MAY THE PEACE AND BLESSING BE UPON ALL DIVINE PROPHETS AND MESSENGERS OF ALLAH.
UNITY OF TRUTH IS BASED ON TAWHID OF ALLAH AND ITS BRANCHES-part I.
By the Philogene-Bey Family
New York Republic
All Praise and Thanks are due solely to ALLAH, the Most Gracious and Most Merciful. High well deserve honors upon all Messengers and Prophets for their contributions in propagating ALLAH’s will through knowledge, wisdom and understanding. All true Prophets and Messengers are from the same tree with various branches, but still have the same roots, producing the same bud of Tawhid (the oneness) of ALLAH. Mu/Mohammad ibn Abdullah (SAW) brought back the Tawhid (oneness) of ALLAH from ABRA HAM (the Father of all Nations).The teaching of Tawhid is one of the degrees of all divine Prophets and Messengers of Allah, from among many, namely ABRA HAM, Musa (Moses), Yashua (Ibn Maryam), Mu/Mohammad ibn Abdullah and Noble Drew Ali (knowing thyself and Our Great GOD ALLAH) etc. Tawhid, the oneness of ALLAH, is the core of Islamic faith. Mankind, created as the vicegerent of ALLAH, is assigned the duty of implementing the concept of Tawhid on earth in every walk of life since the days of first Man, Adam.
Shaytan/Satan is the eternal and arch enemy of mankind, vowing that he will spare no effort to distract man from the path. Shaytan/Satan works hard to get man involved in heresies when paganism or atheism fails to attract attention. Tawhid is the basic of the Deen ul islam and is precisely expressed in the formula, ‘’La ilahaillallah’’ (There is no creator but ALLAH), whom alone deserve to be worshipped. This seemingly simple formula forms the dividing line between Eeman (true belief in Allah) and Kufr (disbelief), according to the tenets of Islam. Because of this principle of Tawhid, the Islamic knowledge of ALLAH is considerd to be unitarian. The concept of Tawhid is understood among its believers to mean that ALLAH is all, and all is ALLAH; that there is only one existence, which is ALLAH. Yet, such knowledge is classified by mainstream Islam as pantheism and, as such, Kufr (disbelief). There are other sects from among the Mu/Moslems that feel that Tawhid consists of stripping ALLAH of His attributes and asserting that he is present everywhere and in everything. Yet, these ideas were also rejected by orthodox Islam and considered heretical; all the so-called heretical sects broke off from the main body of Islam, from the prophet’s time till today, all beginning their divergence from point of Tawhid. All of those who worked for the destruction of Islam and the misguidance of its followers have attempted to neutralize the principle of Tawhid, because it represents the very essence of the divine message of Islam brought by all Prophets. They have introduced concepts about ALLAH totally alien to Islam; concepts designed to take man away from the worship of ALLAH alone. Once people accept these pagan philosophies about ALLAH, they become easily susceptible to a multitude of other deviant ideas all of which eventually lead those who accept them to the worship of created things, under the guise of the true worship of ALLAH.
The Messenger of ALLAH (pbuh) himself, vividly warned Mu/Moslems to beware of such deviations as had befallen the nations before them. He encouraged them to stick closely to the path which he had tread. One day as he sat with his companions (may ALLAH be pleased with them all), he drew a straight line in the dirt. He then drew a series of lines branching off from either side of it. When the Companions asked him what it meant, he pointed to the branches and told them they represented the various paths of misguidance in this life. He went on to say that at the head of each path sat a devil inviting people to it. After that, he pointed to the straight line in the middle and told them that it represented the path of ALLAH. When the Companions asked for further clarification, he told them it was his path and he recited
‘’This is my path leading straight, so follow it. And do not follow the other paths, or else you will be separated from His [ALLAH’S] path…’’ (Qur’an 6: 153)
It is therefore of the utmost importance that Tawhid be clearly understood in the way it was taught by the Prophet (pbuh) and understood by his Companions, or else one could easily end up on one of the many deviant paths while claiming Tawhid, praying, paying Zakah, fasting and making Hajj. ALLAH, Most Wise, has pointed to this phenomenon when He said in the Qur’an,
‘’Most of them claim to believe in ALLAH, but they really commit shirk.’’ (Qur’an 12: 106).
Tawhid is the principle upon which other principles depend. If one’s Tawhid is not sound, the rest of one’s Islam becomes, in effect, a series of pagan rituals. Without a doubt, much more needs to be translated and written in the field of Tawhid to fill the void and correct mistaken beliefs rampant among Mu/ MOSLEM and non-MOSLEM alike.
THE CATEGORIES OF TAWHID
Literally Tawhid means ‘’unification’’ (making something one) or ‘’asserting oneness, ‘’ and it comes from the Arabic verb wahhada which itself means to unite, unify, or consolidate. However, when the term Tawhid is used in reference to ALLAH (i.e. Tawhidullah), it means realizing and maintaining of ALLAH’S unity in all of man’s actions which directly or indirectly relate to Him. It is the belief that ALLAH is One, without partner in His dominion (Rububiyah), one without similitude in His essence and attributes (Asma’ was-Sifat), and one without rival in His divinity and in worship (Uluhiyah/ ‘Ibadah). These three aspects form the basis for the categories into which the science of Tawhid has been traditionally divided. The three overlap and are inseparable to such a degree that whoever omits any one aspect has failed to complete the requirements of Tawhid. The omission of any of the above-mentioned aspects of Tawhid is referred to as Shirk; the association of partners with ALLAH. In Islamic terms, is in fact idolatry.
The three categories of Tawhid are commonly referred to by the following titles:
- Tawhid ar-Rububiyah (maintaining the Unity of Lordship’’) that is, affirming that ALLAH is One, without partners in His sovereignty.
- Tawhid al-Asma was-Sifat (‘’Maintaining the Unity of ALLAH’S Names and Attributes,’’) that is, affirming that they are incomparable and unique.
- Tawhid al-Ibadah (‘’Maintaining the Unity of ALLAH’s Worship’’) that is, affirming that ALLAH is; affirming that ALLAH is alone in His right to be worshipped.
We Pray that ALLAH allow this portion of the truth to manifest itself and shed its light to where it needs…Ameen!
From Philogene-Bey Family.