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The Beliefs of a Muslim

The Merits of Iman (Belief) in Allah

  1. When one fulfills the conditions of the Shahadah, he would free himself from worshipping man and devote all acts of worship to the Creator of man. This would lead one to being independent. Allah says:

    "Say: ‘Tell me then, the things that you invoke besides Allah, if Allah intended some harm for me, could they remove His harm, or if He (Allah) intended some mercy for me, could they withhold His Mercy?’ Say: ‘Sufficient for me is Allah; in Him those who trust (i.e. believers) must put their trust." (39:38)

  2. Peace of heart, mind and soul. Allah says:

    "Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism) and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest." (13:28)

  3. Sense of security through the knowledge that there is someone to turn to in times of hardships. Allah says:

    "And when harm touches you upon the sea, those that you call upon besides Him vanish from you except Him (Allah Alone). But when He brings you safely to land, you turn away (from Him). And man is ever ungrateful." (17:67)

  4. The feeling of spiritual joy in worshipping Allah. This is due to the fact that the goal which he is trying to achieve (Jannah) cannot be reached except after death. So you see him persistently striving to achieve this goal by doing righteous deeds, rendering all acts of worship sincerely and purely to Allah alone. Allah says:

    "Say: ‘Verily, my Salaah (prayer) my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the ‘Aalameen (mankind, Jinn and all that exists). He has no partner. * And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims." (6:162-163)

  5. The guidance and success which is granted by Allah to those that believe in Him. Allah says:

    "…and whosoever has Iman in Allah, He guides his heart." (64:11)

  6. The love of doing righteous deeds and its propagation amongst the masses. Allah says:

    "So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom shall see it." (99:7)

    The Prophet said:

    'Indeed the one who leads another to do a righteous deed is like the one who actually does it (i.e. he will receive the same reward).' (Tirmidhi #2670)

    One who has belief in Allah must also have belief in all the things He has informed us of, and among them are the following: