COMMON SENSE FOR TAWHEED
الحمد لله رب العالمين ، والصلاة والسلام على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعينWe have explained Tawheed in this book from the point of view of common sense. This book is aimed at our youth to explain them facts in a very easy and understandable way.We hope this book will be very useful, particularly to the followers of deviant sects and those belonging to different faiths.
There are five internal faculties of our mind that help in processing the information and restoring it for future use. These are; (i) Common Sense, (ii) Incredulity (Doubt), (iii) Imagination, (iv) Notion (thought), and (v) Memory. Common Sense is the processor that analysis the information in the following two ways.
(a) If the information is coming from outside, through our external senses, like eyes, touch, taste, etc., the process is called as ‘Incredulity’ (doubt).
(b) If the information is coming from inside, the process is called ‘Imagination’.
There are two drives or reservoirs in our mind where processed information is dumped for future use. These are, (i) Notion (thought), and (ii) Memory.
When we look at an outside picture, the 'common sense' studies it and separates meanings from the apparent picture. For example, when we look at a tiger, our common sense separates the meaning 'powerful' from tiger's picture. And the information analyzed is 'tiger is powerful'.
The process of separating 'meanings' from outside 'picture' in the Common Sense is known as ‘the process of Incredulity (doubt)’. Why this process is called ‘Incredulity’? Because drawing of meanings by individual men and women could be right or wrong, depending upon their knowledge or ignorance about facts of things. Like, a person is looking at a hand made Idol. His common sense is analyzing the picture and drawing the meanings that the ‘idol is his god’. Another person is looking at the same idol, and his common sense is drawing the meaning that the idol is 'a statute of mud/metal, made by a human being which does not have life and power even to move on its own’.
When we move our attention away from the outside thing, the picture goes into ‘Notional Reservoir’ and its meanings go into our ‘Memory’. After sometime when we draw our attention back on the that thing, its picture comes out of the ‘Notional Reservoir’ and its meanings come out of our ‘Memory’ and together they become visible in our common sense.
'Imagination' is also the name of the process of our common sense. In 'Imagination' the thing does not come from outside. It comes from our mind. Like a man brought a headless human body and body-less head of an elephant from his 'notional reservoir' and joined them together in his common sense.
People belonging to all religions, all regions and ethnic background are basically reasonable, and when they are explained issues in the light of facts and logic, they will understand. It will not take much time for them to find the right path of their creator. It is their scholars and leaders who have concocted stories and convinced them to believe in them. Like, someone among the early religious elderly among Idol worshipers imagined a face/form consisting of head of an elephant over a human body. They imagined this shape to be 'knowledgeable and eloquent'. They gave a name to this form 'Ganesha' and brought it out in the world in the shape of an idol which has a long trunk and big belly and convinced their followers that this is their god. Gradually it became a popular Hindu idol god. Similarly, when some religious elderly among idol worshipers looked at cow, they associated 'motherhood' with it as people drink its milk. They also drew the meaning of sacredness with cow and considered cow as divine and started worshiping it.
It is in Quran - وَإِذْ وَاعَدْنَا مُوسَى أَرْبَعِينَ لَيْلَةً ثُمَّ اتَّخَذْتُمُ الْعِجْلَ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ وَأَنْتُمْ ظَالِمُونَ [ And we specified forty nights for Musaؑ and then, while he was away, you started worshiping the calf. And you (surely) were wrongdoers (in that worship). ] (Al-Baqara - 51)
In the same way some religious elderly among idol worshipers imagined about the beginning of life. They could not understand it as to when life began on planet Earth. Their imagination rested on penis. They imagined it to be sacred and divine. They made an idol of human penis and started worshiping it. Their followers followed them in this worship. They are known as people of Lingayat.
Needless to say that all idol gods and deities worshiped in the world have originated from the 'Imagination of different people. This was the reason there were 360 Idols placed in an around Kaba and their number was increasing all the time.
When Christians looked at the miraculous birth of Isa (عليه السلام), they could not understand it. As there was no male intervention in his birth, their 'common sense' concluded that ‘he is the Son of God’ (Astaghfirullah). If they had used their minds and pondered over the facts of things and sought Allah’s (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) guidance, they would have realized that as Adam (عليه السلام) was born without biological father and mother, then it is possible that Isa (عليه السلام) can come into this world without a biological father.
Some Muslim sects, like Salafis and their like minded groups, read certain metaphorical verses (Aayaat-e-Mutashabihaat) of Quran and misinterpret them on the basis of their textual meanings and claim that (Nauzubillahi) Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) is a huge planetary Idol god, who has a physical body like humans and is sitting over the skies. They worship this Sky God 5 times a day during their Salah. If they had studied Quran and Ahadith in the guidance of Shaiks of Ihsan, who are true Islamic monotheists, and pondered over the creation of this cosmos and sought Allah’s (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) guidance, they would have understood the facts of things in this cosmos. All animals they sacrifice is in the name of this Sky Idol God and all their prayers and supplications are to this Sky God.
How do we escape from the clutches of misleading people in power and their associate corrupt scholars on Earth? The only way is to turn our attention towards our Creator and seek His guidance. Supplicate to the one who has created you and ask for His help to find you His path. He will show you His path.
Remember, there is only one God who is the creator of this Cosmos. He does not have partners. Divinity only rests in Him. Other than Him is spurious.
It is in Quran - لَوْ كَانَ فِيهِمَا آلِهَةٌ إِلَّا اللَّهُ لَفَسَدَتَا ۚ فَسُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَرْشِ عَمَّا يَصِفُونَ [ Had there been within the skies and earth gods besides Allah, they both would have been ruined. So exalted is Allah, Lord of the Throne, above what they describe.] (Al-Anbiya - 22)
Quran is the only book that has not been altered since its descent. How can it be possible without the intervention of God?
It is in Quran - إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ [We (Allah) have descended Quran and We only will preserve it.] (Al-Hijr - 9).
Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) has challenged the entire humanity and Jinns, many a time in Quran that if they doubt in Quran, they should bring a Surah like that of Quran. Since the word of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) and the word of His creature cannot be equated, this challenge remains unfulfilled and will remain so till the day of resurrection.
It is in Quran - وَإِن كُنتُمْ فِي رَيْبٍ مِّمَّا نَزَّلْنَا عَلَى عَبْدِنَا فَأْتُوا بِسُورَةٍ مِّن مِّثْلِهِ وَادْعُوا شُهَدَاءَكُم مِّن دُونِ اللَّـهِ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ [ If you doubt (in this Quran) which has been sent down on Our chosen servant, (Apostle Mohammad ﷺ) then bring a chapter like it; and call all your helpers other than Allah, if you are truthful.].
It is important that every human being in the world, belonging to any faith, region or ethnic background, reads this book carefully. Your sincere reading, and supplications to your Creator in showing His path, will surely lead you to His path.
It is also important that you find a sincere teacher to explain you the meanings of Quran. Supplicate to your Creator to find you a teacher who could explain you the true meanings of Quran and Sunnah and lead you on the right path of Islam.
When a common man looks at water, his common sense draws the meaning that it is a life saving liquid which is used in many ways. The common man cannot go beyond this meaning as he does not know much about science. For a common man, water is an absolute reality. He touches it, drinks it and mixes it with various things and enjoys his life.
When a chemist looks at water, his common sense draws the meaning that it is a compound of Hydrogen and Oxygen in the ratio of 2 :1. Chemist knows about the chemical combination of various compounds. His common sense analyzes things better than a common man. For Chemist, Gases are absolute reality, and water is a notional thing (a thing in thought). Why he thinks so? Because He knows that if the gases are removed from water, the water will disappear. The Chemist also uses the water as any common man.
Similarly, a philosopher looks at water and his common sense draws the meaning that it is ‘matter’. Earlier it was in gases (Oxygen and Hydrogen) form, now it is in liquid shape. His common sense analyzes things with precision and his vision reaches to ultimate reality. For him, matter is absolute reality, and water (which is one of its innumerable shapes) is a notional thing (a thing in thought). Why he thinks so? Because He knows that if matter is removed from water, water will disappear. The philosopher also uses water for his various needs.
Can anyone say that any of the above three people are wrong in drawing different meanings of water in their common sense? The answer will be an emphatic ‘No’. Their understanding is as per their knowledge.
For many people creatures are real things. They stay with these things and never try to understand their facts. For them God is a notional thing (a thing in thought). If people knew about the reality of God, they would not have concocted stories about Him. Some believe idols as gods, some believe that God has a family and some believe that God has hands and eyes.
All these fabricated stories show their ignorance about the facts of things in this cosmos.
It is in Quran - Transcendent (magnificent) is your Lord, the Lord of All-Greatness, far above what they ascribe to Him’. (As-Saaffaat – 180).
Prophet Mohammad (SAWS) taught us the reality of Allah (SWT).
It is in Hadith - Mohamammed Rasulullah (SAWS) said, ‘Allah (SWT) was Hidden Treasure; then He wanted to be known; therefore, He created this Cosmos’.
Every thing in the cosmos, from the invisible micro organism to the huge stars, including human beings, have been drawn from His Being (wajood). Meaning, the Absolute Being has the capacity to manifest ( become visible ) in various shapes and forms. He is the essence and source of all creatures and this cosmos.
It is in Quran - ‘Allah (SWT) is the light (existence) of the Heavens and Earth’. (An-Noor -35). At another place in Quran - ‘Allah (SWT) is the Manifest (apparent) and the Immanent (hidden - but actually present through out the material world) and He is the knower of all things’. (Al-Hadeed – 3).
Everything visible in this cosmos has its own attributes, whether it is in the shape of gas, liquid or solid. The soil has its attributes. Ask a geologist, he will tell how many kinds of soils are there and what are their characteristics (attributes). Mountain rocks have their own attributes. Ask an expert, he will tell you that some of them give us gems.
We human beings have a common attribute; that is servant hood. We are all servants of Almighty. Servant hood is our common attribute. This proves that all visible things in this cosmos are creatures.
The source of all creation is God. The name of the real worshipable God (Ilah) is Allah (SWT), who is the source of our existence.
This is denoted in Islamic Cradle Testimony (Kalima Tayyiba) – ‘There is no (real) God, but Allah (SWT), and Mohammed (SAWS) is the messenger of Allah (SWT)’. And this is the meanings of the above verses of the holy Quran.
True Muslims are knowledgeable. They are aware of the facts of things in this cosmos. They look at every thing and deal with everything as per its exigency (necessities), but their common sense does not stay with visible things, it reaches to the source, Allah (SWT).
Physical eyes of Non-Muslims and certain Muslim sects are active but their common sense is inactive because of their ignorance, that is why they ascribe creature attributes to Allah (SWT).
For true Muslims, their physical eyes and common sense, both are active because they are knowledgeable. They look at things, interact with them as per their exigencies, as per their necessities, but their attention is always focused on the main source, Allah (SWT).
For true Muslims, Allah (SWT) is real, visible and all things in this cosmos are ‘notional’ or things in thought. This is the meaning of Prophet’s (SAWS) Hadith of Ihsan in which he said - ‘ you worship Allah (SWT) seeing Him, and in case you fail to see Him, do your prayer knowing fully well that He is seeing you’.This is also the meaning of another Prophet’s (SAWS) Hadith - ‘One who knew about himself, without doubt he knew about his Sustainer (Allah –SWT)’.This is true Islamic monotheism explained to us by Prophet Mohammad (SAWS).