Benefits of the Shahaadatain | Part 1 | Abdulilah Lahmami
Ustadh Abdulilah Lahmami introduces the topic mentioning the aim of the talk- to go through the 32 benefits of the shahada (that no deity is worthy of worship except Allah alone)
The teacher gives the examples of when the Prophet (peace be upon him) send Muuad ibn jabal sent to Yemen to call the people there, who were People of the Book to Islam. He was instructed by Allah’s Messenger to call them first to Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism).
Ustadh asks the listeners: What is worship? Then proceeds to answer this by bringing the statement of Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah): “Ibaadah is obedience to Allaah by carrying out what He has commanded on the tongues of His messengers.”
And in another statement: “Ibaadah is a collective term for everything which Allaah loves and is pleased with from among the sayings and inward and outward actions.”
Ustadh then goes through how people in this day and age rely on other than Allah such as those who wear talismans (something that is worn by people who think that it will protect them from evil or bring them luck) and the liked. Through this, Ustadh stresses the importance of relying upon Allah alone.
Next, Abdulilah Lahmami uses the example of the bird who goes out hungry and comes back with a full stomach tawakal (trust in Allah), again, to emphasise the need to trust in Allah.
The following ayah from Surah Zalzala:
“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see.
And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.” Is used as an example from the Quran and is further explained in relation to our worship by Ustadh Abdulilah Lahmami.
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