know your lord 2nd edition
know-your-lord-2nd-edition By Karim Abu Zaid Shaykh Karim Abu Zaid‟s book Know Your Lord is a worthy addition to the growing body of Islamic literature in English available on Tawheed (Monotheism) and Aqeedah (Beliefs), from 40 years ago in the early 80s when I wrote The Fundamentals of Tawheed. In those days, the only available book was the translation of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahab‟s Kitaab at-Tawheed, which was a teaching manual on Tawheed with very little explanation, which he had prepared for his students.
It consisted of a very concise compilation of Quranic verses and narrations (Ahadith) on various topics of Monotheism which the average English reader at that time would have difficulty following. In fact, when I wrote The Fundamentals of Tawheed, which was based on various commentaries on Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab‟s teaching manual as well as other works like Sharh al-„Aqeedah at-Tahaawiyyah, I couldn‟t find any Muslim publisher willing to publish it in either the UK or the USA.
Eventually, I had to publish it myself. Shaykh Karim Abu Zaid‟s book Know Your Lord is notable among the English Islamic literature available on Monotheism and Aqeedah, in that it is very comprehensive, yet concise. It covers many topics which are necessary for students of knowledge, as well as the average Muslim. It is a compilation from many classical texts, which are then related to contemporary issues, similar to the methodology used in my work on the subject.
The reader will greatly benefit from learning the proper methodologies of understanding the true principles of Islamic theological beliefs, realities, and characteristics of Allah ﷻ. Furthermore, extensive information, and instructions are provided to ensure that Muslims do not fall into error, and deviations regarding Allah ﷻ and His Names and Attributes. In summary, it is a good effort of one of my students on the critical subject of knowing our Lord. May Allah ﷻ bless all who contributed to it and all who read it.
Know Your Lord 2nd Edition:The Right Belief Series Volume 1
Dr Bilal Philips is an Islamic scholar, teacher, speaker, author, and the founder and chancellor of the International Open University.
All thanks and praises are due to Allah ﷻ, Creator of all things, and may Allah‟s ﷻ Honor, Mercy and Blessings be on all of His Prophets, starting with Adam ♠, passing through Nuh (Noah) ♠, Ibrahim (Abraham) ♠, Musa (Moses) ♠, and Isa (Jesus) ♠, and ending with Muhammad ﷺ, Allah‟s ﷻ final Prophet and Messenger. Knowing the Creator of everything is an essential part of Iman, that is, the Islamic Faith.
By knowing Allah ﷻ, we, His creation, are able to recognize His Might, Majesty, infinite Power and Ability, and that He is the Only Creator and Sustainer of all creations. Knowing that the Creator of everything is One, the only One, directs us to recognizing that He is the only One Who deserves to be worshiped, and that all acts of worship should only be directed at Him, Alone, without partners. Knowing the Creator of everything by His Names and Attributes,
fills our hearts with His Might, Power, Mercy, Forgiveness, Generosity, and His other infinite qualities, directing us to have fear of the Creator, and obedience to Him in anticipation for His aid, protection, and rewards. Knowing that the Creator of everything is the One Who Alone guides His creation ultimately leads them to certain knowledge that He has sent a prophet to every nation that existed, and guides humankind through His Revelations to their One and Only Creator. Allah‟s ﷻ Prophets and Revelations inform His creation about His Names,
Attributes, warnings, promises, actions, commandments, and news of the past, the present and the future, especially the greatest Day of all time, the Day of Judgment when all creations stand between the Hands of Allah for judgment.
Therefore, knowing the Creator is an essential aspect of Iman, that is, the Islamic Faith. Allah ﷻ said in the Quran, (ﭤ ﭣ ﭢ ﭡ ﭠ ﭟ ﭞ ﭝ ﭜ ﭛ ﭚ ﭙ ﭘ ﭗ ﭖ ﭕ ﭔ ﭓ ﭒ ﭑ) :ماعنلأا “Such is Allah, your Lord! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Creator of all things. So worship Him (Alone), and He is the Wakil (Trustee, Disposer of affairs, Guardian, etc.) over all things.
”(1) I have known Shaykh Karim Abu Zaid for well over a decade. We need people of knowledge like Shaykh Karim, those who have intimate knowledge of the original Islamic resources,Know Your Lord 2nd Edition:The Right Belief Series Volume 1
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