Friday, February 26, 2010

The Four Issues

Know (may Allah (SWT) have mercy on you) that it is incumbent upon us to learn four issues:

  1. The three foundations a Muslim must know are the knowledge of Allah Almighty, His Prophet (SAW), and the religion of Islam, through revealed sources.
  2. Action that is based on that knowledge.
  3. Calling others to that knowledge and to its application.
  4. Patience when treading that path – i.e., the path of knowledge, of action, and of calling others to both.

The proof for these issues is found in this Chapter of the Qur’an:

By Al-'Asr (the time). Verily! Man is in loss, except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend on another to the truth, and recommend on another to patience.

Brief knowledge about the three foundations that a Muslim must know & apply:

  • Knowledge of his Lord: And He is Allah Almighty, Who created His worshipper from nothing, and bestowed upon him all kinds of blessings. Allah Almighty is the Creator of the heavens and earth, of night and day, of the sun and moon. It is He Who sends down rain and causes vegetation to grow and provides for His creatures. And it is He alone who deserves to be worshipped.
  • Knowledge of His religion, which is Islam: Allah Almighty says:
    Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam. [Aal 'Imran 3:19]
  • Knowledge of His Prophet, Muhammad (SAW): He is Muhammad bin (the son of) ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul-Muttallib bin Hashim. Hashim was from the Quraish and the Quraish are from the Arabs. And Muhammad (SAW) was the final and best Prophet.
[Credit goes to 'What Must Be Known About Islam', a comprehensive book, compiled by Muhammad bin 'Ali Al-Arfaj, translated by Darussalam, global leaders in Islamic books.]

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