What kind of belief in Allah should a believer with immaculate faith possess?

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•     He must believe there is no other god than Allah,

•     That it is Allah alone Who creates all things,

•     That it is Allah Who performs all deeds,

•     That all hearts are under the control of Allah alone,

•     That Allah enfolds all things,

•     That He determines destiny,

•     That His might is sufficient for all things and that He does what He wishes,

•     That He knows and hears all things,

•     That He watches over and protects all things,

•     That He knows the unseen,

•     That He has no need of anything and is unfettered by any deficiency,

•     That He is unborn and has not given birth,

•     That He never goes wrong or forgets,

•     That all things belong to Him alone,

•     That he is the sole heir to all,

•     That He is eternally living,

•     That He is the sole Lord of chastity and honor,

•     That he is always victorious,

•     That the most beautiful names belong to Him,

•     That He is the Lord of pronouncement and wisdom,

•     That He is closer to His servants than their own jugular veins,

•     That He knows even the smallest things in their hearts,

•     That He knows the most secret things,

•     That He is infinitely just,

•     That He is the most compassionate of the compassionate,

•     That He is forgiving toward His servants,

•     That He loves His servants,

•     That He accepts repentance,

•     That He answers sincere prayers,

•     That He greatly rewards goodness and gratitude,

•     That He teaches men all things,

•     That He warns and frightens,

•     That He resurrects the dead and creates the Day of Reckoning,

•     That He helps those who help the religion in this world and the Hereafter,

•     That His promise is true,

•     That He creates Hell for deniers and Paradise for believers.



WHAT KIND OF FEAR OF ALLAH DOES HE POSSESS?

•     He fears Allah alone.

•     He feels fear for none other than Allah.

•     He fears Allah with all His might.

•     He feels that it is Allah Who installs faith and fear of Him in hearts.

•     He feels this fear at every moment, not just in times of difficulty and helplessness.

•     He does not forget that Allah knows the most secret things and what lies in people’s hearts.

•     He remembers at every moment that Allah sees places that nobody sees.

•     He acts in the knowledge that he will have to render account.

•     He is scrupulous when it comes to what is lawful and unlawful.

•     Everything he does is based on that awe.

•     He turns to Allah in all he does.

•     He knows that Allah alone metes out punishment.

•     He fears Allah’s station, threats and the Hell.

•     He never forgets the punishments Allah inflicted on those who have gone before.

•     He feels a respectful, trembling and powerful fear of Allah.



WHAT KIND OF FAITH DOES HE POSSESS?

•     He possesses a faith based on fear and love of Allah alone, through which;

•     He worships Allah alone,

•     He holds Allah above all else,

•     He looks for no other god than Allah,

•     He ascribes nothing as an equal to Allah,

•     He knows that everything comes from Allah,

•     He knows that Allah is with him at all times and sees everything he does,

•     He makes ‘earning the approval of Allah’ his true aim at every moment,

•     He lives his whole life for Allah,

•     He scrupulously observes the bounds set by Allah,

•     He realizes his helplessness in the face of Allah,

•     He is sincere to Allah’s verses,

•     He trusts in and relies on Allah alone,

•     He knows that help comes from Allah alone,

•     He always remembers Allah,

•     He establishes strong bonds with the Qur’an,

•     He is never ungrateful to Allah,

•     He has absolute faith until the Day of Judgment,

•     He has total belief in the Hereafter,

•     He is prevented from being deceived by the life of this world,

•     That eliminates concerns for the future,

•     That causes him to feel everything is for the best, through which

•     He turns to Allah in all things,

•     He never forgets that all characteristics possessed belong to Allah,

•     He willingly obeys Allah, His commandments and His envoys,

•     That allows satan to have no influence,

•     That ensures he listens to the voice of his conscience at all moments,

•     That bestows a state of mind that turns unconditionally to Allah alone,

•     That ensures he takes only Allah and other believers as his friends,

•     That involves a sincere struggle to draw closer to Allah,

•     That ensures he is grateful to Allah at all times,

•     That bestows fortitude in the face of all difficulties and a determination that cannot be worn down,

•     That bestows superior moral virtues,

•     That ensures continuity in the signs exhibited by a believer and

•     That leads him to compete in taqwa.



WHAT IS HIS CONCEPTION OF DESTINY?

•     He knows that everything is created with a destiny,

•     That Allah creates all events, from birth to death, on the basis of destiny,

•     That everything happens only at the time ordained by Allah,


•     That he must be devoted to Allah with a fully satisfied heart,

•     That he must submit with a sincere heart,

•     That Allah sees all of time as a single moment,

•     The need to submit, unreservedly, to Allah alone,

•     That no matter what he does, Allah will determine its conclusion,

•     That he will never be saddened in the event he fully submits to Allah,

•     And the need to accept every image created by Allah.

•     Since he knows that everything that befalls to him comes from Allah;

•        He never becomes excited.

•        Is never saddened or troubled.

•        Never panics.

•        Never despairs.

•        Never experiences stress.

•        Is never troubled.

•        Is never angry.

•        Never says, “If only...”

•        Never overreacts.

•        Never grieves in the face of death.

•        Does his best and is never saddened by what befalls him.



WHAT SORT OF MINDSET AND MORAL VALUES DOES HE POSSESS?

•     He possesses a mindset and moral values that properly reflect on the Qur’an,

•     Evaluates everything through the logic of the Qur’an,

•     Always thinks positively,

•     Acts in the direction dictated by his conscience,

•     Realizes that everything happens in the manner ordained by Allah in destiny,

•     Tries to see the goodness and wisdom behind every event,

•     Thinks of Allah at every moment, when standing, sitting or lying down,

•     Reflects deeply on the existence of Allah and the artistry in His creation,

•     Investigates and reflects on those matters to which Allah draws our attention and the signs leading to faith,

•     Finds the answers to questions in the Qur’an alone,

•     Always looks for solutions to problems in the Qur’an,

•     Always thinks in favor of the religion,

•     Realizes that whispering comes from satan and seeks refuge from it in Allah,

•     Always thinks the best of believers,

•     Can always consider others’ needs,

•     Can identify matters of urgency and give them priority,

•     Can make the appropriate comparisons between truth and superstition in the light of the Qur’an,

•     Can think with an unsullied reason,

•     Can reflect on his own creation,

•     Can reflect on the Day of Judgment,

•     Can reflect on Doomsday,

•     Can think about Paradise and Hell and draw appropriate conclusions,

•     Can properly reflect on advice directed toward him and

•    Possesses a reason and logic able to make accurate decisions.



WHAT KIND OF CONCEPTION OF LOVE DOES HE POSSESS?

•      He loves Allah more than anyone or anything else.

•     His love for believers is one based on the approval of Allah.

•     The people he loves most are those who strive most for Allah’s approval and those he considers to have most taqwa.

•     He feels no passionate love for the baubles of this world.

•     He expects no reward for the good deeds he performs other than the love of Allah.

•     He feels no love for those who rebel against Allah and His envoy.

•     The love and need he feels for something do not prevent him foregoing it.



HOW AND OF WHAT DOES HE SPEAK?

•     He addresses Allah by the finest names.

•     He speaks the finest words.

•     He uses the term “Insha’Allah,” meaning “If Allah so wishes,” when speaking of events in the future.

•     He praises the glory of Allah by saying “Masha’Allah” every time he sees beauty reflecting the artistry of Allah.

•     He speaks the words he hopes will be most pleasing to Allah.

•     He recalls the verses when he speaks.

•     He speaks wisely.

•     He speaks briefly, to the point and comprehensible.

•     He speaks no empty or useless words.

•     He speaks according to need.

•     He tells no lies.

•     He speaks so respectfully he will not even breathe a sigh against his mother and father.

•     He speaks gentle words.

•     The other party feels he is to be trusted when he speaks.

•     He speaks as sincerely and genuinely as possible.

•     He avoids speaking in secret.

•    He speaks in the knowledge of what his words mean and considers them carefully.

•     He gives advice when he speaks.

•     When entering someone’s home, he says the word “Salaam,” as set out in the Qur’an.

•     When he meets ignorant people, he does not address them in an ignorant manner, but with the word “Salaam.”

•     He speaks not a word of slander.

•     He never joins in such talk, but passes by in an honorable manner.

•     He speaks in such a way as to encourage good and moral behavior and discourage bad behavior.

•     He speaks with moderation, never shouting.

•     He knows he is responsible for every word he speaks.

•     He never swears for aimless and empty purposes.

•     He never disparages or accuses anyone when he speaks.

•     He never gossips.

•     He speaks words that stir people’s consciences.



HOW AND FOR WHAT DOES HE PRAY?

•     He prays by turning to Allah in all things.

•     He prays to Allah alone and seeks help only from Him.

•     He knows that all prayer is addressed to Allah.

•     He knows that Allah is closer to him than his own veins and hears what he thinks at all moments.

•     He addresses Allah by the finest names and thinks deeply on their meaning.

•    He places no bounds on what he asks from Allah in prayer.  

•     He knows that prayer has no set form, and that all activity performed for Allah’s approval is prayer.

•    He knows there is no special place for prayer, and that one can pray anywhere, at any time.  

•    He prays to Allah in the most respectful manner.

•     He prays in times of plenty and blessing, not when he is troubled and in need.

•     He is not ungrateful for the blessings that come in the wake of his prayers.

•     His prayer is true and sincere.

•     He begs and beseeched Allah in prayer.

•     He never prays for show.

•     He prays in fear and hope.

•     He prays for the prophets and other believers as much, or even more, as he does for himself.

•     He prays for the health, security, ease, wealth and strength of believers.

•     He prays to draw close to Allah, to be successful, to live by the religion in the best way and to be able to display fortitude in his moral values.

•     He prays for Allah to give the best and increase His blessings in this world and the Hereafter.

•     He prays for nobody to harm believers.

•     He adopts the prayers of the prophets cited in the Qur’an as models.

•     At the end of his prayers He calls on Allah by saying “Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds." (Surah Yunus, 10)     

 
2009-06-19 13:35:44

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