Aqidah Class Notes
Discussion Regarding Tauhid
the main discussion in Tauhid consists of six main elements:
Rasulullah S.A.W says:
The value of a certain knowledge is closely related to its object and field of discussion. As an example, medical knowledge has a higher position than carpenting. The reason is that the discussion of medical knowledge is about human body while the discussion of carpenting is about wood. Of course human is more noble than wood.
This indicates that the discussion of Tauhid is the most valuable knowledge of all as its field of discussion is regarding Allah, Rasul, Malaikat, Kitab, Akhirat and Qada’ & Qadar. There is nothing that is more noble than all those elements to say that there is something that exceed the knowledge of Tauhid. As the conclusion, the knowledge of Tauhid is the most valuable knowledge of all. All the other branches in knowledge of Islam has to be based on Tauhid. Without it, all the other knowledges are not useful and may lead to astray from the right path.
The Obligation to Learn Tauhid
Learning Tauhid is fardhu ‘ain (obligation) to each individual Muslim to the extent that his / her heart is certain and his / her mind is satisfied that he/she is within the true religion of Islam. Meanwhile, the knowledge beyond that is considered fardhu kifayah. This means that the obligation to learn it is only placed on some, but not all Muslim. Therefore, if several Muslims have all these additional knowledge, others would not be considered as sinners
Al Quran and Tauhid
Al Quran is the largest book of tauhid as the biggest discussion in Al Quran is regarding the knowledge of Tauhid. More or less, every verse in Al Quran, whether directly or indirectly, tells mankind to have iman/faith towards Allah, Rasul, Kitab, Malaikat, Akhirat and Qada’ & Qadar. In particular, every one of the ‘Makkiyah words’ (content of Al Quran at the time that Muhammad stays in Mekkah for 13 years before hijrah to Madinah) deals with the matter of Tauhid and everything related to it.
Allah mentions in Quran that among the true characters of Muslims are those who are able to elevate their degree of iman or faith once Al Quran is read to them.
Muslim and Tauhid
The best and effective way to restore Akidah and faith of Muslims is by right teaching of Al Quran. Muslims must make an effort to build the ‘Generation of Al Quran’. There are proves that Al Quran paves the way to strengthen iman; as mentioned by Abdullah bin Umar Ibnu Al Khattab RA (4).
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