In the name of Allaah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful All praise is due to Allaah. We praise Him, seek His aid, and His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allaah from the evils of our souls and the evils of our actions. Whomsoever Allaah guides, none can misguide. And whomsoever Allaah allows to go astray, none can guide him. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, Alone and without any partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
Dear truth seeker, Are you sincere? If you were to gain substantiated knowledge that contradicted what you were previously taught, would you remain loyal to falsehood or would you welcome and become loyal to the substantiated truth? To proceed:
Know, O People of the Book, that there is none worthy of worship except for The Creator, who created us, nurtures us, and commands us to worship Him alone. 1 Islam is submission to the Will of that only God worthy of being worshipped, singling out that One God with all worship, and taking none as partner alongside Him. 2 And a Muslim is someone who submits to the Will of The One Creator, only worshipping Him, Who will test us on a Day of Judgment based on our obedience of His Law (not the ones we create for ourselves). 3,4 That Creator’s Proper name is Allaah (meaning The One to worship, in Arabic), to whom all Praise belongs. 5 Allaah (The Exalted) sent a Messenger to every nation to warn those nations of worshipping false deities,6 and teach mankind right from wrong. 7 Relaying the message of Allaah, the Prophets and Messengers gave the glad tidings of eternal Paradise to those who obey, and issued a stern warning of eternal hellfire to those who reject the truth when delivered to them. 8
All the Prophets, from Adam (the first) to Muhammad (the last), including Noah (the first Messenger*), Abraham, Moses, Jesus son of Mary, and many more (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon them all), were given a monotheistic mission. Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic) sent all the Prophets with the same religion and the same core message, commanding them all to establish religion and make no divisions. 9 Their message was one: to worship Allaah alone, with no partner or associate, devoting all acts of worship to none but Allaah. 10 All the Prophets chosen by Allaah, of course, submitted to The One and Only God, and were Muslim by belief, statements, and actions of the limbs.
As Allaah had done with the Prophets before, choosing them from among their people, Allaah chose the final Prophet from among the unlettered Arabs. The last of all the Prophets was Muhammad son of Abdullah ibn Abdul-Muttalib ibn Haashim from the tribe of Quraish, and Quraish were from the Arabs, and the Arabs were the progeny of Isma’il, the son of Abraham (whom Allaah called Khaleel, “the chosen beloved”). 11 Prophet Muhammad (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him) was a human being made from dust, like you and me; he was born (and died), and ate like we eat. 12 Allaah guided him, and made him the final Prophet and Messenger. 13
The Messenger Muhammad (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Both in this world and in the hereafter, I am the nearest of all the people to Jesus, the son of Mary [may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon them]. The Prophets are brothers (of monotheism); their mothers are different, but their religion is one.” 14 That religion is Islam. Allaah, The One Who ordained Islam to all the Prophets, revealed He is One, The Only, without partners or parts or equals or rivals, or parents or children or family; He is The Self-Sufficient, Whom all of creation needs, no one or thing shares in His divinity; He is All-Hearing, All-Seeing, and He is Unique. 15 He is Perfect in every way, All-Knowing, All-Wise, Most Merciful, and He alone gives us life and health, He alone sustains us and protects us, gives us death, will judge us; He is the Ever-Living, neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him, and He alone deserves to be worshipped. 16 Denying any of these Divine attributes is disbelief. Know, may Allaah guide you, that only Allaah The Most Merciful can forgive and reward with heaven, and only Allaah can punish with hellfire. 17 And know with certainty that Allaah is Just. 18
Would it make any sense for Allaah, The Most High, to send Prophets with different messages, informing some nations He’s One, others He’s three in one, others He’s the sun, others He’s the moon, or a star, or a cow, or an angel, or a man, and so forth? It wouldn’t make any sense. 19 Allaah, The Most Generous and Most Ready to appreciate, intends good – not confusion – for those who are sincere and obedient. 20
Allaah also revealed scriptures to guide mankind:21 the Scrolls to Abraham, the Tablets and Torah to Moses, the Psalms to David, the Gospel (not the bible*) to Jesus, son of Mary, and ultimately the Qur’an to Muhammad (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon them). 22 Each revelation Allaah sent abrogated the previous ones. So when Allaah revealed the Gospel to Jesus, the son of Mary told the Children of Israel that the Gospel was sent to confirm the Torah and also replace it by making lawful some of what was unlawful. 23
The Qur’an is Allaah’s last revelation, confirming Allaah’s previous scriptures, and abrogating them. 24 So even if the previous Divine revelations had not been lost or corrupted by the hands of mankind, you and I would still be required to live by the laws of the Qur’an, the revelation by which you and your parents, and I and my parents will be judged. 25 And know – may Allaah guide you – that the Qur’an is the completion of Allaah’s religion of Islam, not its advent. 26
Each Prophet before the Messenger Muhammad (who was prophesied in the previous scriptures that have since been changed to conceal, among other things, the identity of Muhammad*) was sent only to his nation. 27 Muhammad (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him) – the seal of all Prophets – was sent as a mercy,28 giver of glad tidings, and a warner to all of mankind (men and women; rich and poor; rulers and ruled; black and white; Arab and non-Arab). 29 Prophet Jesus, son of Mary (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon them), told the Children of Israel of the upcoming unlettered Prophet whom we should follow. 30 Those who lived at the time of Jesus, son of Mary, were commanded to live by the laws of the Gospel, obey [not worship] Jesus, and worship only Allaah. Those who lived at the time of Moses were commanded to live by the laws of the Torah, obey [not worship] Moses, and worship only Allaah. Today, we live in the time of Muhammad (since he was the final Prophet and Messenger), and we are commanded to live by the laws of the Qur’an, obey* [not worship] Muhammad, and still worship only Allaah. 31 He who does so – and dies on that Straight Path – will be entered into Paradise. 32 [May Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon Jesus, Moses and Muhammad.]
And know, may Allaah guide you, that denial of any Prophet that Allaah sent is denial of all the Prophets (as well as disbelief), because they were all chosen by Allaah and given the same message.* So by denying Prophets Muhammad and Jesus, the Jews also deny Prophet Moses and his true message. Likewise, if someone who called himself a “Muslim” were to deny Jesus or Moses or any Prophet that Allaah sent, that person would also be denying Muhammad, a belief that nullifies one’s Islam. [May Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon all the Prophets.] 33 Jesus, son of Mary, who himself was created, was neither a god nor the son of God, but rather the result of Allaah’s command “Be.” 34 Allaah The Exalted sent Angel Jibreel (Gabriel, the Spirit*) to Maryam, daughter of ‘Imran, to give her the glad tidings of a righteous son – without a father* – who will talk in the cradle, part of many miracles from Allaah to the stubborn and transgressing Children of Israel. 35
So when those accusing the chaste Maryam of adultery came her way, Maryam didn’t say a word. Allaah says: Then she pointed to him [Jesus]. They said, “How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?” [Maryam 19:29]
He [‘Iesa (Jesus)] said, “Verily! I am a slave of Allaah, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet; And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined on me Salaat (prayer), and Zakaat [alms], as long as I live. And dutiful to my mother, and made me not arrogant, unblest. And Salaam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!” [Maryam 19:30-33] In the next four verses of the Qur’anic chapter, named after Maryam, Allaah issues a severe warning.
Such is ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). (It is) a statement of truth, about which they doubt (or dispute). It befits not (the Majesty of) Allaah that He should beget a son. Glorified (and Exalted be He above all that they associate with Him). When He decrees a thing, He only says to it, “Be!” and it is. [‘Iesa (Jesus) said]: “And verily Allaah is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him (alone). That is the Straight Path (Allaah’s Religion of Islamic Monotheism, which He did ordain for all of His Prophets).” Then the sects differed [i.e. the Christians about ‘Iesa (Jesus)], so woe unto the disbelievers [those who gave false witness by saying that ‘Iesa (Jesus) is the son of Allaah] from the meeting of a great Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection, when they will be thrown in the blazing Fire). [Maryam 19:34-37]
Jesus, son of Mary, was a Prophet and a Messenger who was born, and ate like we eat. Know with surety that your Lord was neither born nor created, nor does He eat; nor is He one in three. 36 Jesus, son of Mary, was sent only to the Children of Israel, and made abundantly clear to them that the miracles were not performed by him, but rather for him by Allaah so that people may believe. 37 Jesus, who will answer* to Allaah on the Day of Judgment, told his people to only worship Allaah, never ever telling his people to worship him or his mother Mary. 38 After Allaah saved Jesus from the evil crucifixion plot,39 the people changed Jesus’ message of Islam – and thus was born Christianity. 40
Jesus, son of Mary, who neither died on the cross or anywhere else, will one day descend back to earth – by Allaah’s Leave – to establish the truth by the law of the Qur’an before he will die, like every other created being; and on the Day of Resurrection, he will be resurrected like every other created being. Prophet Muhammad (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, surely the son of Mary (Jesus) will soon descend amongst you and will judge mankind justly (as a Just Ruler); he will break the Cross and kill the pigs and there will be no Jizya (i.e. taxation taken from non-Muslims). Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it, and a single prostration to Allaah (in prayer) will be better than the whole world and whatever is in it.” 41
If you still doubt that Jesus spread Islam, please ponder the following: Jesus, son of Mary (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon them), prostrated to Allaah; so do Muslims. Jesus only worshipped Allaah; Muslims only worship Allaah. Jesus didn’t bow to statues; Muslims don’t either. Jesus asked only Allaah to forgive his sins*; so do Muslims. Jesus forbade his people from erecting trees or decorating them; Muslims refrain. Jesus forbade homosexuality; Muslims forbid homosexuality. Jesus warned against interest (usury); Muslims are commanded to abstain from interest. Jesus ordered circumcision; Muslims are circumcised. Jesus forbade wine; Muslims refrain from wine. Jesus did not eat pork; Muslims don’t eat pork. Jesus fasted; Muslims fast the month of Ramadan. Jesus greeted his brothers with “Peace be unto you”; so do Muslims. 42
Islam is the only religion ordained and accepted by Allaah, and it is what all the Prophets brought to their nations. 43 Allaah warns us not to die on falsehood, as He says, …and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allaah. [Aali ‘Imran 3:102]
Christianity and Judaism are man-made deviations of the truth, and were not what Jesus and Moses, respectively, spread. Jesus, son of Mary, and Moses spread Islam – submission to the Will of Allaah. They were Muslim, like Prophet Muhammad (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon them). 44 So was Abraham (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him), about whom Jews and Christians still dispute, although he was sent before Christianity and Judaism were born. 45
Prophets such as Muhammad, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, son of Mary, and Noah (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon them all) are the nearest of all mankind to Allaah, and are the best of mankind in obedience to Allaah, 46 and they all worshipped Allaah alone, directly – without intermediaries. 47 They didn’t dedicate any worship whatsoever to angels, or “saints”, or (other) Prophets, or the sun, or the moon, or a cow, or a pious predecessor, or any created being or thing. They worshipped the Creator alone, not the creation. They singled out Allaah in all their worship.
Choosing to worship only Allaah is the most important decision of your life, not which job to choose, which degree to seek, and which house to buy. Don’t blindly follow your forefathers in this urgent and vital matter, and don’t be proud or arrogant. These characteristics are among the characteristics of the people who will be destroyed on the Day of Judgment. 48 This brief test that we call “life” has an end. 49 Afterward, Allaah will resurrect us [it’s not more difficult to recreate us after He had created us from dust the first time],50 and judge us individually based on His Law – not our whims and desires, nor our definition of what is good. 51 Allaah has already defined for us what good is in the Qur’an, the last revelation of Allaah and the only remaining revelation not corrupted by man. 52 English Translations of The Noble Qur’an are almost everywhere, and Allaah knows best regarding all matters. Allaah commands: Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created. [Al-‘Alaq 96:1]
O fellow Children of Adam, do not be deceived by the worldly life,53 and do not let Satan deceive you about Allaah. 54 Allaah warns us: O Children of Adam! Let not Shaitan (Satan) deceive you, as he got your parents [Adam and Hawwa (Eve)] out of Paradise… [Al-A’raf 7:27] Know, O People of the Scripture, that verily your predecessors distorted the revelations sent to Jesus and Moses (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon them), and corrupted their message, and they made men gods besides Allaah. Know that Allaah is One, with no partner or associate. Worship only Him. To become a Muslim, sincerely testify: there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, and Jesus is His slave and Messenger. In Arabic, the testification is pronounced: Ash-hadu anla illaaha il Allaah wa Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan Abdu-Hu wa rasulu wa Ash-hadu anna ‘Iesa Abdu-Hu wa rasulu. May Allaah guide to Paradise all those who are sincere. Ameen!
1- And I (Allaah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (alone). [Adh-Dhariyat 51:56] [Note: Worship is a comprehensive term for all that Allaah loves and is pleased with from speech and actions – inwardly and outwardly – and freedom from all that which negates or contradicts this. …Does it make sense that you know the purpose of your winter coat, or your car, or your shoes, or your coffee cup, or dirt even, but yet you do not know the purpose of your own creation? This is the case of many people, including wearied philosophers and scientists, who have laboured in writing books upon books – filled with their opinion – yet sleep at night not knowing why they themselves were created. The answer is in the Noble Qur’an, the last revelation from your Lord.] O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allaah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious), Who has made the earth a resting place for you, and the sky as a canopy, and sent down water (rain) from the sky and brought forth therewith fruits as a provision for you. Then do not set up rivals unto Allaah (in worship) while you know (that He alone has the right to be worshipped). [Al-Baqarah 2:21-22] How can you disbelieve in Allaah? Seeing that you were dead and He gave you life. Then He will give you death, then again will bring you to life (on the Day of Resurrection) and then unto Him you will return. [Al-Baqarah 2:28]Allaah is the Creator of all things, and He is the Wakeel (Trustee, Disposer of affairs, Guardian, etc.) over all things. [Az-Zumar 39:62] Verily, Allaah is the All-Provider, Owner of Power, the Most Strong. [Adh-Dhariyat 51:58] Say it is He Who has created you, and endowed you with hearing (ears), seeing (eyes), and hearts. Little thanks you give. [Al-Mulk 67:23]
2– Say (O Muhammad): “O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): Come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but Allaah, and that we associate no partners with Him, and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allaah. Then, if they turn away, say: “Bear witness that we are Muslims.” [Aali Imran 3:64] And your Ilaah (God) is One Ilaah (God – Allaah), Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (there is none who has the right to be worshipped but He), the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. [Al-Baqarah 2:163] Say (O Muhammad): “It is revealed to me that your Ilaah (God) is only one Ilaah (God – Allaah). Fahal antum Muslimun (Will you then submit to His Will [become Muslims and stop worshipping others besides Allaah])?” [Al-Anbiya 21:108]
3- When his Lord said to him, “Aslim (Submit [be a Muslim])!” He said, “Aslamtu (I have submitted myself [as a Muslim]) to the Lord of the ‘Alameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists).” [Al-Baqarah 2:131]
4– Say (to them): “Allaah gives you life, then causes you to die, then He will assemble you on the Day of Resurrection about which there is no doubt. But most of mankind know not.” [Al-Jathiyah 45:26] Does man think that he will be left Suda (neglected without being punished or rewarded for the obligatory duties enjoined by his Lord [Allaah] on him)? [Al-Qiyamah 75:36]
5-All the praises and thanks be to Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Alameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists). [Al-Fatihah 1:2] Indeed your Lord is Allaah, Who created the heavens and the earth in Six Days, and then He Istawa (rose over) the Throne (really in a manner that suits His Majesty). He brings the night as a cover over the day, seeking it rapidly, and (He created) the sun, the moon, the stars subjected to His Command. Surely, His is the Creation and Commandment. Blessed be Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Alameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists)! [Al-A’raf 7:54]
6- And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming,) “Worship Allaah (alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taghut (all false deities, etc. i.e. do not worship Taghut besides Allaah).” Then of them were some whom Allaah guided and of them were some upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the land and see what was the end of those who denied (the truth). [An-Nahl 16:36] [Note: Allaah, Who is One, sometimes uses the plural pronoun ‘We’ as a Majestic Plural.]
7- Verily, Allaah enjoins Al-‘Adl (i.e. justice, and worshipping none but Allaah alone) and Al-Ihsan [i.e. patience in performing duties to Allaah], and giving (help) to kith and kin (i.e. all that Allaah has ordered you to give them, such as wealth, visiting, looking after them, or any other kind of help), and forbids Al-Fahshaa’ (i.e all evil deeds, e.g. illegal sexual acts, disobedience of parents, polytheism, to tell lies, to give false witness, to kill a life without right, etc.) and Al-Munkar (i.e all that is prohibited by Islamic law: polytheism of every kind, disbelief and every kind of evil deeds, etc.), and Al-Baghy (i.e. all kinds of oppression). He admonishes you, that you may take heed. [An-Nahl 16:90] O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), gambling, Al-¬Ansab, and Al¬Azlam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaitan’s (Satan) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful. Shaitan (Satan) wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allaah and from As-Salat (the prayer). So, will you not then abstain? [Al-Ma’idah 5:90-91]
8- (He has made it) Straight to give warning (to the disbelievers) of a severe punishment from Him, and to give glad tidings to the believers (in the Oneness of Allaah; Islamic Monotheism), who work righteous deeds, that they shall have a fair reward (i.e. Paradise). They shall abide therein forever. [Al-Kahf 18:2-3] Verily, the Muttaqun (pious) will be in Gardens (Paradise), and Delight. Enjoying in that which their Lord has bestowed on them, and (the fact that) their Lord saved them from the torment of the blazing Fire. “Eat and drink with happiness because of what you used to do.” They will recline (with ease) on thrones arranged in ranks. And We shall marry them to Houris (female, fair ones) with wide lovely eyes. [At-Tur 52:17-20] (It will be said to the true believers of Islamic Monotheism): My worshippers! No fear shall be on you this Day, nor shall you grieve, (You) who believed in Our Ayat (proofs, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and were Muslimina (Muslims [who submit totally to Allaah’s Will, and believe in the Oneness of Allaah – Islamic Monotheism]). Enter Paradise, you and your wives, in happiness. Trays of gold and cups will be passed round them, (there will be) therein all that the one’s inner-selves could desire, all that the eyes could delight in, and you will abide therein forever. This is the Paradise which you have been made to inherit because of your deeds which you used to do (in the life of the world). Therein for you will be fruits in plenty, of which you will eat (as you desire). [Az-Zukhruf 43:68-73] Verily, the Abraar (pious and righteous) will be in delight (Paradise); And verily, the Fujjaar (the wicked, disbelievers, sinners and evil-doers) will be in the blazing Fire (Hell). [Al-Infitar 82:13-14] And fear the Fire, which is prepared for the disbelievers. [Aali Imran 3:131] And for those who disbelieve in their Lord (Allaah) is the torment of Hell, and worst indeed is that destination. When they are cast therein, they will hear the (terrible) drawing in of its breath as it blazes forth. It almost bursts up with fury. Every time a group is cast therein, its keeper will ask, “Did no warner come to you?” They will say, “Yes indeed; a warner did come to us, but we belied him and said, ‘Allaah never sent down anything (of revelation), you are only in great error.'” And they will say, “Had we but listened or used our intelligence, we would not have been among the dwellers of the blazing Fire!” Then they will confess their sin. So, away with the dwellers of the blazing Fire. [Al-Mulk 67:6-11] [Note: Allaah also commands us to balance our life with love for Him, hope for His mercy, and fear of His punishment. [2:165], [3:31], [32:16], [21:90], [7:56] Not fearing Allaah’s punishment leads to disobedience, and losing hope for His mercy only leads to despair and misguidance.]
9- He (Allaah) has ordained for you the same religion (Islam) which He ordained for Noah, and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad), and that which We ordained for Abraham, Moses and Jesus, saying you should establish religion, and make no divisions in it. Intolerable for the Polytheists is that to which you (O Muhammad) call them. Allaah chooses for Himself whom He wills, and guides unto Himself who turns to Him in repentance and in obedience. [Ash-Shura 42:13] (May the peace and blessings be upon all the Prophets mentioned and not mentioned.) Verily, We have inspired you (O Muhammad) as We inspired Nuh (Noah) and the Prophets after him; We (also) inspired Ibrahim (Abraham), Isma’il (Ishmael), Ishaaq (Isaac), Ya’qoob (Jacob), and Al¬-Asbat [the twelve sons of Ya’qoob (Jacob)], ‘Iesa (Jesus), Ayub (Job), Yunus (Jonah), Haroon (Aaron), and Sulaiman (Solomon); and to Dawood (David) We gave the Zaboor (Psalms). [An-Nisa 4:163] * As part of a long authentic hadeeth (narration) narrated by the companion Abu Huraira, found in Saheeh Bukharee, within the chapter Book of the Prophets, the Messenger of Allaah (describing the dire situation, by Allaah’s Permission, of those who will be going from Prophet to Prophet asking for intercession on the Day of Judgment) said, “…They will go to Noah and say; ‘O Noah! You are the first amongst the Messengers of Allaah to the people of the earth, and Allaah named you a thankful slave. Don’t you see in what a (miserable) state we are and to what condition we have reached? Will you not intercede for us with your Lord? Noah will reply: ‘Today my Lord has become so angry as he had never been before and will never be in the future. Myself! Myself! Go to the Prophet (Muhammad).” * (This permissible intercession mentioned in the above hadeeth is specific for the Day of Judgment. The origin is that the intercession in this life is only sought from Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. Allaah said: Say: “To Allaah belongs all intercession…” [Az-Zumar 39:44] More on intercession in footnote 47.) [Note: Messengers received revelation from Allaah as well as a new Law to relay to a transgressing people, whereas Prophets received revelation from Allaah and were sent to apply the previous Laws. For example, Muhammad, Jesus and Moses were Prophets as well as Messengers. Joseph, the son of Jacob and great grandson of Abraham, was a Prophet, confirming the previous law. May Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon all the Prophets mentioned.]
10- And We did not send any Messenger before you (O Muhammad) but We inspired him (saying): Laa ilaaha illa Ana [none has the right to be worshipped but I (Allaah)], so worship Me (alone and none else).” [Al-Anbiya 21:25] Say (O Muhammad): “Verily, my Salat (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Alameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists). [Al-An’am 6:162] You (alone) we worship, and You (alone) we ask for help (for each and everything). [Al-Fatihah 1:5] [Note: As Allaah commands, He is to be singled out in all acts of worship. So not only is our prostration and bowing and prayer only for Him, but also we are commanded to supplicate to only Allaah [40:60], fear (have reverance for) only Allaah [3:175], hope of only Allaah [18:110], rely on only Allaah [5:23], [66:3], long for only Allaah, dread only His punishmnet, and have kushu’ (submissiveness) to only Allaah [21:90], have awe of only Allaah [2:150], repent to only Allaah [39:54], seek refuge from only Allaah [113:1], [114:1], seek judgment from none except Allaah [5:44-45], make oaths to only Allaah [76:7], and sacrifice only for Allaah [6:162-163].] And indeed We sent Nuh (Noah) to his people (and he said): “I have come to you as a plain warner. That you worship none but Allaah. Surely, I fear for you the torment of a painful Day.” [Hud 11:25-26] And (remember) Ibrahim (Abraham) when he said to his people, “Worship Allaah (alone), and fear Him, that is better for you if you did but know. You worship besides Allaah only idols, and you only invent falsehood. Verily, those whom you worship besides Allaah have no power to give you provision, so seek your provision from Allaah (alone), and worship Him (alone), and be grateful to Him. To Him (alone) you will be brought back.” [Al-‘Ankabut 29:16-17] And We brought the Children of Israel (with safety) across the sea, and they came upon a people devoted to some of their idols (in worship). They said, “O Musa (Moses)! Make for us an ilaahan (a god) as they have aliha (gods).” He said, “Verily, you are a people who know not (the Majesty and Greatness of Allaah and what is obligatory upon you, i.e. to worship none but Allaah alone, the One and the Only God of all that exists).” [Musa (Moses) added:] “Verily, these people will be destroyed for that which they are engaged in (idol-worshipping). And all that they are doing is in vain.” He said, “Shall I seek for you an Ilaahan (a God) other than Allaah, while He has given you superiority over the ‘Alameen (mankind and jinns of your time).” [Al-A’raf 7:138-140] In an authentic hadeeth narrated by companion Anas, found in Saheeh Bukharee, within the chapter Book of The Prophets, Allaah’s Messenger said, “Allaah will say to that person of the (Hell) Fire who will receive the least punishment, ‘If you had everything on the earth, would you give it as a ransom to free yourself (i.e. save yourself from this Fire)?’ He will say, ‘Yes.’ Then Allaah will say, ‘While you were in the backbone of Adam, I asked you much less than this (i.e. not to worship others besides Me), but you insisted on worshipping others besides me’.” In an authentic hadeeth narrated by companion Abu Dharr, found in Saheeh Bukhaaree, within the chapter Book of Monotheism, the Prophet said, “Jibreel [Gabriel, the Spirit] came to me and gave me the glad tidings [from Allaah] that anyone who died without worshipping anything besides Allaah, would enter Paradise. I asked (Gabriel), ‘Even if he committed theft, and even if he committed illegal sexual intercourse?’ He said, ‘(Yes), even if he committed theft, and even if he Committed illegal sexual intercourse’.” [Note: On the Day of Judgment, Allaah The Mighty and Majestic will forgive whom He wills amongst the Muslims, and punish whom He wills because of transgressions they committed. Those Muslims who wronged themselves – whom Allaah will choose to punish – will enter hellfire, but because they died worshipping none besides Allaah, Allaah will eventually take them out and enter them into Paradise, as He promised. This authentic Prophetic hadeeth narrated by Anas, found in Saheeh Bukhaaree, within the chapter Book of Faith, is among many proofs for this: The Prophet (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever said ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allaah’ and has in his heart good (faith) equal to the weight of a barley grain will be taken out of Hell. And whoever said, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allaah’ and has in his heart good (faith) equal to the weight of a wheat grain will be taken out of Hell. And whoever said, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allaah’ and has in his heart good (faith) equal to the weight of an atom will be taken out of Hell.”]
11- Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger (Muhammad) from amongst yourselves (i.e. whom you know well). It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty. He (Muhammad) is anxious over you (to be rightly guided, to repent to Allaah, and beg Him to pardon and forgive your sins, in order that you may enter Paradise and be saved from the punishment of the Hell-fire); for the believers (Muhammad is) full of pity, kind, and merciful. [At-Tawbah 9:128] He it is Who sent among the unlettered ones a Messenger (Muhammad) from among themselves, reciting to them His Verses, purifying them (from the filth of disbelief and polytheism), and teaching them the Book (this Qur’an, Islamic laws and Islamic jurisprudence) and Al-Hikmah (As-Sunnah: legal ways, orders, acts of worship, etc. of Prophet Muhammad). And verily, they had been before in manifest error [Al-Jumu’ah 62:2]
12- Say (O Muhammad): “I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your Ilaah (God) is One Ilaah (God i.e. Allaah). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.” [Al-Kahf 18:110]
13- Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the Messenger of Allaah and the last (the seal) of the Prophets. And Allaah is Ever All-¬Aware of everything. [Al-Ahzab 33:40]
14- This is an authentic hadeeth narrated by companion Abu Huraira, found in Saheeh Bukhaaree, within the chapter Book of the Prophets. Other narrations on the same topic can be found in Sahih Muslim, within the chapter The Merits of Jesus Christ (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him).
15- Say (O Muhammad): “He is Allaah, (The) One. Allaah-us-Samad (The Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need, He neither eats nor drinks). He begets not, nor was He begotten; And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him.” [Ikhlas 112: 1-4] …There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer. [Ash-Shura 42:11] And indeed We have created man, and We know what his ownself whispers to him… [Qaf 50:16] O mankind! It is you who stand in need of Allaah, but Allaah is Rich (Free of all wants and needs), Worthy of all praise. [Fatir 35:15] [Note: Allaah, The One God, is free from every deficient humanistic quality. His Attributes are Divine and perfect. It is prohibitted to distort Allaah’s Attributes, or resemble them to the attributes of the creation, or make comparisons, or deny those Divine Attributes.]
16- He is Allaah, than Whom there is Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He) the All-Knower of the unseen and the seen (open). He is the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. He is Allaah than Whom there is Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He) the King, the Holy, the One Free from all defects, the Giver of security, the Watcher over His creatures, the All-Mighty, the Compeller, the Supreme. Glory be to Allaah! (High is He) above all that they associate as partners with Him. He is Allaah, the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms. To Him belong the Best Names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. [Al-Hashr 59:22-24] Allaah! Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber, nor sleep overtake Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter . And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Kursee extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. [Al-Baqarah 2:255] And whether you keep your talk secret or disclose it, verily, He is the All-Knower of what is in the breasts (of men). Should not He Who has created know? And He is the Most Kind and Courteous (to His slaves) All-Aware (of everything). [Al-Mulk 67:13-14]
17- Nothing is said to you (O Muhammad) except what was said to the Messengers before you. Verily, your Lord is the Possessor of forgiveness, and (also) the Possessor of painful punishment. [Fussilat 41:43] As part of an authentic hadeeth narrated by companion Shaddad ibn Aus, found in Saheeh Bukhaaree, within the chapter Book of Invocations, the Prophet said, “The most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allaah is: ‘O Allaah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshipped except You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I abide to Your covenant and promise as best I can. I take refuge in You from the evil of which I have committed. I acknowledge Your favour upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sin except You.’…” Verily! Those who fear their Lord unseen, theirs will be forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise). [Al-Mulk 67:12] No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do. [As-Sajdah 32:17] In an authentic hadeeth narrated by companion Abu Huraira, found in Saheeh Bukhaaree, within the chapter Book of Monotheism, the Prophet said, “Allaah said: ‘I have prepared for My righteous slaves (such excellent things) as no eye has ever seen, nor an ear has ever heard, and that which has never occurred in a human heart.'” Keep in mind Paradise is reserved for those who worship Allaah alone, devoting all acts of worship to Him, and obeying His last Messenger Muhammad (may Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him). Verily, those who believe [in the Oneness of Allaah, and in His Messenger Muhammad, including all obligations ordered in Islam] and do righteous good deeds, they are the best of creatures. Their reward with their Lord is ‘Adn (Eden) Paradise (Gardens of Eternity), underneath which rivers flow, they will abide therein forever, Allaah Well-Pleased with them, and they with Him. That is for him who fears his Lord. [Al-Baiyinah 98:7-8] Verily, the Mujrimun (criminals, sinners, disbelievers, etc.) will be in the torment of Hell to abide therein forever. (The torment) will not be lightened for them, and they will be plunged into destruction with deep regrets, sorrows and in despair therein. We wronged them not, but they were the Dhâlimun (polytheists, wrong-doers, etc.). And they will cry: “O Malik (Keeper of Hell)! Let your Lord make an end of us.” He will say: “Verily you shall abide forever.” Indeed We have brought the truth (Muhammad with the Qur’an), to you, but most of you have a hatred for the truth. Or have they plotted some plan? Then We too are planning. Or do they think that We hear not their secrets and their private counsel? (Yes We do) and Our Messengers (appointed angels in charge of mankind) are by them, to record. [Az-Zukhruf 43:74-80] Verily, We have warned you of a near torment, the Day when man will see that which his hands have sent forth (of deeds), and the disbeliever will say: “Woe to me! Would that I were dust!” [An-Naba 78:40] Verily, We have prepared for the Dhalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.), a Fire whose walls will be surrounding them (disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah). And if they ask for help (relief, water, etc.) they will be granted water like boiling oil, that will scald their faces. Terrible the drink, and an evil Murtafaqaa (dwelling, resting place, etc.)! [Al-Kahf 18:29]
18- And We shall set up balances of justice on the Day of Resurrection, then none will be dealt with unjustly in anything. And if there be the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it. And Sufficient are We as Reckoners. [Al-Anbiya 21:47] An exact recompense (according to their evil crimes). [An-Naba 78:26] Is not Allaah the Best of judges? [At-Tin 95:8] [Note: Allaah does not oppress or do any injustice to anyone. And from His justice is that He will establish the Judgement, and He will give retribution to the person who was wronged in this life against whoever wronged him.]
19- And ask (O Muhammad) those of Our Messengers whom We sent before you: “Did We ever appoint aliha (gods) to be worshipped besides the Most Beneficent (Allaah)?” [Az-Zukhruf 43:45] 20- O you who believe! Turn to Allaah with sincere repentance! It may be that your Lord will remit from you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise) the Day that Allaah will not disgrace the Prophet (Muhammad) and those who believe with him. Their Light will run forward before them and with (their Records, Books of deeds) in their right hands, they will say, “Our Lord! Keep perfect our Light for us [and do not put it off till we cross over the Siraat (a slippery bridge over Hell) safely] and grant us forgiveness. Verily, You are Able to do all things.” [At-Tahrim 66:8] …And whoever earns a good righteous deed, We shall give him an increase of good in respect thereof. Verily, Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Ready to appreciate (the deeds of those who are obedient to Him). [Ash-Shura 42:23] …those who repent and believe (in Islamic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds, for those, Allaah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [Al-Furqan 25:70] Whoever brings a good deed (Islamic Monotheism and deeds of obedience to Allaah and His Messenger) shall have ten times the like thereof to his credit, and whoever brings an evil deed (polytheism, disbelief, hypocrisy, and deeds of disobedience to Allaah and His Messenger) shall have only the recompense of the like thereof, and they will not be wronged. [Al-An’am 6:160] Is there any reward for good other than good? [Ar-Rahman 55:60]
21- Verily, We did send down the Taurat (Torah) [to Musa (Moses)], therein was guidance and light… [Al-Ma’idah 5:44] And in their footsteps, We sent ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), confirming the Taurat (Torah) that had come before him, and We gave him the Injeel (Gospel), in which was guidance and light and confirmation of the Taurat (Torah) that had come before it, a guidance and an admonition for Al-Muttaqun. [Al-Ma’idah 5:46] This is the Book (the Qur’an), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqan [the pious and righteous persons who fear Allaah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allaah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)]. [Al-Baqarah 2:2] And (remember) the Day when We shall raise up from every nation a witness against them from amongst themselves. And We shall bring you (O Muhammad) as a witness against these. And We have sent down to you the Book (the Qur’an) as an exposition of everything, a guidance, a mercy, and glad tidings lilmuslimina (for those who have submitted themselves [to Allaah as Muslims]). [An-Nahl 16:89] [Note: In Allaah’s final message (The Noble Qur’an) to mankind, Allaah repeats the importance of singling Him out with all worship, and warns of the irrevocable dangers of polytheism.