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What Muslims Believe Lesson 1

Objective of Lesson #1 is to introduce the ve pillars and there importance in our everyday lives, and to emphasis the oneness of Allah, and to show how the oneness of Allah is an absolute oneness.

Seeking Knowledge - Key is to have sincerity

Knowledge is sought as a means to Allah The Amir al-Mu'minin, Abu Hafs 'Umar ibn al-Khattab said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'Actions only go by intentions. Everyone gets what they intend. Anyone, therefore, who emigrates to Allah and His Messenger, his emigration is indeed to Allah and His Messenger. But anyone who emigrates to gain something of this world or to marry a woman, his emigration is to that to which he emigrated.'" [Agreed to be sound]

He (the Messenger of Allah) said Faith , "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 Six Pillars of Belief(Iman): 1) Belief in Allah 2) Belief in the Angles 3) Belief in the Divine Books 4) Belief in the Messengers sent by Allah 5) Belief in the Day of Judgement 6) Belief in the Divine Decree and Destinty

So know, [O Muhammad], that there is no God except Allah 47:19 Quran

Islamic Belief ( Aqeedah) is about ones relationship with Allah taala. The basis of Islamic Belief is that there is no Ilah ( God) but Allah. Steps to know Allah: The rst thing every Morally Responsible person is to know and that is to know Allah taala. This knowing Allah is a two step process the process is

1) to know Allah taala ( marifa), and 2) have afrmation in ones heart ( tasdiq). The fruit from this is what ones says does. What is Aqeedah? That what you rmly believe in What is Faith ? Everything that the Messenger of Allah ( sall Allahu alaihi wa sallam) came with that is necessary known of the relgion. Not just prayer, fasting giving in charity, but includes business dealing and the like.

Knowing Allah taala and reection on his greatness will help us in having humility before him so when we Pray we will exalt the one we are praying to who says in Surah Taha; : Establish Prayer for my remembrance20:4.

Conditions for one to be deemed morally responsible: 1) Posse one of the signs of puberty 2) Be of sane mind 3) Message of Islam reach them clearly How does Allah describe himself in Quran: In Surah al-Iklhas he said: Say, "He is Allah, [who is] One, (1) Allah, the Eternal Refuge. (2) He neither begets nor is born, (3) Nor is there to Him any equivalent." (4) Quran 112:1-4 A person can to the Messenger of Allah and said, "I love this Surah(Surah al-Iklhas) immensely." The Holy Prophet ( May Allah bless him and give him peace) replied: "Your love for it will cause you to enter Paradise. " [Ibn Kathir]. Tirmidhi has recorded on the authority of Sayyidna Abu Hurairah ( May Allah be pleased with him that once the Messenger of Allah ( May Allah be pleased with hiom) asked the people to gather and said: "I shall recite to you a third of the Qur'an?" When the people had congregated, he recited Surah al-iklas and said:

"This is equal to a third of the Qur'an." [Muslim].

There is no limitation to Allah