The Muslim Vibe
September 26, 2016
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the
وَكَمَالُ التَّصْدِيقِ بِهِ تَوْحِيدُهُ وَكَمَالُ تَوْحِيدِهِالاِخْلاصُ لَهُ
‘The perfection of
faith in Him is to believe in His Oneness the perfection of believing in His
Oneness is purity towards Him’
This extraordinary part of Imam Ali’s
sermon sheds light on some crucial matters.
Firstly, this passage shows that faith is
on many levels. This is in fact supported by certain verses in the Quran and
many narrations by the Holy Imams peace be upon them. Thus not all levels of
faith will necessarily make you a monotheist!
هُوَ الَّذِي أَنزَلَ السَّكِينَةَ فِي قُلُوبِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ لِيَزْدَادُوا إِيمَانًا مَّعَ إِيمَانِهِمْ
It is He Who sent down tranquillity into
the hearts of the Believers, that they may add faith to their faith. (48:4)
This is also evidenced daily in our prayers
when we ask God اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ (Guide us to the straight
path) which is indicative of levels of guidance.
In fact, every organ in one’s body has
levels of faith which one needs to obtain. Allah has prescribed faith to each
organ that is distinct from each other. One organ may have faith whilst the
other may not. For example one may not commit the sin of back biting on his
tongue, but his mind if full of suspicions and doubts. Interestingly, It is said that the ‘Aql (intellect) is the
prince of your organs, which means if one wants to conquer his body, he must
strive to control and make the mind and heart submissive first.
How Does One Begin To Know If Faith Is
كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِي السَّمَاءِ تُؤْتِي أُكُلَهَا كُلَّ حِينٍ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهَا A goodly word like a goodly tree, whose root
is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the heavens. It brings forth its
fruit at all times, by the leave of its Lord. (14:24-25)
If ones actions are consistent one can
begin to realise the establishment of faith. The presence of stability
indicates that faith resides in the heart and is having its wonderful effect.
It brings forth its fruits at all times!
Secondly, not all levels of faith will
necessarily make you a monotheist! Similarly, not all levels of monotheism will
necessarily make you truly sincere and pure towards God! How is it possible
that one can have faith and also at the same time associate with God? As
incredible as it seems, the association with God can be two fold; manifest
(Jali) or it can be concealed (Khafi). ‘the concealed kind of shirk pertains
reliance on means and dependence on anything other than God. To allow
other-than-God to enter the heart is considered concealed shirk’ (Forty Ahadith
– Imam Khomeini)
We see this beautiful point indicated by
the verse in the Quran:
وَمَا يُؤْمِنُ أَكْثَرُهُم بِاللَّهِ إِلَّا وَهُم مُّشْرِكُونَ
‘And most of them
believe not in Allah without associating (other as partners) with Him!’
In the upcoming posts, we will finally
discuss what is meant by Tawhid and the facets that must be understood in this
للهم اجعل النور في بصري و البصيرة في ديني و اليقين قي القلبي و الإخلاص في عملي وَٱلسَّلاَمَةَ فِي نَفْسِي وَٱلسَّعَةَ فِي رِزْقِي والشكر لك أبدا ما أبقيتني
God, let there be light in my sight, discerning in my religion, conviction in
my heart, sincerity in my deeds, peace in my soul, richness in my sustenance,
and perpetual thankfulness to You as long as I am here.
URL of Part Five: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-ideology/understanding-tawhid--what-is-faith-and-how-does-it-differ-from-knowledge?---part-five/d/110614