Speaking so as not to associate others with Allah
In this verse of the Qur'an, "Your Allah is One Allah. There is no god but Him, the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful" (Surat al-Baqara: 163), Allah informs us that there is no Creator other than Him and no other power to intervene for good or ill. Allah is the One, and there is no power other than Him Who can guide human beings to the truth, protect them and give them peace and blessings.
However, a segment of humanity is unaware of this truth. Some, when asked, say that there is no god but Allah, and that they believe He is omnipotent, but, because in their hearts they do not believe it to the full, hope for aid instead from other people, or from a change in circumstances, or even such mythical powers as luck or chance. However, neither human nor any other creation exercises any such power. As we are told in the Qur'an,
... All might belongs to Allah... (Surah Yunus: 65)
Believers, on the other hand, are cognizant that there is no god but Allah, that all glory and power are His, a truth which they sense devoutly and at every moment of their lives. They hope for help from none other than Allah, not from any other person or event. They trust Allah and rely on Him solely. They fear only Allah, and expect help only from Him, because no person or living creature can possess the attributes of Allah; they are all creatures in need of Him, who have no power to ensure any good for themselves or to protect themselves from evil. The Qur'an explains the matter with the following example:
The call of truth is made to Him alone. Those they call upon apart from Him do not respond to them at all. It is like someone stretching out his cupped hands towards water to convey it to his mouth: it will never get there. The call of the unbelievers only goes astray. (Surat ar-Ra‘d: 14)
The language of the faithful who are aware of this truth reflects this sincere faith and fear of Allah in their hearts. Whatever the subject, it can immediately be recognized from such people's way of speaking that they trust in and rely on Allah alone. Those who have understood that there is no god but Allah know that everything is under Allah's control, no matter what they may encounter. Such developments may affect their entire life, or their future, their safety, their property or their health; it may appear outwardly that all these are dependent upon the decisions of a few, or the result of some error committed by them, or on some success which they might have achieved. However, those of pure faith know that all are under Allah's control, and they thus behave accordingly. With regards to this matter we may offer the following example:
A businessman who has invested all his money in a new venture enters into various advertising and promotional campaigns to secure a good market share for his products. In order to compete with other firms in the same sector, he needs to produce better quality products. In addition, he expects good performances from all those who work for the company, from the advertising executive to the marketing or sales personnel. He gives these employees the necessary instructions. He makes speeches to encourage them or to inspire them because it is clearly necessary for him to stay ahead of other companies and to achieve greater success than they have.
Now let us consider the difference between this person and someone else, in a similar situation, but who knows there is no god but Allah. That person follows all the appropriate practical steps. However, he is aware that the authority to make him rich lies not with the advertising, promotion or marketing campaigns, nor in expert personnel. On the contrary, he knows that they are human beings, who can only make decisions through the will of Allah, and achieve success only with Allah's permission. He knows that if he were to regard any of these as possessing a power independent of Allah, that would be to deify others besides Allah. For this reason, when communicating his demands, managing his employees, and monitoring all operations, he speaks with the knowledge that all such factors are at Allah's disposition. When something occurs which appears to him to be a setback, at no time does he plunge into depression, nor does he lash out angrily. No matter who was responsible for the problem, or for what reason, he takes the wisest decisions and adopts the most appropriate measures. However, at no time does he employ a manner of speaking that reflects the deification of others beside Allah, by regarding the person who caused the error as an independent power, or believing that events transpired by and of themselves. That is because, he knows that, if a mistake was made, it was made because it was in that person's fate and that Allah had willed it. The whole scenario is a part of his trial in the life of the world; of whether he will fall into the error of believing that events arise out of the disposition of others, or that he will act in the knowledge that there is no god but Allah. In this situation which we have described, one who is of committed faith knows that everything is part of the destiny decreed by Allah, according to His divine wisdom. For this reason, when a person comes up against an unexpected outcome, they remain calm, and speak in a way that is grateful to Allah, thus exemplifying humility towards Him and submission to Him.
Such knowledge, when reflected in speech, is an important manifestation of faith. One who knows that there is no god but Allah, and in whom that knowledge is reflected in his speech, habitually brings attention to Allah's greatness and glory to those around him, or, otherwise, brings these things to their attention.
Speaking in the knowledge that Allah is
with you at every moment
Some do not consider that Allah Who created them, provides their sustenance, grants the blessings they enjoy, watches over them and encompasses them at all times. They are unaware that, in the event of their death, they will be brought back to our Lord, and called to account for every act they had committed, and every word they had spoken in this world. They believe themselves to be creatures independent of Allah. When they speak, they fail to recognize that it was Allah Who granted them that power. In fact, Allah is the sole ruler and is aware of everything that they do; not a single leaf can fall from a tree without His knowledge. Allah is witness of everything, all the time. The Qur'an explains this truth:
You do not engage in any matter or recite any of the Qur'an or do any action without Our witnessing you while you are occupied with it. Not even the smallest speck eludes your Lord, either on earth or in heaven. Nor is there anything smaller than that, or larger, which is not in a Clear Book. (Surah Yunus: 61)
Everything in the universe, down to the tiniest dust particle, is under Allah's control. Yet, some people live their lives in ignorance of this very truth. It does not occur to them that, if their power of speech were to be taken from them, not a single syllable would form from their mouths so long as Allah willed it. The truth is this: People exist because of Allah's will; just as every action and every word comes about only with Allah's permission and His power. Throughout the time when they are speaking, these people need to be aware that, as in every moment of their lives, they are in the presence of Allah Who created them.
One of the primary characteristics in distinguishing the style of speech that is unique to believers is that they speak in the knowledge that they are with Allah at all times. This is cognizance of Allah's existence, might and grandeur, felt deep in one's heart; It is speaking without forgetting that He encompasses everything and everyone, is at our side at all times, hears and knows everything that we say, for which we will all be called to account. Those who are aware of these truths speak sincere and honestly. The fear of Allah which they have in their hearts prevents them from uttering a word of which Allah would not approve.
The fact that one lives at every moment according to the values of the Qur'an is one of the foremost indicators that that a person is aware of Allah's might and greatness, and that Allah can see and hear him, as all people, all the time. For example, though such people may be speaking on the subject of politics or economics, or conducting a mathematical calculation which occupies their mind completely, the fear of Allah in their heart ensures that, so long as they are speaking, they do not deviate from Allah's commands, but proceed from a feeling of deep respect, fear and love of Him. Such conscientiousness ensures that no word falls from their mouths which might be contrary to the morality prescribed in the Qur'an. Indeed, what is important is that, throughout the time they are speaking, that they have this sincere belief and the fear of Allah deep in their hearts. When he refers to such a political or economic topic, he is yet mindful of these facts which constitute the basis of his faith. He knows that there is no power other than Allah, that Allah sees and hears everything, and that nothing can be kept hidden from Him. This ensures that he speaks every word in a manner appropriate to a Muslim who takes refuge in Allah.
Calling on Allah through His Beautiful Names
With the following verse of the Qur'an, "Say: 'Call on Allah or call on the All-Merciful, whichever you call upon, the Most Beautiful Names are His.'" (Surat al-Isra': 110), Allah reminds us that He possesses the most beautiful of names, and advises believers to call upon Him by them.
Throughout that with which they are faced in their lives, believers recognize the manifestation of the superior wisdom of our Lord. For example, they know that our Lord is the commander of infinite justice, and, during that which they experience, they remember Allah by such a title. Even under the most dire of circumstances, their recognition of Allah's perfect justice is reflected in their speech. Though they may suffer material loss, fall seriously ill, or suffer a grave injustice by the hand of another, they do not forget that all such occurrences have been created only to test them. No matter how outwardly different the events may seem, they never forget that Allah possesses infinite justice, and that on the Day of Judgment all will receive their due reward for the good or evil they had done. As is pointed out by Allah in the verse, "They will not be wronged by so much as the smallest speck." (Surat an-Nisa': 49), they speak with knowledge that humans will not be made to suffer the slightest injustice. They conscientiously avoid uttering any word which will not be approved by Allah. Also, they speak in such a manner as to remind those around them of this same truth, that they may save them from heedlessness or error. In addition to "the Just," another of the beautiful names of our Lord which believers are familiar with that He is "the Ever-Returning, the Most Merciful," "All-Thankful, the All-Knowing," "the One Who answers sincere prayers in the best way" and "He Who protects and takes care of the righteous." They know, too, that only Allah is "the Provider of sustenance," "the Granter of joy and peace" and "He Who causes laughter or tears" and the knowledge of these attributes is reflected in their language. It can be discerned from their speech that in everything they experience they are aware of Allah's absolute control, His superior wisdom, His infinite justice and His unrivalled artistry.
In each of the statements of the Prophets, all shining examples for which the faithful to follow, we can discern the way in which they tended to refer to and exalt our Lord with the most beautiful of names. In the Qur'an, we are told that ‘Isa (as), upon receiving a revelation from Allah, said:
And when Allah says, ''Isa son of Maryam! Did you say to people, 'Take me and my mother as gods besides Allah?'" he will say, "Glory be to You! It is not for me to say what I have no right to say! If I had said it, then You would have known it. You know what is in my self but I do not know what is in Your Self. You are the Knower of all unseen things." (Surat al-Ma'ida: 116)
Remembering Allah frequently
In this verse of the Qur'an, "Recite what has been revealed to you of the Book and perform prayer. Prayer precludes indecency and wrongdoing. And remembrance of Allah is greater still. Allah knows what you do." (Surat al-‘Ankabut: 45), we are told that remembrance of Allah is the most important form of worship. Believers must fulfill this act of worship with utmost sincerity. Naturally, the deep love for Allah they have in their hearts is also reflected in their speech. They know that every blessing they enjoy comes from Allah, and, whenever they see something which they find beautiful they think of Allah and are grateful to Him. With the knowledge that all that happens takes place for a divinely ordained purpose, they remember Allah and put their trust in Him, whatever the difficulty. Consequently, throughout their lives, and in everything they experience, they consider Allah and remember His name.
The devotion of Muslims to Allah is so that, no matter what they might be in the midst of doing, it does not distract them from remembering His name. The constancy of the faithful in remembering Allah is referred to in the following verse of the Qur'an:
[Believers are] not distracted by trade or commerce from the remembrance of Allah and the establishment of prayer and the giving of alms; fearing a day when all hearts and eyes will be in turmoil. (Surat an-Nur: 37)
This steadfastness on the part of believers arises from their understanding of the truth revealed by the following verse:
Those who believe and whose hearts find peace in the remembrance of Allah. Only in the remembrance of Allah can the heart find peace. (Surat ar-Ra‘d: 28)
In the life of the world, there are many blessings from which people may take pleasure; but none gives them the true peace and fulfillment that comes from remembering Allah. Each of these blessings merely gain value and meaning when they are accompanied with the remembrance of Allah, because people can only attain the morality that permits the pleasure to be enjoyed from all such blessings in submission to Allah, and in the awareness that it is He Who created them all and that they are all under His control.
In addition, the Qur'an points out that remembering Allah often is one of those secrets of the faith which provides believers with certain successes and degrees of superiority:
You who have believe! When you encounter a company [from the enemy forces], stand firm and remember Allah repeatedly so that hopefully you will be successful. (Surat al-Anfal: 45)
Believers who are aware of this remember Allah and exalt His glory, in their hearts, or with their tongues, every hour of every day, under any condition and in all situations.
Praising the Might of Allah
In everything sincere believers experience in life, they are witness to the wisdom, knowledge, and might of Allah, and bow their heads to Him in reverence. This sincere love, respect and submission is then reflected in believers' language, as it is in the whole of their lives. Believers are aware at all times that Allah is rich beyond need of anything, but that all living creatures are in need of Him. Since they have understood the might and greatness of Allah, they are also aware of their own weakness. They know that they can do nothing on their own unless Allah wills it. Essentially, no matter how virtuous they may be, they do not give way to feelings of conceit and superiority. They are continually mindful of their own limited abilities and dependence on Allah; when referring to any success they may have achieved, they do so in the knowledge that it has resulted through those talents imparted to them by Allah. Similarly, when they receive praise, they remain humble, being aware that such praise is ultimately to be attributed to Allah's supreme wisdom.
The language of those who are able to appreciate Allah's glory, with true appreciation, is distinguished by a manner of speaking in which they praise and exalt His intelligence, knowledge, might and greatness. Their hearts are devoted to Allah every moment of their lives; no matter where they go, or what they see or hear, they recognize examples of Allah's artistry in everything, and sincerely express the awe they feel. As such, the Qur'an states that believers' hearts are with Allah at all times, whether standing, sitting, or lying down, and that they ponder upon Allah's might and praise it:
Those who remember Allah, standing, sitting and lying on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth [saying]: "Our Lord, You have not created this for nothing. Glory be to You! So safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire." (Surah Al ‘Imran: 191)
Muslims are aware of this truth at every moment of their lives, and in everything they set out to do. They know that it is Allah Who allows for the food they eat to be cultivated from the dry earth and laid forth before them of the best and most delectable sort, and Who has granted them the opportunity to enjoy it. As a consequence, though they thank the cook, they are aware that their ultimate gratitude is to Allah. When they listen to music which is pleasing to them, they are impressed not by the musicians, but with Allah Who bestowed upon them this talent and in themselves the disposition to take pleasure in such music.
They are also aware that when something they had wished for comes about unexpectedly, it is not an accident, and give thanks to Allah. If they were to admire a beautiful work of architecture, they would be appreciating the architect, never forgetting that the real author of such beautiful works is Allah, and thereby exalt His glory. They do not become consumed with pride over their own talents; they are aware that they are a meek servant of Allah, and direct all praise to our Lord. In the Qur'an, we are told that He Who is truly worthy of praise is Allah, and, therefore, that we should praise and exalt Him:
And say: "Praise be to Allah Who has had no son and Who has no partner in His Kingdom and Who needs no one to protect Him from weakness." And proclaim His Greatness repeatedly! (Surat al-Isra': 111)
Ik verplicht je niet om alle dagen op mijn blog te zitten,zodat je je aangedrongen voelt.ik verplicht je niet om moslim te worden.ik zeg alleen dat de Koran het woord van Allah is,zonder enige twijfel.en de Koran vermeld dat Hij de Islam boven alle religies gekozen heeft.en ik zal je nooit haten omdat je een jood bent want ik eer en respecteer zelfs de profeten die jouw boek vermelden omdat wij ook afkomstig zijn van Hun zoals de joden ook zijn,als je tegoei naar de films gekeken had zou je mij dat nu ook vertellen en niets anders.
Als ik het goede haat waarom komen van mijne kant alleen maar woorden als liefde en eer en respect?zijn deze woorden van begrip verandert ineens?en het haatvolle woorden,vernederende,die jij mij altijd stuurde,is dat het kwaad haten?als ieder het licht is,en t is ook zo dat ieder een deel van Hem is wil niet zeggen dat ieder jood moet zijn zoals jij interpreteert.....
er is niet 1woord over kwaad in wat ik over de betekenis van de Islam in mijn blog vermeldde.als het voor u zo is,dan weet ik dat jij serieuze problemen hebt bij je eigen.
Ik zal je een boek sturen over hoe de kaliefaten leefden en een volk bestuurden.want je weet niets van de kaliefaten.alleen als ze ten oorlog trokken misschien en zelfs dit is soms noodzakelijk geweest.Als Allah de islam nooit als de ware religie had gekozen,dan was de Islam nooit tot dezer dagen gekomen zijn.
neem Abu Bakr(r.a),een man die als eerste mens,na de profeten de hemel zal binnentreden,die geen eten thuis had voor een tweede dag,als Hij het had gaf Hij het aan een arme mens,hij koning der landen die geen 2de kleed thuis had liggen en zo een leven doorbracht,niets van zijn loon aanraakte maar zo uitdeelde aan arme mensen,leefde door zijn bezit te verkopen en deelde het nog aan de armen,een man van respect,.
als hen gevraagd werd om de armen te helpen,bracht hij al zijn bezit om de armen te helpen,en als profeet Mohammed(s.a.s) hem vroeg,wat heb je voor je kinderen en je vrouw en jezelf achtergelaten?antwoordde Hij:Niets,wij hebben neits nodig behalve Allah en zijn profeet,is dit niet het Ultieme antwoord dat je kun krijgen van een kalief?
koning der landen,hielp ouderen in de steden met hun last te dragen,ging elke nacht op weg om snachts de wacht te houden opdat nergens iets werd gepikt.
als er bezoek kwam ging Hijzelf de dieren melken,hierop vroeg ene,kun je het niet aan een slaaf vragen,een koning doet dit toch niet?
antwoordde Hij:is er een betere slaaf als mij?ben ik dan niet de slaaf van Allah?is dit geen ultieme antwoord,
als er mensen de steden passeerden waar hij leefde,moslim of niet,ging Hij de hele nacht de wacht houden bij hun caravanen opdat hun niets zou overkomen...
wat vind jij verkeerd aan deze kaliefaten?
wat?kon ik maar hun slaaf zijn,kon ik maar....
en dan heb je nog de anderen maar dat vertel ik een ander keer.
Moge Allah je de waarheid laten zien.