Wednesday 4 December 2019

Scholars' Viewpoint: Knowing and Believing in Allah are Two Different Things

Almost everyone knows that there is one supreme power that created the universe and controls it irrespective of the kind of faith one follows. That is "knowing" that there is a Supreme Being, we call Allah, others call Him God or any other names. But do we really believe in Him, the Omnipotent and Monotheist being?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. Even most Muslims do not really believe in One True God and are always relying on worldly gods for fulfillment of their needs and aspirations. Many Muslims of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh worship deities in human form and go to their graves and requesting them their prayers and wants be conveyed to Allah. 

This mindset occurs due to disbelief in Allah or one true God. In our daily lives, we are more prone to pleasing our bosses to get a raise or finding shortcuts to power avenues rather than working honestly and leaving rewards to Allah, who knows what is best for us and how much. 

Please listen to Wahiduddin Khan, known with the honorific Maulana, is an Islamic scholar and peace activist known for having written a commentary on the Quran and having translated it into contemporary English how he differentiates between knowing and believing in Allah:

وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is our duty to convey only to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the video above are those of the scholar concerned. We have shared this view as added information in better understanding of Islam. The reader may or may not agree with the view owing to their own perception. If anyone differs with the material contained in this post, one may consult the references and their authors.  If someone has more material about the subject, he/she is most welcome to share in the comments box to make the post all encompassing.

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