of perfection, which
means sincere worship and adoration must be for Him.
This is the essential message of
Islam, the charge with which messengers preached, the reason books were
revealed—the reason that all creatures were created.
To believe in the Oneness of the
Names and Attributes of ALLAH is to believe ALLAH
Both the Names and Attributes of
ALLAH are given in Ayah Al Kursi
(The Verse of the Throne). This is called the most exalted verse in the Qur’an.
ALLAH is described therein