If It Is Said To You: “who Is Your Lord?”

The First Principle:

So if it is said to you: “Who is your Lord?”,
then say: “My Lord is Allaah, who has nurtured me and all of the creation with his favours and blessings, He is the one whom I worship and there is no other whom I worship besides him.” The proof is the saying of Allaah, the Most High:“All praise is for Allaah, the Lord of all creation.” [Al-Faatihah 1:2] Everything besides Allaah is a created being and I am one of the creation.

“The First Principle” – The first principle is having knowledge of the Lord. Knowledge of this necessitates belief in Him, belief that He alone deserves to be worshipped and belief in His beautiful names and perfect attributes. The author started with this because it is the fundamental of all fundamentals.

“So if it is said to you: “Who is your Lord?”,” – The word ‘Lord’ can be applied to the king, the master and the one who deserves to be worshipped. Only Allaah possesses these three qualities. As for the creation, then it is possible for one of them to be a lord in the sense that he is a master, or a king and a master, but these things coupled with the right to be worshipped are exclusive to Allaah, the Most High. He is the King, Master and the One who deserves to be worshipped, to him belongs the creation, it is in His possession, sovereignty and control, and to Him belongs the command, both legislative and universal.

“then say: “My Lord is Allaah,” – Meaning, He is the one whom I worship.
Ibn ‘Abbaas (May Allaah be pleased with him) explained the word ‘Allaah’ to mean:
“The One who deserves to be worshipped and served by the whole of creation.” The word ‘Allaah’ and ‘al-ilaah’ come from the word ‘uloohah’ which means worship (Al-‘Ibaadah); therefore Allaah is Al-Ma’looh which means the one who is worshipped.

“who has nurtured me and all of the creation” – Allaah nurtures his creation in two ways:
1. He nurtures them by providing blessings that suffice their bodily needs or we could say a provisional and nutritional nurturing with all that is needed to live.

2. Allaah nurtures His servants with the revelation that He reveals to His Messengers. This is a religious nurturing. It is feasible for us to say that Allaah nurtures some of His servants from a religious perspective and others from a worldly perspective.

“with his favours and blessings,” – Ni’am is the plural of ni’mah (blessing or favour).

“He is the one whom I worship and there is no other whom I worship besides him.”” – This is the correct explanation of the meaning of Laa ilaah illa Allaah (None has the right to be worshiped except Allaah).

“The proof is the saying of Allaah, the Most High: “All praise is for Allaah, the Lord of all creation.””
- Al-hamd is to praise Allaah. The reason for this praise is because of the apparent and hidden blessings that Allaah gives to the creation.

It has to be understood that there is a difference between thanks (shukr) and praise (hamd). Praise is offered on account of a blessing or a calamity, whereas thanks are only offered on account of a blessing. Praise occurs on the tongue only whereas thanks occurs upon the tongue, in the heart and upon he limbs. A poet said:

“The favour caused thanks to manifest itself upon my limbs, tongue and heart.”

A person says to someone that has done them a favour, ‘May Allaah reward you’, and this is with the tongue. He may also extend his hand in order to shake hands, and he may sense in his heart that he has been favoured.

Allaah started four soorahs in the Qur’aan with ‘Al-hamdu lillah’ (All praise is for Allaah), and he mentioned after that the reason that warrants this praise. In this verse the reason for this praise is the Lordship of Allaah over His creation. The four soorahs are:

1. Al-An’aam:

“All praise is for Allaah Who created the heavens and the earth, and originated the darkness and the light; yet those who disbelieve hold others as equal with their Lord.”

Here the praise is on account of the creation of the heavens and the earth, and origination of darkness and light.

2. Al-Kahf:

“All praise is for Allaah Who sent down to His slave the Book, and has not placed therein any crookedness.”

Here praise is on account of Allaah revealing the Book to His Messenger (Peace be upon him), the Book that is a guide, straight and upright.

3. Saba’:

“All praise is for Allaah to Whom belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. His is all praise and thanks in the hereafter, and He is that All Wise, All Aware.”

Here praise is on account of Allaah possessing everything that is in the heavens and the earth.

4. Faatir:

“All praise is for Allaah, the only creator of the heavens andthe earth, Who made the angels messengers with wings, two three or four. He increases in creation what He wills. Verily Allaah is able to do all things.”

In this soorah the praise is on account of Him creating the heavens and the earth, and making the angels messengers.

The word Al-hamd is mentioned in more than forty places in the Qur’aan.

“Everything besides Allaah is a created being and I am one of the creation.” – ‘Alameen is the whole of creation – the heavens, earths, angels, mankind, jinn, animals, etc. All of these are created and is subservient to Allaah and they are all under his dominion, he is their Omnipotent King, Organiser of their affairs and ilaah.

Source : A Gift For The Intellect In Explanation Of The Three Fundamental Principles Of Islaam – By Sheikh Ubaid Al-Jaabiree (Hafizahullah)
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Marcus my dear, I'm a LADY, GIRL, WOMAN, FEMALE so please say SHE *_^ <br />
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Are you really a study of religions? .. Then, how come you couldn't answer my earlier question concerning religion of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) peace be upon him, how come you say you have a little faith and troubles with the bible because it's written by men? (Remember, you said that earlier NOT me) Ok? *_^<br />
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Referring to the ARABIC texts (Quran's language), I challenge you if you ever read Quran .. It's as NR said out of the context of its revelation, and I don't think that Non-Arab in general and Non-Muslim in particular will teach us the Arabic language and the interpretation of Quran which is also in Arabic language, do you?! *_^<br />
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You are trying to change our mind by being impolite with us .. That also means having skepticism about Islam until we become like YOU (Non-Muslims), but I still can't live without a faith in God so what to do? Should I embrace Christianity? If so, then let someone convinces me even if that person is you! <br />
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Am ready to listen!

Hi Markus,<br />
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Reading the Qur'an out of the context of its revelation is one of the most telling reasons how misguided "scholars" can encourage extremism and terrorism amongst Muslims who don't equip themselves with Islamic knowledge from the reliable sources.<br />
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The following you quoted are in regards to the state of war between the Prophet, his Muslim followers and his non-Muslim family members such as his uncle Abu Talib etc. with the polytheist of Mecca. The Meccan drove them out into the desert and God commanded the Prophet to leave his homeland, Mecca and migrated to Medina. However, Muslims don't believe in being victimized and God encouraged them to fight the Meccan polytheists with these very verses in Surah Al-Ahzab, Al-Anfal and at-Taubah etc.- all are Chapters before the conquest of Mecca:<br />
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"and that you shall not kill - for that is forbidden by Allah - except for a just cause." This one appears about three times if I recall..maybe more.<br />
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Verse 4:74 - "Let those who would exchange the life of this world for the hereafter, fight for the cause of Allah; whoever fights for the cause of Allah, whether he dies or triumphs, on him We shall bestow a rich recompense."<br />
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Verse 9:111 - "Allah has purchased from the faithful their lives and worldly goods, and in return has promised them the Garden. They will fight for the cause of Allah, they will slay, and be slain." <br />
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Verse 9:123 - "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you."<br />
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Verse 47:3 - "When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly."<br />
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Verse 48:29 - "Muhammad is Allah's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another."<br />
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Verse 66:9 - "Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, evil their fate."<br />
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Verse 49:15 - "The true believers are those that have faith in Allah and His apostle, and never doubt; and who FIGHT with their wealth and with their PERSONS in the cause of Allah. Such are those whose faith is true."<br />
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NR: Now when you get to the "enemy" no, these verses don't match up with the ones on top. These are simply definitions of non-Muslims. In fact in the beginning period of Islam, the Christians and Jews are considered believers to give them the opportunity to accept Islam. After that, they are declared to be non-believers so that Muslims can differentiate what action is accepted by God, and which is not. The Jews are specifically mentioned a lot as they posed a challenge in the new land of Medina. They were plotting against the Prophet as he tried to establish himself in the new land. The Christians in Arabia were very monotheistic - however, the one that is advancing from the north are part of the Roman expansion into Arabia, and they battled one another at Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.<br />
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Let's see who the "ENEMY" is....<br />
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Verse 5:17 - "Unbelievers are those who declare: 'God is the Messiah, the son of Mary.'"<br />
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Verse 5:51 - "Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another."<br />
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Verse 5:73 - "Unbelievers are those that say: 'God is one of three.'"<br />
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NR: This statement is not for the Jews or Christians but for the polytheist of Mecca, who asked the Prophet to pray to their statues and Allah at the same time, in order to save their polytheistic religion from abandonment. <br />
Verses 109:1-6 - "Say: 'Unbelievers, I do not worship what you worship, nor do you worship what I worship. I shall never worship what you worship, nor will you ever worship what I worship. You have your own religion and I have mine."<br />
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NR: The following are special encouragement to believers during the early stages of the battles with the polytheist of Mecca who actually were their own uncles, brothers, fathers, cousins and wives. It was extremely hard for them to fight their own family members, but the Muslims were being persecuted by their own tribes.<br />
Verse 4:101 - "The unbelievers are your inveterate foe."<br />
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Verse 3:117 - "Believers, do not make friends with any but your own people."<br />
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Verse 60:13 - "Believers, do not make friends with those who have incurred the wrath of Allah."<br />
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These are REAL problematic verses...this is where "Jihad" gets it's fire.<br />
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NR: Battle for the sake of God is a unifying cause of Islam, Christianity, Judaism and many, many nations in the past. It's not a new concept.<br />
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Verse 47:5 - "As for those who are slain in the cause of Allah, He will not allow their works to perish. He will vouchsafe them guidance and ennoble their state; He will admit them to the Paradise He has made known to them."<br />
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NR: Again this is a call not for today, but for the time of the Prophet Muhammad in order to establish Islam in the Arabian Peninsula. In God's great plan, some might nations are essential for giving birth to the future greats of Islam namely the Persian, the Mongols, the Spaniards etc.<br />
Verse 48:16 - "Say to the desert Arabs who stayed behind: 'You shall be called upon to fight a mighty nation, unless they embrace Islam. If you prove obedient, Allah will reward you well. But if you run away, as you have done before this, He will inflict on you a stern chastisement.' It shall be no offense for the blind, the lame, and the sick to stay behind. He that obeys Allah and His apostle shall be admitted to gardens watered by running streams; but he that turns and flees shall be sternly punished by Him."<br />
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Worldly goods and your CHILDREN are "temptation"? ..............<br />
NR: This statement doesn't make sense for any ordinary Muslim. It's for those who want to strive closer to God - that even children and competing in the world for their sake, can take one away from the remembrance of God.<br />
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Verse 8:27 - "Believers, do not betray Allah and the Apostle, nor knowingly betray your trust. Know that your worldly goods and your children are but a temptation, and that Allah's recompense is great."<br />
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A believer in God, in any religion at all must have God as the number one focus. An ancient book like the Qur'an must be read as a whole - along with the tradition of the Prophet (hadith) under the tutelage and guidance of a rightly-guided scholar, not one who is full of emotions, anger or arrogance. Without this, we have much misunderstanding amongst Muslims themselves - let alone non-Muslims. Whatever wrong that I wrote is from my own misunderstanding, whatever guidance is from God Alone.

I wish if only one of Non-Muslims could get me that verse from Quran instead of just saying (if not by peace by force)

The reference is in the local library? Oh well thanks Markus, you really care. You just want to accuse me and my Muslim family as would be terrorists - that's fine. I only care what God thinks of me, and not fellow humans. That is why I read the Qur'an everyday - for in it is comfort in words that is possible only because it is written in the Heavens, by the Creator Himself -with absolutely no contradiction and is absolutely infallible. If you ever feel like talking again you can message me anytime. I know you are searching for peace like I am. God loves the peace-makers.

MarkusGP,<br />
I have no problem saying "I don't know what I'm talking about" because God knows everything, but can you say the same? That's the difference between us.<br />
You know a "great deal" about Islam, so please tell me where I can check about the moon god you're referring to because the pre-Islamic Arabs prayed to a number of statues and historians are well aware of their names, and some ancient idol's names can be found in Chapter Noah (Nuh) in the Qur'an as well. It is not Allah.<br />
Historical facts and reasoning is something we, the readers can handle because God endowed us all with similar reasoning skills (except for the geniuses and mentally challenged). So you can go ahead and give us the scholarly reference for your statements and we can humor you, good man. ;)

Hi again MarkusGP,<br />
If you did read Mooni's article, it doesn't have the word "Islam" in it other than in the reference at the bottom. This article is about believing in God, period. So what if Muslims and Arabs (including Christian ones) call God, Allah. Allah is God in Arabic. <br />
What are "religions after the fact? " Which fact are you referring to? The Big Bang? The Exodus from Egypt? The Sacrifice on the cross? <br />
Our world is a global world and we should start a decent dialogue by focusing on a fact that represent all cultures and religions. That's all I have to say. The Qur'an taught me not to speak ill of other people's beliefs to prevent others from speaking ill against God. (Surah Al-An'am)<br />
If you don't care much, you wouldn't be here. <br />
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Peace first and foremost,<br />
NR

JazakaAllahu khairan for this.