By Abû Amînah Bilâl Philips
The covenant with Allaah can only be fulfilled by a Muslim by choice, regardless of whether his parents were Muslims or not, and the application of the covenant is, in fact, the implementation of the principles of Islaam itself. Man’s Fitrah is the basis of Islaam, so when he practices Islaam in its totality, his outer actions and deeds come into harmony with the very nature in which Allaah created man’s inner being. When this takes place, man unites his inner being with his outer being which is a key aspect of Tawheed.
The early years— we do not exaggerate if we say the early moments— of the child’s life are the best and most important periods to build up the aspects of faith in the child and instill the creed of Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) and knowing Allah The Almighty in him.
Are we allowed to read our star signs?
Al-Bukhaari said in his Saheeh: Qutaadah said: “Allaah created these stars for three purposes: to adorn the heavens, to stone the devils and as signs by which to navigate. Whoever seeks anything else in them is mistaken and does not benefit from them, and he is wasting his time and effort in seeking something of which he has no knowledge.” (Saheeh al-Bukhaari, Baab fi’l-Nujoom, 2/240)
By: Shaykh Saalim at-Taweel – (Translator: Abul Abbaas)
Sa’eed Ibn Al-Musayyib has reported from his father:
‘When death approached Abu Taalib, the Messenger of Allaah (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) came to him and found Abu Jahl and Abdullah bin Abi Umayyah in his company. The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, ((O uncle, proclaim there is nothing worthy of worship except Allaah, a statement which will enable me to plead for you with Allaah.))
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him):
“Everybody has his time of energy, and every time of energy is followed by a time of lethargy. But if a person tries to follow a moderate path, then I have hope for him, but if he becomes one who is pointed out (in the street), then do not think anything of him.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2453; classed as hasan (sound) by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 1995).
The ’aqeedah (creed) must come first because it is the foundation of the da’wah (call) of the Prophets as Allaah the Exalted said upon the tongue of every Prophet He sent to his people: “O people! Worship Allaah, you do not have a deity other than Him.” [Soorah Hood 11:84]
The word Riya is taken from the word Ruyah (to be seen). So the one to be seen is viewed by the people as one seeking esteem amongst them. So at times one would seek self-esteem by one’s actions in this world.