Kategori: English Islam

The Names of Allah (Asmâ-ul Husnâ)

Question: What is the meaning of Asmâ-ul Husnâ? ANSWER Asmâ-ul Husnâ means Allah ta’âlâ’s Beautiful Names. His 99 Names stated in Tirmudhî are as follows: 1. Allah: It is His personal name, which encompasses the meanings of all His Names. He is only One Allah, besides whom there is no ilâh. This sacred name is His […]

What is belief in Allah?

Question: What is belief in Allah? ANSWER The first fundamental principle of îmân is to have belief in Allah. The expression “billahi” in the Âmantu conveys the meaning of having belief in Allahu ta’âlâ’s existence and oneness. The Creator of everything is Allahu ta’âlâ. It is He who has created everything on earth and in the heavens, substances, objects, […]

What is îmân?

Question: What is îmân? ANSWER Îmân means believing in the six fundamental principles of faith (Âmantu) along with all the commandments and prohibitions revealed to Muhammad (‘alaihissalâm) by Allahu ta’âlâ and delivered by him to us, and stating this belief with the tongue. The six fundamental principles of faith (Âmantu) are as follows: Âmantu bi’llâhi wa […]

The fundamentals of îmân and Islam

Question: Could you explain briefly Islam’s basic tenets of belief that every Muslim has to know? ANSWER Islam’s basic tenets of belief to be known are the fundamentals of îmân and Islam. We have gathered them briefly below. For detailed information, you can refer to the section concerning thefundamentals of Âmantu. The fundamentals of îmân are […]

The correct belief and protection of it

Question: Upon which thing is it conditional to achieve salvation in the Hereafter? ANSWER Some people suppose that every person having belief in the existence of Allah will go to Paradise, but this is a complete fallacy. The îmân [belief, faith] of a person who does not believe in one of the six tenets of belief […]

For a person who has converted to Islam

Question: A foreign friend of mine has just become a Muslim. What should we teach him before all else? ANSWER First of all, you must teach him “îmân”; that is, you must teach him Allahu ta’âlâ, His Attributes, Hadrat Muhammad’s being His Prophet, the six tenets of belief in the Âmantu, and then the five fundamentals […]

Belief in the ghayb

[Ghayb: It means those things that cannot be known through the mind and sense organs but can only be known through prophets’ informing us about them, e.g., Allah’s Attributes, the Day of Judgement, resurrection after death, creatures’ assembling in the place of Mahshar, etc.]Question: In the subject concerning îmân of the book Endless Bliss, Sayyid ‘Abdulhakîm Efendi defines “îmân” […]

The meaning of Kalimat at-tawhîd

Question: What is the meaning of Kalimat at-tawhîd? ANSWER When one becomes a Muslim, first and foremost, it obligatory for one to know and believe in the meaning of the phrase “Lâ ilâha ill-Allah Muhammadun Rasûl-Allah.” This phrase is called Kalimat at-tawhîd. The brief meaning of it is as follows: There is no god except Allah, and Muhammad (‘alaihis-salâm) is His […]

Ahl as-sunnat belief

Question: What are the conditions for having Ahl as-sunnat belief?ANSWER Some of the essential credal tenets of Ahl as-sunnat belief are as follows:1. To believe in the six tenets of belief in the Âmantu. [To believe that khair (good) and sharr (evil) and all things are from Allahu ta’âlâ. Allahu ta’âlâ has bestowed irâda-i juz’iyya [partial will] […]

Deeds are not a part of îmân

Question: Are a’mal [deeds, conduct, or practice] a part of îmân [faith]? That is, does a person who does not perform a commandment or who commits a prohibited act become a disbeliever?ANSWER No, such a person does not become a disbeliever. If deeds were a part of îmân, every sinner would become a disbeliever; there would […]