Al-Ahad Al-Wāhid (The One and Only God)

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“On the Day of Judgment, Abraham will meet his father Āzar whose face will be dark and covered with dust. Abraham will say to him: ‘Did I not tell you not to disobey me?’ His father will reply: ‘Today I will not disobey you.’ Abraham will say: ‘O Lord, You prom ised me not to disgrace me on the Day of Resurrection; and what will be   more disgraceful to me than cursing and dishonoring my father?’ Then, Allah Almighty will say: ‘I have forbidden Paradise for the disbelievers.’ Then, he will be addressed: ‘O Abraham, what is underneath your feet?’ He will look and there he will see a blood - stained hyena, which will be caught by the legs and thrown in Hellfire.”

 [Narrated by Al - Bukhāri]

Our merciful Lord will not accept the intercession of Abraham (peace be upon him) for his father, who died as a polytheist. This is because Allah Almighty forbade Paradise for all polytheists and disbelievers. 
However, since All ah promised Abraham that He would not disgrace him on the Day of Judgment, He will transform his father into a hyena, which will then be thrown into Hellfire. Thus, none will know this is Abraham’s father. In this way he will be safe from disgrace.

If the intercession of Abraham, the intimate friend of Allah, for his polytheistic father will not be accepted, then what about any such intercession of an other person less in rank than Abraham (peace be upon him)?!

Allah Almighty says:

{Surely Allah does not forgive that a partner be ascribed to Him, although He forgives any other sin for whomever He wills. He who associates anyone with Allah has indeed forged a mighty lie and committed a heinous sin.}

[Surat an - Nisā’: 48]

Hence, the servant’s most important duty is to worship Allah Almighty alone, with no partner.

Allah Almighty praises Himself as the One and Only God.

{Say: “He is Allah, the Only One.”}

[Surat al-Ikhlās: 1]

{...And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no god but Him...}

[Surat at-Tawbah: 31]

Let’s pause and reflect upon these two noble names, perhaps Allah will enable us to have sincere faith and proper belief in His Oneness.

Our Lord is the Sole Possessor of the attributes of glory, majesty, greatness, pride, and beauty.

He is O ne in His essence, and there is none like Him.

He is One in His attributes, and there is none equal to Him. 

He is One in His actions, and He has no partner or helper. 

He is One in His divinity, and there is none equal to Him in terms of love, glorification, humility, and submission.

He is the One God Who has excellent and great attributes and uniquely possesses all traits of perfection. None in His creation can ever grasp something of His attributes, let alone equally possess one of them.

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