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the six pillars of iman

the six pillars of iman

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THE SIX PILLARS OF IMAN
Just as Islam has five pillars (please recall the definitions of Islam and Pillar), so Iman (please recall the definition of Iman in
all of its three necessary components) also has six pillars, taught to us by the Prophet (sas). These pillars are:

Belief in Allah;
Belief in the angels;
Belief in the revealed books;
Belief in the commissioned Messengers (peace be upon them).
Belief in the resurrection and the events of Qiyama.
Belief in the predestination by Allah of all things, both the (seemingly) good and the (seemingly) bad.

THE FIRST PILLAR
Belief in Allah Most High.
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It is the foundation of the Islamic personality.
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It is a basic human need, more basic than the need for his provision and sustenance.
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Acts of worship only become real and valid with the feeling and awareness of their Object.
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supplication
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love
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humility
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fear
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hope/reliance
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adoration
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Differences between the Creator and His creation.
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He is free of any need for others.
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He is the sole Creator of all that which pleases Him (and that which doesn't).
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Allah has ordered His creation and forbidden them only in ways which are in their best interest.
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He sent the Messengers and the books with the truth Ilm-ul-Ghaib.
He alone can guide to Iman. This is why the people of paradise will say:
[All praise be to Allah who guided us to this, for we never would have been guided to it if He had not guided us to it.]
The best worship is insufficient as gratitude for his bounties and mercies - they always fall short and we are need of His

forgiveness.
No one's works will merit paradise. There is no contradiction between the Hadith:
"None shall enter Paradise by his actions." and the verse which says:
[These are the people of paradise, therein forever, a reward for that which they used to do.]
Every human needs Allah's forgiveness of his sins.

THE SECOND PILLAR
Belief in the Angels.

Belief that among Allah's creation are angels.
Real beings, not illusions or figments of human imagination.
Created from light.
A Muslim must believe specifically in all the angels named

and/or described in the Qur'an and the Sunnah.
Jibreel: in charge of delivering
revelation.
Mika'il: in charge of bringing the
rain.
Israfil: the blower of the horn on
Qiyama.
Malik-ul-Maut: the Angel of Death
who takes people's souls at death.
The Noble Recorders: those who
record people's actions.
The Protectors (Al-Mu'aqqibat):
who keep people from death until

its decreed time.
Ridhwan: in charge of Paradise.
Malik: in charge of Hell.
Munkar and Nakir: the questioners

in the grave.
The Carriers of the Throne.
Those who record the future of the
foetus.
Those who enter the Haram: 70,000
every day.

Those who move about, descending
upon gatherings at which Allah and
His Book are mentioned and
studied.

Belief in the angels is an integral part of Iman.
[See 2/285 Al-Baqarah]
Kufr with respect to the angels is kufr.
[See 4/136 An-Nisaa]

They are not some metaphysical force or aspect of the human
psyche or self. Deviants have said such things for many centuries,
and it was not a new deviation when it was being propagated in
America during this century.

THE THIRD PILLAR
Belief in the Books of Allah.
General belief in the phenomenon of the sending of books.

Six specific books mentioned in the Qur'an:
As-Suhuf of Ibrahim and Musa.
Az-Zaboor given to Daud.
At-Taurat revealed to Musa.
Al-Injeel revealed to Isa.
Al-Qur'an - the final revelation.

Attributes of the Qur'an:
Flawless and untampered with:
[See 41/42 Fusilat]

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