1 Why has Allah created us?
Answer: To worship Him alone and to worship no other besides Him.
And I (Allah) created not the Jinn and human beings except they should worship Me (alone). [Q. 51:56]
The right of Allah upon slaves is to worship Him and not to associate partners with Him. [Al-Bukhari, Muslim]
2 How should we worship Allah?
As Allah and His Messenger commanded us.
And they were commanded not, but that they should worship Allah, and worship none but Him alone (Q. 98:5)
Whoever does any deed (in religion) which our matter in not in accordance with, it will not be accepted. (Muslim)
3 Should we worship Allah with fear and hope?
Yes, we worship Him with fear and hope.
And invoke Him with fear and hope (Q. 7:56)
I beseech Allah to grant me Paradise and I seek refuge in Him from Hellfire. (Abu Dawud)
4 What is Ihsaan (perfection in worship)?
Ihsaan is to be conscious that Allah sees us during worship.
Who sees you (O Muhammad) when you stand up (alone at night for Tahajjud prayer).(Q. 26: 218-219)
Ihsaan is to worship Allah as if you are seeing Him, yet truly He is seeing you. (Muslim)
5 Why did Allah send the Messengers?
To call mankind to His worship and to reject the worship of anything besides Allah.
And verily We have sent among every nation a Messenger (proclaiming) worship Allah alone and avoid Taghoot (false deities) (Q.16:36)
The prophets are brothers and their faith is one. (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)
6 What is meant by (Tawheed) oneness of Allah?
It means devoting worship to him alone like supplication, vow, judgment.
So know (O Muhammad) that there is no God except Allah (Q.47:19)
Let the first thing you invite them to do is to testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)
7 What is the meaning of there is no God but Allah?
It means there is no deity that truly deserves to be worshipped except Allah.
That is because Allah, He is the truth and that is which they invoke besides Him is Al-Baatil (falsehood, Satan, and all other deities) (Q. 30:31)
Whoever says there is no God except Allah and rejects whatever is worshipped besides Allah, his property and blood become sacrosanct and his reckoning with Allah , the Mighty and Exalted (Muslim)
8 What is meant by oneness of names and attributes of Allah?
To confirm the names and attributes as Allah described them in His Book and as His Messenger described them in authentic Sunnah.
There is nothing like unto Him and His the All-Hearer, the All-seer (Q. 42:11)
Allah descends each night to the first heaven. (Ahmad)
9 What is the benefit of monotheism (oneness of Allah) to the Muslim?
Right guidance in this world and salvation from eternal punishment in the Hereafter.
It is those who believe (in oneness of Allah) and confuse not their belief with Thulm (wrong) by worshipping others besides Allah) for them (only) there is security and they are guided. (Q.6:8)
The right of worshippers upon Allah is that He will not punish those who worship none beside Him (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)
10 Where is Allah?
Allah is over the Throne which is above the seven heavens
Ar-Rahmaan (The Merciful) Istawaa (rose over) the Throne (Q. 20:5)
Allah wrote out in a book with Him over the throne that His mercy preceded His wrath. (Al-Bukhari)
11 Is Allah with us by His entity or knowledge?
Allah with us by His knowledge, He hears and sees us
He (Allah) said: Fear not, verily I am with you both, Hearing and Seeing (Q. 20 :46)
You call upon the one Who hears, Who is near and is with you. (Muslim)
12 What is the greatest sin with Allah?
It is the major Shirk (polytheism).
Verily whoever sets partners with Allah , then Allah has forbidden paradise for him and the Fire will be his abode (Q.5:72)
The Prophet was asked : what is the greater sin , he said: To ascribe partners to Allah even though he created you. (Al-Bukhari)
13 What is the major shirk (polytheism)?
It is to devote any forms of worship to one other than Allah.
Verily Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him, but He forgives all that He wills. (Q. 4:48)
The greatest sins are polytheism etc. (Muslim)
14 What is the harm of major shirk?
The reason for eternity in Hellfire.
Verily whoever assigns partners (commits shirk) to Allah, Allah makes it impermissible for him to enter Al-Jannah. (Q. 5: 72)
Whoever died while joining partners with Allah (commits shirk) enters Hellfire. (Muslim)
15 Are good deeds of any benefit to one who worships others besides Allah?
No, good deeds are of no benefit to those who worship others besides Allah.
But if they had joined in worship others with Allah, all that they used to do would have been of no benefit to hem (Q. 27 :20)
Whoever does any deed in which he associates partners with Me, I reject him and his shirk. (Muslim)
16 Does shirk exist among Muslims today?
Yes, it does exist.
And most of them believe not in Allah except that they attribute partners (unto Him) (Q.12:106)
The doom Day will not occur until some tribes of my Ummah (Islamic nation) have joined the idolaters and they will even worship idols. (At-Tirmidhi)
17 What is ruling concerning praying (supplicating) to other than Allah like the dead?
Praying to them is a major Shirk.
Invoke not with Allah another Ilaah (God) Lest you be among those who receive punishment. (Q.26:213)
Whoever dies having called upon partners besides Allah shall enter Hellfire. (Al-Bukhari)
18 Is supplication a form of worship?
Yes, supplication is worship.
And your Lord said: Invoke Me, I will respond to your invocation. (Q. 40:60)
Supplication is worship. (At-Tirmidhi)
19 Do dead hear our supplication?
No, they do not hear.
But you cannot make hear those who are in graves. (Q. 35:22)
Allah has assigned angels to inform me of my nation salutation. (Ahmad)
20 Do we seek help from those who are dead, or from those who are not present?
No we do not seek help from, we rather seek help from Allah.
(Remember) when you sought help of your Lord, and He answered you. (Q. 8:9)
O Ever-Living, Self-Subsistent, upon Him all subsist , I seek help through Your Mercy (At-Tirmidhi)
21 Is it permitted to seek help from any other besides Allah?
No, it is not permitted.
You (alone) we worship and you alone) we ask for help. (Q.1:5)
If you ask, ask of Allah, if you seek help seek help of Allah. (At-Tirmidhi)
22 Can one seek help from the living?
Yes, in the matters in which they are able to help
Help one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness) (Q.5:2)
Allah helps the worshipper as long as the worshipper helps his brother. (Muslim)
23 Is it allowed to make vows to other than Allah?
No, it is not allowed to swear oaths except in Allah’s Name.
O my Lord I have to you what is in my womb to be dedicated for your services. (Q. 3:35)
Whoever vows to obey Allah should obey Him, and whoever vows to disobey Him should not disobey Him. (Al-Bukhari)
24 Is it allowed to sacrifice in any
name besides Allah?
No, it is not allowed.
Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only). (Q. 108:2)
Allah curses whoever sacrifices and slaughters in any name other than Allah. (Muslim)
25 Is it permitted to circumambulate the graves of pious men?
No, it is not allowed.
And circumambulate the Ancient House (the Ka’aba in Makkah). (Q.22:29)
Whoever circumambulate the House (Ka’aba) seven times and prays two raka’h. (Ibn Majah)
26 Is it allowed to pray while the grave is in front of you?
No, it is not allowed.
So turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid Al-Haraam. (Q. 2: 144)
Don’t sit on the graves and do not pray towards them. (Muslim)
27 What is the ruling in Islam concerning the practice of sihr (black magic/sorcery)?
The practice of sihr is considered an act of disbelief.
But the Devils disbelieve, teaching men sihr. (Q.2:102)
Avoid seven destroyers: Shirk, sihr...(Muslim)
28 Should we believe the claims of fortunetellers and soothsayers?
No, we should not believe them.
Say: None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghaib (unseen). (Q27:65)
Whoever goes to a fortuneteller or soothsayer, and believe what they say, has disbelieved in what has been revealed to Muhammad. (Ahmad)
29 Does any one have the knowledge of the (unseen)?
No one but Allah alone has the knowledge of the unseen.
And with Him are the keys of Ghaib (unseen), none knows them but He. (Q.6:59)
No one has the knowledge of the unseen except Allah. (At-Tabaraani)
30 By what sources do the Muslims govern?
Muslims govern by laws laid down in the Qur’an and authentic Ahadith.
And so judge (you O Muhammad) between them by what Allah has revealed. (Q.5:49)
Allah is the judge and to whom is the return.
31 What is the ruling in Islam concerning applying non - Islamic laws?
It is an act of disbelief.
And whosoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, such are the disbelievers. (Q.5:44)
When the leaders do not rule by Allah’s Book (Qur’an ) and choose the good from that which Allah has revealed, Allah will cause conflict among them (Ibn-Majah)
32 Is it permitted to swear by other than Allah’s Name?
No, it is not permitted.
Say: By my Lord you will certainly be resurrected. (Q.64:7)
Whoever swears by anyone other than Allah, has associated partners with Allah. (Ahmad)
33 Should we wear good luck charms (like amulets or talismans)?
No, we should not wear them .
And if Allah touches you with harm none can remove it but He. (Q.6:17)
Whoever wears an amulet has committed Shirk. (Ahmad)
34 Through what may we seek intercession with Allah?
By His Names and Attributes.
And (all) the most beautiful Names belong to Allah, so call on Him by them. (Q.7:P108)
I ask you by all your names, with which you wave named your self. (Ahmad)
35 Does any supplication to Allah require a human intermediary?
No, prayer does not require a human intermediary.
And when my slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then I am indeed near (to them by My knowledge). (Q.2:186)
You pray to the one who hears all and He is near and He is with you. (Muslim)
36 What is the mediation (waasitah) of the Messenger?
The mediation of the Messenger is the transmission of Allah’s Message .
O Messenger (Muhammad) proclaim what has been sent down to you from your Lord. (Q.5:67)
Oh Allah, have I proclaimed your message? Oh Allah bear witness. (In response to the statement of the sahaabah, ‘Indeed, we bear witness that you have proclaimed the message.’ - Muslim)
37 From whom may we seek the Messenger’s intercession?
From Allah alone.
Say: To Allah belongs all intercession. (Q39:44)
Oh Allah grant to him (the Prophet) intercession for me. (At-Tirmidhi)
38 How do we demonstrate our love for Allah and his Messenger?
By obeying and following their commands.
Say (O Muhammad to mankind) if you really love Allah then follow me, Allah will love you. (Q. 3:31)
None of you have perfect faith until you love me more than your parents, children, and all mankind. (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)
39 Should we be excessive in our praise for the Messenger?
No, we should not be excessive in our praise to him.
Say I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your god is one Ilaah (Allah). (Q18:110)
Do not exaggerate in praising me, I am only a slave. So say Allah’s slave and Messenger. (Al-Bukhari)
40 Who were the first creation?
From human being was Adam and from things was the pen.
Remember when your Lord said to the angels truly I am going to create man from clay. (Q.38:71)
The first thing created by Allah was the pen. (At-Tirmidhi & Abu-Dawud)
41 From what was Prophet Muhammad created?
He was created from Nutfah (drops of semen – male and female discharges)
It is He Who created you (Adam) from dust, then from a Nutfah. (Q.40:67)
In every one of you, all components are created together in your mother’s womb by 40 days. (Mutafaqun ‘alaihi)
42 What is the status of jihad for the sake of Allah in Islam?
It is obligatory with lives, wealth and speech.
March forth, whether you are light (being healthy, young and wealthy) or heavy (being ill, old and poor) strive hard with your wealth and your lives in the cause of Allah. (Q.9:41)
Fight against the polytheisms with your wealth, lives and speech. (Abu Dawud)
43 What is Walaa (friendship and loyalty)?
Walaa (friendship and loyalty) is love and help of the faithful believers.
The believers men and women are Auliyaa (helpers, supporters friends and protectors) of one another. (Q9:71)
The faithful believers are as a brick structure, each supporting the other. (Muslim)
44 Is seeking the friendship and help of disbelievers permitted?
No, it’s not permitted.
And if any amongst you take them as Auliyaa then surely he is one of them (Q.5:51)
The people of such and such clan are not my supporters (Auliyaa). (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)
45 Who is Wali (friend)?
A Wali is a true believer, who fears Allah very much.
Verily, Auliyaa of Allah no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve (Q.10:62 - 63)
My only Wali are Allah then the most pious among the true believers. (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)
46 Why did Allah reveal the Qur’an?
So as to apply it to our daily life.
Follow what has been sent down to you from your Lord (Q.7:3)
Read Qur’an and apply it, do not make your living from it. (Ahmad)
47 Is the Qur’an alone sufficient for us without the Hadith (statements, actions, tacit approvals of the Prophet)?
No, it is not sufficient .
And We have sent down unto you (O Muhammad ) the reminder and the advice (the Qur’an) that you may explain clearly to men what is sent down to them, and that they may give thought. (Q. 16:44 )
Indeed, I have been given Qur’an and along with it that which is like it. (Abu Dawud)
48 Should we give priority to other opinions over the Word of Allah and His Messengers?
No, we should not.
Oh you who believe, do not be forward (hasten not to decide) in the presence of Allah and His Messenger. (Q.49:1)
There is no obedience to the creatures if it means disobeying the Creator. (Ahmad)
49 What should we do if we differ in the religious matters?
We should refer to holy Qur’an and authentic Sunnah.
And if you differ in any thing amongst yourselves, refer back to Allah and His Messenger. (Q.4:59)
I am leaving two things with you, you will never go astray if you hold fast to them, and they are Allah’s Book and the Sunnah.
50 What is (al-bid’ah) innovation in religion?
It is any thing not based on evidence from Islamic law
Or have they partners with Allah who have instituted for them a religion which Allah has not allowed? (Q. 42:21)
Whoever adds something new in our matter (Islam), it will not be accepted. (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)
51 Is there good innovation (bid’atun hasanatun) in religion?
No, there is no good innovation in religion.
This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favour on you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. (Q. 5:3)
Beware of new things (in the matters of religion) for every new thing is innovation, every innovation is heresy and every heresy leads to Hellfire. (An-Nasaa’i)
52 Is there such a thing as Sunnah Hasanah in Islam?
Yes, there is Sunnah Hasanah are good deeds (such as giving charity).
And made us leaders of the Muttaqun (the pious). (Q. 25:74)
Whoever introduces a good practice into Islam, will have the reward for it and the reward of those who follow his practice thereafter, yet they will lose nothing of their reward. (Muslim)
53 Is it enough for a person to reform himself?
No, it is a duty on him to reform his relatives also.
Oh you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire. (Q. 66:6)
Verily Allah will ask every shepherd about his flock. Did he protect it or lose it? (hasan - An-Nasaa’i)
54 When will Muslims be victorious?
When they apply Qur’an and Sunnah (fully) in their lives.
O you who believe! If you help in the cause of Allah, He will help you, and make your foothold firm. (Q.47:7)
There will always be a victorious group from my nation. (Ibn Majah)
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