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Beliefs of a Muslim:

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Tauheed
-"I believe in ALLAH, in His Angels, His Scriptures, His Prophets, the Day of Judgment, and in the fact that every thing good or bad (in the world) is pre-destined by ALLAH the Exalted, and in the resurrection after death."Tauheed, the Oneness of ALLAH (s.w.t) for a Muslim is:" ALLAH, there is no god but He, the Living, the Everlasting; slumber does notseize him nor does sleep; to Him belongs whatever is in the heavens andwhatever is in the earth. Who is there that shall intercede with Him, except byHis permission? He knows what is before them and what is after them, but theydo not comprehend anything of His knowledge, except what He will. His Throneextends over the heavens and earth, and their guarding does not strain Him;and He is the High, the Great". ( 3 : 255 ) Al-Quran.We say about ALLAH's unity believing by ALLAH's help; that ALLAH is One,without any partners. There is nothing like Him. There is nothing that canoverwhelm Him. There is no god other than Him. He is the Eternal without abeginning and enduring without end. He will never perish or come to an end.Nothing happens except what He wills. No imagination can conceive of Him andno understanding can comprehend Him. He is different from any created being.He is living and never dies and is eternally active and never sleeps. He createswithout His being in need to do so and provides for His creation without anyeffort. He causes death with no fear and restores to life without difficulty. He hasalways existed together with His attributes since before creation. Bringingcreation into existence did not add anything to His attributes that was notalready there. As He was, together with His attributes, in pre-eternity, so He willremain throughout endless time. It was not only after the act of creation that Hecould be described as "The Creator" nor was it only by the act of origination thatHe could he described as "The Originator". He was always the Lord even whenthere was nothing to be Lord of, and always the Creator even when there was nocreation. In the same way that He is the "Bringer to life of the dead", after Hehas brought them to life a first time, and deserves this name before bringingthem to life, so too He deserves the name of "Creator" before He has createdthem. This is because He has the power to do everything, everything isdependent on Him, everything is easy for Him, and He does not need anything."There is nothing like Him and He is the Hearer, the Seer". ( 42 : 11 ) Al-Quran.He created creation with His knowledge. He appointed destinies for those Hecreated. He allotted to them fixed life spans. Nothing about them was hiddenfrom Him before He created them, and He knew everything that they would dobefore He created them. He ordered them to obey Him and forbade them todisobey Him. Everything happens according to His decree and will, and His will isaccomplished. The only will that people have is what He wills for them. What Hewills for them occurs and what He does not will, does not occur. He givesguidance to whoever He wills, and protects them, and keeps them safe fromharm, out of His generosity; and He leads astray whoever He wills, and abasesthem, and afflicts them, out of His justice. All of them are subject to His will
 
between either His generosity or His justice. He is exalted beyond havingopposites or equals. No one can ward off His decree or put back His command oroverpower His affairs. We believe in all of this and are certain that everythingcomes from Him. The Existence is Infinite and ALLAH has encircled the InfiniteExistence, and the Infinite existence has encircled all existent things, so there isno possibility of any other god beyond ALLAH. The existence of creatures is veryweak before the Existence of Him. When we and you cannot allow any otherbeing to enter into our own limits of existence despite such weakness, then howALLAH, with such a tremendous strength of existence, can allow any other god toenter into His dominion ? In short, there is no space for any other god to enterthe Divine Dominion. As such there is no rational possibility to believe in anyother god beyond ALLAH. He is the origin of all creatures. He is alone the Masterof all creations, man, angel, jinn etc. All creatures are the slaves and servants of ALLAH, the Lord of the Universe. So it is incumbent on every soul in the greatUniverse to recognize and acknowledge the Lordship of ALLAH, His Divine Unityand denounce all quarters of polytheism. When He is the Creator of all creaturesand He provides for them all necessities, obedience to Him is obligatory andbinding on all creatures whether man, animals, mountains, angels, trees, stars,moon, and sun. Men and jinn have wish, but other creatures have no wish, theyare completely subservient to the Divine Commands or the Laws of Nature.Other creatures have no wish of their own, so they are not susceptible todisobedience. The word disobedience does not come in the orbit of othercreatures. It is only man or jinn who can obey and disobey alike. He is givenfreedom of choice. He is given Reason or Wisdom to judge and take actionaccordingly.
Prophethood
-"I believe in ALLAH, in His Angels, His Scriptures, His Prophets, the Day of Judgment, and in the fact that every thing good or bad (in the world) is pre-destined by ALLAH the Exalted, and in the resurrection after death."End of the Prophethood, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.w) for a Muslim is:No single tenet of Islam protects the perfect and universal religion of ALLAH(s.w.t) from corruption and innovation better than the doctrine of the finality of Prophethood. In more than one hundred of its verses, the Holy Quran has madeit abundantly clear that no new prophet or prophetic revelation will be sent tohumanity. For instance, ALLAH has declared:"Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the Apostle of ALLAH and the Last of the Prophets". ( 33 : 40 ) Al-Quran.The Last Prophet, Muhammad (s.a.w.w), has also explained this point in overtwo hundred Ahadith. For instance, the Messenger of ALLAH has taught:"My position in relation to the prophets who came before me can be explained by
 
the following example: A man erected a building and adorned this edifice withgreat beauty, but he left an empty niche in the corner where just one brick wasmissing. People looked around the building and marveled at its beauty, butwondered why a brick was missing from that niche. I am like unto that onemissing brick and I am the last in the line of the Prophets". (Bukhari, Muslim,Musnad Ahmad, Tirmizi, Musnad Abu Dawud)."There will arise thirty impostors in my Ummah (followers) and each one of themwill pronounce to the world that he is a prophet, but I am the last in the line of the Prophets of God and no Prophet will come after me". (Abu Dawood)."I am Muhammad, I am Ahmad, I am the effacer and infidelity shall be erasedthrough me; I am the assembler. People shall be assembled on Doomsday aftermy time. And I am the last in the sense that no prophet shall succeed me".(Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmizi)."...O People, no prophet will come after me, and no new faith will be born.Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand my words which I convey toyou...". (Sermon delivered on the ninth day of Dhul-Hajj 10 A.H. and witnessedby 120,000 Muslims).Prior to Islam, a new prophet was generally commissioned when the teachings of earlier prophets were lost, corrupted, or required some modification. However,the holy Quran clearly states that the dispensations of Islam are universal, final,completed, perfected, and protected. For instance, we read:"Say (O Muhammad): 'O Mankind! Lo! I am the Messenger of ALLAH to you all,(the Messenger) of Him unto Whom belongs the Sovereignty of the heavens andearth". ( 7 : 158 ) Al-Quran."...This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon youand have chosen for you Islam as your way of life". ( 5 : 3 ) Al-Quran.The Holy Quran, Hadith, Tafseer, and the opinion of the Companions (r.a) havebeen consistent on this point, since the advent of Islam. In fact, the first rightlyguided Caliph, Hazrat Abu Bakr (r.a), supported by all companions of the holyProphet (s.a.w.w), waged a war against the false claimant to Prophethood,Musailma the Kazzab (liar), despite the fact that the Muslim state was still in itsinfancy and without the necessary means. Those taught by the holy Prophet(s.a.w.w) were absolutely certain of this doctrine and the need to protect thereligion of humanity from corruption. Indeed, three times as many Muslimswillingly sacrificed their precious lives fighting Musailma, as had during the entiremission of the holy Prophet (s.a.w.w). This act of Hazrat Abu Bakr (r.a) was sohighly regarded, endorsed and accepted by the companions, that Hazrat Umar(r.a) proposed:"I will exchange all good deeds of my life time for your acts of one night and oneday. One night from those three nights you spent with Prophet Muhammad(s.a.w.w) in the Cave of "Saur" and one day from the days of battles againstimpostor prophets to guard the Finality of Muhammad". (Mishkawt).

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