Student Guild Semester 2: Kitab at Tawhid. Taught by Sh. Nabeel Shahzad Ul-HaqTinuviel 20113
The Knowledge and Recognition of the Uniqueness of Allah (swt)
Kitab at-Tawhid: By Sh. Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab.
The book deals with the issue of tawhid al-Ilahiyah. The right of Allah (swt) to be worshippedalone.-
Topics deal with the explanation of tawhid, its rules, aspects that strengthen and perfect tawhidand its merits.-
The book also looks into issues that contravene the matter of tawhid. This is shirk.-
Sh. Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab wrote this book in the style of the early books of aqeedah.-
Sh. Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab stated that this book was written so that the believerswould fear shirk and protect themselves from committing shirk.
What is Tawhid?
In the Arabic language, the term ‘tawhid’ is used to ascribe uniqueness to something.
In Islam, the term ‘tawhid’ is used to ascribe uniqueness to Allah (swt) in everything that isspecific to Him. These are
His Rububiyah (Lordships),
His Asma’ wal Sifat (names andattributes) and
His Ilahiyah (right to be worshipped).-
These are the three categories of Tawhid.
What is shirk?
In the Arabic language, it is to associate one with another.
In the religious sense, shirk is to liken the Creator to the creation. Or to liken the creation to theCreator in everything that is specific to Him. In His actions (Rububiyah), perfection (Asma’ walSifat) and right to be worshipped (Tawhid al - Ilahiyah).
Shirk in worship is
Shirk al-Akbar (The Major Shirk) and
Shirk al-Asghar (The Minor Shirk).Also another two categories
Shirk al-Jalee or al-Zahir (Apparent Shirk) and
Shirk al –Khafieor al-Bātin (Hidden Shirk).-
There are some scholars that divide shirk into three categories, major shirk, minor shirk andhidden shirk. For hidden shirk, they are referring to the subtle riyaa (showoff) by beautifyingone’s worship to obtain the praise of the creation.