Best of Tawheed – Names & Attributes of Allah
Channel: Bilal Philips
Series: Bilal Philips - Best of Tawheed
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“Best of Tawheed” is an Islamic Video series that was aired in Peace TV.
It discusses the Islamic Monotheism based on the Book of Dr. Bilal Philips, “The Fundamentals of Tawheed”
– Maintaining the Unity of Allah’s Names & Attributes.
-Uniqueness of Allah’s Names & Attributes.
the concept of allows uniqueness in terms of his names and attributes.
And this is important because as we said, we can find texts
that have been introduced into the earlier revelations attributed to the earlier prophets, whether it's in the form of the Old Testament of the Bible, or the Torah, or the New Testament of the Bible, which is followed mainly by the Christians, we can find references in both these texts many in which a law has been given the attributes of his creation, or the creation has been given his attributes. For example, in the Bible, we can find in Hebrews seven verses 123, where it states referring to the king of Salem, for this melchisedec, the name given to him, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God met Abraham, returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him, and to him, Abraham, a
portion, a 10th part of everything. Then it goes on to describe melchisedec, the king of Salem, he is first by translation of his name, King of righteousness, then is also king of Salem, that is king of peace, he is without father, or mother,
or genealogy. And he has neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God, he continues a priest forever. So this kind of description involves giving a human being
melchisedec, the king of Salem, the attributes of a law, which is having no beginning nor end, that he lives on forever. Such descriptions makes him equivalent to God. So this violates our principle of the second element of tawheed. With that the viewers are going to take a break here, and we will continue to look at the second element of the head, known as Dr. Hayden. A smile was the fact that is maintaining the unique unity of laws, names and attributes. We will see you after the break.
Salam aleikum. Welcome back from the break. Prior to the break, we were looking at
the second element or aspect of tawheed maintaining a law's unique unity with regards to his names and his attributes. And we are giving some examples of how scriptures which are supposed to be monotheistic scriptures have violated this unique unity of law. And the example we're giving was from a text found in Hebrews seven verses one to three, where it states referring to the king of Salem, for this melchisedec the name given to him, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him and to him Abraham apportioned a 10th part of everything. Then it goes on to describe melchisedec the king of Salem. He is first by
translation of his name, King of righteousness then he
Also king of Salem, that is king of peace, he is without father, or mother,
or genealogy. And he has neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God, he continues a priest forever, an individual by the name of Melchizedek, the king of Salem is described as having neither beginning of days, nor end of life is without beginning or end. That is among the attributes of Allah, who allow one, when
he is the one before whom there was none, he had no beginning. And the one after whom there is none, he had no end, we can find, on the other side, an example where a law is given the attributes of his creation, in Exodus of the Old Testament, a part of the Torah 32, verse 14, it states there, and the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people, and the Lord repented. The act of repentance, this is a human action. Human beings repent for their sin, when they repent, they seek forgiveness from God. So how then, is God going to repent? Who is he repenting to see this is making God like a human being. So, such texts, which carry this kinds of meanings, we say, violate the
principle of the uniqueness of laws, names and attributes, and in fact, end up making him like his creation, he becomes indistinguishable from his creation. We can also find texts where in our last attributes are given to saints and human attributes are given to a law, we can find cases where the Imams are given attributes of absolute infallibility, for example, that they could do no wrong.
They could not even think wrong, they're absolutely infallible and capable of error and the power of a law that is his power over creation, all of the elements of creation, we can find that in a book called an Akuma. And Islamia, this book, Beirut version 1979.
On page 52, it states there, certainly the Imam has a dignified station, a lofty rank, a creational, Caliphate and a serenity and mastery over all atoms of creation, a serenity and mastery over all atoms of creation, this is only with a law, human beings do not have control over the atoms of creation. So, such descriptions, weather, from people to describe senses, being able to do a variety of wondrous things, which implies control over creation, blowing on a seed, and it turning into a diamond, you know,
they have these kind of stories that they ascribe to their saints and so on and so forth. such practices and such beliefs violate this unique
So, this principle was prescribed by the scholars in order to ensure that people do not confuse a law with his creation. That is the main purpose to make sure that the distinction is maintained. And this is the way of the Koran and the way of the Sunnah, Prophet Mohammed Salah Salam continually in his expressions in his teachings, would make this distinction. And similarly a loss of 100. Allah throughout the Quran, from the beginning to the end, reminds people of these distinctions. And if we look around the world, at the various religions which exist, we see this common factor found in all of them with the exception
of Islam, that they have confused Allah's creation with a law. So whether we're talking about the examples of idolatry, were stone idols or iron idols are worshipped in the belief that they're actually worshipping God.
They have made God like his creation in doing so. And even if they say that God is within the idol, and still putting God in His creation, or they attribute to human beings, whether they call them avatars, you know, God men, who were capable, supposedly, of utilizing or using or doing things which are actually belonging to God, they're capable of reading minds, changing creation, all kinds of things, attributed to them. All of this is only a source of misguidance and misunderstanding for people when they don't know who Allah is, because they've been raised,
accepting the idea of a law, being in his creation, and worshiping Allah through his creation. So when they're told that a human being is a law, walking amongst them, it is easy to fathom it is easy to accept. Whereas when you have a clear understanding, when a person has a clear understanding of the uniqueness of Allah, and his names and attributes, then he or she cannot be fooled by those who would play tricks on the masses of people and get them to worship Allah, in his creation, actually worshipping his creation, while thinking that they're worshipping Allah. So Christians who worship Jesus, thinking that Jesus is a law, they're in fact worshiping his creation.
The Hindu worships an idol, thinking that that idol is Allah has also been tricked into thinking that the creation can be a law. So this principle of tawheed removes those confusions from Muslims. And we are not supposed to be caught up in any of this type of misunderstanding, however, where sects break off from the main body of Muslims, or create their own schools of thought,
whether it is quite Diani or whatever other habashi a variety of other different groups have sprung up, where they have now
taken the texts of the Quran and the Sunnah, and reinterpreted them, maybe by denying the sooner they can play with the Quran even more, or they work with both quiet and soon and reinterpret them in such ways that they can now get people to worship a law in other than the way they were prescribed to worship Him. And we'll be looking in our upcoming episode on this area, which is the most critical area of our head. Who do we worship? with that? I'd like to thank you for being with us in this episode of The Best of tawheed. And we'll see you in the coming episode. Wherein we'll be looking at the third element or third aspect of the unique oneness of Allah, how do we maintain it?
That is what we'll be looking at thanking you again for being with us. We hope to see you in our upcoming episode. So why they come rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
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