FOUNDATION OF ISLAM
1. a. First Pillar of Islam – Part I
The testimony, that “there is none worthy of worship but ALLAH (GOD)”. This is the speech which refuses all kinds of plurality of GOD completely. It gives us lesson “do worship of only one GOD”. Speech tells us if you do worship, do of ALLAH, WHO is not son of anyone, WHO is not father/mother of anyone and there is none equal to HIM.
This is the advice that GOD`s Prophets and Messengers (Peace be upon them) called their followers and nations towards oneness of GOD although these were great sovereign states and super powers against one of the each Messengers (Peace be upon them) always. They, Messengers, (Peace be upon them) were tried to be stopped from conveyance of the messages of GOD.
Hadrat Abraham (compliments upon Him) was thrown into the fire-base to prevent Him from communication of the Message. Here, it is said, “unhesitatingly love plunged into the fire of Nimrod”. But, see the grace of GOD, that fire-base was changed into garden (paradise).
Hadrat Moses (compliments upon Him) was raised against Pharaoh. When tyrannies vexed a lot to the Israelite, GOD helped them to cross the river without boats and ships. Pharaoh and his army, who were following the Israelite, were drowned into the river Nile at that same time and the same place.
The GOD gave the tongue to Jesus (compliments upon Him) in the cradle to speech the truth about His innocent Mother, Hadrat Miriam (compliments upon her). The tongue for speech was given to the Jesus (compliments upon Him) at that time when none can believe the speech of so little child.
Whenever the Holy Persons, GOD`s beloveds drown in the commemoration of The CREATOR, they have a concept, “there is none to be worshipped but the GOD (laa ma`booda illALLAH)”. “There is none to be intended but the MASTER (laa maqsooda illALLAH)”. “There is none existing but The LORD (laa maojooda illALLAH)”. They imagine at that time, THOU the “spiritual Guide” and THOU the ALMIGHTY, there is none spiritual guide except THEE, O! my CREATOR.
The last prophet, Hadrat Muhammad (SallALLAHO Alaihe wa Aalehi wasallam), guides us that who speaks, “there is none worthy of worship but ALLAH (GOD)”, he will go in the Heaven. I request to quote here that in the holy time of the Last Prophet, Hadrat Muhammad (SallALLAHO Alaihe wa Aalehi wasallam), there were also some hypocrites who recited this speech “there is none worthy of worship but ALLAH” (LAA ELAAHA ILLALLAH) along with the believers. But because they were not the believers so they will not be sent to the Heaven. They will go to the Hell.
When I say, I am a Muslim, I tremble. Because I know that after reciting, “there is none worthy of worship but ALLAH”, many restrictions will be restored upon me. I should be bound to take care The Divine’s rights, I should abstain from plurality of the CREATOR, I should act upon HIS orders, I should love the servants of GOD, I should love the creature of the CREATOR. I should not dishearten anyone, I should not eat the forbidden, I should serve my parents, I should bring up my children and members of my family in a better manner, I should not make water in the way and remove the thrones remaining in the way, I should not take the interest, I should not take bribe, I should bear in mind the rights of neighbors, I should feed the hungry and so on. That is to say, that I should act upon all the orders received from my CREARTOR and instructions received through the Holy Prophet Hadrat Muhammad (SallALLAHO Alaihe wa Aalehi wasallam) with pleasure. I should have patience and not quarrel on customary things. But whenever I have to fight against the enemies of GOD, I should not run away and contest steadily. “In the company of friends be soft like silk and be steel in the battle between false & true”. I should keep in mind that murder of a person is murder of the whole humanity.
It is said, “Frighten from the wisdom of pious, he looks from the sight of GOD”. Now, a little, we should peep and see in our collars, are we really Muslims? Real Muslims are like Hadrat Umar (may GOD be agreed upon him). Who has already sent the army under command of Hadrat Saria to fight against the enemy. It is trick of enemy to hide and attack from behind the hill side. Doing so, the paces of the Muslims would be pulled out. Now Hadrat Umar (may GOD be agreed upon him) preaching the audience in Madina, suddenly shouts “Ya Saria towards hill, Ya Saria towards hill” and Saria listens this voice in the battlefield and strengthens defence from the hill side and wins the war.
Or the Believers are like Tariq bin Ziad. With a handful army has to fight against enemy who is deployed on opposite bank of the sea. The enemy has much more worldly force and equipment comparatively. After landing on the seashore, the boats are burnt. Tariq narrates powerfully, “Enemy is ahead and the sea is on the back. Death is ahead and also on the back. If you die during fight against the disbelievers, you will be called martyrs and will go direct to heaven. If you withdraw, you will drown and die in the sea and it is suicide. If you do so, you will go direct to hell. Then dear sir! This handful army, who believed in “there is none worthy of worship but ALLAH (GOD)”, annihilated the enemy and returned with glorious victory.
Collected, translated and written by: Muhammad Sharif