Tawheed The Backbone of Islaamic Belief


Literally Tawheed means to make something one or to call it one. In English when something is made one it is deemed to be unified. However, in Islaamic terminology Tawheed means to believe that Allaah is the one and only God. It is sometimes referred to as monotheism, however in the purest sense in that no other entity can in any way have the attributes or be equivalent or even in competition with Allaah. All acts of worship that a person does should be to Allaah or for Allaah Alone. For example, prayer should only be to Allaah, religious animal sacrifice should only be done in Allaah’s name, and fighting to establish and protect religion (Jihaad). Tawheed is therefore the central concept upon which all of Islaam rests.



The Qur’aan is the Revelation which Allaah sent down to His Apostle Muhammad and has been passed forth to us both in form and in content in an uninteruppted transmission. Meaning, it can be verified as coming from the lips of the Prophet Muhammad. It is the last scripture to be revealed to mankind. As the actual word of Allaah in its original form in the Arabic language it is the first and foremost source of Islaamic ‘aqeedah Allaah says: And we did not send any Messenger before you but we inspired him (saying) none has the right to be worshipped but I (Allaah) so worship Me. (Qur’aan 21:25) .

Hadeeth in Arabic has the general meaning of speech whether pertaining to religion or not. Then it took a special sense (prophetic traditions), comprising all the Prophet Muhammad’s speech, deeds, or tacit decisions.

In this regard, the term hadeeth and sunnah are synonymous. The Prophet Muhammad being the fount from which both the Qur’aan and the sunnah spring was the best to explain what each and every person should believe about Allaah. The Prophet stated about himself: I am the most knowledgeable of Allaah amongst you and the most fearful of him. And he also stated: Every child is born on Al-Fitra (true faith of Islaamic Monotheism) but his parents convert him to Judaism, Christianity or Magianism.

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