Importance of learning the correct `Aqeedah

Just because the word “`Aqeedah” is not mentioned in the Qur’aan per se, that doesn’t mean that it is less important or that it has low priority.

Every Prophet warned his nation against Dajjaal; and in every prayer we seek Allaah’s refuge from the Fitnah of Dajjaal. But since Dajjaal is not mentioned in the Qur’aan, does it make this topic less important?

There is Surah named “al-Talaaq”, but there is no Surah named “al-Nikaah”, so does that make Nikaah less important?

The Sajdah (prostration) has to be made on the 7 body parts, but since it is not mentioned in the Qur’aan, does it make it less important?

One of the most important reasons for learning Tawheed over and over again is because the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“…The Last Hour will not come until some groups of my nation worship idols…”

[Sunan Abu Dawood (4252), and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh Al-Albaanee]

Here is another example from the Sunnah:

Abu Waaqid Al-Laithee رضي الله عنه said:

We went out with Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم on the battle to Hunayn [while we had just left disbelief (Kufr) for Islaam (i.e. we had recently converted to Islaam)]. The Mushrikeen had a Sidra (lote-tree) called Dhaat Anwaat; they would stay there and hang their arms on it (trying to seek its blessings).

When we passed by (another) Sidra, we asked: “O Messenger of Allaah, won’t you make for us another Dhaat Anwaat (so that we seek its blessings) just like their Dhaat Anwaat?”

Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“Allaahu Akbar! By the One (Allaah) Who holds my soul in His Hand, verily these are the (evil) ways of earlier nations. You have said exactly as Banee Israel said to Moosaa عليه السلام: {Make for us a god just as their gods. He (Moosaa) said: “Verily you are a people behaving ignorantly.} [Surah al-A`raaf (7):138] Certainly you will follow the ways of those who went before you.”

[Sunan al-Tirmidhee (2180) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee. The wordings in the brackets are from Mu`jam al-Kabeer of al-Tabaraanee (3291, 3293) and al-Sunnah of Ibn Abee `Aasim (76)]

General meaning of the Hadeeth:

 Abu Waaqid رضي الله عنه gives an account of an interesting incident that took place immediately before the Battle of Hunayn. Some Muslims had just embraced Islaam, and thus they were unaware of specific acts of polytheism. When they witnessed the polytheists seeking the blessings of a tree, they asked the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم to assign a tree for them to seek blessing thereof. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was greatly surprised and shocked by their suggestion. He صلى الله عليه وسلم disapproved of their mistaken proposal and likened it to the affair of the Children of Israa’eel who asked Moses عليه السلام to assign an idol for them to Worship. As mentioned in the Qur’aan: {Make for us a god just as they have gods.} The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم informed that the Muslim Nation would follow the steps of the Jews and Christians. He صلى الله عليه وسلم condemned such an imitation.

Some lessons Drawn from the Hadeeth:

1) If someone has recently abandoned falsehood, he may retain some erroneous beliefs until they are clarified for him.

2) These Companions intention was to become closer to Allaah by their act as they thought He would like it.

3) IF THE COMPANIONS رضي الله عنه WERE UNAWARE OF THE NATURE OF THEIR INTENDED ACT, IT STANDS TO REASON THAT OTHER THAN THEY (OF MUCH LESSER STATUS AND KNOWLEDGE) ARE MORE LIKELY TO FALL INTO IGNORANCE.

4) For the Companions رضي الله عنه is the reward of good deeds and the promise of forgiveness that is not for others (as mentioned in Surah al-Hadeeh, Aayah 10).

5) The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم did not excuse them but denied by saying: “Allaahu Akbar, these are ways and you would follow those who came before you”- thereby expressing the weightiness of the matter by these three things.

6) This is a major issue which is made clear by the fact that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم informed them that their request was like that of Banu Israel when they asked Moosaa عليه السلام: {Make for us a god.}

7) Their statement that: “we had just left disbelief”, tells us that other Companions رضي الله عنهم were not ignorant of the matter.

8) Importance to put an end to all possible ways leading to Shirk (polytheism).

9) Prohibition of any resemblance with the people of ignorance (disbelievers).

10) The general tendency of mankind has been expressed by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم by saying: “These are the (evil) ways”.

11) It is one of the signs of the Prophethood that the events occurred accordingly as he informed.

12) The one who has moved from falsehood (i.e. became Muslim) and gotten accustomed to certain beliefs or habits is not totally safe from having remnants of these habits as is evidenced in their (the Companions) words “and we had just left disbelief (Kufr).”

[Adopted from Kitaab al-Tawheed]

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