AbdulAzīz Aalish-Shaykh

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How does a Muslim contemplate the greatness of Tawhīd, the greatness of Aqīdah and how does he embody this in his various forms of worship?

O my brothers,Tawhīd and Aqīdah are the foundations of Islam, and Islam is based on 5 pillars: Upon actualizing the testimony that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the actualization that Muhammed is the messenger of Allah, establishing the prayer, paying Zakah, fasting Ramadan and pilgrimage to The Sacred House (Mekkah). So the Muwahhid (monotheist) to Allah alone is a believer that there is none worthy of worship except Him. If he prays then he prays to Allah alone, if he invokes in prayer then he invokes Allah alone, If he hopes for (longs for) then he has hope in Allah, if he fears then he only fears Allah. Therefore, all of his actions from prayer, reverence, slaughter and oaths are all for Allah alone. His prayer and fasting are all fruits of his belief. He believes in Allah as his Lord and that He has created him for His worship.

(I did not create man nor Jinn except to worship me)

( أَفَحَسِبْتُمْ أَنَّمَا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ عَبَثاً وَأَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْنَا لا تُرْجَعُونَ)

(Did you think that we created you without purpose and that you wouldn’t be returned to us?)

So whoever embodies Tawheed knows that his actions cant be complete unless he knows they are intended for Allah alone, and they are in accordance to the Book (Quran) and the Sunnah, and he knows that Shirk (polytheism, intending actions for other than Allah) nullifies all actions.

( وَقَدِمْنَا إِلَى مَا عَمِلُوا مِنْ عَمَلٍ فَجَعَلْنَاهُ هَبَاءً مَنْثُوراً)

And We shall turn to whatever deeds they (disbelievers, polytheists, sinners) did, and We shall make such deeds as scattered floating particles of dust. 25:23

And He (Allah) says:

And indeed it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad SAW), as it was to those (Allâh’s Messengers) before you: “If you join others in worship with Allâh, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers. 39:65

Therefore, if the muslim worships Allah alone and belief is firm in his heart, the narration states:
فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ قَدْ حَرَّمَ عَلَى النَّارِ مَنْ قَالَ: لا إِلَهَ إِلا اللَّهُ يَبْتَغِي بِذَلِكَ وَجْهَ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ
(Verily, Allah has forbidden the Hellfire for the one who says: None has the right to be worshipped besides Allah and by this he intends only the face of Allah The Most High the Most great)

So whoever states that none has the right to be worshipped besides Allah upon knowledge, actions and assurity, then this will lead him to every good from righteous actions and being steadfast upon good.