Oneness of God: The crown and the head upon which everything else depends is Tawheed (Oneness of God): “No diety except Allah” (La ilaha illa Allah).  This testimony is our Creed, our Law, and our Way of Life.

 

“Allah! There is no deity save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.” (2:255)

 

The first word in the testimony is a negation, in Arabic Laa which translates to “No.” It stands as a counter and is a clarion call throughout the centuries defining Islamic Civilization. It rings loudly “NO” to the deities of oppression, injustice, tyranny, slavery, desires, to the spiritualities of superstition and falsehood.

 

It is a call to fulfill resistance to the ideologies that enslave man, that withhold him from maximizing his true potential, that make him a beast of the field or a violent animal with no regard for responsibility or the rights of others and the sanctity of life.

 

It is a renewal of memory, a reminder of our nature and meaning. The reminder is of God, His existence above Creation but closer to it than the jugular vein. We verily created man and We know what his soul whispereth to him, and We are nearer to him than his jugular vein.” (50:16)

 

Wayfaring (Sulook): This life is a journey and we are told by the Prophet pbuh to be travelers on this journey.  This is crystallized in the verse. “Verily to Allah we belong and verily unto Allah is our return.” (2:156)

 

Questions attend the wayfarer before and during the journey: Why am I on this journey, what will I find, what am I seeking, how will it be sought. Experiences will be interpreted, signs and milestones along the path, why did this happen, how did this happen, what does this mean, where am I on the journey, how did I get here. 

 

The journey requires actions, planning, provisions, a beginning and an end, a place and a destination, patience (sabr) and complete trust (tawwakul) in the One. The guide is the Qur’an and the shinning example of the Prophet.

 

It requires a heart, an understanding heart that penetrates with deep insight into the condition of man and the separations between us and our Lord.  It is heart that is Saleem (at peace) with Ilm al yaqeen (certain knowledge).  The tribulations, destruction and devastation so apparent on the surface of the earth are a mirror of the inside, of the hearts of man.

 

State of Worshipfulness (‘Ubudiyyah): This is the condition of the believer. It is achieved through Istiqamah (consistency), and is crystallized in the verse: Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death are for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds.” (6:162)

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