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On Eemaan, Ibaadah and Tawheed : Their Link and Interrelation.
  Lesson 4: An Introduction to Tawheed
Author: Abu Iyaad as-Salafi
Article ID : SCL010004  [19505]  
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 2. The Excellence of Tawheed and its Cleansing of Sins (And Correct Tawheed with Many Sins is Better than Shirk and Innovation with Much Worship.)

The verse:

It is those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh and worship none but Him Alone) and confuse not their belief with Zulm (wrong i.e. by worshipping others besides Allâh), for them (only) there is security and they are the guided. [6:82]

In other words, only those will are saved and guided who keep their Tawheed pure and free from Shirk

The hadeeth:

"Allah will not permit to be consigned to Hell anyone who witnesses 'There is no god but Allah,' seeking thereby nothing but Allah's face." [Bukharee/Muslim]

That is testifying to the oneness and uniqueness of Allaah (from the point of view of knowledge, i.e. Tawheed ur-Ruboobiyyah and Asmaa was-Sifaat) and worshipping Him alone (Tawheed ul-Uloohiyyah) and this is the meaning of ‘thereby seeking nothing but Allaah’s Face’ - i.e. doing actions for Him alone, without associating any partners with Him - and this is what Tawheed ul-Uloohiyyah requires.

3. Understanding the Calls of the Groups of Innovation (may Allaah rid the earth of them).

A second related point is that we can now look at some of the methodologies of some groups and see how they are not calling to Tawheed at all. Before we do this lets establish a fact. And that is that ALL the Messenger’s called to Tawheed ul-Uloohiyyah, NOT to Tawheed ur-Ruboobiyyah. This is because their respective peoples already accepted this anyway. Look carefully and slowly at the following verses:

And if you (O Muhammad SAW) ask them: "Who has created the heavens and the earth," they will certainly say: "Allâh." Say: "All the praises and thanks be to Allâh!" But most of them know not. [31:25]

Say: "Who is (the) Lord of the seven heavens, and (the) Lord of the Great Throne?" They will say: "Allâh." [23:86-87]

Say (O MuhammadSAW ): "Who provides for you from the sky and from the earth? Or who owns hearing and sight? And who brings out the living from the dead and brings out the dead from the living? And who disposes the affairs?" They will say: "Allâh." Say: "Will you not then be afraid of Allâh's Punishment (for setting up rivals in worship with Allâh)?" [10:31]

And indeed if you ask them, "Who has created the heavens and the earth?" They will surely say: "The All-Mighty (al-Azeez), the All-Knower (al-Aleem) created them." [43:9]

Can you see how the pagans accepted Allaah’s Ruboobiyyah already. They accepted He was the creator, that He created the seven heavens and the earth - also that He has a Throne! And even some of His Names! Such as Al-Azeez and al-Aleem! So the pagans accepted this. This wasn’t the dispute between them. Rather what the Messenger’s called to and what the pagans rejected was Tawheed ul-Uloohiyyah. In other words, that they should make all their worship for Allaah alone,both inward feelings and outwards actions. But the pagans rejected this. Look carefully and slowly at the following verses:

And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): "Worship Allâh (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Tâghût[] (all false deities, etc. i.e. do not worship Tâghût besides Allâh)." Then of them were some whom Allâh guided and of them were some upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the land and see what was the end of those who denied (the truth). [16:36]

And We did not send any Messenger before you (O Muhammad SAW) but We inspired him (saying): Lâ ilâha illa Ana [none has the right to be worshipped but I (Allâh)], so worship Me (Alone and none else)." [21:25]

And indeed We sent Nûh (Noah) to his people (and he said): "I have come to you as a plain warner." "That you worship none but Allâh, surely, I fear for you the torment of a painful Day." [11:25-26]

And to 'Ad (people We sent) their brother Hûd. He said, "O my people! Worship Allâh! You have no other Ilâh (God) but Him. [11:50]

And to Thamûd (people, We sent) their brother Sâlih (Saleh). He said: "O my people! Worship Allâh, you have no other Ilâh (God) but Him. He brought you forth from the earth and settled you therein, then ask forgiveness of Him and turn to Him in repentance. Certainly, my Lord is Near (to all by His Knowledge), Responsive." [11:61]

** And to the Madyan (Midian) people (We sent) their brother Shu'aib. He said: "O my people! Worship Allâh, you have no other Ilâh (God) but Him, and give not short measure or weight, I see you in prosperity; and verily I fear for you the torment of a Day encompassing. [11:84]

So see how the call of the Messenger’s was to the worship of Allaah alone, i.e. Tawheed ul-Uloohiyyah. [Even Shu’aib, he called to Tawheed first, THEN he forbade them from the evil they were doing. In other words, calling to Tawheed first, comes before ALL the other actions]

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