Nations that do not know their Lord

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Nations that do not know their Lord
 
The devil has misled some nation and misguided their minds until they forgot their Lord. Amongst them are those who do not know their Creator and Provider The Almighty:
 
The people of Thamood have disbelieved in their Lord:
 
Allaah The Almighty says:
 
{As if they had never prospered therein. Unquestionably, Thamood denied their Lord; then, away with Thamud.}[Hood: 68]
 
Fir‘awn (Pharaoh) does not know who his Lord is:
 
Fir‘awn has asked Moosa, peace be upon him, about Allaah The Almighty saying (as Allaah The Almighty mentions in the Noble Quran):
 
 {[Pharaoh] said, "So who is the Lord of you two, O Moses?} [Taa-Haa: 49]
 
Then Moosa replied:
 
{He said, "Our Lord is He who gave each thing its form and then guided [it].}[Taa-Haa: 50]
 
 
 
Qaaroon (the richest ever man in the whole world) does not know who provides him:
 
The scholars of his people said to him (as Allaah The Almighty mentions in the Noble Quran):
 
{But seek, through that which Allaah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allaah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allaah does not like corrupters.}[Al-Qasas: 77]
 
Then he replied upon them saying:
 
{He said, "I was only given it because of knowledge I have.}[Al-Qasas: 78] 
 
Then the result was as Allaah The Almighty says:
 
{And We caused the earth to swallow him and his home. And there was for him no company to aid him other than Allaah , nor was he of those who [could] defend themselves.}[Al-Qasas: 81] 
 
 
 
Jews and Christians have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allaah
 
‘Adi ibn Haatim narrated that he heard the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, reciting the following Ayah (verse): {They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allaah, and [also] the Messiah, the son of Mary.} [At-Tawabah: 31]  So I said: “We did not worship them.'' The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Do They (rabbis and monks) not prohibit what Allaah The Almighty has allowed and thus you prohibit it, and allow what Allaah The Almighty has prohibited and thus you allow it.” I said: That is right. He, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Then this is how you worship them.”[1]
 
 
 
They believe that forgiveness is in their hand:
 
So if one makes a mistake, he goes to what they call Father (Pop) and set on a chair that is named confessional to confess the details of his mistake and sin seeking his forgiveness. Upon that the Father will say to him: So go! Your sins have been erased. Glory be to Allaah! How can one seek forgiveness from a slave like him who makes mistakes like all other human beings and commits sins like all other sinners?
 
It narrated that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Every son of Adam sins and the best of those who sin are those who repent.”[2]
 
 
 
Glorified be Allaah above all that they attribute to Him! The slave who seeks forgiveness from a human being like him has committed two gross sins:
 
 
 
Firstly: Associating others with Allaah The Almighty because he does not know that Allaah The Almighty alone is the Forgiver of sins. Allaah The Almighty says:
 
{And who can forgive sins except Allaah?}[Aal-‘Imraan: 135], and the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “So Forgive me for there is no one who forgives sin except You.”
 
 
 
Secondly: He has revealed his sins to a slave like him who possess no power of benefit or hurt. So someone like that man cannot be forgiven. It was narrated that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:  
 
“All of my Ummah may be forgiven except those who commit sin openly. It is a kind of committing sin openly if a man does something at night, then morning comes and Allaah has concealed his sin, but he says, ‘O So and so, I did such and such last night,’ when his Lord has concealed him (his action) all night but in the morning he reveals that which Allaah had concealed for him.”[3]
 
 
 
Communists deny that this universe should have a Lord[4]:
 
 
 
They do not believe that this creation has a creator, or that provision has a provider. Nature is the effective element and material that created such universe. This universe is eternal; has no beginning and has no end. Amongst their beliefs are denying the Existence of Allaah The Almighty and all of Unseen matters. Amongst their evil words are: We believe in three: Marx, Lenin, Stalin and disbelieve in three: Allaah, religion and the private property. May the curse of Allaah continue to descend upon them until the Day of Resurrection.[5]” 
 
 
 
Glory be to Allaah! They walk upon the surface of the land while they do not know who spread it,
 
And under a heaven while they do not know who raised it,
 
 And eat different kinds of plants while they do not know who made them produce such fruits,
 
And drink from rivers while they do not know who gushed them out.
 
Allaah The Almighty says: {Those are like livestock; rather, they are more astray.} [Al-A‘raaf: 179]
 
 
 
It was narrated that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: "Whilst a shepherd was amongst his sheep, a wolf attacked them and took away a sheep. The shepherd chased it to get that sheep freed from the wolf. The wolf turned towards the shepherd and said, 'Who will guard the sheep on the day of wild animals when it will have no shepherd except me?[6]"
 
And in a variant narration reported by Imam Ahmad: The wolf said: “Do you not fear Allaah? Do you forbid me the provision which Allaah has provided me?[7]"
 
 
 
The cow knows who created her and why he created it: It was narrated that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:  “While a man was riding a cow, it turned towards him and said, 'I have not been created for this purpose (i.e. carrying), I have been created for tilling the land." Hearing this, people said: "Subhaan Allaah (Glory be to Allaah)!" The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, added, "I, Abu Bakr and ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab believe in the story.”[8]
 
 
 
Is it sufficient to be a Muslim to know that Allaah The Almighty is the Lord?
 
 
 
Answer of this question should be of what has been stated in the Noble Quran and honorable Sunnah. Here are some of them:
 
 
 
The disbelievers of Quraish know that Allaah is the Creator:
 
 
 
Allaah The Almighty says:
 
{And if you asked them, "Who created the heavens and earth?" they would surely say, "Allaah." Say, "[All] praise is [due] to Allaah"; but most of them do not know.}[Luqmaan: 25]
 
 
 
Whoever acknowledges that Allaah The Almighty is the Lord while he does not worship Him alone or associates another partner with Him in worship, then such acknowledgement will avail him nothing. That is because he acknowledges the grace but he does not thank the One Who bestows it and he acknowledges that Allaah is the Creator and the Provider alone, but he does not worship Him alone. They acknowledge that Allaah The Almighty is the Lord, but worship other than Him.
 
 
 
They worship them (such idols) that they may bring them nearer to Allaah The Almighty. Allaah The Almighty says:
 
{And those who take protectors besides Him [say], "We only worship them that they may bring us nearer to Allaah in position."}[Az-Zumar: 3]  
 
 
 
So you see them worshiping gods other than Allaah The Almighty, associating partners with Him in worship and loving them as they should love Allaah The Almighty, calling them instead of calling Him, seeking their help, put trust on them, make vows and slaughter sacrifices for them.
 
 
 
Iblees (Satan), may Allaah curse him, knows that Allaah The Almighty is his Lord and Creator:
 
 
 
Iblees said to Allaah The Almighty (as Allaah mentions on his behalf):
 
 
 
{You created me from fire and created him from clay."}[Al-A‘raaf: 12]
 
 
 
Iblees knows that life and death is only determined by Allaah The Almighty alone: 
 
 
 
When he wants to do mischief on earth and misguides the Children of Adam until the Day of Resurrection. He asks Allaah The Almighty to make him live to the Day of Resurrection and not to inflict death on him.
 
Allaah The Almighty says on the behalf of Iblees[9]:
 
{He said,"My Lord, then reprieve me until the Day they are resurrected." [Allaah ] said, "So indeed, you are of those reprieved.}[Al-Hijr: 36-37]
 
 
 
Therefore, whoever knows Allaah The Almighty and does not worship Him, then such knowledge will avail him nothing. The same ruling applied to the one who knows that Allaah The Almighty is the right god while he does not worship Him and refuse to pray, bow or prostrate to Him. It is exactly as the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
 
“Between a man and Shirk (associating partner with Allaah The Almighty in worship) and Kufr (disbelief in Allaah The Almighty) there stands his neglect of the prayer.”[10]
 
He, peace and blessings be upon him, also said: “The covenant that distinguishes between us and them is the prayer, and whoever neglects it has disbelieved (become a kaafir)[11].”[12]
 
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[1]Reported by At-Tirmithi in “Al-Jaami‘” No. (3094). Its origin was reported by Ahmad in Al-Musnad (4/257-378), without mentioning such wording.
 
[2] Al-Albaani deemed it Hasan (good) Hadeeth in Mishkaat Al-Masabeeh (2341).
 
[3] Reported by Al-Bukhaari and Muslim.
 
[4] Communism was appeared in the seventeenth century in Europe. It was developed on the hands of Marx. Lenin and Stalin.
 
[5] Al-Mawsoo‘ah Al-Muysarah  (310) and you may refer to the book named “Ash-Shirk  fi Al-Qadeem w al Hadeeth by Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakaria published by Maktabit Al-Rushd.”
 
[6] Reported by Al-Bukhaari (3663). 
 
[7] Refer to “Dalaa’l An-Nuboowah” by Sheykh Muqbil ibn Haadi Al-Waad‘i.
 
[8] Reported by Al-Bukhaari (3663). 
 
[9] Sufyaan ibn ‘Uyaynah, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, “One should not let his sins prevent him from supplicating to Allaah. Allaah The Almighty has answered the supplication of the most evil creature, the accursed Satan, and cursed indeed is he. Allaah says:
 
{He said, “My Lord, then Reprieve me until the Day they are resurrected.”} [Al-Hijr:36] 
 
[10] Reported by Muslim.  
 
[11] Scholars hold different opinions regarding the Kufr (disbelief) of the one who neglects prayer whether it puts him beyond the pale of Islam or it is just a minor form of Kufr? They also differed regarding the cause of neglecting it whether it is because of denial or laziness? Also in the meaning of neglecting; whether he neglects it throughout his lifetime or he neglects it temporary such as the one who neglects some prayers or combine them together? So contemplate that carefully before passing judgments on people.
 
[12] Reported by at-Tirmithi and said: Hasan Saheeh (good and authentic) Hadeeth

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