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What do practicing Muslims believe?

We accept that Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe); is One, alone, without partners, children, family, associates, equals or shareholders; incomparable to and unlike anything in His creation.

We accept that Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) needs nobody and nothing and that everybody and everything needs Him.

We accept that everything and everyone will exist as long as ALLAH (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala); wishes and ends or dies when He decrees.

We accept that Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) provides for and sustains everyone and everything and needs nothing from anyone or anything.

We accept that all that exists was created by Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) ; as He wished, in the form and nature He wished, at the time and place that He wished, without anyone else’s help or support and that He will cause it to end when He wishes without anyone else’s help or support.

We accept that Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) ; created all that we know and all that we are not yet aware of without getting tired in the least and without needing any rest.

We accept that Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) does not have and is not limited by our natures and attributes and so our own limitations of strength, intelligence, power, influence, knowledge or energy or anything else don’t apply to Him.

We accept that Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) ; has His own unique attributes and qualities some of which He told us about. We accept that though words similar to those we use may be utilized to describe the attributes of Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) ; i.e. sight, hearing, mercy, forgiveness, hand, face and so on — none of these can be compared to our attributes.

We accept He has these attributes because He mentioned them without wondering about or trying to conceptualize their exact nature. We do this because we accept that the attributes of Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) , by definition are beyond the comprehension of human intelligence, except that which Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) ; chose to explain to us. Therefore we accept that Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) ; alone is worthy of worship and worthy of asking for help and so He alone we worship without associating anyone or anything with Him in any way whatever and He alone we ask for help.

We don’t worship anyone other than Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) , no matter how holy, powerful or wise that individual may have been. So we don’t worship Jesus (peace be on him), Moses or Muhammad ﷺ or any other prophet. We don’t worship any celestial object like the sun or moon or any star or planet or constellation. We don’t worship any animal, bird, mountain, river or ocean. We don’t worship anything in creation. All such beliefs are false, not part of Islam and amount to (Shirk) polytheism. We worship only Allah (الله), the Creator of them all. We also don’t ask the help of anyone other than Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) ; nor do we join anyone with Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) ; when we ask for His help. So we don’t ask the help of Jesus (peace be on him), Muhammad ﷺ, Ali bin Abi Talib, Abdul Qadir Jeelani, any saint, any holy man or woman, any angel, jinn or creature of any kind. All such beliefs are false, not part of Islam and amount to (Shirk) polytheism and place a person outside Islam. We ask the help only of Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) , the Creator of them all. We also don’t ascribe the qualities of Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) ; to anyone or anything in His creation because He mentioned that nothing in creation resembles Him in any respect. So we don’t accept that any human being has or had any divine quality and we don’t ascribe any human or other creature quality to Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe).

We don’t accept in and refute and deny beliefs that ascribe qualities of knowledge of the future, omnipresence and omniscience, ability to influence the universe or people’s lives, interfere in the order and process of the universe and all such things to people; like Jesus (peace be on him), Muhammad ﷺ, Ali bin Abi Talib, the Imams of the Shia, Abdul Qadir ]eelani or any other human being, angel, jinn or other creature. All such beliefs are false, not part of Islam and amount to (Shirk) polytheism and place a person outside Islam.

We accept that Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) is unlike anything in His creation and is not bound by any of the rules of creation. He makes the rules of creation and as the Rule Maker, He can change any rule He wants, whenever He wants. This is the core, fundamental theological principle in Islam, called Tawheed — unity of worship of Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe); alone.

I wish you all the best in your quest for beneficial knowledge and pray to Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) that you are guided to the truth because in the end it is essential that we know what the truth is and that we accept it and prepare for it. It is the nature of reality that it does not depend on belief for its existence and that one day it has to be faced whether we chose to accept it or not.

Since Islam is the original religion of all people and all people are born on Islam, when someone enters Islam we don’t call them ’convert’ but we call them ’revert’ because they have in effect reverted to their own original state.

*Last but definitely not the least, I invite you to accept and revert back to Islam.*

Shahadatain (Twin Testimonies)
To bear witness that there is nobody worthy of worship except Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe); to believe this in the heart and to act according to this in all aspects of life (not to worship anyone other than Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) or ask for help from anyone other than Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) and not to join anyone with Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe); in anything relating to Him); and to bear witness that Muhammad ﷺ is
The messenger of Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe); and is His last and final messenger.

These two aspects of bearing witness are essential for one to enter Islam. If one does this i.e. believes the above and says it out aloud if they can (even if he/ she does it on their own), then they are Muslim and have entered Islam.

Normally it is customary to accept Islam in the presence of witnesses as that is more supportive and you get the blessings of others. But it is not a requirement for entering Islam. Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) is enough as a witness and so if one wants to enter Islam there is nothing that needs to delay that action especially since dying without Islam leads to the Hellfire.

All good is from Allah (الله The Only One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe) & any mistakes were from myself.

May Allah guide us in Truth, Ameen.

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